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About Us


Michael Bird is the founder and principal of Adirondack Design. The firm was established in 1986 with the ideal of preserving, enhancing, and continuing the tradition of Adirondack architecture which began over a century ago. 

“Michael, a summer native of the Adirondacks has a genuine understanding of the elements that make up the unique features that set his designs beyond the expected... Whether stone, burls, logs or bark he carefully manipulates the natural elements into a rustic interpretation to create beautifully proportioned successfully thought out spaces. He includes elements that are pleasingly not the obvious. He goes beyond simple floor plan geometry and gives spaces a "feeling" that only a good architect can do. He has designed everything from "great camps" to humble cabins always interpreting the past with authenticity. He is a good communicator excellent listener and gets what it is the client wants. His plans are detailed and clear, both rustic and elegant and he is prompt at getting the job done. He is well connected with the best artisans, knows good sources for top materials throughout the region and has a most impressive portfolio of projects. I highly recommend Michael to anyone in love with Adirondack design!!” 
– Crarbear, Houzz


In all aspects of the development process, Adirondack Design works with the client
to provide unparalleled service.
Our purpose and intention is threefold:
  1. To incorporate ideas into workable three-dimensional designs suited to the terrain and landscape of the selected site, and sometimes assisting in the selection of an appropriate site.
  2. To create a sound structure that will withstand the test of time.
  3. To assist in the selection of materials and furnishings so that the completed project will be an original specifically designed and tailored to each individual’s needs and requirements.
We combine the tools of the present to create ambiance of the past. 
Adirondack architecture dates back to the 1800s. The style quickly spread through the Adirondack Park, and eventually throughout the country, and is most evident in mountainous areas from the Appalachians in North Carolina to as far west as the Rocky Mountains.

Theodore Roosevelt became acquainted with the Adirondack style as a child when he was sent to these mountains to help control his asthma. He recognized that the Adirondack style best harmonized the relationship of the woods with man-made structures. When he helped create the National Park System, he felt strongly that the structures to be built within those parks would also fit in with the environment by emulating the Adirondack style. The Inn at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park is an excellent example of Adirondack architecture.
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