December 9, 2022

New England Home Jan/Feb Issue Features East-West House

Look for our East-West House published in New England Homes winter issue! The article, “Eastern Import” can be found here.

December 9, 2021

EHA+D awarded with AIA Vermont Honor Award

Elemental House has been received an AIA Vermont Honor award for excellence in architecture. Category: single family residential. The award was given to EH by the American Institute of Architects Vermont Chapter at its annual meeting and award ceremony December 9, 2021.

November 16, 2021

EH awarded a Society of American Registered Architects, NY award for Elemental House

EH’s Elemental House received an SARA, NY Design Award of Honor. The Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) is a vibrant professional organization of architects and industry related partners. Award entries are accepted internationally, and from firms across the world.

January 4, 2020

EH Receives Architecture Construction & Design Award

Elemental House received a 2020 AC&D award on behalf of Rethinking the Future (RTF). RTF acknowledges projects with fresh perspectives amongst creative and influential industry professionals around the world.

October 23, 2019

Awarded AIA New England’s Emerging Professional-Friendly Firm




EHA+D received AIA New England’s 2019 Emerging Professional-Friendly Firm Award which recognizes firms that promote the advancement of Emerging Professionals through professional development and personal growth opportunities. EHA+D is among just three Vermont firms to win the award, and the only Small Firm in Vermont to do so.  For more information, click here to visit  AIA New England’s website

September 12, 2019

Summer Intern Andreya Zvonar

During the months of July and August, EHAD welcomed Middlebury College intern, Andreya Zvonar.

Working with Elizabeth Herrmann, Andreya designed and built a chair through an iterative process. Through sketching, scaled modeling, and multiple full-size mock-ups, the chair design improved throughout Andreya’s internship.









Andreya designed his chair following the design principles of EHAD’s Timeline House.   Andreya explained:  “The Timeline House unobtrusively compliments Vermont vernacular with a modern addition. Working off of the idea of complimentary, yet distinct forms, the Timeline Chair seeks to blend a traditional chair base with a geometric backrest.  The base is comprised of a carved seat, which hearkens back to traditional Windsor chair design. Four legs splay from the seat through mortise and tenon joinery, increasing the chair’s stability. The geometric backrest, which stretches below the seat, doubles as a magazine holder and acts as the modern addition to the traditional form. While small in scale, the project reflects sustainable principles by relying on reclaimed pine, Douglas fir, and ipe.”

A full description of the process behind the Timeline Chair is available at Andreya’s website.

June 10, 2019

ACX Conference – Inclusive Design in Vermont Communities

On May 21, 2019, EHAD participated and volunteered during Vermont’s Architecture & Construction Expo (ACX) – Inclusive Design in Vermont Communities.

During the day-long event, the ACX hosted a three-hour Community Outreach Design Charrette. Nathalia Ellis organized and led a team, which provided renovation input and design ideas to the Community Emergency Relief Volunteers (CERV). CERV sought to convert an existing town garage into a new clothing and food shelf for the Town of Northfield, Vermont.

The ACX conference is a collaboration between AIAVT and CSI Vermont Chapter. This year the conference focused on Inclusive
Design and how it can help improve our community. This year conference had Christine Hallquist as keynote speaker, talking about being humanitarian in the era of climate change. There was also a panel discussion with different leaders of our community representing a variety of groups in our community that can benefit from inclusive design. More about the conference can be found here:




March 4, 2019

Fine Homebuilding Features Little Black House

Fine Homebuilding features the Little Black House.  Author/photographer Susan Teare details in her blog, Through the Lens,  the main features and characteristics of the house, describing in-depth the spaces, materials and construction assemblies used on this project. Read the article here: “A Mountain Cottage Without Any Wasted Space”

January 31, 2019

EH to Present Work at Middlebury College in March

During the month of March, Elizabeth Herrmann will be Cameron Visiting Architect at Middlebury College.  On March 7th at 4:30pm she will be giving a talk entitled“Thinking Big, Designing Small: Turning Constraints into Architectural Opportunities” at Middlebury ’s Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304. Herrmann will be discussing her recent work and her approach to design and practice. More information here:

January 31, 2019

EHA+D is now on Pinterest

Elizabeth Herrmann is now on Pinterest! See our work organized by category, hear about awards and events, and pin away!


January 30, 2019

Best of Houzz Again in 2019!

January 2, 2019

EHA+D is now part of Efficiency Vermont’s Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN)

Efficiency Vermont invited Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design to be part of the Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN), a network of professionals committed to providing their customers the highest level of professional energy efficiency services. This network is comprised of experts in the advanced technologies and building sciences who make buildings more energy efficient and affordable to maintain.

January 2, 2019

The 2018 AIAVT Excellence in Architecture Design Awards selects EHA+D’s Little Black House for Peers’ Choice Award

EHA+D’s Little Black House was awarded second place for the Piers’ 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.

More about the Little Black House here.

More about the AIAVT 2018 Excellence in Architecture Design here here.

January 2, 2019

The New Cottage Features EHA+D’s Little Black House

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, including EHA+D’s Little Black House. 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.


October 15, 2018

CURBED Features microHOUSE featured EH’s microHOUSE in its October 15th House Calls series, a blog that highlights a diverse range of homes with “eye-catching style and big personality.” Written by Santha Weiss Hills and photographed by Shane Lavalette , the article captures first-hand the character of the house and offers glimpses into the creative process and collaboration between EH and the home owner.

June 21, 2018

EH’s microHOUSE featured in Small Innovative Houses by Philip Jodidio












Small Innovative Houses by Philip Jodidio and published by Rizzoli is a breathtaking and ambitious survey of inventive small houses designed by noteworthy architects from around the globe.  Featuring the work From world-famous architects to the freshest new talent, the book catalogs the range of inventiveness, frugality and economy found in this growing segment of the building industry.  EH’s own microHOUSE is among just a handful of North American projects featured.

June 19, 2018

New England Living Features Knoll House

New England Living featured EH’s Knoll House in a recent article.  Click here to read about the evolution of this award-winning home.

June 15, 2018

Project Team Experiences Virtual Reality











Client Ron Yara introduced EH and builder Chris Quinn of Red House, Inc. to virtual reality tech recently.  In the images here, Yara coaches Quinn, slated to begin construction this month on the home EH designed for Yara and his wife, Maggie Eaton, as he is “walking through” the 3D model of the home.

This was EH’s first experience viewing one of our projects in VR–both thrilling and incredibly useful.  The VR experience enabled the team to preview the entire interior and exterior of the home and offer feedback for spaces and finishes..  For the builder, VR offered a quick way to grasp the building as a whole and anticipate the work that he and his crew will undertake.  EH sees huge benefits to employing VR technology–there is no equivalent to experiencing architecture true to scale like this prior to construction.  It enhances the entire team’s understanding of the project and builds excitement for what’s to come.  Since EH uses BIM  (building information modeling) software to develop all of our projects from early schematics through construction documents, VR technology is a natural extension of what we already do–all of our projects are developed using Graphisoft’s Archicad platform and are modeled in 3D from the start.  For this project, we did nothing more than convert our already fully developed 3D computer model to an easily read VR-friendly file format.

February 1, 2018

EH Partners with Flat Fee Real Estate to Visualize New Homes

In order to help potential buyers visualize how new homes might sit on building lots in Vergennes, Vermont, Flat Fee Real Estate asked EH to create 3D renderings which mesh drone photos with topography and architectural models.  The resulting images bring three building lots, which are located on Comfort Hill Road within walking distance of downtown Vergennes, to life by depicting  how new homes might be arranged on the parcels to optimize views, privacy and solar orientation.  The lots are especially well suited to net-zero building.  Property listings are currently posted at Flat Fee Real Estate.

Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design is excited about partnering with Flat Fee and welcomes inquiries for architectural design.









January 31, 2018

Best of Houzz Again!

Fourth year in a row.

December 21, 2017

EH Awarded Citation for Interiors by American Institute of Architects Vermont

EH’S Timeline House received an AIA Vermont Citation for Interiors.  The jury was so impressed with this project that they created a special category for it.  EH was honored at AIA Vermont’s annual meeting and awards ceremony in December.




May 11, 2017

2017 Marvin Architects Challenge Winner

Elizabeth Herrmann’s Knoll House won best Transitional category this year in Marvin’s prestigious Architects Challenge.  The award for design excellence was presented to EH in Orlando at the American Institute of Architects annual convention.  An independent jury of esteemed architects chose this year’s winners and commented “It’s a composition of two simple forms punctuated by large windows, allowing this residence to settle itself in this wooded site, while taking advantage of the great  views the site affords…It is a beautiful house.”ext_5

March 12, 2017

Best of Houzz for Third Year Running

EH architecture + design was voted Best of Houzz in both the Design and Service categories.

Houzz is the leading platform for home design and remodeling.  Its users (40 million unique viewers monthly!) vote for the Best each year from among over one million industry professionals.  This is EH’s third consecutive year to receive the award.  “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Elizabeth Herrmann,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz.

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December 31, 2016

Custom Builder Magazine Features EH Project

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October 20, 2016

AIA New England Award Winner


Elizabeth Herrmann received a Merit Award for her 430 s.f.  microHOUSE from the American Institute of Architects New England Chapter at its annual meeting and Design Awards Ceremony held in Portland, Maine September 30th. AIA New England recognizes individuals each year for their outstanding work and achievements.  Among the many submissions from architects throughout New England, EH’s compact Vermont-built home was recognized in the Single Family Residential category.  The 3x award-winning house also received a Citation for Excellence in Architecture from AIA Vermont, and won the Best Contemporary Category in the 2016 Marvin Architects Challenge.

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July 1, 2016

EH Awarded Best Contemporary in Marvin Architects Challenge 2016

Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design’s microHOUSE won Best Contemporary Category in Marvin Windows and Doors Marvin Architects Challenge 2016.  Awards were announced at the American Institute of Architects annual convention in Philadelphia in May.  This is the house’s second award.  It also received a Citation for Excellence in Design from the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in the fall of 2015.

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March 23, 2016

Design New England Cover!

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January 16, 2016

Best of Houzz 2016 for 2nd Year in a Row!

Remodeling and Home Design

The leading platform for home remodeling and design, Houzz, has again this year awarded EH Best of Houzz Design.  Elizabeth Herrmann architecture + design was chosen from among more than one million active home design and building professionals by the Houzz community of more than 35 million monthly unique users.

The Best Of Houzz Design is awarded annually.  This year, just three percent of design professionals received the distinction.  “Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Elizabeth Herrmann, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts.”


December 16, 2015

EH Receives AIA VT Design Citation for microHOUSE

Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 5.26.48 PMElizabeth Herrmann architecture + design received a Citation for Excellence in Architecture for the microHOUSE she designed.  The award was given EH by the American Institute of Architects Vermont Chapter at its annual meeting and award ceremony December 10, 2015.

microHOUSE is a tiny, energy-efficient home designed for a visual artist.  At a mere 430 square feet, it has a spaciousness and unpredictability that transcends its size.  Corners subtracted from opposite ends shape both interior and exterior spaces, creating a logical and whimsical expression of the functions and contents of the house.  It is a delightful and refreshingly dynamic interpretation of the modern, tiny home.

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December 16, 2015

Fine Homebuilding “Through the Lens” Features Boat House

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designed by Elizabeth Herrmann this month.  Blogger and architectural photographer
Susan Teare features a photograph she took of the building (from a kayak!) and writes about its design and permitting.

The small structure was permitted due to the old age of the original structure it replaced.  New boat houses are no longer permitted along Vermont’s lake shores.  The tiny boathouse accommodates several kayaks and is accessible by water through an overhead door.  A roof deck is featured on top.   Details of the boat house are made to match those of its accompanying residence, the Cantilevered Lake House, also designed by EH.

October 29, 2015

Vermont Public Radio Commentary Features EH microHOUSE

Vermont Public Radio commentary by D. Kreis features EH’s micoHOUSE.  Follow the link to read or listen to this enjoyable segment.


July 10, 2015

Modern Addition

EH architecture + design is currently working on a modern addition to a Cornwall home about 35 miles south of Burlington.  The original structure to which we’re adding, began as a grouping of traditional New England buildings and has grown and evolved with its owners’ family.  The new addition is a clear departure from the historically detailed, existing structures, but does not depart entirely–it is a modern interpretation of  the historic.  Clapboards become crisp, anodized aluminum panels, field stone becomes sleek, linear slabs.  One enormous advantage to going modern?  EH could sculpt the house to fit the needs and program of our clients, respond to specific views and site features, and use large expanses of glass to bring the gorgeous landscape indoors.  Look for updates on construction progress and more design developments!Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 1.50.01 PM

February 19, 2015

Voted Best of Houzz Design 2015

Remodeling and Home Design


ELIZABETH HERRMANN Architecture + Design is awarded Best of Houzz Design 2015, chosen by more than 25 million monthly unique users from among more than 500,000 architects and other home building and design professionals.

January 31, 2015

In Progess: Village Farmhouse

This new house was designed to sit at the edge of a Vermont village.  Perched on a steeply sloping hill near a busy road, it has a public presence on the high road side, with a private side to the rear.  The house’s exterior is traditional in many respects and honors the local vernacular, complete with white clapboards and slate roof.  The interior will be more contemporary with open spaces, simple, light finishes and very little fuss.  There are many opportunities for enjoying the outdoors–covered and screen porch, doors leading to patio and lower level gardens, and a trellis with stone steps beneath.

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October 25, 2014

EH Project Featured in Fine Homebuilding

Screen_shot_2014-10-23Elizabeth Herrmann is a contributing author in this month’s Fine Homebuilding magazine. Her article, “Going Toward the Light” features a kitchen-centered home remodel project designed by Elizabeth Herrmann architecture + design. Click here to view the article, reprinted with permission copyright 2014, The Taunton Press, Inc. Fine Homebuilding issue #247, Winter 2014.

September 25, 2013

Boston Globe Magazine Features Lake House

Globe CoverThe August 4, 2013 Boston Globe Magazine features a lake house designed by Elizabeth Herrmann.  The BG article, entitled “The Lake House” describes how owners and EH worked together and around some tricky site constraints to design a beautiful, Vermont retreat.



June 22, 2013

Kitchens That Work Features 4 EH Projects

Kitchens That Work, a new Taunton Press book by Jamie Gold, features four projects by EH.  This book is a great resource examining a wide range of kitchen design ideas of all scales and styles.

January 8, 2013

Houzz Features Cantilevered Lake House Project

Visit Houzz website’s article featuring Elizabeth Herrmann’s Cantilevered Lake House. Click to read.

October 30, 2012

House on Wooded Knoll Under Construction

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Built on a wooded knoll, this 2,100 s.f. home (2,300 s.f. including the loft above the kids’  bedrooms) nestled in the trees packs a lot of design into a very small, energy-efficient footprint. The variety and sculptural quality of spaces both inside and out, and the interplay between interior and exterior make this three-bedroom home feel much bigger than it actually is.

Every space is unique–each has its own special view and relationship with the land. The property has so many distinctive natural features that instead of having a singular focus, the house has many foci and was shaped by the landscape on all  sides.

Long before a building was conceived, the home owners worked with landscape architect Keith Wagner of Wagner Hodgson to create a phased plan to preserve and enhance the varied natural characteristics of the site. Selective thinning of undergrowth, mowing and subtle shaping of the property over several years set the stage for Elizabeth Herrmann to design a home that could readily respond to its surroundings. Three dimensional modeling of the house and land forms throughout the design process, including significant trees, made it possible to shape the house and fine-tune relationships with the ground plane and landscape.

Whereas the exterior’s warm, dark palette was designed to meld with its surrounds, the interior is a bright contrast of smooth, angular planes.

Renderings and model by intern Joe Baisch.

September 18, 2011

Barn-Like Modern House Takes Shape

This new, modern, energy efficient, home is currently in the design phase and is slated for fall construction in Williams Hill Development, a unique, “green” residential community located in Charlotte, Vermont. Inspiration for the house came from the owners’ interests in juxtaposing rustic, traditional (barn-like) elements with sleek, contemporary forms. The merging of urban loft with hay loft, both inside and out results in the dynamic interplay of textures and materials, while the reinterpretation of a utilitarian building type as a sleek dwelling presents opportunities for thinking outside the salt box. There are some really playful elements in the house– a ladder leading up to a cozy part of the loft, sliding barn doors throughout (some quite large), windows that change in shape and scale to frame views and vary the experience of each space.

Look for more information in the blog as the house develops!

September 10, 2011

Project Published in “Salvage Secrets” Book

51T-K4AzjVLA kitchen renovation project designed by Elizabeth Herrmann will be published in a soon-to-be-released book entitled “Salvage Secrets.” Vermonters, author Joanne Palmisano and photographer Susan Teare, teamed up to showcase the wonderful potential of incoroporating salvaged items into architecture. The Herrmann project highlighted in the book is used to illustrate the creative employment of salvaged glass. In this case, a large, antique, stained glass window was set into a two-sided, glass kitchen cabinet. The artful window, back lit from within the cabinet, adds light and color to the space while serving as a decorative way to define the boundary between the kitchen and neighboring living room. “My client has a great eye,” remarks Herrmann. She found the window at a salvage yard and knew instantly she wanted to incorporate it in the renovation. My job was to make it fit in naturally with the rest of the kitchen. I really like working with and incorporating such unusual and unexpected historic elements into my designs–they personalize a home at the same time they connect it to the community beyond.”

“Salvage Secrets” will be officially released in September. It is a great coffee table book and how-to resource as well as a tribute to Vermont talent, particularly its architects, designers and builders whose many diverse projects are featured within. For more information, see the link below.

February 23, 2011

Pondside Retreat Featured in Vermont Magazine

ELIZABETH HERRMANN’s Pondside Retreat and Sauna was featured in the January/February 2011 issue of Vermont Magazine.  Read “Tiny Hideaways” and tour a unique collection of small, Vermont garden and out-buildings.

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