Awards & Press


A Shou Sugi Ban Retreat

June, 2021 featured this retreat designed by award-winning architect, Elizabeth Herrmann. A Texas family sought refuge from summer heat in this thoughtfully designed and crafted retreat that is nicely situated in the mountains of Vermont. In creating what she describes as "light, open spaces with easy access to the outdoors and minimal fuss," Herrmann employed pared-down color and material palettes with subtle textures indoors and out. Red House Building brought the vision, of the homeowner and architect, to life.

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AIA Vermont:

Merit Award Winner

December, 2020 The 2020 AIAVT Design Awards Winners were selected by a jury made up of members of AIA Canada Society. This Green Mountain Retreat was awarded the Merit Award. Red House Building worked with Maclay Architects to build this inspired living space that is compact, energy efficient and uniquely balances a modern aesthetic with a natural feel.

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TOP Black Gable Homes

December, 2020 A reader favorite. “Even as the square footage of this Vermont cottage shrank in response to budget constraints, architect Elizabeth Herrmann remained focused on making the space feel warm and functional for a family of four and their dog and cat. "I think the trick to making small spaces feel much larger is to design the experience of being there," attests Herrmann.”

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Rethinking The Future:

2020 Award Winner

October, 2020 Rethinking The Future: Global Architecture, Construction & Design Award Winner. A jury of reputed members evaluated a wide range of projects featuring design innovations and intelligence from across the world. The Elemental House by Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design was selected to win the prestigious Third Award.

“Our approach was to employ elemental architectural forms amid a lightly edited landscape. Two gabled volumes clad in charred and stained, almost-black siding wedge into the slope while a third volume nestles uphill to form an L-shaped plan linked by a glassy entry node. We located the house at woods’ edge where the varied terrain, long views and dense woods could all be appreciated, and fully integrated into the design.”

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October, 2020 VTSki+Ride - Working with Architect, Bill Maclay, this Net Zero ski house came to life after this family articulated their vision for a sustainable home on a picturesque plot of land that they had acquired years ago. It turns out, their vision was perfectly in line with the vision of their architects and the expertise of Red House Building. The result, a dream house that faces the slopes of Sugarbush, built with local and sustainable materials, along with thoughtful details that make the home truly exceptional.

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American Luxury: AMLU.COM

August, 2020 American Luxury - Working with Architect, Elizabeth Herrmann, Red House Building built this Elemental House that “blends with the landscape to create a subdued, low-profiled entry and bedroom suite near the woods, but then boldly opens up on the downhill side to let in views and light at three levels.”

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August, 2020 Working with Architect, Liz Herrmann, Red House Building built this Little Black Cabin to maximize every square foot. “To increase the visual space, Herrmann took advantage of the bucolic, hillside setting, and made it a vital part of the interior experience. Every room features at least one large window, each showcasing a different view of the ever-changing landscape: mountains from the living room, woods from the kitchen, and wooded hillsides from the rooms upstairs.”

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August, 2020. “On a rural hillside property encircled by fern-carpeted woods with breathtaking Green Mountain views, owners of the Elemental House envisioned a home enveloped by nature where they could relax with family and friends– a place uncomplicated, elegant, and beautiful, but rugged enough to withstand kids’ play and exploration.” Collaborating with Liz Herrmann, to build this new home, resulted in a functional and thoughtful living space that thrives in nature.

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Taunton Press

December, 2019. The New Cottage: Inspiration for America’s Favorite Home by Kate Hutchison and published by Taunton Press is a delightful exploration of cottages, cabins, and small homes. The book uses case studies to show how architects’ diverse design strategies such as sustainability, economy of means, crafted detail, and informality are employed across a varied, curated collection of houses, to create extraordinary places to live. Red House Building work completed with Architect Liz Herrmann is featured here.

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Fine Homebuilding Architect: Liz Herrmann written by Katie Hutchison in The New Cottage, Inspiration for America’s Favorite Home

Fine Homebuilding Architect: Liz Herrmann written by Katie Hutchison in The New Cottage, Inspiration for America’s Favorite Home

Fine Homebuilding

January, 2019. This home is new, efficient, custom-designed and comfortable for a family of four with a cat and a big dog. The sheltering roof pitch is 12/12 and the exterior is rough-cut, vertical barn-boards. Also chosen for the exterior as part of the inspired Scandinavian design is a metal standing-seam roof. In the open and informal interior, most of the windows are operable and are fairly large, creating a strong connection to the outdoors. The walls and ceilings are white and the floors are Vermont ash sapwood. Though the countertops are topped with laminate for simplicity and durability, the 1-in. birch plywood substrate is exposed on the edges, giving a richer, custom feel. Custom steel brackets support the open shelving which is combined with flush full-overlay MDF cabinetry with minimal finger pulls. The location of the Morso wood stove heats multiple spaces and is the primary source of heat all year around. A smaller sized stove was chosen to be sure the house does not overheat. Efficiency Vermont was consulted on the details of the HVAC systems, equipment and building envelope.

AIAVT Peers’ Choice Award - Architectural Winner

December, 2018. AIAVT Excellence in Architecture Design Awards selects Little Black House for Peers’ Choice Award

The Little Black House was awarded second place for the Peers’ Choice Award during the American Institute of Architects VT annual meeting. During the event, architects and other allied professionals selected their favorite among 46 project entries. The Little Black House is notable for its economy of scale, energy efficiency, sensitive engagement with its surroundings and design excellence.

Architect, Elizabeth Herrmann recognized by peers; Red House Building construction.



Vermont Citation for Interiors  

December, 2018. The jury was so impressed with this project that they created a special category for it. Elizabeth Herrmann was honored at AIA Vermont’s annual meeting and awards ceremony.


Spring, 2015. A showcase of local craftsmanship in wood, metal, and stone required exceptional coordination to execute the Brad Rabinowitz design. Timeless and enduring materials were used to build this lakeside retreat.

Architect: Brad Rabinowitz

Fine Homebuilding

Fall/Winter, 2014. Kitchens are the hub of the home and Red House worked with Architect, Elizabeth Herrmann, to bring this kitchen to life with inspiration to transform a dark paneled space in to a light-filled and welcoming space.

Taunton Press

December, 2012. Kitchens That Work, a Taunton Press book by Jamie Gold. This book is a great resource examining a wide range of kitchen design ideas of all scales and styles. Kitchens are more than where we cook a meal and wash dishes. It's where our day begins and ends, where family gathers for conversation, homework, and snacks, and where we entertain friends. With the prominence of this space in both our homes and our lives it's no wonder that kitchen remodeling is the number one home improvement project.

Four Red House projects are featured on the pages of this book that showcases well-designed spaces.


Vermont Magazine

April, 2010. Lake Champlain Addition featured in Vermont Magazine. I have been fortunate to work with Red House on both large and small projects. They really get it. As builders, they manage to see the balance where good design, value and craftsmanship merge to create the best possible product for each client's needs. I continue to be impressed by their attention to detail, and ownership of responsibility. They are a pleasure to work with.

-Ramsay Gourd, AIA

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The New York Times

October, 13, 2011, One Couple, Two Houses and the Bridge in Between. Red House Building worked with Bob Duncan, an architect with the Burlington firm Duncan-Wisniewski, to bring this concept to life. The idea, two houses adjoined by a bridge, for a couple who ended up featured in The New York Times, along with the home.

One Couple, Two Houses and the Bridge In Between



The Best of Burlington

December, 2010. This home was featured in The Best of Burlington.

Featured in The Best of Burlington

Vermont Magazine

Winter, 2007. Red House Building was featured in the Vermont Magazine At Home section that showcased how Eco-homes are being built.

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Vermont House & Home

Winter, 2006. A cover story, featuring a meticulous restoration of a 200+ year old home.

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Fine Homebuilding

Spring/Summer, 2006. Fine Homebuilding featured this family home built from the ground up on challenging undeveloped terrain.

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