Monday, March 15, 2010

Grand Country Home

It is so peaceful to sit outside and enjoy the day when surrounded by beautiful countryside. This newly constructed home, by Crisp Architects, sits wonderfully on several acres of spectacular rolling hills. It was built in three distinct sections to mimic the way older homes evolved over time. In this way, they were able to create a wonderful example of how new construction can be made to look like a historic home.
The Living Room is awash in warm historic colors of mustard and russet. Notice the ceiling detail where 200 year old hand hewn beams were used and the beautiful century old reclaimed hardwood floors. Also notice the deep transition doorways between the Living Room and Foyer. This adds immensely to the historic feeling of the house.
The formal main entry is very large and flooded in natural light. It provides a neutral backdrop for the home owners folk art collection.
On the opposite side of the foyer you enter a warm and inviting library. The wood shelving, hand hewn beams and antique flooring make you feel like you are in a room at least a century old. It is hard to believe that this is new construction. Again notice the deep transitions in the doorways.
The home features a soft blue kitchen. Though not my taste it is an interesting departure from the usual white cabinets. The blue is a wonderful compliment to the antique floors and stainless steel.
Artfully designed to look like an addition added over the years, no "historic style" home is complete without a sun room. This one is so lovely. Notice the railings, the exterior column details and the pergola. Nothing was missed - I am in love with this!
And it is every bit as lovely inside with incredible moulding details and beadboard ceilings! Great furniture choices, with a mix of antiques and a zebra skin layered over a sisal rug. Also notice how the placement and height of the tree and then tall lamp carries your eye around the room.
The master bedroom is beautiful. The highlight is the fireplace, again a wonderful job of making the room look very vintage. Notice the hand forged hardware on the doors.
Every grand country home needs a wine cellar. The design is very thoughtful with a bar area and separate tasting room. The wine barrel against the brick walls is a nice touch.
You all know how excited I get when I see wonderful period details incorporated into new construction. This home is an incredible example of great design with no details overlooked. To see more photos of this home, click here.
James Crisp of Crisp Architects also writes a blog, On the Drawing Board, which has wonderful tips and information on home design and construction, to read more click here.


  1. They all look so cozy. I would have no problem calling each of them my home!

  2. Beautiful home,inside and out!!!!!!! You actually got me amazed,because I just love that blue kitchen!!!!! And I am not a fan of blue usually:)
    But it was nice to see something different,a fresh change:)
    And how about those windows....wonderful!!!!! A great home to share:)))
    Have a nice week:))

  3. What a beautiful home set on a beautiful property. :)

  4. I love the library, kitchen and the firplace in the master bedroom!!!

  5. The entry stairway and sunroom totally rock my world. Love this space!

    have a fabulous week!!

  6. Love the houses of these architects! Especially the library and the wine cellar!

  7. I love the entry and the stairs!
    Have a great Monday :)

  8. Stunning! and I also like the blue kitchen, though I normally go for a distressed white or cream finish.
    Regards Jenny x

  9. what a gorgeous home- you'd never guess it is brand new! And you even noticed the detail on the door handles! what an eye!

  10. That is what you call Country House. Where ever you look, inside and out of the house is so beautiful. The furniture’s and its color is so perfect.

  11. I would really love to have a house like that. I think it would be really refreshing to live there. Fresh air and very peaceful.

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  13. I have just had a chance to read your comments. Thank you very much!

    Jimmy Crisp, AIA

    Crisp Architects


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