by Otis Bradley
Project: Santa Monica – Craftsman Remodel
Architecture: Otis Bradley Company, Inc.
Builder: Otis Bradley Company, Inc.
Interior Design: Client with Otis Bradley Company, Inc.
Craftsman architecture is one of my favorites (I admit I have lots!). I like the bold, strong, simple massing and the way the structural frame is exposed as finish detail.
Although the homes often look bold and strong, having been built at the turn of the Century, most Craftsman homes have inferior foundations. Concrete was much different then – lacking metal reinforcement – and was typically much smaller than today’s foundations. However this home had been completely lifted off its old foundation and a new one was installed underneath it !
The entire home was constructed of redwood – the good old stuff! The 2×4’s, the mouldings and even the siding is all redwood.
Not a fancy craftsman home – I like to call this a “working craftsman.” Good solid but basic detailing.
The home had also been “remuddled” over the years. The kitchen cabinets were some kind of super cheap fiber board construction with no relationship to the style of the home.
After studying Craftsman furniture of the era like Stickley and others, we decided to go back to oak. We installed new oak floors throughout the house and oak cabinets as well. After looking at several different concept of Craftsman style ideas, we decided to go with a fairly straight forward wide frame and panel design.