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Pool Pavilion (Featured Project)

Pool Pavilion To break up my focus on shoveling snow and chipping ice out of the animal's water buckets, I thought I would remind everyone that spring and summer will come again and a nice cool drink will be appreciated. Set in the rolling hills of the Berkshires, this open air pavilion with fireplace and kitchen completes the poolside entertaining package. The nights can be a little cool in the Berkshires even in the summer. The fireplace takes [...]

By |2015-02-08T13:40:48-05:00February 8th, 2015|Categories: Fireplaces, Pool Houses, Pools, Porches|4 Comments

5 Additions That Especially Add Value to a Home(Revisited)

In a completely unscientific review of past and current projects, I find that five types of additions are requested more than all the others combined.  The reason may be that homeowners value these five additions the most or it could be that most homes lack or only have poor examples of these spaces. While I never try to predict real estate trends or future markets, it stands to reason that a home, which includes fine examples one or more of [...]

By |2014-06-06T13:14:25-04:00May 8th, 2014|Categories: Additions, Kitchen, Porches, Renovations|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

7 Back (or Side) Porches

It seems that all we talk about are front porches.  Of course that is where we enter a home, and if that home is in a neighborhood, the front porch is the public face of the home. On many old farm houses, the back porch was off the kitchen while the front porch led into the more grand and public rooms of the home.  The back porch was where boots came off, deliveries were made, and where all [...]

By |2014-06-06T13:16:03-04:00May 5th, 2014|Categories: Porches|Tags: , |5 Comments

7 Screened Porches(Revisited)

Owning a screened porch on a buggy summer evening is like owning a castle with a moat when the barbarians attack. The screened porch provides a place to relax outdoors without having to pay attention to the barbarian bug population.In general, the screened porches we design are larger than the average open porch. Most often they are designed as outdoor rooms and are furnished with sofas and chairs as well as dining tables and occasionally a fireplace. Screened [...]

By |2014-06-06T13:17:13-04:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: Porches|Tags: , , |1 Comment

5 Homes in the Snow(Including My Old Farm House)

  Stone Addition Something magical happens to a home with the first snowfall of the season.  Around my house the kids and the animals are even more excited than I am as we run and throw snow balls.  Rosie, our mini Aussie, tracks in the snow which melts on the floor while I start a fire and my wife makes hot cocoa. The timing doesn’t always work, but when we can coordinate a photo shoot of one of [...]

By |2018-12-09T12:59:28-05:00December 19th, 2013|Categories: New Homes, Porches, Renovations|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

One Micro Home

Many people I know are weary of the work required to maintain a large home and the headaches associated with coordinating that task.  Although the idea of living in a very compact home isn’t for everyone, there are certainly days around my house that make me fantasize about living in a home, which due to its size, limits the amount of work required to keep it in good shape. Luckily we are often asked to design exactly that [...]

By |2014-06-06T13:37:18-04:00December 6th, 2013|Categories: Bathrooms, Design, Kitchen, New Homes, Porches|Tags: , , , |40 Comments

What’s Wrong With This Picture(Revisited)

Excerpted from “On the Porch” by Sandee Mahoney and James Crisp Have you ever looked at a house and sensed that something about it wasn’t quite right? Perhaps it didn’t look finished or feel balanced. Was it the placement of the windows? The pitch of the roof? The size of the porch? It’s not always easy to put your finger on what’s wrong, but it helps if you understand a few principles of good design. These drawings illustrate [...]

By |2014-06-06T13:44:42-04:00November 2nd, 2013|Categories: Design, Porches, Renovations|Tags: , |1 Comment

6 Outdoor Fireplaces

Cool evenings in October draw me out onto my porch.  We have an area heater which extends the season both in the Spring and the Fall.  Many of our clients who want to enjoy those edge of season days and nights outdoors ask us to design an outdoor fireplace. Once they start using it, they find that the ambiance of an outdoor wood burning fireplace can be a lot of fun year around.  We have heard of great [...]

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 [...]

The Philip Hart House-Sleeping Porch(Revisited)

Every old home needs an advocate. A special someone who understands and cares about the details, the history, and the sense of place inherent in a period home. Those advocates may save that home from the wrecking ball or the vinyl siding salesman or the addition that would look better on a gas station. Two of those advocates are David and Nan Greenwood.Their home is in Hart’s Village just outside of the Village of Millbrook. Philip Hart built [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:44:50-04:00July 12th, 2013|Categories: Miscellaneous, Porches|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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