Yestermorrow Design/Build School

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 189 Vermont Route 100 Warren VT 05674 USA

Mission: Yestermorrow Design/Build School was founded in 1980 on the belief that the best built environments result from true collaborations between designers, builders and owners. Yestermorrow’s approach combines yesterday’s dedication to craft, beauty and durability with today’s technologies to create a sustainable world. Yestermorrow’s courses empower people and unleash their creative spirit. This synthesis is enhanced through the design/build method and the connection between hand and mind that unfolds in that process.
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EIN 03-0278594
802-496-5545
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was a college communication teacher in a previous life. A couple of years ago, I decided to turn my life around and to gain practical skills.
I enrolled into a green remodeling workshop, although I have no background in building or architecture.
I was worried I would feel out of place. But I didn't. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful, the solar panels were inviting, the food was homey, and most importantly, I really enjoyed the workshop! It made me feel that entering a new field was indeed possible. I left with more motivation than ever to pursue my new career goals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

terms of personal motivation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more satellite spaces closer to urban areas. Waitsfield is really out of the way. But then, it may defeat its purpose...

 
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I heard about Yestermorrow in a book called The House that Jill Built, which told stories of women who had built their own homes. The first course I took, in September 2008, was Home Design. I loved it--the teachers, my fellow students, connecting with a neglected creative part of myself. I also took a course In England on building a stone wall. And this summer I will be taking Carpentry for Women as well as Rustic Furniture. There are always at least a dozen or more courses that I want to take. I'm now looking for land so that I can start to build my dream home. Yestermorrow is a wonderful, magical place. Experience it for yourself!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Making plans to build my own home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it a little easier to get to using public transportation. That said, I don't really know if there's anything the school can actually do to make that happen.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This is a fantastic school. Very enthusiastic staff, and they make you feel right at home. They are always there to answer questions, were very professional and truly seem to enjoy what they are doing. The class was informative, and helped me think outside of my own comfort level in the woodwork that I had been doing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the woodworking I have continued after attending.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the atmosphere at this school. The people make it a great place to learn. They made me feel welcome and relaxed from the start.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a very interesting group of people, with both professionals and interns ready to help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I couldn't be more happy with my experience with the folks at Yestermorrow; I designed a house - with their help and expertise - that has actually been built, and which came out better than I ever would have expected. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable, personable, dedicated...They get my highest recommendation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

actually coming up with plans for a house in Craftsbury, Vermont, that serves our needs better than any house (and we looked at a lot of them!) that we could have bought in the area we were looking in.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their expertise, their enthusiasm, their ability to share what they know...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I have taken over a dozen classes at Yestermorrow over the past 7 years and each one of them has enhanced my ability to work on my own house, build furniture, and explore the world of green design.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The amazing people you meet in the classes- from all around the country and all ages.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely dedicated and talented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its campus and course offerings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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