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Gray-Blue Craftsman Home With Neutral Stone Walkway
This stunning craftsman home features a gray-blue stucco and neutral stone exterior. A blend of gray stones, neutral stone slabs and concrete make up the walkway that extends from the driveway to the lime green front door.
The owners of this 1918 Craftsman home wanted a front yard and porch that would be instantly welcoming. The original exterior's green stucco was switched out to navy blue siding that paired handsomely with the home's cream-colored trim. For a cohesive look from yard to porch, designers used planters painted the same pale gray as the chairs and porch floor. Chairs, faux tile floor and flower pot paint color: Sherwin Williams Silver Plate
Ada's Technical Books & Cafe occuppies a remodeled home in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The impetus for the project was to create the "book retailer of the future." Achieving this vision required an adaptive reuse design, an addition and a pioneering approach to the neighborhood bookstore. The challenge would be to convert a dilapidated single-story Craftsman into a refurbished mixed-use project. The owners were dedicated to creating a balance of history and modern sustainability, so architect Jeff Pelletier imagined the building like an aged book cover with crisp, clean pages on the inside. In order to connect the space with the street-scape, Pelletier added a raised front porch for cafe seating.
This Craftsman-style home has a large, inviting front porch accentuated by architectural details and woodwork. The low-pitched gabled roof, exposed beams, and stone and shingled siding are hallmarks of Arts and Crafts design.
The look of the porch is transformed with fresh white paint, khaki trim, painted concrete floors and a ceiling fan in a more classic design. But the star of the new porch is the set of twin chair swings — Ben's custom take on the traditional Southern porch swing. Each is a variation on the familiar Adirondack chair design, and they were handmade by Ben using reclaimed wood from demo of one of the home's interior walls.
The front exterior view of the HGTV Dream Home 2014, a vacation getaway located in Truckee, Calif., featured a stone driveway and evergreen landscaping. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a peek into the home.
The renovation of this 12,000-square-foot home will transform into an extravagant mountain retreat featuring a new 2,500-square-foot guest cottage opening onto a summer kitchen and pool bar, 75′ long infinity edge pool, tennis pavilion, extensive water features, garden and hiking trails. Not your typical renovation, this grand-scale renewal and addition will exhibit some of the world’s finest granite and stone, beautiful custom cabinetry, custom wood and glass folding and lift-side doors that open rooms completely to the outdoors, and other exquisite materials and inspiring novelties, all while staying true to the home’s traditional rustic origins. Scheduled for completion later this year, this one-of-a-kind Asheville retreat will be in a class all its own.
While redwood reigns inside, teak is the wood of choice for the deck. From there, floating stairs lead to a tiered water feature. The home is surrounded by a seven-acre, award-winning garden designed by Paul Leffingwell.
Erin and Ben agreed with the homeowners that the home would be better served by restoring the original porch. The French doors get updated for proper function and are painted ox-blood on the exterior side to match the front door, and white on the inside in keeping with the interior trim.