Our House

An af­ford­able Crafts­man.

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - — Becky & Ken Wag­ner–Pizza

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.

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