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Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS -

Re­sources for both ren­o­va­tion and new con­struc­tion in the spirit of the Arts & Crafts move­ment.

nEI­THER SLAV­ISH RE­PRO­DUC­TIONS nor over-scaled McMan­sions, houses of the Arts & Crafts re­vival in­cor­po­rate his­tor­i­cal de­tails in an in­ter­pre­tive and con­tem­po­rary way. Their de­sign­ers embrace new tech­nol­ogy, univer­sal de­sign, 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.

It’s hard to pin down what’s “Arts & Crafts” about them, just as it was dur­ing the orig­i­nal move­ment. 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, quirky, artis­tic bun­ga­low vari­ants from Pasadena to Van­cou­ver and New Jersey.

Common to all is an ap­proach that looks at the site, and 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, de­signer, builder, and car­pen­ter and trades­peo­ple. Cer­tain el­e­ments re­cur, among them en­velop­ing rooflines, ex­ag­ger­ated struc­tural el­e­ments (bat­tered col­umns, stone piers, knee braces), porches and open-roofed per­go­las, grouped win­dows, and strong hor­i­zon­tals. In­doors and out­doors are made to con­nect.

Inside, half-walls and colon­nades de­fine dif­fer­ent rooms. Cozy fire­place in­glenooks, built-in win­dow seats, and bun­ga­low-era kitchen nooks have come back.

—Pa­tri­cia Poore

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