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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.

9 Surprising Transformations

Living Room After We are always pleasantly surprised when we get the final images back from our photographer, Rob Karosis.  When we compare those photos to the 'before' photos, sometimes we are just amazed.  Not every project is in terrible shape before we renovate.  Sometimes our clients simply want to change the style of a room or a home and other times a perfectly good home no longer meets the needs of the family living there. Living [...]

By |2022-01-12T11:05:55-05:00January 11th, 2022|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Modern Office in Traditional Home

Exterior View Our clients looked to expand a small dark office and take advantage of views of their beautiful property.  We removed an existing porch expanding and renovating the office creating a striking modern-traditional hybrid of the two making the most of each type of detail. Fireplace Desk Area View to Living Room Details Photos by Rob Karosis  Curated Brochure: Portfolio  

By |2022-01-11T16:58:57-05:00January 6th, 2022|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

On the Farm, Everyone Has a Job

Gus Finding Birds Even if They Are Chickens Anyone who has lived on a farm knows that there is more than enough work to go around.  That work extends to the animals who live there too.  On our mini-farm, the sheep are the stars.  Their big job is to grow beautiful wool and let us sheer them to make sweaters, and socks, and wool hats and scarves.  The chickens lay plenty of eggs.  Chloe the cat keeps the [...]

By |2021-12-11T13:14:47-05:00December 11th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|5 Comments

13 Spots for Coats and Cubbies

Boots, Drawers, and Cubbies Sometimes you just need a place to put your hat, gloves, and boots.  Although these places may be part of a larger mudroom, they can also just fit into a hallway or unused space near a garage or kitchen.  By adding coat hooks and cubbies, a hallway can be immediately transformed into a mudroom. Cubbies for Kids Entry with Hooks and Storage Hallway Coats and Cubbies Coats [...]

By |2021-12-14T07:52:23-05:00December 1st, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|2 Comments

21 Kitchens for Holiday Cooking

Natural Wood and Stone Kitchen My family and I love to cook.  This passion for food goes into high gear during the holidays.  Someone is always in the process of baking cookies, preparing a soup, sauteing, blending, roasting, or prepping for one of the above.  As a group, we interact more in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home.  For me, and most of our clients, the kitchen is the most important room in the house.  No [...]

By |2021-12-14T07:53:00-05:00November 30th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Under Construction 11-21

Woodstock New Home With Double Rainbow By Wheeler Jackson A family member of one of our clients sent me the photo of the Woodstock home, pictured above, with a double rainbow centered on the house.  I just can't beat that!  He graciously allowed me to include it in this post.  Everyone at the job site and the office loved it! Otherwise, there is a mad dash to beat the weather.  These days between the waterproof sheathing and warmer [...]

By |2021-11-01T10:37:09-04:00October 31st, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

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 |2021-11-01T13:20:01-04:00October 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
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