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Fine Home Source 2013, Sept. 28th

I will be the first to admit, everyone doesn't need a bowling alley.  But if you would like to see the latest in home bowling, come on out to Fine Home Source on September 28th and take a look.  This year we have some of the most broad ranging and professional vendors ever.  You can speak to the experts from Orvis Sandanona about learning how to fly fish or shoot sporting clays then talk to the folks at Dutchess Overhead [...]

4 Pool Houses(Revisited)

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 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. A pool house can be a place to access only the absolute necessities [...]

7 Metal Roofs

On a renovation we recently completed, the metal(tin) roof had a stamp on the back, the installer gave a 25 year guarantee.  The roof was a little worse for wear, but was not leaking.  The guarantee expired in 1905. For most of us, the expected life of a metal roof is beyond our expiration date.  That is not true of most modern cedar shingle roofs which I have seen fail in less than 10 years(due to acid rain [...]

By |2012-10-01T06:37:46-04:00October 1st, 2012|Categories: Accessory Buildings, Miscellaneous, New Homes, Porches|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Berkshire Botanical Garden-Garden Folly

This winter, when it was hard to imagine spring flowers, we received a call from the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Crisp Architects had been selected along with three other architects to design a folly titled ‘Gimme Shelter: Architects Design for Shade’.  Proceeds of the exhibition and sale of the follies will benefit the garden and their many programs. We had a lot of fun with a variety of ideas then settled on a classic garden folly [...]

The Garden and The Home (Updated)

The arrival of spring inspired me to revisit this blog from 2009, add some photos, and use the found time to plant my garden.  Please enjoy the weather and this visual reminder of spring! A beautiful landscape can enhance any architectural project. A talented landscape architect, landscape designer or homeowner with a green thumb makes any project we design more beautiful. That partnership works even better when it begins early in the design process. Architects spend a lot [...]

Our New Web Site

I am really excited to announce that after many months of hard work our web master Sven Nebelung completed our new and improved Crisp Architects web site.  Sven created the previous web page almost 10 years ago when a lot of people were using dial-up connections for the Internet.  At that time images needed to be small for quick loading.  Most of us have faster connections these days so we decided to enlarge all the photos and enhance [...]

By |2011-08-25T00:27:37-04:00August 23rd, 2011|Categories: Accessory Buildings, Miscellaneous, New Homes, Renovations|Tags: , |0 Comments

5 Garage Door Solutions

Garage doors may seem to be a very mundane topic, not worth much thought in the overall scheme of home design, but in our office, that is not the case.  When you think about it, garage doors are quite large elements, which need to be worked into the composition of a building. Those considerations are important whether it is a stand-alone garage, garage/guest house, or a garage connected to a home. We have designed 3” thick authentic swinging [...]

By |2011-07-06T13:04:38-04:00July 3rd, 2011|Categories: Accessory Buildings, Garages|Tags: , , |3 Comments

The Garden and The Home

A beautiful landscape can enhance any architectural project. A talented landscape architect, landscape designer or homeowner with a green thumb makes any project we design more beautiful. That partnership works even better when it begins early in the design process. Architects spend a lot of time on the placement of a new home or addition in the landscape. Views, sun angle and orientation, prevailing winds, relationships to the approach and internal flow are all part of the mix when designing [...]

Pool Houses

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 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. A pool house can be a place to access only the absolute necessities while enjoying [...]

By |2010-06-03T13:52:13-04:00May 18th, 2009|Categories: Accessory Buildings|Tags: , , , |3 Comments
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