Design, Build & Remodel
Resources for both renovation and new construction in the spirit of the Arts & Crafts movement and for bold revivals
OUSES of the Arts & Crafts revival incorporate historical details in an interpretive and contemporary way. Today’s designers and builders are embracing 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 may be hard to define what’s “Arts & Crafts” about these houses, just as it was during the original movement (ca. 1910). Vernacular and regional substyles 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 built from Pasadena to Vancouver.
The influence of the Arts & Crafts movement is evident. Some elements have become very familiar: enveloping rooflines, battered porch columns and over-scaled brackets, the use of river rock and shingles. Inside, half-walls and colonnades define different rooms in a generally open plan; cozy fireplace inglenooks, built-in window seats, and bungalow-era kitchen nooks have come back. Another trend is toward smaller, more naturalistic, more site-specific designs for houses. In many cases, the sensibility, materials, and construction details of the Arts & Crafts period play an important part in design. a
BELOW Multiple cladding materials lend scale to a new house designed by Shawn Leatherwood. RIGHT ‘Coastal Pine’ is a ceramic and wood lantern by Laird Plumleigh, whose work often combines Japanese aesthetics and California motifs. ABOVE The pergola with classical columns on stone bases is by FineHouse, Ltd. LEFT Stained-glass panel ‘Bird and Wisteria’ is by San Francisco Bay area glass artist Theodore Ellison.