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.

Under Construction-December 2023

New Home New Home The ground is getting hard, but our projects are proceeding as usual.  In reality, at this time of year, construction sites are mud pits for a few days, and then they become like moonscapes with frozen hills and valleys. After visiting job sites, my boots are a mess, but that just comes with the territory. Here are a sampling of our projects under construction: Kitchen/Breakfast Room Pantry [...]

By |2023-12-06T19:04:21-05:00December 6th, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

7 First Floor Bedroom Suites

Primary Bedroom with Screened Porch Over the years, we have designed many first-floor bedrooms.  Often, homeowners request a first-floor primary bedroom or one that could function as either a guest bedroom or primary. Sometimes, these bedrooms are part of a new home; other times, they are added to an existing home.  Currently, we are designing several first-floor bedroom suites which, in the short term, will be for guests and, in the long run, can be converted into a [...]

By |2023-12-03T16:41:25-05:00November 30th, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

11 Striking Gas Fireplaces for Cozy Comfort

Double Sided Fireplace Some of our clients are purists regarding fireplaces; for them, it is wood-burning or nothing at all.  That’s fine. We love wood-burning fireplaces.  Most often, there is a mix of fireplaces in the homes we design, some burning wood and some gas. I have an old home, the core of which was built from about 1790 to the 1860s.   We have 4 wood-burning fireplaces.  I am uncomfortable sleeping with fire (or embers) burning in [...]

By |2023-11-30T15:37:06-05:00November 30th, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

10 Bedrooms That Treat Guests Like Family

Simple Guest Bedroom Having guests can be a wonderful experience, however providing a place for them to stay, can sometimes be a real challenge.   Of course, it is easier to find a place for visitors when building a new home or guest house.  Our clients generally want their guests close enough to be included in family activities, but far enough away for everyone to have their privacy.  To complicate things, visitors with small children have very different [...]

By |2023-11-05T07:42:02-05:00November 5th, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|2 Comments

Feast in Style: 19 Kitchens Perfect for Holiday Cooking

Riverside 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 wonder that the [...]

By |2023-11-05T07:42:40-05:00November 3rd, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Simply Modern

View Facing the Lake Our clients asked us to keep it simple and to help them get the most house for their budget. This new home does not feel like any compromises were made and we all were very happy with the outcome. The lake serves as the centerpiece of their beautiful home, while their home, in turn, complements the lake as its focal point. View Toward Lake Living Room Living Room Fireplace [...]

By |2023-11-05T07:43:17-05:00October 30th, 2023|Categories: Dining room, Lake Home, Laundry rooms, Miscellaneous, Mud Rooms, New Homes|0 Comments

Under Construction-October 2023

Kitchen Almost Finished As always, some of our projects are about to finish up, while others are either under construction or are waiting for building permits.  Right now, the Health Department and some building departments are overworked and understaffed, leading to delays, which frustrates everyone. Exterior View Back Patio New Home Exterior New Home Interior New Home Interior Cold Spring Renovation Cold Spring Renovation [...]

By |2023-10-16T16:59:25-04:00October 16th, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

A Tale of Two Homes: Before and After Renovation

Front of Home Afer Front of House Before Looking back at the 'before' images of homes we have renovated, I sometimes find it hard to believe where we started.  Ideas and directions we take during the design of a home renovation are rarely linear.  The final outcome is almost always a collaboration between Crisp Architects and our clients but sometimes includes input from friends and family members.  Our philosophy is that a good idea should be [...]

By |2023-10-03T06:32:28-04:00October 2nd, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Eleven Spaces Transformed by Organization

Closet to Pantry Pantries are quintessential organizers.  It is sometimes shocking how the addition of shelves, cubbies, cabinets, and other organizing built-ins can change a room.  All rooms start out with blank walls, and then we add finishes and cabinetry that create a place to live. Organized Pantry Mudrooms can be simple or elaborate with sinks and cabinets.  Cubbies, shelves, coat hooks, and benches complete the organizational pallet in a mudroom. Mud Room With Laundry [...]

By |2023-10-03T06:31:47-04:00September 23rd, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Orvis Game Fair September 16th and 17th in Millbrook, NY

Gus at Orvis       Photo by Alicia Crisp Every Monday, I shoot sporting clays with a group of friends at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook, NY.  It is a lot of fun hitting and missing clay pigeons and bearing the catcalls and praises of long-time shooters while no one is keeping score.  At Orvis, I have taken shooting lessons and fly fishing lessons with my family, learning skills that will last a lifetime.  We are very lucky to [...]

By |2023-09-12T11:07:02-04:00September 10th, 2023|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments
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