8 Home Bars-Large and Small

Whether you are serving a Diet Coke, a glass of wine, or a cocktail, a bar simplifies the process.  In one place you can have all the raw materials for festive refreshments, and at the same time contain the mess.  A bar can be hidden behind doors like a closet, or it can be a place to display glasses, drinks, and the tools of a bartender.  Added convenient features might include a coffee station complete with cups and espresso […]

By |February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Twin Chimney Home- Featured Recent Project

Nestled into a wooded hillside, this home can see far but is hidden from the rest of the world.  With simple lines and generous windows, our clients were hoping for an elegant get-away far from the crowded city.  There is plenty of room for their kids to have family fun and outdoor adventures.

6 Laundry Rooms

It is often true that the simple things in life are the ones that make us the most happy. In our homes the unsung and hardly glamorous laundry room serves to keep the engine of our lives running smoothly. Though clean socks may not guarantee happiness, it is a start.

While it is true that a stacked washer-dryer works fine in a closet and clothes can soak in the kitchen sink, a dedicated space centralizes the chores. There are, in […]

By |February 4th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments

Two Pregnant Ewes

Late this fall, we asked our large animal vet, Dr. Gillian Ferguson of Bluestone Veterinary Services, to check to see if our two ewes, Amy and 2%, were pregnant.  Since they had been with our ram for a while, we did not know how far along they would be or if they were pregnant at all.  The test came back negative and everyone was disappointed.  There is nothing like new lambs to brighten a snowy winter.

Just to double check […]

By |January 4th, 2018|Categories: Miscellaneous||3 Comments

5 New Fireplaces

It is now the season that I spend the most time hauling firewood, chopping up wood for kindling, and building fires.  The same is true for many of our clients.  There is an endless variation possible when designing a fireplace, but the outcome is the same, a warm, fascinating focal point for any room.  I encourage the addition of a fireplace to every home we design or redesign.  Why should I have all the fun?

By |January 1st, 2018|Categories: Fireplaces, Miscellaneous||0 Comments

Classical Addition

Our clients wanted to respect the architecture of their original home while taking on a major renovation and addition. The additions we designed are Greek Revival, which is a vernacular style of the region and was consistent with the age of the original home.  Triple hung windows bring wonderful amounts of light into the living room, while the open plan of the kitchen helps the renovated home flow well.  In the end, this old farmhouse feels as though it was […]

By |December 30th, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous||2 Comments

7 Perfect Pergolas

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

We sometimes create free-standing pergolas, however most are connected to a home or outbuilding.  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 durable materials […]

By |December 30th, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous||3 Comments

5 Homes and Animals in the Snow

Something magical happens to a home with the first snowfall of the season.  Around my house, the kids and the animals are even more excited than I am as we run and throw snowballs.  Rosie, our mini Aussie, tracks in the snow, which melts on the floor, while I start a fire and my wife makes hot cocoa.

The timing doesn’t always work, but when we can coordinate a photo shoot of one of our projects with freshly fallen snow, […]

By |December 13th, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous||4 Comments

6 Corners With Views

Nothing opens up a room like corner windows.  They provide that much more light and a panoramic view of the scenery.  Whether in the corner of a kitchen or an expansive sunroom, they make a powerful statement.

The only loss when wrapping windows around a room is wall space.  I feel they should be used purposefully where they will make the most impact.   Often opening up two or more walls with glass requires special structural considerations.  Without walls to support […]

Tis’ the Season to Get Together and Bake

This time of year our kitchen is filled with family and friends talking, eating, cooking, and baking.  Often we are dancing around each other to get to utensils, trash bins, ingredients, mixers and ovens.  Our French exchange student, Paul, is in the process of teaching some of us how to make the perfect crepe.

One of our clients, whose kitchen we recently finished,  included a baking station on the end of their island. This is very handy when extra space is […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Categories: Miscellaneous||0 Comments