Contemporary Craftsman

Mountain View, California

For this down-to-the-studs Ranch to Craftsman remodel and second floor addition, we converted this former ranch house into a light-filled home using as many natural materials as possible. We wanted to stay true to the Craftsman architectural style, so we designed the home to suit contemporary family life, with no more or less than needed. The result is a modern Craftsman house, rebuilt by an experienced Craftsman architect who was thoroughly familiar with traditional Craftsman style and curb appeal, qualities that were important to our client. 

We began with designing Craftsman house plans that stayed true to the proportions and simplicity of traditional Craftsman homes. Craftsman details such as shaped brackets, trellises, gabled roof ends, built-in window seats, and broad trim encircling rooms and openings were used to distinguish the new interior and exterior. Douglas fir wood trim offers warmth and character on the inside.

The new Craftsman home design answers our clients’ desire for spaces that would both encourage family time together, as well as allow for quiet and privacy. Off of the open living room floorplan, a multi-purpose “away room” serves as a media and game room, study and guest room. Large glass doors open to the rear garden and an outdoor dining patio with a louvered pergola for sun control. Upstairs, each of the children’s rooms feature window seats – creating special nooks for play and providing storage.

The result? A modern Craftsman house that gave our clients the space they needed and a design they love. The natural materials, additional space for entertaining and family gatherings, wood trim accents and outdoor space turned this home into a lovely Craftsman style home this family can enjoy for generations to come.

Photography: Takashi Fukuda

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“We worked with Alexandra on the ground-up rebuild of our home and she was wonderful—she was patient, versatile, has awesome attention-to-detail and is very easy to work with, which are really important qualities as you deal with the inevitable challenges that arise. She listened carefully to what we wanted, and was very creative in generating ideas and suggestions while remaining flexible and open to our thoughts throughout the process. While much of her time is spent working on larger-scale details, Alexandra is also exceptionally helpful when it comes to thinking about materials, fixtures and colors.

Alexandra created a good working partnership with our contractor, which helped to surface problems early and minimize negative surprises. We found her to be very knowledgeable about how to best manage the city’s constraints and make it much less painful than it otherwise would have been. Lastly, we felt that Alexandra was very fair as far as cost and contract structure. We do not hesitate to recommend her ability to create a practical, well-conceived design that makes for bright, warm, livable spaces.” – Client craftsman house plans

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