Craftsman Charm – Part 1: Front Entry and Living Room – Before & After

Several years ago, at an open house on a quiet tree-lined street in a suburb of Boston, a young couple fell in love with the classic details of this Craftsman Style home, and made the decision to move from their recently renovated urban condo. The 1921 home featured large graceful rooms, custom moldings and wainscoting, and a pristine original gumwood paneled living room and dining room, which the couple has since filled with Stickley and Harvey Ellis, among other period Arts & Crafts pieces.

In collaboration with the homeowners, Hundred Acre updated the details and finishes of the formal Front Entry, created a new layout to accommodate a first floor Powder Room and a custom wet bar, and designed a dream kitchen befitting this classic Craftsman.

Front Entry: BeforeENTRY BEFORE

Front Entry: AfterENTRY AFTER

Prior to the renovation, the Front Entry stair’s full-height balusters provided for quite the commentary at dinner parties. We updated the stair details to reflect a more classic Craftsman style, while simultaneously creating a more open and graceful entry into the home.



Living Room Entry: Before 


Living Room Entry: After


We updated the original framed opening between the Entry and the Living Room by adding paneled half walls with built-in storage and tapered Craftsman style columns. This feature replaced two ill-suited Classical style columns (which a previous owner had installed in an attempt to bolster the sagging header of  the original opening), while handsomely framing the view to the original Gumwood paneled Living Room.



Check back next week for Part 2 of Craftsman Charm where we will feature the kitchen!


Architecture and Interior Design: Hundred Acre Design

General Contractor: Britton Homes

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