As I started to think about our bungalow, I should start with a disclaimer: I use the terms Arts & Crafts and Craftsman interchangeably (If you want to learn more, check out Antique Home Style.com. - they are a great resource for photos and additional information.). I know there are overlaps and differences, but for our design I wanted to highlight the following:
To help us start thinking through some of these elements, I created the 'Inspiration Wall' in the Dining Room. I printed out all the great ideas I've found online (Houzz.com is my favorite source) and taped them all over the walls. As we've mulled over the different project phases - design, demo and rebuilding - we've constantly referred to these photos.
So here are a couple of design elements that we will definitely be doing:
Colonnades - these colonnades, from an old Sears Catalog, are fantastic. They were in the 1921 Building Material catalog for $34. They are truly a classic and have an amazing resemblance to the ones we will build between the living room and dining room!
|Source: Sears Modern Home, searshomes.org|
Cabinetry - See the built in cabinet behind the colonnades in the illustration above? We're going to create a built in hutch in the dining room, reusing a base from another house and creating custom shelving above. And we'll add lighting above the shelving, to really highlight the space.
|Houzz - TMS Architects|
Eaves & Exposed Rafter Tails - the nondescript front facade on our project is going to get a makeover with a Craftsman style porch roof overhang. It will be something like this, with broad eaves, chunky brackets and exposed rafter tails.
|Houzz - Kenny Craft, South Main, CO|
Do you have any favorite design elements of Craftsman style? I'd love to hear about them! And stay tuned as we get going and start to turn these ideas into reality!