An affordable Craftsman.
NOT FAR INTO OUR 22-YEAR MARRIAGE, we fell in love with the Craftsman or Mission aesthetic. We acquired Craftsman-era antiques and reproductions on a limited budget. We have some treasured family pieces as well.
Decades ago, while still engaged, we realized we had much in common when considering building a dream home someday. When we made career shifts—to pastor and homemaker—we joked that we were the most downwardly mobile people we knew. The benefits were well worth the changes. After we adopted our first child, finances were even more restricted. Building was not discussed until some inheritance money surfaced. It allowed us to open the window, just a little bit, on the possibility of building a modest home. Could we do it for a mortgage not much more than we were already carrying?
Becky has always enjoyed decorating on a budget, and we both knew we could reuse most of our furnishings. Still, we understood the expense of building. Neither of us was interested in new construction unless it could have at least a few key elements of Craftsman style. Even though the Craftsman look is so natural and timeless and, at its core, fairly simple, we wouldn’t bother if it were just a rectangular box with windows. Small and cozy was OK, but not boring or dysfunctional.
In the end, the compromises we made were a good blend of what was economical, practical, and attractive. Sacrifices had to be made due to budget constraints, but we’re pleased with how things turned out—and the house is still a work in progress. We are landscaping in stages, an outdoor fireplace has been roughed in to be completed later, the front door needs more work, etc.
Some compromise was necessary, but the house boasts a generous hardwood NLWFKHQ ZLWK D ZRRG ƮRRU DQG D cozy bonus room over the garage.
TOP The contractor, Susquehanna Builders (susquehannabuilders .com), worked with the owners WR EXLOG D VLPSOH DQG DƪRUGDEOH house along Arts & Crafts lines. TOP RIGHT Furnishings are a comfortable mix of antiques and reproductions.