Renovation Education

hpim0823HEY, OLD-HOUSE RENOVATORS from Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley: wouldn’t it be great if there was, like, a school you could go to for anywhere from 2 to 12 days to get some hands-on, experiential learning in building design and construction?

And what if it was located in central Vermont’s Mad River Valley, and wasn’t too expensive, and the food was good?logo_new

There is such a place: it’s called Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and since 1980, it’s been offering courses in all aspects of the building arts and trades to students, homeowners, architects, and builders on its 38-acre campus. The instructors are all pros in their fields, and the teacher-to-student ratio is high.

picture-003I’m drawn to Carpentry for Women — oh, to know how to hang a door without having to hire someone! — and intrigued by Put the Fab back in Pre-Fab and Ply Like an Eagle, a furniture-making workshop (all 5 days, $750).

There are more than 150 different courses between April and October, from Basic Home Design (12 days, $1,680; 6 days, $900) and Residential Additions & Renovations (2 days, $300) to Plumbing, Electricity and Masonry Demystified. Sustainable-design offerings include Green Roof Design (5 days, $750), and 1-2 day quickies in Solar Design, Wind Power, and Ecological Water Systems.

Then there’s esoterica like Strawbale Construction (who knew?) and Japanese Shoji & Woodworking.

You can stay in a dorm ($30/night), cabin ($15), your own tent ($8), or a B&B in town.

So stop paying through the nose for things you could do yourself and get thee to Yestermorrow’s website, or call 888/496 5541 for more info.

You’ll be raising a barn before you know it.


About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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2 Responses to Renovation Education

  1. coppermaven says:

    So should we organize a CasaCara fan group to take courses together?

  2. Melissa says:

    Ohhhhhhh! This is great!

    Thanks for posting this.

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