Hut Design

Yestermorrow Design/Build Collaboration

Partnering with a local organization to make huts a reality

 

May 4, 2017

 

So, how in the world are these huts going to be designed, and who is going to do that for you? Lucky for us, Vermont is home to some of the most innovative humans on the planet. On top of that, people are always willing to lend a hand when they see an opportunity to create a positive impact on society. In this case, we’re expanding recreational opportunities by linking our trail network together via huts.

 

With that in mind, Vermont Huts has started working with Yestermorrow Design/Build School and their partners to create blueprints and drawings for our budget-friendly, sustainably-sourced huts. There are so many things to consider when building a structure in the backcountry, so the design of our huts will take the following into consideration: Location, expected occupancy rates, accessibility, and type of trail-user(s) served. Those factors will also help to determine the caretaking model for each of our structures. Some of our huts may range from full-service, live-in caretakers preparing meals for visitors to self-serve models. In all cases, you’ll be cozy, well-equipped, and right on the trails.

 

While it’s still very early in the planning process (and we mean very early), we have started to identify some features we believe will be best suited for a hut network in Vermont. Some of the more basic details include huts with the following characteristics:

 

  • Capable of hosting guests year-round (heated with wood or propane based on location)
  • Most will have a capacity of 8-15 guests. Option to easily add on a small, private room for caretaker.
  • Bunk-style, dorm room accommodations with foam mattresses.
    • Potential for private room rentals may exist
  • Communal kitchen area complete with propane stove-top cooking, pots/pans/utensils.
  • Local, sustainably sourced materials whenever possible.
  • Clean, comfortable, composting toilets at all huts
  • Designs for the following site accessibility scenarios:
    • Materials can be brought in via truck
    • Materials can only be brought in on an ATV or snowmobile
    • Materials can only be brought in via human-power
  • Maintains local character and blends in with environmental surroundings.
  • Can only be found in Vermont.

 

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