Some examples of our woodwork in a remodel & renovation
of a historic 1912 Arts & Crafts cottage. A great deal of care and effort
went into this
"sympathetic" renovation. I worked directly with the homeowners to
develop details such as new doors and leaded glass windows, trim and casings
and furnishings. All the woodwork was done in quarter sawn white oak and
was stained and finished prior to arriving on the job site.
Small details abound. Such as the hand hewn header beams which are let-in
to the plaster above each door. Or the use of restoration glass combined
with fine antique stained glass in the new windows. Detailing like this
made this little Mission style home really shine.
Recreating authentic Craftsman
The interior woodwork for the Arts & Crafts home is one of the main
features that sets it apart from most other types of homes. There is nothing
else quite like a one of the well appointed Bungalow Interiors to bring
out the wood lover in all of us. The clean unadorned lines really allow
the natural beauty of wood to speak to us. Whether it is in the form of
the many Craftsman style bungalows that have been lovingly preserved around
the country. Or in one of the fabulous ultimate bungalows of the Greene brothers
this reverence for wood is certainly a huge attraction for most of us.
It was as a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Los
Angeles that these special homes first caught my eye. I grew up in one of
those tract homes that had
sprung up all over Southern California after the war. You know the ones...rows
of identical boxes with little or no detail on the outside or the
inside. My parents had collected modern danish walnut furniture so the home
was not devoid of beautiful wood but the interior detailing was simply none
To be honest I can't really remember much about that home now but what
I can clearly recall is our visits to a Great Uncle's
home in Santa Monica.
It was one of those Spanish Revival / Mission style bungalows
that Southern California was so famous for. And rightly so. Even a small
boy could see the
difference between this home and a tract home. It was loaded with beautiful
details. A massive arched top entry door with leaded glass. Built-in glass
front bookcases and china cabinets. Hardwood floors. It even had a variation
of an Inglenook near the fireplace. And all this woodwork was in spectacularly
quarter sawn white oak. It was a terrific place which I usually had to
be dragged away from kicking and screaming. When I think back about it now....old
Uncle Joe was probably glad to see me leave so he could have his haven to
himself. Over the years since I have visited and worked on many such homes.
I still feel a pang when it is time to leave. To me and many others this
type of home embodies everything that a real home should be.
I have had the good fortune to have been involved
with many Arts & Crafts interiors since beginning this business. Sometimes
in authentic Craftsman or Mission era homes and others times in brand new
construction. It's always exciting. For me one of the greatest pleasures
in life is to share a vision with a customer and
to be instrumental in making that vision into a reality.
Below are some examples of Arts & Crafts Interiors
we have created.
These range from minor make-overs and remodels to new construction and
restorations. I hope you enjoy these photos
and that perhaps they will help to inspire you to create your own haven.
For more Photos and Information please see:
Upgrade to new Craftsman style home in south Orange
Included doors, built-ins,wainscot & trim in VGDF
Mission style remodel to tract home in San Jose area
Included Exterior and Interior doors, door & window trim, built-ins
New Craftsman style home in New Jersey
Included built-in cabinets, Entry System and exterior doors & furnishings
Greene & Greene makeover in Southern California
Includes Doors, ceiling treatments, trestle beams, light fixtures, skylites,
staircase, paneling, furniture, built-ins and picture frames
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