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Preservation & Modernization of a Historic Home

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Restoring and modernizing a 110+ year old Craftsman home, taking it into its next chapter.

After decades without an update, this old Craftsman home is now restored, though with some adaptations for modern living. Before the remodel, centrally-located, stacked staircases and a large fireplace separated and compartmentalized the communal spaces, making them feel isolated and constricted. With those out of the way, the home now has a more open floor plan, with one space flowing seamlessly into the next.

To create “right-sized” rooms that feel natural and scaled for a family home, we added functional amenities — such as the built-in buffet in the dining room, a large pantry, and a breakfast nook in the kitchen — which reduce the scale of the spaces while adding functionality to the plan.

A small addition now connects the house to the existing garage, with quick access to a home gym. The exterior spaces of the home flow from one to the next with as much care as the interior spaces, and include a covered outdoor room, decks, a firepit with banquette seating, and a private outdoor space off the master suite.

Living room in a Craftsman home with couches around a fireplace.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

From the living room of this Craftsman home, you view the dining room and family room.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

A dining room with large built-in China cabinet and blue walls.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Salvaged antique leaded glass windows decorate the dining room of a remodeled Craftsman home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Close up view of salvaged antique leaded glass windows decorate the dining room of a remodeled Craftsman home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Classic wood details adorn the foyer in this classic Craftsman manor home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Between the foyer and kitchen is a den with couches and a flatscreen.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

A den off the kitchen offers a casual and convenient room for relaxing.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Yellow bar stools at a large kitchen island in a Craftsman home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Candelabra chandeliers over the kitchen island in a Craftsman home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

A breakfast nook tucked into the corner with a view of a large kitchen with island seating in a Craftsman home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Without a formal update since the mid-century, the home held a lot of surprises waiting behind the worn finishes, and during construction, we came across most of them. The lesson in this house turned out to be that, sometimes, replacing existing details is less expensive than restoring what is there — a hard pill for the design team and homeowners to swallow.

With care, we were able to blend the old with the new in a transitional Craftsman style, restoring and honoring the period details while adding more contemporary features to support the flow and function of the home. When restoring original details to meet current needs was cost-prohibitive, items were instead salvaged for reuse.

And, sometimes, in old homes, you can resurface hints of the past in new ways. For example, the beautiful, leaded glass panels now mounted in the new dining room built-ins were salvaged from the home’s original dining hutch that had been torn out years earlier. The previous owners stored them with care, and now they are repatriated to the dining room, a piece of the home’s history in a place of honor.

A breakfast nook with a chalkboard showing the week's meals.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

A yellow screen door at the entry to the pantry.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

The front door of a classic Craftsman home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

A classic porch swing on a large front porch on a Craftsman home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Tina Witherspoon.

A classic Craftsman home with a large front porch with columns.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

The view from the street of a classic Craftsman Manor painted red with white trim.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

A classic Craftsman home painted red with white trim with a large front porch.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

A large wood-burning fire pit in the backyard with built-in benches and rocking chairs.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Wood rocking chairs around a fire pit.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Concrete pavers turn the corner as a path through the green lawn.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

A large, covered back porch with steps down to a back deck and patio.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

The sun flares over the roof of a Craftsman garage painted red with white trim.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Meghan Montgomery.

A home gym in a converted garage with high-ceilings and timber beams.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

A mudroom in a Craftsman home with hooks for coats and a bench with cubbies for shoes underneath.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

A laundry room tucked under the sloping roof of a Craftsman home.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

A rec room with a gaming space and kids' play area.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Basement guest room with built-in storage.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

A child's bedroom with colorful accents.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

A baby's bedroom with blue decor and a mural of mountains.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Master bedroom in a Craftsman home with a deck off the master suite.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Master bathroom with double sinks and dark wood cabinets.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Master bathroom in a Craftsman home with double sinks and a clawfoot tub with a chandelier over it.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Walk-in shower with two shower heads and a built-in bench under the eaves.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Shared hall bathroom with double sinks and a patterned tile floor.
Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

Craftsman Manor Resurrection

Photo by Travis Peterson.

B&V Project Team
Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHCPrincipal
Sara Emhoff, AIAProject Lead
Leslie Batten, PLA, LEED Green AssociateSite Design Lead
Patrick McCoy, Associate AIA – Design Team

Notes & Credits
This project was built by Ambrose Construction.
Structural engineering by Bykonen Carter Quinn.
Photography by Meghan Montgomery, Travis Peterson, and Tina Witherspoon.

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