Cultivation Design Build is an interdisciplinary design studio where art, architecture, and construction are integrated in the pursuit of innovative design solutions. Our goal is to create enduring design; encouraging environmentally and socially responsible development while simultaneously encouraging a market for products and/or services that benefit humans and our environments.


Kristen L'Espérance, Principal, AIA Associate

Educated in Design and Fine Art, Kristen looks for opportunities to synthesize her ideas in novel ways as both a fine artist and a designer. Regardless of medium, L’Espérance sees her work as a vehicle with which she can convey a bigger idea- while at the same time resolving the questions and challenges unique to each project. She is particularly passionate about creating spaces that perform and cater to the unique lifestyles and sensibilities of her clients and their families. 

L’Espérance is a fifth generation Vermonter currently residing in Charlotte. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Vermont, and a Master’s from Pratt Institute.


Adam Shirlock, Principal

With over a decade of experience in both commercial and residential building construction, Adam brings the experience of time spent in the field with the enthusiasm and energy of an ambitious young professional. Adam strives to create the best possible projects for every client every time. He understands the variables that must be considered in order to do great work.  Adam has brought together a group highly skilled carpenters and subcontractors who share his belief that trust, experience, and most of all, teamwork are paramount to the success of any project. Adam is a New Hampshire Native currently residing in Underhill, Vermont with his wife Bridget, their son Henry, and everyone's dog Cloe. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from The University of Vermont. 


Best of Houzz 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018,2019

HGTV 2015 Fresh Faces of Design

d3 Gallery • Winter 2010

Post Fact: Visualizing Infortmation Architecture/design competition submission selected for exhibition

Thesis Studio Award •Spring 2009,Pratt Institute

Pratt Show •Spring 2009, NYC

Gowanus Gowanus Environmental Education Center

C40 Solutions • Spring 2008, NYC

Global Sustainable Design Competition

Project: Socially responsible Toy Store design

New York 11 • Spring 2008/2010

Design Exhibition

Pratt Archives • Spring 2008

Townhouse Design

Kristen L'Esprance in VT on Houzz
Kristen L'Esprance in VT on Houzz
Kristen L'Esprance in VT on Houzz
Remodeling and Home Design
Remodeling and Home Design
Remodeling and Home Design