6 Renovations That Can Change the Way You Live in Your Home

I have renovated and added to my own home for many reasons, including the fact I hated the existing kitchen.  I added a porch  and a bedroom because I love porches and  my oldest daughter needed a room of her own.  Many people renovate a home because no one thought to incorporate light or views in the original design.  Sometimes the existing home is outdated, dark, too small, poorly laid out, or all of the above.

In any case, some […]

Breakfast In The Bay

From Monticello to the house next door, it is common when planning a construction project, to create a master plan and then build in phases.  Phasing a renovation can allow the homeowners to live in the house during construction or spread out the cost over several years.  When building a new home, the construction of a guest house or garage before the main house, can create a secure space to store materials and/or establish a home base to enjoy […]

Simple is Sometimes Best

There is a wonderful hamlet of period homes near my house which are owned by a group of lifelong friends.  They are all meticulously cared for by their owners, and the idea of adding on to one of these jewels is taken very seriously.   When I was asked to design an addition to this particular home, I lived in New York City and only weekended in the area.

The task I was given was to design a dining room addition […]

View From the Porch

There are few things I enjoy more than relaxing on my own porch after work.There is no doubt in my mind that there is something psychologically unique about a porch. We are neither inside nor fully outside and exposed...

Bedroom Addition

About fifteen years ago my wife and I bought a circa 1790 farm house that had been added on to over the centuries. We restored portions of the house and renovated others. When our children outnumbered the available bedrooms, we decided to add on.

Like many farm houses, ours was built close to the road on one side and next to a hill on the other. Of the two sides left, only one allowed us to add a bedroom without […]

Adding On

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 […]

Modern Farmhouse Design

There is no absolute prototype for a farmhouse, but most of us can recognize one when we see it. By definition the originals were located on farms and were integral to the life and work of those farm families who lived there.

Depending on when and where those homes were built, they could be made of stone, brick, shingles or clapboard. Most farmhouses had porches since there was no air conditioning and many farm and family chores were undertaken there. […]

Children’s Rooms

When our third child was on the way, we decided to add a bedroom to our home. The room we were planning for our new born son was immediately claimed by his oldest sister. We realized that in fairness our first born deserved first choice of rooms, at that point we began to reevaluate the design of the new room.

This was an epiphany since our mental image of the room changed immediately. In fact the babies room would soon […]