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This new bungalow-era Foursquare has fine millwork details including Prairie-influenced columns and a Craftsman entry door.

Revival Woodwork

by Patricia Poore on May 11, 2011

in Millwork and Shutters

ABOVE: This new bungalow-era Foursquare has fine millwork details including Prairie-influenced columns and a Craftsman entry door. Photo by Erick Gibson

Some new projects around the country illustrate how the use of millwork elements and period details lend scale, quality, and style to a porch, a house, or a backyard structure.

This new Foursquare was built by the company Bethesda Bungalows on an infill lot in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The project is called “the incredible green home” because of its energy-efficient construction: it received platinum-level LEED certification. But the beauty of the house comes from its extraordinary details, influenced by bungalow-era and Prairie School details. It was designed by revival architect Christian Gladu of Bend, Oregon.

A familiar “four squares” motif repeats on the handsome staircase. Photo by Erick Gibson.

A familiar “four squares” motif repeats on the handsome staircase. Photo by Erick Gibson.

In the kitchen, an efficient nook includes storage; beadboard is a popular wall cladding. Photo by Erick Gibson.

In the kitchen, an efficient nook includes storage; beadboard is a popular wall cladding. Photo by Erick Gibson.

Overhanging eaves, grouped windows with substantial trim, a tapered entry door, and decorated square columns create interest outside. The same quality continues on the interior, where the dining room is elevated and the platform surrounded by large boxed columns. A built-in breakfast nook in the kitchen includes storage underneath the benches.

Craftsmanship and intimate spaces define another new house, designed by architect Shawn Leatherwood. It’s part modern, part rustic, and part North Carolina vernacular, but millwork details are clearly influenced by houses of the Arts & Crafts period.

This new house in North Carolina is a contemporary take on Craftsman style. Multiple cladding materials lend scale; the garage (foreground) has board-and-batten siding.  Photo by Roger Wade.

This new house in North Carolina is a contemporary take on Craftsman style. Multiple cladding materials lend scale; the garage (foreground) has board-and-batten siding. Photo by Roger Wade.

The guest pavilion has a handsome timber truss. Photo by Roger Wade.

The guest pavilion has a handsome timber truss. Photo by Roger Wade.

The exterior is clad in clapboards, shingles, and board-and-batten siding, all of which lends scale to this rambling house tucked into a hillside. A timber truss, half-timbered details, and large under-eave brackets (on the garage extension) are handsome elements.

Inside, square piers and columns separate rooms. A period-inspired wood wainscot lends scale to high-ceiling rooms.

Arts & Crafts columns sit on cabinets to create a colonnade between rooms. Photo by Roger Wade.

Arts & Crafts columns sit on cabinets to create a colonnade between rooms. Photo by Roger Wade.

Garden structures are important in this period, too, and demand stylish millwork. Although derived from classical architecture, the pergola is a bungalow-era staple. Attached to the house or freestanding in the garden, a pergola consists of a colonnade (row of columns or piers) supporting an open roof, on which vines are often trained.

Shaped rafter ends top a lattice fence and pergola. Photo courtesy Garden Structure.

Shaped rafter ends top a lattice fence and pergola. Photo courtesy Garden Structure.

Fine millwork details and paint enliven a backyard tool shed. Photo by William Wright.

Fine millwork details and paint enliven a backyard tool shed. Photo by William Wright.

In suburban yards, even the tool shed is visible. Custom design, period details, and paint color will make the most prosaic outbuilding an asset.

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1 http://tinyurl.com/theinfiansdi2r2 January 7, 2013 at 3:40 am

Thanks for your effort for posting “Revival Woodwork — Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival”.
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and writing comments soon. I am grateful, Holly

2 regular self storage February 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

It’s hard to find well-informed people for this subject, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
Thanks

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