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Real Estate
The Craftsman Cometh
From the Wall Street Journal of Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:17:26 EST
Architect Stephen Francis Jones and his wife Stephanie Eyestone Jones, an urban planner, sit in the living room of the Manhattan Beach home he built for the family. He described the style as ‘contemporary craftsman.’
Architect Stephen Francis Jones and his wife Stephanie Eyestone Jones, an urban planner, sit in the living room of the Manhattan Beach home he built for the family. He described the style as ‘contemporary craftsman.’ Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
The dining area of the home Mr. Jones, a restaurant designer, built. While he paid homage to craftsman style with natural stone and exposed beams and trusses, he created a contemporary open floor plan.
The dining area of the home Mr. Jones, a restaurant designer, built. While he paid homage to craftsman style with natural stone and exposed beams and trusses, he created a contemporary open floor plan. Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
Trusses in the living room, which Mr. Jones had built on site for a fifth of the cost of buying them ready-made.
Trusses in the living room, which Mr. Jones had built on site for a fifth of the cost of buying them ready-made. Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
The Jones’ family room. While the fireplace stonework and built-in cabinetry evoke craftsman style, large windows and lots of natural light give a modern look.
The Jones’ family room. While the fireplace stonework and built-in cabinetry evoke craftsman style, large windows and lots of natural light give a modern look. Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
The fireplace in the Jones’ living room. Mr. Jones is particularly pleased with how the natural wood and stone casts a warm glow, giving the home a ‘lantern-like’ look from the outside.
The fireplace in the Jones’ living room. Mr. Jones is particularly pleased with how the natural wood and stone casts a warm glow, giving the home a ‘lantern-like’ look from the outside. Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
The exterior of the Jones’ home. Mr. Jones spent about $500,000 to build the house in 2003, acting as his own general contractor. The lot and original home cost $414,000. A local real estate agent estimated the market value at $2.5 million.
The exterior of the Jones’ home. Mr. Jones spent about $500,000 to build the house in 2003, acting as his own general contractor. The lot and original home cost $414,000. A local real estate agent estimated the market value at $2.5 million. Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
The backyard of the Jones’ home. Craftsman homes were notable for creating continuity between the interiors and exteriors, which Mr. Jones emulated with a continuity of materials and style.
The backyard of the Jones’ home. Craftsman homes were notable for creating continuity between the interiors and exteriors, which Mr. Jones emulated with a continuity of materials and style. Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
A redwood treehouse Mr. Jones built for his children in the backyard.
A redwood treehouse Mr. Jones built for his children in the backyard. Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
The Jones family, with Mr. and Ms. Jones at center, their son Quinn at left and daughter Camryn at right.
The Jones family, with Mr. and Ms. Jones at center, their son Quinn at left and daughter Camryn at right. Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal
A re-built craftsman-style home in Dallas. Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry, co-owners of Pulp Design Studios, were hired to design the interiors.
A re-built craftsman-style home in Dallas. Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry, co-owners of Pulp Design Studios, were hired to design the interiors. Kevin Dotolo
The formal living room in the Dallas home. To offset the rigid “straight lines and straight angles” of craftsman architecture, Ms. Dotolo used asymmetrical furniture and informal elements, such as this painting of an unmade bed.
The formal living room in the Dallas home. To offset the rigid “straight lines and straight angles” of craftsman architecture, Ms. Dotolo used asymmetrical furniture and informal elements, such as this painting of an unmade bed. Kevin Dotolo
The kitchen in the Dallas craftsman. The bar stools were custom designed and intended to ‘modernize the space,’ Ms. Dotolo said.
The kitchen in the Dallas craftsman. The bar stools were custom designed and intended to ‘modernize the space,’ Ms. Dotolo said. Kevin Dotolo
The master bedroom in the Dallas craftsman. ‘Craftsmans are a blank canvas because of their straight lines. We love a craftsman project because you can put anything in it,’ Ms. Dotolo said.
The master bedroom in the Dallas craftsman. ‘Craftsmans are a blank canvas because of their straight lines. We love a craftsman project because you can put anything in it,’ Ms. Dotolo said. Kevin Dotolo
A bathroom in the Dallas craftsman. Die-hard craftsman fans resent many types of renovations, real estate agents said, though most appreciate updated bathrooms and kitchens.
A bathroom in the Dallas craftsman. Die-hard craftsman fans resent many types of renovations, real estate agents said, though most appreciate updated bathrooms and kitchens. Kevin Dotolo
A greenhouse entertaining space. While the look here is contemporary, the concept is in keeping with the Arts & Crafts movement’s philosophy, which aimed to create a flow between interior and exterior spaces.
A greenhouse entertaining space. While the look here is contemporary, the concept is in keeping with the Arts & Crafts movement’s philosophy, which aimed to create a flow between interior and exterior spaces. Kevin Dotolo
Francine Ehrlich, an agent at Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich, Conn., rebuilt this 9,000 square foot home in 2008, aiming for craftsman style blended with modern elements. It is currently on the market for $5.995 million.
Francine Ehrlich, an agent at Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich, Conn., rebuilt this 9,000 square foot home in 2008, aiming for craftsman style blended with modern elements. It is currently on the market for $5.995 million. Planomatic
A staircase in Ms. Ehrlich’s home. Elements showcasing craftsman style include the evident connections between the wood pieces in the staircase and the trapezoidal shape of the post caps.
A staircase in Ms. Ehrlich’s home. Elements showcasing craftsman style include the evident connections between the wood pieces in the staircase and the trapezoidal shape of the post caps. Planomatic
The living room in the Greenwich home. Though the design has many craftsman elements, 25-foot ceilings are a nod to a modern craving for light and airiness.
The living room in the Greenwich home. Though the design has many craftsman elements, 25-foot ceilings are a nod to a modern craving for light and airiness. Planomatic
Another room in the Greenwich home which blends craftsman-style wood and stone work with high ceilings and abundant natural light.
Another room in the Greenwich home which blends craftsman-style wood and stone work with high ceilings and abundant natural light. Planomatic
A home built in 2006 by Toll Brothers, a large national builder, in Parker, Colo. It sold for $899,997, the company said. The exterior showcases craftsman style while the 6,000-square-foot interior has a contemporary open floor plan.
A home built in 2006 by Toll Brothers, a large national builder, in Parker, Colo. It sold for $899,997, the company said. The exterior showcases craftsman style while the 6,000-square-foot interior has a contemporary open floor plan. Tim Schlecht
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Stephen Francis Jones, a restaurant designer in Los Angeles, initially had trouble describing the 3,000-square-foot Manhattan Beach house he built for his family. While its copper flashing, exposed trusses and cultured-stone exterior pay homage to craftsman style, the house’s huge windows and open floor plan reflect the architect’s love of light and flowing spaces.

“I came up with ‘contemporary craftsman.’ I describe it that way because that’s what people understand,” said Mr. Jones, 52.

Purists may scoff, but buyers and builders are mixing and matching craftsman elements, such as exposed rafters and natural stone, with contemporary floor plans and high ceilings. Photo: Planomatic.

Craftsman is a term given to homes largely built between 1905 and the early 1920s, said Ted Bosley, director of the Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark in Pasadena, Calif., that is considered a prime example of craftsman architecture. Craftsmans were the American expression of the Arts & Crafts movement that originated in England as a reaction against the perceived soullessness of the Industrial Revolution, Mr. Bosley said. The movement placed high value on handmade work, uniqueness and natural materials.

These values are seen in craftsman architecture by “articulation of structure,” such as exposed rafters and beams; abundant use of stone and wood; and a connection between the interior and exterior, often through porches and terraces, Mr. Bosley said.

Craftsman houses fell out of fashion in the 1920s, but became trendy again in the mid-1980s, Mr. Bosley said. Today, the style is growing in popularity: Houseplans.com, a large online seller of blueprints, said 25% of the plans it sold in the last quarter were craftsman, compared with 19% in the same period a year prior.

“In the last five years, I’ve seen this style explode on the East Coast,” where it was previously little-used, said Tim Gehman, director of design for Toll Architecture, a unit of luxury builder Toll Brothers .

Beth Dotolo was hired to create a contemporary interior design for this newly rebuilt craftsman in Dallas.
Beth Dotolo was hired to create a contemporary interior design for this newly rebuilt craftsman in Dallas. Kevin Dotolo

Real-estate agents credit craftsman-loving celebrities for at least part of the style’s resurgent popularity. Actor Brad Pitt and singer Sheryl Crow are craftsman fans who have owned houses in the style, said JB Fung, director of the architectural division of the John Aaroe Group, a Los Angeles realty. The style is prevalent where Hollywood stars abound because the craftsman era occurred at the same time as a building boom in Southern California, Mr. Bosley said.

Many buyers and home builders want certain aspects of craftsman style—stone and woodwork, decorative rafters and beams, built-in cabinetry—but not others, such as low ceilings, dark colors and closed-off rooms. So they are picking and choosing between styles, as Mr. Jones did, and describing the results as “modern craftsman” or “contemporary craftsman.”

When Francine Ehrlich, an agent at Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich, Conn., rebuilt her own 9,000-square-foot house in 2008, she wanted craftsman elements such as “high wood fireplaces,” referring to elaborate woodwork around and above the fireplace. She also wanted “7-foot wainscoting,” and a diamond motif repeated throughout the rooms.

“But I like it to be light. I don’t like the dark aspect of that period,” said Ms. Ehrlich, 67. Three rooms have 25-foot ceilings, and “the spaces are flexible and open,” Ms. Ehrlich said. The house is listed for $5.995 million.

The pool room. Ms. Ehrlich said she wanted craftsman elements such as “high wood fireplaces,” referring to elaborate woodwork around and above the fireplace. She also wanted “7-foot wainscoting,” and a diamond motif repeated throughout the rooms.
The pool room. Ms. Ehrlich said she wanted craftsman elements such as “high wood fireplaces,” referring to elaborate woodwork around and above the fireplace. She also wanted “7-foot wainscoting,” and a diamond motif repeated throughout the rooms. Tim Lee

Traditional craftsmans continue to attract a niche of buyers, said Mr. Fung.

“A typical craftsman buyer has a bit of nostalgia,” and is willing to do without popular modern features like open kitchens and huge windows, Mr. Fung said. The only updates traditionalist buyers want to see are modern bathrooms and kitchens, he said.

The exterior.
The exterior. Stan Jesdowich

For mainstream audiences, however, builders are adjusting to current tastes. About two-thirds of its designs labeled “craftsman” have “contemporary interiors,” said Jamie Roche, chief executive of Houseplans, based in Petaluma, Calif.

“Homeowners want it to look like a craftsman on the outside, but they want the new floor plan for the way we live now,” said Mr. Roche. The most commonly sold floor plan features a combined kitchen, family and dining room and a large master suite with walk-in closets, he said.

The term “contemporary craftsman” is favored by builders and real-estate agents because, as Mr. Jones noted, people tend to understand the amalgam it represents. But not everybody embraces the phrase.

Mark Stapp is building a community of homes in Cave Creek, Ariz., designed by students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Some of the renderings of the homes, which will cost $750,000 to $1.2 million, show long, flat roofs with large, overhanging eaves; wood and stone exteriors; angular lines and earthy colors that evoke the craftsman style, with a distinct modern look. However, “craftsman” won’t be part of the description when the sales process begins in the fall of next year.

“Contemporary craftsman is oxymoronic. Please don’t call me that,” said Mr. Stapp. President of Cahava Springs Development, he was for a decade chairman of Taliesin Associated Architects, which was the successor to the late architect’s practice. Instead, the homes are best understood as contemporary in the vein of Frank Lloyd Wright, who can be most accurately viewed as a “bridge” between the craftsman and modern eras, Mr. Stapp said.

The greenhouse entertaining area.
The greenhouse entertaining area. Kevin Dotolo

Whatever the label, craftsman architecture’s hallmark straight lines create a kind of blank canvas for interior design, said Beth Dotolo, co-owner of Pulp Design Studios. She was hired to create a contemporary interior design for a newly rebuilt craftsman in Dallas.

Ms. Dotolo said her main task was “a lot of softening.” She chose modern, light-colored and asymmetrical furniture. Eschewing traditional earth tones, Ms. Dotolo went with a light blue for “a fresher take,” she said.

Mr. Jones, who has designed restaurants including the original Spago in Beverly Hills, as well as more recent restaurants in Kenya, Japan and Los Angeles, completed his home in 2003. He paid $414,000 for the lot and spent around $500,000 to build, acting as his own general contractor. Teles Properties agent Tony Martinez estimated the home’s market value at around $2.5 million.

Mr. Jones said he found he had to become a craftsman himself to create some of the authentic features, because it was too expensive to buy the elements ready-made. Under his guidance, a framer built a set of v-shaped trusses on the site for a fifth of the cost of buying them, Mr. Jones said.

“That’s why craftsman design doesn’t happen that often,” anymore, Mr. Jones said. All that handcrafted work “is definitely expensive.”



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