About James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 20 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

Basement Gyms (Revisited)

Basements can be dark, windowless caverns that are only visited when the boiler is acting up or a box needs storing. They can also be a treasure trove of underutilized inexpensive space for creative homeowners.

While we have utilized those areas in many ways for our clients, few conversions are as well suited for the basement as a home gym. Some of the best reasons to use that subsurface space are obvious including the fact that it is basically free […]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

Hats Off to the Amatures

We love our architectural photographer, Rob Karosis.  He makes our projects come alive with his skilled photography.

Sometimes the rest of us get lucky and snap a shot that rivals the pros.  Eddie Francabandiero, from ELF Construction, sent me a photo of a guest house we designed and he built.  The rainbow seems to be landing in the back yard.

Michael Grapka captured the moment when he took photos of a home we designed, right after it snowed.

We are always excited to […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||3 Comments

15 Shades of Grey

I could not resist the title, my apologies for the cliche’.  Grey is one of our favorite colors, or to be technically correct, our favorite tones between black and white. Honestly, most colors, (or lack thereof), on interior finishes and furniture are determined by our tasteful clients and or their talented interior designers.  We provide the backdrop for their tableau.

Grey, in its wide range of tones and shades, have long been a favorite of interior designers and is also […]

By |October 25th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||13 Comments

FineHome Source 2016 By Far The Best Ever!

This year was a milestone in our 9 year history of FineHome Source.  With the addition of the FineFashion Show, I can’t think of how we can possibly make it better.  To a person, both exhibitor and visitor, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the show.

Please take a look at a few shots of the 2016 FineHome Source home show.  Don’t miss next year’s show, who knows what we’ll think of.




By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

4 Stunning Window Walls

If you want to bring the outdoors in, a wall of windows, (and sometimes doors), is a great way to do it.  We have approached the design of window walls in many ways.  Some of our clients want only large sheets of glass, and others prefer many smaller panes with muntins.  Either way, it is all about the proportions.

Additional concerns are heat gain and heat loss depending on the orientation.  Well-made thermopane windows are available these days in many […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

Backyard Chronicles-October 2016

I never know what I am going to find when I go up to feed the animals.  This morning, I stopped to say hello to Chloe, our barnyard cat, then checked our garden to see what was left.  I had a few tomatoes, plenty of swiss chard, and some herbs.  The chickens were fine, although, their run was pretty muddy.  Rosie, as always, ran around checking on everyone.

My next stop was to feed the sheep inside of the barn.  When I […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Categories: Cats, chickens, dog, Miscellaneous, sheep||0 Comments

Off the Charts at FineHome Source

The 9th annual FineHome Source home show is right around the corner, Saturday, September 24th from 10am until 5pm in the center of downtown Millbrook, NY (you absolutely cannot miss it).

To top things off, we will have our first FineFashion Show featuring RG Couture.  Rowena Gill has designed dresses for the Dutchess of York, Sharon Stone, Naomi Cambell, and many more international figures.  We are very lucky to have her in our own backyard.  Her designs and models will […]

By |September 12th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

Golfer’s Dream

For the golfers who had everything, including their own putting green, the only thing missing was a place to relax between shots.  We were asked to complete the dream by designing a simple but elegant structure that would not only act as a pavilion for watching the shots, but also  provide a place to store the golf cart.

In the end, we think it has become a great destination for both golf and friends.


By |September 11th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

7 Great Porch Accessories

Sitting on a porch is a great experience for me.  I always enjoy it and never tire of sitting on my own porch.  I hear a flock of geese flying overhead, crickets chirping, most everyone else in my home is asleep while I sit on our porch with my laptop on my lap, writing this blog.  The more time you spend on a porch, the more ways you will find to use it, and anything that enhances the experience, in […]

By |September 11th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||4 Comments

9th Annual FineHome Source Home Show

It has been a great summer, but as we approach the fall, it is time to start planning a visit to the 9th Annual FineHome Source home show.  This year is going to be another great experience with many new exhibitors as well as our old favorites.  September 24th from 10am to 5pm will be another gathering of experts ready to answer your questions regarding home automation, the most energy efficient mechanical systems, kitchens, baths, furniture and much much more.
Join us […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||2 Comments