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About 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.

10 Tips to Prepare Your home for Winter

Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts I live in an old house.  On a good day, it has its issues that we have learned to live with like an occasional steam pipe knocking when the heat comes on.  In a new home, there are fewer quirky elements to go wrong but preparing for winter still requires maintenance.  Here are a few things we do to prepare for winter.  Over the years I have found that it is better to [...]

By |2021-10-20T16:18:16-04:00October 19th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

7 Sunrooms

Sunroom in the Snow The best time to enjoy a sunroom can be the middle of winter.  While we always think of sitting in a sunroom looking out over a lush garden, the time when we need the sun the most is when those plants are well below the snow.  Like sitting on a porch in the summer while a warm rain falls out in the yard, sitting in a sunroom around a crackling fire while it storms [...]

By |2021-10-18T12:37:38-04:00October 18th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

There is a New Dog in Town

Gus A couple from Pennsylvania visited my office to talk about adding on to their home.  They brought with them a beautiful, sweet-natured, English Setter that they had just gotten and who behaved so well in our office that I asked in passing where she was from.  It turns out she was from a pretty famous breeder called DeCoverly Kennels.  They also said there was a large male available.  I mentioned that to my wife and the next [...]

By |2021-10-06T12:33:57-04:00October 2nd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|4 Comments

Collectors Garage

Collectors' Garage Our client is an avid collector of cars and other motor vehicles.  He had a very tight space to squeeze a garage into due to the site and tough zoning requirements in Greenwich Connecticut.  We managed to get him his garage with inches to spare.  We used lifts to double his capacity for collectibles.  For now, everything fits fine. Doors Open Inside Inside Gable End Photos by Rob [...]

By |2021-09-30T21:50:28-04:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

15 Projects That Thumb Their Nose at Symmetry

Home With New and Old Additions Don't get me wrong, I love symmetry.  All of our projects have parts that are symmetrical, and others are 100% symmetrical, but there are many beautiful homes that are stunning because of their overall composition rather than perfect symmetry.  I have always admired old homes that grew over generations of owners adapting to the needs and the means of the families that lived there.  Often when we design a new home, we [...]

By |2021-10-01T08:10:23-04:00September 23rd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

3 Season Room with Automatic Screens

3 Season Room with Automatic Screens The owners wanted a 3 season room with maximum flexibility to enjoy their spectacular view. We designed the porch to include roller screens from Phantom Screens. With a touch of a button, they can turn their open porch into a screened porch which no bug can penetrate. Radiant heaters will take the chill out of a fall evening, and lightweight clear panels extend the use of the porch long into the winter. When [...]

By |2021-09-08T20:47:31-04:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|4 Comments

10 Laundry Rooms

Modern Farmhouse Laundry Room It is often true that the simple things in life are the ones that make us the happiest. In our homes, the unsung and hardly glamorous laundry room serves to keep the engine of our lives running smoothly. Though clean socks may not guarantee happiness, it is a start. No two families are the same.  What works perfectly for one rarely is ideal for another and those needs change over time. Speaking as a [...]

By |2021-09-08T20:49:39-04:00September 6th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Under Construction 9-21

New Greenwich Home After many overcast and rainy days finally, we have hit a patch of good weather.  Most of all that is great for everyone on our job sites but it also makes my job site photography a lot easier.  As usual these days, there are delays for some items such as appliances and windows, but overall prices continue to slowly be dropping.  Perhaps normal is not out of sight. New Greenwich Home New [...]

By |2021-09-13T16:38:37-04:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Garden Bounty

Grape Tomatoes I will never claim to be the perfect gardener.  By the middle of August, many plants have gone to seed, and others have suffered because of summer vacations and heavy architectural workload.  To her credit, mother nature perseveres and continues to produce wonderful garden delights.  Our grape tomatoes are as sweet as can be.  Every few days I roast a big spaghetti squash which I often eat 3 times a day, and our pole beans are [...]

By |2021-08-18T22:07:11-04:00August 18th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

16 Shades of Grey-Revisited

Modern Living Room With Grey Stone and Ceiling I could not resist the title, my apologies for the cliche.  Grey is one of our favorite colors, or to be technically correct, our favorite tones between black and white. Honestly, most colors, (or lack thereof), on interior finishes and furniture are determined by our tasteful clients and or their talented interior designers.  We provide the backdrop for their tableau. Grey, in its wide range of tones and shades, has [...]

By |2021-08-21T11:35:12-04:00August 18th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments
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