Forever Home

New Home with Porches

We design many forever homes.  Whenever we are asked to design any project, we approach it the same way the builders of my home did: design it as though a family will live there forever. The forever home starts with good design. Our preference is to avoid whatever the current fad is going around and to design each home or addition in a timeless manner that will look as good 25 years from now as it will 125 years from now. I can’t count all the 70s and 80s homes we have been asked to redo, sometimes from scratch.

Stone And Wood Home

Stone and Wood Home

In addition to timeless design details, we try to build out of materials that are as low maintenance and high quality as possible. We do keep in mind that there are tradeoffs between costs and quality and often ‘value engineer’ a project to accomplish the best project for the client’s budget. We generally design so a home lives well, is bright and comfortable, and takes advantage of the site and the views. Our clients often ask us to create the interiors in a more modern style, which, over time, is expected to change.

Timeless Addition

Timeless Addition

Many Additions

Family Farmhouse

Stone Addition

Stone Addition

In 2007, Sandee Mahoney and I wrote a book for Taunton Press titled, ‘On the Porch: Creating Your Place to Watch the World Go By.’  In that book, we not only showed examples of porches we had designed; we also included porches designed by architects across the nation.  We included a beautiful porch in Louisiana designed by Kevin Harris, a friend from college and a colleague of mine.  In 2015 he wrote ‘The Forever Home: How to Work With an Architect to Design the Home of Your Dreams,’ in which he details how to work with an architect to achieve your ‘forever home.’  It is an excellent resource for ideas and guidelines for creating that special place you won’t ever want to leave.

Small Forever Home

Small Forever Home

Modern Farmhouse

Modern Farmhouse

Home On The Water

Home on the Water

Photos by Rob Karosis  Curated Brochure by Crisp Architects: Portfolio

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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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    Mary Kenelly May 25, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Thanks, Jimmy for great ideas and comments! We are (again!) trying to decide whether to update this home (5 grandchildren later!) or renovate a larger home around the corner. Already decided to ask Kevin Harris to help if we decide on the new one especially.! Hope you and your family are doing great-just returned from CT and Bunny Williams’ and Christian S garden tours and the Manhattan Kips Bay show house! so Fun and
    inspiring! Take care-have a wonderful summer!

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    James Crisp May 25, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Kevin is a great choice. Don’t you love Bunny Williams’ chicken coop? JC

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