This is the first of a series of articles showcasing some of our favorite architectural details. No architectural project is successful unless the details are well thought out, proportional, and designed to last.  The details do make the project.

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Coupla on Roof of Garage/Guest House

We often use cupolas to bring in light and for ventilation.  Best of all, they add detail to a roof and make an historical connection to the barns built in the nineteenth century and before.

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Master Bedroom Fireplace

A fireplace anchors a room like nothing else.  Lately we have designed quite a few fireplaces which are all gas or have gas starters.  The master bedroom fireplace is a good candidate for gas since there is no mess and it is easy on and easy off.  For the purists, we make sure there is ample wood storage.

Pool House Pergola

Pool House Pergola

Pergolas work well to soften the light as it filters between the slats or through the foliage growing across the structural beams.  Even if that filtering is unnecessary, the shadows cast by a pergola can be beautiful and add depth to the facade of a structure.

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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    Katherine Kiar February 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Hello again, just wondering, how do you determine the size of the cupola you use on a particular structure? We are adding one to our Garage but I don’t know how to size it…any suggestions?

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    James Crisp February 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    It is all about the porportions. You need to draw the garage and draw different cupolas. You will know when it is right.

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