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.

9 Balmy Islands with Seats Waiting for You

Well, I may have exaggerated a little bit in the title when I said balmy, perhaps warm and cozy would be more descriptive.  Kitchen islands are a great place to hang out.  You can either help  the chef prepare the food or simply provide moral support while sitting at the counter.  In my childhood home, down in Louisiana, you were expected to do both, whether you were one of the family, or a first-time visitor.  Weekend cooking  was a group […]

By |January 7th, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

Farmhouse Modern (Updated)

Many of our clients own old farm houses and love the way they fit into the countryside of the Northeast. These same clients want the interior of their homes to be brighter and more modern than the original farm house.

Recently we renovated a large kitchen and added a bright sun room to an 1800s farm house in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The kitchen cabinets were frameless and painted white with simple but elegant details offsetting the extra thick Carrara marble […]

By |December 15th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||4 Comments

Models Tell the Story (Revisited)

There is always an air of excitement around the office as a model is nearing completion.  To me, they are our best representation of a new home or addition, short of a full-scale construction project.  We have tried photo realistic renderings, computer modeling, and a simulated walk through, to name a few.  None are as helpful to our clients and us as a physical scale model. (They are a lot more fun, too.)

Depending on the scale of the model, […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

4 Interior Designers That Make Us Look Good

As part of an ongoing series, we would like to tip our hats to other professionals who make us look good.  The line is often blurred between the work of architects and interior designers.  The way we design homes, at Crisp Architects, is collaborative within the office as well as collaborative with our clients and other professionals.  Our motto is “a good idea is a good idea, no matter where it comes from”.

Our best projects often include interior designers, as […]

By |December 14th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous||4 Comments

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||4 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||23 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||1 Comment