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

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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

8 Rooms For Mud (Expanded)

Original Posting: On the Drawing Board, January 2017 Newsletter, Crisp Architects

Author: James Crisp, Crisp Architects Blog

 Simple Mud Room

Simple Mud Room

Living through the seasons in the Northeast reminds me of my daughter's favorite book as a child: Going on a Bear Hunt where the father, the kids and the dog go looking for a bear and when they find one, they run home through the snow storm (Hoooo woooo), the forest (Stumble trip), the mud (Squelch squerch), the water (Splash splosh) and back through the grass (Swishy swashy). They then run into the house (without wiping their feet), up the stairs, into bed and under the covers with the bear looking through the window. I’m sure that having a mud room to shed the wet and muddy layers would have made mom happier when she came home.

Just about every home we design includes a mud room which is good for keeping bears out, but more importantly provides a place to take off boots and coats and leave the mud and slush behind. Mud rooms are also the primary place for organization of outerwear for future excursions. More elaborate spaces include slop sinks for cleaning gear and storage space for sports equipment and even sometimes a dog grooming area. Some layouts also work as an airlock to the rest of the home.

 Bright Mud Room

Bright Mud Room

 Pull Out Baskets

Pull Out Baskets

 Mud Room With Brick Floor

Mud Room With Brick Floor

The basic requirements include a non slip, water resistant, durable floor. Walls and cubbies should be made of a rugged material such as wood with plenty of room to hang coats and store boots, gloves and mittens. Occasionally we will add a center drain to the floor for easy wash down (make sure the baseboards are waterproof). A bench with or without a hinged seat top is required for putting on and taking off those extra tight boots. Near the ceiling, a long shelf comes in handy for hats and other paraphernalia.

Even though the mud room can be the smallest room in the house, from its organizing capacity to the impact of a cleaner home, this little room earns its keep.

 Compact Mud Room

Compact Mud Room

 Sportsman’s Mud Room

Sportsman’s Mud Room

 Mud Room Window Seat

Mud Room Window Seat

 Laundry/Mud Room

Laundry/Mud Room

WREATH SALE - Celebrate the New Year Keeping Your Home Looking Beautiful!

Welcome to 2017!  We at Hudson Home & Garden want to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year filled with joy and love! To help celebrate this special time, here is something you might want to take a look at: Food52 is offering their beautiful fresh "n" green wreaths at a 20% DISCOUNT so that you can keep your home looking fabulous all winter long.

Choose from their lovely selection of boxwood, myrtle and magnolia wreaths. The promotion is currently active and ends January 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm or until inventory runs out.

Boxwood Wreath - No Hanger
Boxwood & Myrtle Half Wreath
Boxwood & Myrtle Wild Wreath
Boxwood & Myrtle Thin Wreath
Magnolia Wreath - Wreath Only

Fresh wreaths make such a difference in how our homes look, feel and smell! Happy New Year!