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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

Carriage House/Garage

Carriage House/Garage The homeowners wanted comfortable quarters for family members and friends that could accommodate long-term visits. This guest house with 3 bedrooms, a great kitchen opening onto the living room, mudroom, and laundry is a place where anyone could settle in for an extended stay. With a balcony off the living room and porch off the kitchen, it is also a good place to watch the world go by. On top of that, there is an elevator [...]

By |2021-03-26T14:02:33-04:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Accessory Buildings, Garages, Miscellaneous, Porches|0 Comments

Period Home Renovation

Front Entry This was a wonderful old home that needed a modern kitchen, more light, and a great master suite. As always, we respected the original architecture while adding rooms that now take advantage of the views and the landscape. We added porches and made it into a very comfortable new/old home. Side View Rear View Screened Porch Kitchen Kitchen View Breakfast Area Butlers Pantry [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:22:44-04:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Additions, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Kitchen, Miscellaneous, Porches, Renovations|0 Comments

Home is Where the Birds Are

3 Chicks Close Up On one of our site meetings which included the homeowners, me, the project architect and the contractor, Howie Senior, from Structure Works Construction, pointed out a new swallow’s nest. The swallows would start to build a nest on the house which is under construction and then the workmen would have to undo their hard work when a new piece of clapboard or framing was installed. Howie solved their dilemma by putting up a couple [...]

By |2019-08-04T08:25:55-04:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Additions, Miscellaneous, Porches, Renovations|4 Comments

5 Ways to Stretch Your Construction Dollars

Simple Alcove When designing a home or addition, part of the fun for the owner is imagining the project finished without any compromises. When bids come in from the contractors, many homeowners are eager to look at ways to reduce the price without losing space or the character of the project. As the architects, our job is to help bring the price down as far as possible without losing the qualities that the owners loved in the first [...]

By |2018-10-15T07:37:10-04:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: Additions, Breakfast Nook, Miscellaneous, Porches, Renovations|1 Comment

5 Home Features for Fall

Firepit Inside Looking Out As we roll into Fall, I find myself building more bonfires, roasting s'mores with the kids, and sitting on my porch with the heater on.  Many of our projects include indoor-outdoor spaces which are ideally enjoyed in the fall when an outdoor fire can be appreciated or simply a moment to be outside before it gets too cold.  Outdoor fireplaces are a great source of warmth and entertainment and if you combine [...]

By |2017-10-25T20:14:21-04:00October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Fireplaces, Miscellaneous, Porches, Sun Room|4 Comments

4 Greek Revival Buildings

Former home of Kermit Love, creator of Big Bird (New Home) We love Greek Revival style buildings.  Sometimes we add on to Greek Revival homes, and we also design them from the ground up.  We often take liberties with details and proportions like carpenter architects did with the originals.  Above is a home we designed for (the late) Kermit Love, the creator of Big Bird, and his partner.  Kermit was in his 80s when we began this project. [...]

By |2017-08-23T21:28:52-04:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: Additions, Family Room, Living Room, Miscellaneous, Pool Houses, Porches, Renovations|2 Comments

6 Renovations That Can Change the Way You Live in Your Home (Updated)

I have renovated and added to my own home for many reasons, including the fact I hated the existing kitchen.  I added a porch and a bedroom because I love porches and my oldest daughter needed a room of her own.  Many people renovate a home because no one thought to incorporate light or views in the original design.  Sometimes the existing home is outdated, dark, too small, poorly laid out, or all of the above. In any case, some [...]

Country Lane Home-Featured Project

Patio View It is not uncommon for our clients  to ask us to add additional rooms or outbuildings to their property, but it is unusual to work on a home more than a decade in the past then have the current owners ask us to expand the home even further.  That is exactly what happened with the 'Country Lane Home'.  An earlier kitchen and family room renovation was expanded when we added living space and guest quarters and [...]

By |2015-08-19T14:45:18-04:00August 19th, 2015|Categories: Additions, Breakfast Nook, Family Room, Living Room, Miscellaneous, Porches, Renovations|0 Comments

Dinner and Entertaining on 13 Porches

Table Set for Twenty I've been dreaming of spring lately, and nothing heralds the arrival of spring like dinner on the porch.   At our home, as soon as it is warm enough, the porch becomes the center of outdoor entertaining.  We often install radiant heaters for our clients, which allow an early start and an extended season.  Our clients use their porches for relaxing, dining, and entertaining.  The good news is that there are so many ways to design a porch [...]

By |2015-02-26T16:21:37-05:00February 26th, 2015|Categories: Additions, Construction, Miscellaneous, Porches|0 Comments
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