Front Of House With Porch

Front of House with Porch

The first of my articles on house sizes(Small Home-Big Dreams) featured a home with 2200 square feet of heated living space.  We explored the strategies which are critical when designing a smaller place to live.

Rear Of Home In Winter

Rear of Home in Winter

A medium sized home in our office runs between about 3000 square feet and 5000 square feet of heated space.  As the size of the home increases, shared spaces are still desirable but are not as critical to the overall perceived spaciousness of the home.

View From Kitchen To Living Room

View From Kitchen to Living Room


We are able to include more bedrooms as the size increases and/or more single purpose rooms such as a home office, dining room, or sun room.  Alternatively, the same rooms found in smaller homes can become larger, either in square footage or volume.

Screened Porch Off Master Bedroom

Screened porch off Master Bedroom


Since we are porch lovers, we feel almost any home can benefit from one or more screen or open porches.

Screened Porch

Screened Porch

Front Porch Detail

Front Porch Detail


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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    Herb Goddard May 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Hmmmm, my living room of similar layout, including doors to the porch could use a few of your designs. You have me thinking of screening in the back porch. The changes from your “small homes” could easily be realized in my own home. Fireplace redesign would be #1. I always find the colors you use to be pleasing. I may steal the living room color! Jim, Thanks for the ideas,

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    James Crisp May 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Any time Herb.

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    Evan Hauptmann June 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Looks great, Jimmy!

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    James Crisp June 10, 2013 at 11:40 am


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    John L. February 26, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Great informational article and a lovely home. I am curious where this home falls in the 3,000 to 5,000 square foot range of your medium sized homes. What is the approx. size of this home? Thanks.

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    John L. February 26, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Please ignore my previous question. You have already answered it on your
    Modern Farmhouse post. I apologize, I didn’t realize my wife had already asked the question yesterday! We were both admiring this home. Thanks.

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    James Crisp February 27, 2015 at 8:48 am

    About 3800 square feet.

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