3 Breakfast Bays

I have always loved sitting in a bright alcove eating breakfast and reading the paper.  These days the object in front of me is often an ipad or other electronics, but the wonderful feeling of a breakfast nook is always the same.  Of course bays which have windows on three sides are going to be the brightest.  Depending on the orientation of the house, the sunlight streaming in can be dramatic. If there are some interesting views, that is […]

Fine Home Source 2013, Sept. 28th

I will be the first to admit, everyone doesn’t need a bowling alley.  But if you would like to see the latest in home bowling, come on out to Fine Home Source on September 28th and take a look.  This year we have some of the most broad ranging and professional vendors ever.  You can speak to the experts from Orvis Sandanona about learning how to fly fish or shoot sporting clays then talk to the folks at Dutchess Overhead Door […]

Fine Home Source 2013

We are now a little over a month away from our 6th and largest Fine Home Source Home show.  We have enlarged the tent and added vendors and have reached a milestone of 6 years keeping craftmanship and quality design alive.  Join us in the celebration of quality services,craftsmanship, and design on September 28th in Millbrook, New York.  Here are a few of the vendors who will be there:

 

 

Adding On (Revisited)

About half of the work in our office is new construction and half renovations and additions. When designing a home from scratch some of the most important elements to study(besides the clients wishes) are views, site features, sun and wind direction, and the approach to the site. The most important single element in an addition/renovation is the existing building. Sometimes the portion you save and restore is key to the rest of the project. Although it is almost impossible […]

Projects’ End(Revisited)

One of my least favorite parts of a project is it’s end. During the process of designing and constructing the home, we have built special relationships with home owners, contractors and craftspeople which inevitably must change. Often those business relationships become friendships, but there is nothing like being part of that creation(ask any mother).

We work together as a team for as much as several years speaking at least once a week and exchanging ideas even more and then the […]

3 of Our Favorite Architectural Details (#1)

This is the first of a series of articles showcasing some of our favorite architectural details. No architectural project is successful unless the details are well thought out, proportional, and designed to last.  The details do make the project.

We often use cupolas to bring in light and for ventilation.  Best of all, they add detail to a roof and make an historical connection to the barns built in the nineteenth century and before.

A fireplace anchors a room like nothing […]

5 Additions That Especially Add Value to a Home

In a completely unscientific review of past and current projects, I find that five types of additions are requested more than all the others combined.  The reason may be that homeowners value these five additions the most or it could be that most homes lack or only have poor examples of these spaces. While I never try to predict real estate trends or future markets, it stands to reason that a home, which includes fine examples one or more […]

Living in the Eaves

When we first moved into our 1790’s home, I bumped my head many times on a sloping ceiling in the master bath.  I could not wait to change that situation. One of our first major additions/renovations included a full height master bath.  We still have a sloped ceiling in the new bath, but it starts at about 7’-0” and goes up from there.

Ideally the sloped ceiling starts high enough so that furniture easily fits against the walls of the […]

5 Small Projects That Make a Big Difference

As in life, sometimes it is the little changes that make the greatest impact on how we live, and that is especially true with home renovation projects.  A comfortable place to take off your boots and hang up your coat in the northeast is more than a convenience-it is a daily necessity.  A well-organized laundry room with a sink, storage, and a place to work is just the basic outline of a room which is critical to every home.  […]

Perfect Pergolas

I love pergolas.  They give shade and add detail and interest to any structure, although I have to admit that there is no pergola which is perfect for all situations.

We sometimes create free-standing pergolas, however most are connected to a home or out building.  Materials for posts and beams can either match the larger structure or be completely different creating a contrast.  If plants are allowed and encouraged to grow over the structure, care should be taken to choose […]