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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.

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

11 of Our Favorite Patios

Patio with Pergola Although I have a soft spot in my heart for porches, there are times I prefer to sit on our patio which is right off the kitchen.  Sometimes new homes and renovations we design only have porches or only patios but often we include both.  An open patio does not protect you from the rain, but it does offer more light and views of the sky.  The addition of pergolas creates the feel of enclosure [...]

By |2021-08-11T08:21:54-04:00August 5th, 2021|Categories: Patios|0 Comments

Under Construction 7-21

Ulster County New Home The good news is, prices for some building materials are coming down.  The bad news is that many items are harder to get and have longer lead times.  Some windows have an almost 6 month lead time.  You can imagine how difficult it is for a contractor to have to put in a window order months before they start construction.  Luckily there are workarounds such as alternate brands of windows or substitute materials.  As [...]

By |2021-07-21T12:13:16-04:00July 21st, 2021|Categories: Additions, Construction, New Homes, Renovations|0 Comments

6 Homes Connected to Water

Modern Farmhouse With Reflecting Pond This summer my family and I rented a home on a lake in Maine and it was wonderful.  Other summers we stay in a cabin on a lake in the Adirondacks or on the ocean.  Perhaps those water-connected homes are extra special to us because we live inland surrounded by trees with no water, but a pool. Some of our clients are lucky enough to own property on a lake, a pond, a [...]

By |2021-07-21T16:56:26-04:00July 7th, 2021|Categories: Design, Lake Home, Miscellaneous, New Homes, Porches|0 Comments

Raise Sheep and See the World

Dana-Thomas House by Frank Lloyd Wright A few weeks ago, we embarked on a 1000-mile journey to the All-American Junior Sheep show in Springfield, Illinois.  My wife and I were taking our son, the last active 4H member of the family, to the largest youth sheep show in the country.  There were over 3000 sheep and 1000 kids showing them. So, we loaded up the sheep trailer and headed west.  For me, it was a remote working week [...]

By |2021-07-07T17:39:08-04:00July 6th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|2 Comments

Out Takes-6 Beautiful Photographs

Ferns Our architectural photographer, Rob Karosis is an artist who cannot turn off his creative eye when taking a break between architectural shots.  We always look for those bonus photographs that come back from a photo shoot.  Although architectural photography requires an element of craft and technical expertise, only an artist can make the images come alive. Fields Barn in Early Morning Fog Cornfield Early Summer Abandoned Farm Doors [...]

By |2021-06-15T22:05:05-04:00June 10th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|1 Comment

13 Pool Structures

Indoor Pool Nothing says summer like kids splashing around in a pool–except perhaps an adult party centered around a pool on a balmy summer evening. In either case, a pool house makes everything easier. Whether the pool house or pavilion is small and simple or includes a full kitchen and guest quarters, having a place to store cold drinks, towels and refreshments makes summer entertaining a lot more fun. This summer is predicted to be a scorcher and [...]

13 Screened Porches

Screened Porch with Folding Doors When it is buggy out, a screened porch is in its glory!  I love to eat dinner on my open porch (as well as drink my morning coffee), but if the bugs are out, I go inside.  Screened porches solve those problems entirely.  It is just lucky for me, that my property rarely has a bug problem.  For some homeowners, the mosquitos, gnats, and other biting insects come out like clockwork, making it [...]

By |2021-05-24T22:24:18-04:00May 23rd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|1 Comment
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