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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

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 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

A Nod to All Creatures Great and Small

The Bear that Ate my Bird Feeders I was just beginning to test the idea of setting up a remote-controlled camera to photograph the variety of birds that come to our bird feeders.  I found that in my first test, it worked quite well.  The very next day, a big black bear knocked down every bird feeder we had.  I will put my idea on hold until this coming winter. Bluejay Test Photo On any farm, [...]

By |2021-05-24T07:41:55-04:00May 22nd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|4 Comments

Under Construction 5-21

Greenwich Waterfront Home The spring and the fall are great times to visit job sites.  As long as the construction sites are not too muddy, the weather is usually fine and the countryside is spectacular.  We are working on a wide variety of projects in locations from the Berkshires to Greenwich, New Jersey to Columbia county, New York, and everything in between. I never tire of vising homes under construction. Greenwich Waterfront Home Woodstock New [...]

By |2021-05-24T12:59:01-04:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

3 Critical Connections

Breezeway Connector There are times when we want to add a room or even a building to a home but we need some space between them to make the addition work well.  There are many ways to accomplish that connection.  The connector can become a room or a destination itself, or simply a corridor.  For the 'Breezeway Connector,' we included a sitting area and a place to barbeque. Breezeway Connector Breezeway Connector Because of [...]

By |2021-07-15T15:30:44-04:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Renovate, or Knock it Down – 5 Examples

Complete Renovation After You would think that it is an easy decision whether to renovate or to take an existing home down to the foundation.  Many times, that decision is complex as well as difficult.  It is not uncommon for a homeowner to come to us with a list of changes to a home they have just purchased that are very extensive.  We as architects are asked if it would be better to demolish the home or work around what [...]

By |2021-04-08T06:50:42-04:00April 7th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|3 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

Under Construction 3-21

Berkshire Family Compound Almost Finished Berkshire Family Compound Almost Finished It is a real adventure visiting job sites these days.  I go from mud pits to ice sheets to snowdrifts sometimes all in one day.  My job is easy compared to the guys working on the job sites though.  In addition to dealing with weather-related difficulties, contractors are also having to deal with spot shortages of materials and fluctuating prices.  I also understand that there is [...]

By |2021-03-12T06:41:43-05:00March 11th, 2021|Categories: Miscellaneous|3 Comments
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