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The place you are always welcome

What do you do with the underground, windowless space below your house?

Make it an authentic English Pub of course!

Don’t get me wrong, this is not our fathers’ shag carpeted lounge with a Tiki lamp and a beer sign. This basement is a place that if you closed your eyes, walked in, then opened them, you would  think you had been transported to a venerable London pub.

Seldom have we been asked to collaborate with a client who has had such a fully realized vision of the final outcome as this basement pub.  I believe he could see himself drinking a pint of stout with friends, throwing darts and playing pool in this space before we measured the existing conditions.

We had a great time helping make our client’s vision a reality, working on the details, and throwing in our two cents worth.  The contractors, subcontractors, carpenters, craftsman, all joined together in the spirit of good spirits to make this basement a destination.

The authenticity of our client’s vision was revealed on a beautiful summer night when we all headed toward the basement for a pint, good company, and a perfect celebration of work well done.

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Pub hearth

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Pub entry

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Basement before the pub

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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    Gregg Fox November 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I love these newsletters from you. And, I love this English pub in the basement.
    Please keep me on your mailing lists…and hopefully, I find you a nice prospect
    someday from down here in Jersey with someone doing a second home or
    something up in your neck of the woods.

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    Sir Christopher Wren November 4, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Jolly good ol bean!

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    James Crisp November 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Keep a stiff upper lip.

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    James Crisp November 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I’d love to

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