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.

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENS -

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.

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