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Wouldn’t mind coming home to this door every day. The stained glass design is simply phenomenal as are the doors themselves. James Erler of Erler Design led the charge to design and build the Loblolly House, which includes this remarkable entrance as well as countless other examples of expert craftsmanship.
The interior moulding and trim details, as well as the beams, stairs, cabinetry and…ehh, well, pretty much all the interior woodwork is outstanding. An example of Erler’s approach to creating a unique home was his crafting of all interior trim without a single butt joint. Instead he dipped into some creative techniques such as the “Z” joint (seen below), placing the Loblolly home in a class of its own.
Lovers of the Craftsman style will want to check out the photos of this home or schedule a tour if you plan to be passing through south central Virginia anytime soon. And if you happen to see James while you’re there, tell him he did one helluva job on this house and that he made us all proud to be fans of the Craftsman style. Oh, and give him a pat on the butt as you’re leaving too. Make him feel like he just sunk the game winner, because if crafting a home was a sport, this cat would be leaving the stadium on the shoulders of his fans.
Straight from the Craftsman Touch blog – the details from Jan Davidson’s brilliant Craftsman home are impressive to say the least. Just check out the inlayed “fallen leaves” on the steps in the picture to the left. These are the type of details that define a historic home. The kind you’ll see on “This Old House” 80 years from now as some future couple moves in, discovers countless hidden gems and works to restore and preserve an architectural relic.
If you’d like to see more of Jan and her husband’s home then get the book Along Bungalow Lines. The Davidson’s home along with other jaw dropping, Craftsman style dwellings are captured in the book by the gifted eye of photographer, Linda Svendsen. I highly recommend it to all looking for inspiration when restoring or building their own home and to see architectural art at it’s finest level.
Milwaukee Craftsman’s 2000+ sq. ft. “Fond du Lac” house plan has a very unique exterior – with steep roof lines, side dormers, a breezeway and an attached garage that faces westward. The floor plan has a few quirks as well. The living room oddly extends to the front of the house, bedrooms #1 and #2 have confining shapes, the master bedroom has a master dressing area rather than a closet, there’s a creatively placed sitting area on the second floor, and there isn’t a single tub in the entire house.
Granted, it’s just a house plan and you can pay someone to make any changes you’d like, but when looking at stock plans you want something as close to perfect as possible – which this is not.
Still, there’s something I like about this place – the openness, the large mudroom, the 3-car garage, the desk area in the kitchen…I see it all and can’t help but think that we could make it work.
Clearly, the style of a home is representative of the owner. Odd and quirky is okay with me. I don’t dig taking baths anyways.
Get rid of the gray siding, swap the columns, brackets, and other exterior trim for raw stained wood…THEN you would have a house with some craftsman class. Otherwise the stylish wooden garage door looks awkward against the dull gray blah of the house.
The inside of this 2,200 sq. ft. home places the bedrooms upstairs and all living spaces downstairs. My personal preference in two-story homes is to have the master suite downstairs and the kid’s rooms upstairs. This floorplan in particular places the master bedroom next to one of the kid’s rooms…no good, man. No good.
The kitchen and great room are perfectly sized and the built-ins flanking the fireplace help create a definite craftsman flair. This house has a lot of potential on the interior given that there is a bonus room on the second floor and a den on the first floor. Lots of space indeed. Maybe a room to house your collection of Aquaman paraphernalia or a place to showcase your Lionel Ritchie albums. The possibilities are endless.