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

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  Sometimes the existing home is outdated, dark, too small, poorly laid out, or all of the above.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 […]

9 Kitchen Conveniences We Love

Over the years I have seen kitchen gadgets come and go and I think I must have bought half of the ones that went.  There are a few which have been real assets to both the kitchen designer and the homeowner.  Since every kitchen is different, some with plenty of wall, cabinet and storage space, and others with hardly any, space saving conveniences can make the difference between a working kitchen and a kitchen that makes you work.

I am always on […]

By |October 6th, 2015|Categories: Kitchen, Miscellaneous, Technology||4 Comments

Historic Expansion (Featured Project)

The original house had been added to over time, but at its core was a beautiful old home with wide pine floors and plaster walls. A critical requirement of the project was to preserve the integrity of the historic structure while giving the new owners additional space for their growing family and friends. With some careful design and care during construction, we were even able to save two venerable old trees which have graced the home for the better […]

3 Butler’s Pantries

Tis’ the season for big meals with plenty of friends and family.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a butler’s pantry to store all the dishes and serving platters, silverware, and glasses. In my house they are scattered from the kitchen to the dining room in cabinets and various hutches and servers.  When our clients ask that we include a butler’s pantry in their home, we jump on it since it makes entertaining so much easier and more […]

By |December 5th, 2014|Categories: Kitchen, Miscellaneous||5 Comments

Fine Home Source 2014-Best Ever!

Once again we had the best show ever!  Everyone had a great time with more vendors and visitors enjoying a picture perfect fall day.  This years show showcased everything from Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn to a restored 1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville (by CPR).  Free samples included wine from Clinton Vineyards, cheese from Adams, espresso from Decker and BeeBe and Zoe’s ice cream.

Don’t forget Aspire Magazine who joined us(and who wrote several fine articles about Crisp Architects including: Low Ceiling Remedies and Jimmy and Jill Went Up […]

5 Additions That Especially Add Value to a Home(Revisited)

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 […]

3 Coffee Bars

When I wake up in the morning, I need my coffee.  One of my morning rituals is to start the coffee brewing, check my e-mail, and then try to make sure all the kids are on schedule to catch the buses.  When my wife walks into the kitchen, after getting our youngest child up and ready for school, I pour her coffee and fix it the way she likes it.  After that, I am ready for anything.

From what I […]

6 Eat-In Kitchens

Recently I visited Washington DC with my family and in addition to the monument tour, we visited the National Museum of American History where Julia Child’s kitchen from her Massachusetts home is on display.  Mrs. Child donated her kitchen in 2001 and it is exactly as she left it with a big table right in the middle of the room.  You can see photos on the ‘Hooked on Houses’ blog.

With Julia in mind, I thought I would share some […]

By |February 21st, 2014|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: , |2 Comments

One Micro Home

Many people I know are weary of the work required to maintain a large home and the headaches associated with coordinating that task.  Although the idea of living in a very compact home isn’t for everyone, there are certainly days around my house that make me fantasize about living in a home, which due to its size, limits the amount of work required to keep it in good shape.

Luckily we are often asked to design exactly that kind of […]

Fine Home Source 2013-Best One Ever!

We had a beautiful day, 54 vendors(a record) and over 600 visitors-what more can you ask for?

Well, we had a late entry of Telescopes of Vermont who showed everyone the amazing Porter Garden Telescope.  People were reading the fine print on a dollar bill almost a block away.  It brought back my amature astronomer’s glee.

There were vendors like Chris’ Coffee showing their amazing Italian espresso makers and handing out free samples to Hudson Company displaying their antique and vintage […]