The decking is left natural, while the rafters are stained to match the doors and windows of the house. Contrasts such as this are repeated throughout the Longs’ design. The architects opted for a simple ceiling fan without a light kit, hanging string lights along the perimeter for soft illumination at night.
This modern white farmhouse bedroom combines indoor and outdoor living with a retractable window wall open to the exterior patio sitting area, and has white exposed beams and rafters, white bed linens, and neutral upholstered arm chairs for seating.
This super chic living room mixes rustic elements (the cow hide rug and brown leather sofa) with urban edge and results in a room that's both cool and comfortable. Instead of closing off the space with a ceiling, occupants can see past the exposed wood beams up into the level above.
Craftsman architecture is notable for its practical design characteristics. The extended eaves and covered entry porch help reduce heat gain during the summer months when air conditioning requirements are highest.
The scope of this project involved adding 1,217 square feet to an 87-year-old home to meet the needs of a growing family. The exterior was built to look original to the home and to complement the neighboring houses in the historic neighborhood. The addition has a seamless look by matching the home's existing brick but part of it was designed to look like an enclosed sleeping porch, a common characteristic of older homes in the neighborhood.
New life and purpose are given to a garage after it was converted into a contemporary living room. A low-profile sofa and floral chair provide seating near a sleek gas fireplace, while bright accessories provide a pop of color in the neutral space.