Respectful Renovation!

Our reputation is that we respect old homes, but at the same time, we try to open them up, make them brighter, and modernize the [interiors],” says architect James Crisp of Millbrook, New York-based Crisp Architects. That reputation drew the owners of this western Massachusetts home to the firm. The 1790s farmhouse had passed through several owners’ hands before reaching them. A prior owner began but ultimately abandoned renovations, and the house sat neglected for years, suffering water and weather damage in the process. With their primary residence in New York City, the homeowners dreamed of turning the property into a weekend and summer getaway.