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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

Cutting Construction Costs

Simple Porch Between the shortage of materials and the high demand, we are all scrambling to understand the current price of projects.  Covid has shut down factories and interrupted supply chains like no other time in my career.  There are signs that material prices will stabilize soon, but no one knows what to expect in the short term. When designing a home or addition, part of the fun for the owner is imagining the project finished without any [...]

By |2021-07-18T06:39:01-04:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Additions, Construction, New Homes, Renovations|Tags: , |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

Under Construction 11-20

New Home New Home-Entry Side I'll repeat what I said a couple of months ago-except with more urgency: As we progress toward winter, days are getting shorter and it’s starting to cool off a bit.  Contractors know that there are a limited number of days for working outside and there is a great incentive to get the buildings dried in.  It doesn’t always work that way, but the best-case scenario is to get the exterior of [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:23:09-04:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Accessory Buildings, Additions, Miscellaneous, New Homes|0 Comments

9 Kitchens, Before and After Renovation

Kitchen With Walnut Counter Kitchen With Walnut Counter Before A new kitchen can be one of the most dramatic changes to a home and a homeowner’s lifestyle.  When my wife and I renovated our kitchen, we went from wincing every time we cooked a meal to really loving to spend time there.  The new kitchen is the heart of our home.  It is where our family eats breakfast, does homework, gathers with friends and of course cooks. The [...]

By |2020-01-09T17:05:58-05:00January 7th, 2020|Categories: Kitchen, Miscellaneous, Renovations|9 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

Modern Farm House Kitchen

Modern Farm House Kitchen Our clients bought an old home that had been moved to it’s the site and reconstructed.  The old portion of the home was charming and quite beautiful.  Added on to it was one of the worst additions I have ever seen.  They asked us to remove the addition, and design a modern chef's kitchen/family room that was sympathetic to the old house but give them big views and a modern aesthetic. One other requirement was that the [...]

By |2019-04-16T09:16:50-04:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Additions, Kitchen, Miscellaneous, Renovations|0 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

Building Your Forever Home (or addition)

Complete Home Renovation I live in a home that was built over 220 years ago. Of course, it has been added on to over the years and has been adapted to modern living, but much of the house exists as it did in 1790. The builders of my home knew only one way to construct a house, and that was to design it well and build it to last. They succeeded. We often are asked by clients to [...]

By |2021-04-04T16:43:29-04:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Additions, Design, Miscellaneous, New Homes|0 Comments

7 Delightful Additions

Addition to Old Home About half of the work in our office is new construction and half renovations and additions. When designing a home from scratch some of the most important elements to study(besides the clients wishes) are views, site features, sun and wind direction, and the approach to the site. The most important single element in an addition/renovation is the existing building. Sometimes the portion you save and restore is key to the rest of the project. [...]

By |2021-03-26T18:23:59-04:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Additions, Miscellaneous|0 Comments
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