Designed for friends who bought a beautiful piece of land on the side of a hill in Columbia County, this home embodies the phrase ‘Simple can be better’. We were given the mandate to design a small home on a budget, but to also give it style and grace. Another strict requirement was to include a dramatic steel staircase and keep it simple. We always welcome a design challenge and set about our work. In the end, we accomplished those goals and produced a bright and comfortable home well below the average market building cost. While being schooled in modern design, it is less frequent that we get the opportunity to express our modern design credentials. This project both excited and fulfilled our clients and ourselves. Jc1

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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    Anita Zander December 15, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I enjoy your newsletters very much! Would love to see more pictures of this house. Just for fun!

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    James Crisp December 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Thank you. You can go to

    Which is to see a few additional photos.

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