Design, Build & Renovate
The Arts & Crafts revival continues to influence new construction. We’re seeing a marriage of good design along with sustainability. DESIGNERS, MILLWORK & FLOORING, ETC.
Resources in the spirit of the original movement and for revivals, suitable for both renovation and new construcion
The ongoing revival of Arts & Crafts, Craftsman, Mission, and California design tenets and motifs is part of a greater evolution. Add in the lessons learned from historic preservation and restoration, from Modernism, from Universal Design and the push for sustainable houses. Arts & Crafts, which embraces all of these, has become the leading influence in so much new work.
Neither reproductions nor over-scaled trophy houses, Arts & Crafts revival homes incorporate historical details in an interpretive and contemporary way. Their designers embrace new technologies and more environmentally responsible building practices. Reassuringly familiar, these houses are appreciated from coast to coast—whether it’s a bungalow court of starter homes, or a 6,000-square-foot Craftsman Tudor.
Another recent general trend is toward smaller, naturalistic, site-specific design. The sensibility, materials, and construction details of the Arts & Crafts period play a part in the pleasing appearance of many such homes. Some of them are near-replica bungalows—not a bad approach when the house is meant to fit into an existing prewar neighborhood. Increasingly, we see architect-designed houses that marry familiar A&C elements with postmodern design.
Vernacular and regional sub-styles exist today as before: the East Coast shingled house with classical allusions, the horizontal Prairie house, the cubic Kansas City shirtwaist, the hacienda or Mission Revival house—and, of course, artistic bungalow variants from Pasadena to Vancouver.
What they have in common is the designer’s approach, which looks not only at the site but also the context of time and place. A majority of the excellent revival houses are the result of a guild-like collaboration among educated client, the designers, the builder and carpenter and tradespeople. a
left Fanimation has ceiling fans from traditional to futuristic, suitable for dry or damp locations. below In coastal Massachusetts, a new “Shingle-style Bungalow” built with local granite interprets the vernacular.