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Local designer recognized with Ohio’s top architecture award

FLUSHING — Flushing native Greg Dutton has been awarded a 2019 AIA Ohio Honor Award for Excellence in Architectural Design for the completion of an eco cabin located in Belmont County.

The Hut, as the project is known, is a 600-square-foot, Scandinavian inspired, off-grid tiny home that is self sustaining and energy independent. The Hut was recently the subject of an episode of DiY Network’s series Building Off the Grid, which followed Greg and his brother, Chris Dutton, as they built the project with a collection of family and friends. It was designed by Greg Dutton at Midland Architecture, the design firm that he co-owns with partner Matt Diersen.

The AIA Ohio Design Awards program honors the best of Ohio architecture by awarding projects that show attention to high-quality design and performance. The Hut was selected from a group of over 80 submitted works across the state of Ohio and recognized with an Honor Award in the category of Newly Completed Buildings, Additions, Remodelings, Renovations, and Restorations. Juror Rick Cook of New York-based CookFox Architects, commented, “Absolutely love the fact that this small home was completely off the grid. In some ways it is the idealized vision of every architect’s dream – the small home, isolated in the wood, and totally off the grid.”

Each year, AIA Ohio spotlights distinctive projects designed by Ohio architects with the AIA Ohio Design Awards, chosen by a jury of exceptional and noteworthy peers from the field of architecture. The award was presented at the AIA Ohio Valley Region Awards Luncheon, taking place during the AIA Ohio Valley Region Convention on Sept. 19.

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