Business Spotlight: Dan Scott Designs

Dan Scott Designs.
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Dan Scott Designs
1548 Back Westminster Rd.
Westminster, Vt., 05158

Dan Scott Designs is an architectural design service in Westminster, Vt. for drafting of architectural plans, renderings, and site simulations. Owner Dan Scott specializes in residential home designs, but he also drafts commercial plans. Past projects include the River Garden in Brattleboro, historic restorations for Windham Housing Trust in Brattleboro, and Windsor High School in Windsor.

“My interest in architecture started early, as in building forts in the back woods, but it took hold at age twelve when my father decided to build a summer home on a lake in Maine,” Scott recalled. His father drew up the construction plans himself and recruited his three sons as builders. The whole project was “trial and error,” but the end result was a three-bedroom chalet with a wrap around porch and a passion for architecture.

The family project sparked a lifelong admiration for design and construction. Scott went to the Massachusetts College of Art to study architectural design, but was discouraged when most of the work revolved around urban design. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sculpture instead. He has created and sold many sculptures and still enjoys sculpting when he has the time. But he really “likes building big things.” Between that and a desire to raise his family in the country, Scott turned back to architecture.

3D view rendering of a historic farmhouse addition.
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In 1985, Scott started working with Winter Panel, building timber frame homes and cultivating more knowledge from the builders. He has worked on many historical restoration projects to bring buildings up to code while preserving the antiquity of the structures. These projects include the Brick House Hotel in Brattleboro and the Howard and Exner Block buildings in Bellows Falls.

Scott started his own business in 1994 and does any projects from plans for decks to dorm rooms, to plans for houses and factories. His primary passion is residential design and his niche is renderings – showing homeowners what they’re getting before it is built.

Dan Scott Designs works on projects throughout southern Vermont. To contact Scott, call 802-463-1961, email, or check out his website.

Rendering of an ADA accessible entrance addition to an office.
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Finished office entrance project in 2014.
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