So, what defines a Craftsman bungalow interior? Beautiful custom woodwork. And we have a lot of it planned for the house. We're starting in The Dining Room
First up: Wainscot
We wanted to make the dining room a little more interesting and set it off from the other rooms. We decided to create a traditional wainscot detail, complete with a plate rack across the top. The approach works well in our room, we just needed to figure out how to lay it out.
We started by determining the height of the plate rail. We decided to make it out of 5/4 lumber, 2" deep, with a plate groove routed along the edge. We tried it out with a real plate, to make sure we got all the dimensions right! (and I really love these plates - $3 on clearance at the Crate and Barrel outlet). We'll be painting it white (to keep the room nice and bright), so Kyle used poplar, because of its dimensional stability and ease of cutting/planing/etc.
We want to stay true to the original house as much as possible, so we were thrilled to use the original casing to trim around the opening.
Next up: We're going to start on the staircase and the colonnades. So lots more woodwork to come!