New Porch

New Porch

Older homes have a character that often is impossible to replicate.  A 200 year old home has traces of daily life so different from our world today.  That sense of history is what makes living in an old home wonderful.  I once owned an 1865 schoolhouse that a friend and I converted into a weekend home.  Some naughty children carved their initials in the siding over a hundred years ago and we treated those carvings with great reverence when the schoolhouse was painted.  Along with the unique details of old homes come issues both internal and external.  A rural farm house next to a dirt road sometimes ends up next to a highway, or an addition which made sense to a previous owner seems out of place in the present.

Our clients had a stunning view over an existing pond, but the room that had the best view did not work well or match their existing period home.  We worked to give them a place to enjoy the view which felt comfortable with the rest of the house.

View Across Pond

View Across Pond

Approaching Porch

Approaching Porch

Porch Detail

Porch Detail

Before Photo

Before Photo

 

By Published On: May 3rd, 2016Categories: Miscellaneous3 Comments

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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  1. Barbara B. May 12, 2016 at 6:35 am

    I so enjoy following your work, and this porch did not disappoint. You have a wonderful way of bringing older homes into the 21st century while always respecting their history.

    Have you posted photos of your Goshen, CT project? I have not found them. Lovely home with incredible views…
    Best regards,
    Barbara

  2. James Crisp May 12, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Thanks. I’m not sure which project you mean. JC

  3. Brenda L May 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Each of your projects are so impressive. I could never pick just one as being my favorite. The old world charm is so inviting.

    I see on this porch project that the stone looks very similar if not the same as stone used in an interior wood burning fireplace on another project. ( which I absolutely love)

    I love the floor that was used on this porch. May I ask what material was used for the floor. Also, what material do you like to use to adhere the stone floor with? As with the change of seasons there would be much expansion and contraction. Leading to the crumbing of many materials over time.

    Yours truly,
    A fellow New Yorker in Buffalo
    Brenda

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