With big views overlooking the rolling hills of northeastern Connecticut, this home finds it's roots in the clapboard farm houses native to the region.
Bright spaces flow into each other taking advantage of views to a wetland garden on one side and a valley on the other.
The owners love to garden, entertain and relax in this Connecticut country home.
Overlooking a stream from the back porch, this home epitomizes the phrase ‘less is more’. Every room maximizes views, livability, detail and design. This energy efficient, sunny home takes advantage of cross ventilation and beautiful views with large double paned windows. The owners wanted a comfortable home with a strong connection to their beautiful site and no wasted space. By the end of construction, everyone who worked on the home wanted to move in — our greatest compliment.
Inspiration for the design of this home came from a Federalist style barn complex. Large windows and a cupola which brings light into the main stair hall, create a bright, inviting interior, while the standing seam copper roof and extra thick siding and trim emphasize the clean lines and formal balance of the exterior.
Flanking the home is a large heated garage including bays for cars and farm equipment, and a smaller generator/storage shed. Consistency of material and details reinforce the sense of community between the buildings.
As you drive onto the wooded property the trees part and you begin to see your destination. Whatever worries you may have brought with you melt away as you approach this modern interpretation of the farm house.
Wide porches and strong gables provide iconic shelter in the Berkshire woods. A garage/guest house that feels very much like an old time barn completes the farm assemblage.
My first introduction to the site where this home was built was a hike up the side of a mountain where a machete was required for passage. The effort paid off with some of the most beautiful views I've seen.
The owners wanted a stone and stucco residence, which required low maintenance. Clad windows helped make the exterior virtually maintenance free. Inside the owners combined traditional and modern detailing to create a striking place to live.
Set in rolling hills, surrounded by spectacular views on all sides, this home was designed with three distinct sections. By building a new home in the way older homes evolved, we were able to reinforce those traditions and improve the scale of a large home.
The massing includes a more formal main entry section, a north facing informal wing and a south facing sun porch. This transition from formal to informal is reflected in every detail from exterior trim to the hand forged door hardware. Century old flooring, 200 year old beams, historic details and period hardware are integral to the comfortable feeling of this home.
The tradition of Shingle Style design is strong in the Hudson Valley. We were asked to expand on the form by a young and growing family. The heavily wooded site included a beautiful pond which became the main focus of the home.
The connection between the indoors and outdoors is reinforced by generous windows, covered entries, and a screened porch which overlooks the pond. Eyebrow dormers punctuate the roof and allow light into the master bedroom and attic.
Fireplaces anchor each end of the home and form an axis from the living room to the family room. Interior rooms flow into each other along the axis allowing easier supervision of small children and plenty of room for family gatherings.
The nineteenth century home originally on this site was completely destroyed by fire. Its' owners asked Crisp Architects to design a new home which related to the home they lost but improved and expanded on it.
The new home was built on the exact location of the original home. We incorporated small details and elements of that home and other Greek Revival homes in the area into the final design. The result fits the historic region and fulfills the owners wish to replace the original home that they had loved.
The owners of this incredible property requested a home that would welcome grown children, grandchildren, formal entertaining as well as relaxed living. The house has become home base for family gatherings, horseback riding, and keeping in touch with good friends.
The spaces in this home range from very private to places where all guests feel very welcome. There are multiple porches, a kitchen that accommodates 2 or 20 comfortably and 6 fireplaces. Multiple French doors allow views of the surrounding landscape as well as the pool house, while the long views across the valley provide a wonderful bonus to a very special place in Northern Connecticut.
Designed for friends who bought a beautiful piece of land on the side of a hill in Columbia County, this home embodies the phrase ‘Simple can be better’.
We were given the mandate to design a small home on a budget, but to also give it style and grace. Another strict requirement was to include a dramatic steel staircase and keep it simple.
We always welcome a design challenge and set about our work. In the end, we accomplished those goals and produced a bright and comfortable home well below the average market building cost.
Beautifully located on a hill overlooking a picturesque pond, the original home was a two-story building with a very formal arrangement of rooms. The new owners wanted us to create spaces they could really live and work in, all on one floor. So while this project is technically an addition, we practically doubled the size of the original home.
The addition included a master suite, kitchen, home offices and much more. From the living room and dining room French doors open onto a bluestone patio with an incredible view of the surrounding countryside overlooking the Catskill Mountains.
The classical lines and whimsical colors of this home reflect the owners’ eclectic tastes and their love of nature. Care has gone into every aspect of this special place hidden near a stream in the woods. The approach takes you through the woods to a meadow then onto a stone walkway past the beautiful gardens attended to by the owners. Once inside, it is hard to decide which beautiful surface, work of art or memento to look at first.
This home overlooks one of the most spectacular views anywhere. Wide wrap around porches and large windows encourage frequent appreciation of these views.
The inspiration for this home comes from rural farm houses and the spacious views it overlooks.
The traditional style and detail of this light-filled, view oriented family estate belies its recent construction date.
The varied rooflines and deep porches bring the substantial volumes of the house down to a comfortable, welcoming scale.
The family centered nature of the house is further enhanced by the warmth of re-sawn cypress flooring, multiple fireplaces and deep moldings, all of which promotes a sense of “home” and well-being. Many rooms provide intimate nooks and window seats where family and friends can pause to appreciate the sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. The house provides the perfect venue for family gatherings and celebrations any time of the year.
The design of this rustic lodge is in the spirit of the Great Camps in the Adirondacks. Access to the site is through a forest with waterfalls and a fresh water brook.
Owners of this lodge wanted a place of quiet solitude to enjoy the view and escape the noise of modern life. Sited on a rock outcropping overlooking the Clove Valley, the building feels as though it was built at the turn of the last century.
A long driveway up a steep hill brings you to what Sarah Susanka might call a “Not so Big House”. We made sure that what this home lacked in size was more than offset by design and details.
Porches cover your entry and provide outdoor covered space. A second floor terrace off the master bedroom provides access to the stars and a wonderful view. An outdoor fireplace (as well as an indoor fireplace) provides wood storage below and comfort from the chill. Inside there is a strong axis between the front door and the fireplace at the opposite end of the house with a bright, open, well detailed stair to the second floor along the way. Square footage is not the best measure of this very comfortable home.
Set well off the beaten path, this home is a great surprise as you clear the trees and approach the welcoming porch. At the core of this home is a post and beam farm house which was moved to the site and rebuilt in the 1980s.
Wide wooden plank floors in the oldest section still bear the imprint of nineteenth century home owners. We used details of the original home as a guide while designing the new home which has become a beacon for family and friends.