4 Outdoor Kitchens - Beautiful Designs that Enhance our Outdoor Living!

Original Posting: On the Drawing Board, July 2018
Newsletter, Crisp Architects
Author: James Crisp, Crisp Architects Blog

"Nothing says summertime like cooking and eating in an outdoor kitchen"

It is the best of both worlds, in that you are outside with friends and family, and the cook can be part of the fun.  We have designed outdoor kitchens that are simple and have just a built-in grill, as well as fully furnished outdoor kitchens that rival their indoor cousins. While an indoor kitchen may be more practical for year-round cooking, it cannot compete with the feeling of cooking a great meal outdoors on a beautiful day. (We worked with Conte and Conte Landscape Architects on this project)

Kitchen One - Pool House Kitchen

Pool House Outdoor Kitchen

Pool House Outdoor Kitchen

 
This pool house outdoor kitchen works as a place to cook outdoors while enjoying the pool and a place for guests to enjoy a quick bbq.

This pool house outdoor kitchen works as a place to cook outdoors while enjoying the pool and a place for guests to enjoy a quick bbq.

Kitchen Two - Full Outdoor Kitchen

Full Outdoor Kitchen

Full Outdoor Kitchen

This full outdoor kitchen is complete with fireplace.

This full outdoor kitchen is complete with fireplace.

Kitchen Three - Free-Standing, Covered Outdoor Kitchen

This Free-Standing, Covered Outdoor Kitchen is a destination in itself with a pizza oven and a full kitchen to create amazing meals by the pool.

This Free-Standing, Covered Outdoor Kitchen is a destination in itself with a pizza oven and a full kitchen to create amazing meals by the pool.

The working side of this outdoor kitchen.

The working side of this outdoor kitchen.

Kitchen Four - Kitchen Below the Bedroom

We set this kitchen into a stone hillside below a guest bedroom. The bedroom has a walkout porch that includes a stone chimney and a great view of the woods beyond.

We set this kitchen into a stone hillside below a guest bedroom. The bedroom has a walkout porch that includes a stone chimney and a great view of the woods beyond.

The outdoor kitchen is covered and not too far from the main kitchen.

The outdoor kitchen is covered and not too far from the main kitchen.

Photography by Rob Karosis

Pergola Designs that Enhance your Outdoor Experience - 7 Perfect Pergolas

Original Posting: On the Drawing Board, February 2018
Newsletter, Crisp Architects
Author: James Crisp, Crisp Architects Blog

Pergola on Stone Terrace

Pergola on Stone Terrace

"I love pergolas. They give shade and add detail and interest to any structure although, I have to admit, there is no pergola which is perfect for all situations."

We sometimes create free-standing pergolas, however most are connected to a home or outbuilding. Materials for posts and beams can either match the larger structure or be completely different creating a contrast. If plants are allowed and encouraged to grow over the structure, care should be taken to choose durable materials and finishes. If the pergola is to be painted, vines may need to be cut back for maintenance.

When designing a pergola, it is critically important that the structure be able to withstand the loads of vines covered with ice or snow as-well-as the forces created by crosswinds. We always have an engineer check our designs for structural capacity in the worst weather.

In addition to providing shade, a pergola can create an entrance or emphasize a path.  A garden entry is a perfect spot for the perfect pergola.

Dining Pergola

Dining Pergola

Pool House Pergola

Pool House Pergola

Vine Covered Pergola

Vine Covered Pergola

Outdoor Dining Pergola

Outdoor Dining Pergola

Pool Pergola

Pool Pergola

Twin Pool House Pergolas

Twin Pool House Pergolas

Photography by Rob Karosis

Ideas That Make Your Home Autumn Cozy

Original Posting: On the Drawing Board, October 2017
Newsletter, Crisp Architects
Author: James Crisp, Crisp Architects Blog

As we roll into Fall, you may find yourself building more bonfires, roasting s’mores with the kids, and sitting on your porch with the heater on.  Many of these 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.

Curved Porch With Fireplace

Curved Porch With Fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces are a great source of warmth and entertainment and if you combine that with a screened porch, you have it made. To bring the outdoors inside, a wall of accordion glass doors can move aside and open everything up.

Firepit

Firepit

Inside Looking Out

Inside Looking Out

A three-season room with radiant heaters in the ceiling allows for maximum flexibility while a roller screen keeps the bugs out.  Make the most of the Fall season, then do it again in the Spring.

3 Season Room with Heaters in Ceiling and Roller Screens

3 Season Room with Heaters in Ceiling and Roller Screens

Screened Porch with Fireplace

Screened Porch with Fireplace

Screened Porch with Folding Glass Doors

Screened Porch with Folding Glass Doors

Photography by Rob Karosis

Pool Pavilion — Simple, Yet Beautiful

Original Posting: On the Drawing Board, July 2017, Simple Pool Pavilion,
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Author: James Crisp, Crisp Architects Blog

CrispArchitects_PoolPavilion

Sometimes all you need is a little shade while sitting around the pool. That is especially true if the pool is close to the house or other buildings with bathroom and changing facilities. On those very hot days, a quick dash into the shade can make the perfect day even better.

Pool Compound

Pool Compound

View from Pool Pavilion

View from Pool Pavilion

Holiday Exhibitions at Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Come celebrate the 2016 Holiday Member Show in conjunction with the Solo Exhibition Ashokan Reservoir by artist Amy Rie McGuire in the Crenson Gallery at the Barrett Art Center.

Amy Rie McGuire , Reservoir Sun, Late Winter,  2015

Amy Rie McGuire, Reservoir Sun, Late Winter, 2015

The Holiday Member Show features artworks all under 18 inches in size, while the Solo Show highlights an array of views of the Ashokan Reservoir where McGuire has lived for more than thirty years. McGuire makes and/or paints most of the frames for her paintings. Her greeting cards, calendars and a book will be available for sale during the show.  

A portion of the proceeds will be donated from these exhibitions to Holiday Helping Hands, a charitable giving program of the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

November 19 – December 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 pm

A prize drawing will feature note cards and artwork reproductions of works by and inspired by Thomas W. Barrett, Jr.
The reception is free and open to the public.

HOLIDAY MEMBER SHOW and
AMY RIE MCGUIRE’S SOLO SHOW ASHOKAN RESERVOIR

Saturday, November 19, 2016
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Barrett Art Center
55 Noxon Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
845.471.2550
www.barrettartcenter.org