Then and Now: traditional craftsmanship with today's trends
Few homes highlight vintage style as dramatically as this. An updated interpretation of the traditional craftsman style, the home’s distinctive crown-molding and wide trim complement today’s material trends, including the modern detailing of mosaic glass tile, rectangular ceramic tile, and solid white Corian countertops. This home’s transitional design strives for a perfect blend of old and new, formal and informal, cozy living and open entertainment space. The trim is painted in an alabaster white to complement subtle earth-tone walls. “If the trim were stained, it would have been a much more contemporary house,” says Amy, the home’s designer and Project Manager with the Peninsula Development Company. “We didn’t want modern materials to compete with the traditional design. And although the architectural detailing is consistent throughout the house, we have staged the interior with a variety of furniture styles, from chaises to modern sectionals.”
The foyer and open staircase have a generous scale that creates a strong sense of arrival. The drama is reinforced by plentiful light that emerges from the open floor plan and large number of windows. The open staircase was designed to create a sense of openness while providing light and retaining the sense of a more traditional home. The foyer and staircase function as an axial to the floor plan, providing easy flow between rooms. The open kitchen, dining, and living room suite lead to the privacy of a covered breezeway and screened porch and yard off the side of the house. Because the rooms are open to one another, it was important to have design continuity. Natural stone tile was used as a backsplash in the kitchen was also used for the distinctive mantle around the gas fireplace. An island with earth tone granite and stained cabinetry divides the spaces visually and enhances the ambiance created by the wide white trim and crown molding. The creative blending of modern simplicity and traditional craftsmanship work to create a bold and inviting home.
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