Cupola 3 Lr2.1One 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 project ends, the contractors move on to another project, the architects study their work and the home owners start their new life in a new home. Yes, we are all somewhat changed by the experiance.

The good news is that we are often brought back for another addition, guest house or potting shed and the fun begins again. At that point we are all friends and the process goes even smoother.

StairRear Of Pringle Overall Lr.2
Photos by James Crisp

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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