I’ll bet most people that drive by this new Craftsman home in Seattle by Board & Vellum Architects assume it’s been there awhile. The massing and details of the exterior take their cues from the neighborhood, which is full of similar homes.
There are many ways to design a home to fit it’s context, something that Architects interpret in different ways. Sometimes, though, there’s no substitute for simply matching the context – making the home blend seamlessly with it’s surroundings.
The Architects have dubbed this an “urban farmhouse”, but on the outside, I see plenty of elements of early 20th century Craftsman shapes and details, especially in open rafters of the roof overhangs.
Inside, natural oak flooring flows throughout many of the living spaces, another nod to the 1920’s heritage of the neighborhood.
Big shed dormers create tons of extra space in many of the second floor rooms.
A modern bathroom layout, but with a lot of 1920’s finishes.
Downstairs is where the design really mixes old and new – the trim details are old, but the smooth concrete floor is completely modern! And I love that modern wood-burning stove!
Built-in cabinets were a common feature of original Craftsman homes, like the ones in the dining room.
The two views above show how modern the open floor plan of this house really is – a big open kitchen flows right into a big open dining room. That’s one big kitchen island! Maybe this is why they’re calling this an “urban farmhouse” – you could feed a lot of ranch hands here. 😉
This might be my favorite space in the house – a music room/library with a built-in window seat, and lots and lots of bookshelves.