Design, Build & Re­model

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

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - —Pa­tri­cia Poore

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.

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