Best Traditional Home 2014: Forever Arts and Crafts
A smart remodel retains its arts-and-crafts bungalow roots
Michael Klement of Architectural Resource writes about his award-winning best traditional home in “Forever Arts and Crafts.” The home in Plymouth, Mich., was awarded for its embrace of the past, present, and future. The new details harken back to the original style, the rearranged floor plan suits modern life, and the craftsmanship and materials are prepared to endure another century of service. While only a slice of the house was remodeled, the work, and its impact, was significant. Moving the kitchen to the back of the house took it out of the regular traffic flow and created the opportunity for the main work zone to have a bank of windows with a great view. Opening the den to the kitchen, stair hall, and dining room made the small home feel more spacious and connected the three main living areas. Relocating the basement stairs created a safer way of reaching the lower level and accessing the backyard. All of the materials, from the white-oak cabinets to the custom pendant lights, were chosen to stay true to the home’s original style. The open layout reflects modern life, and varying ceiling heights distinguish the spaces. Transforming the rear elevation was all about finding the home’s true character. First, the sunroom addition was removed, and the roofline was extended the length of the eave. A simple brick porch was then added under the roof’s deep overhang. Clad in reclaimed brick, the back of the house now looks like it was meant to look a century ago. While there are plans to make more energy-efficiency improvements, through air-sealing, spray-foam insulation, new windows, and new mechanicals, the home’s energy consumption has already been cut in half. You can get an inside look at the home by watching the video here.