“ARCHITECTURE IS THE ART WHICH So DISPoSES & ADoRNS THE EDIFICES RAISED BY MAN, THAT THE SIGHT oF THEM MAY CoNTRIBUTE To HIS MENTAL HEALTH, PoWER, & PLEASURE.”
– John Ruskin (1819-1900) English Critic of art, architecture & society

THE HISTORY

Ruskin’s thoughts, evolving into the work of William Morris, then floated across the ocean to America by Gustav Stickley, form the seeds of Arts & Crafts, from which bungalows sprouted.

If you want to do an authentic bungalow restoration, it is important to know the history & the philosophy of the Movement that spawned your home. This understanding makes every effort, very difficult decision, every dollar spent, far more rewarding. Like seeing your grandparent’s smile in the glowing face of your child.

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS-Charles Rohlfs

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS-Charles Rohlfs

Lesser know than many of his contemporaries, & viewed as being too eccentric for the commercial market of his time Rohlf’s designs do not fit into any one category. His inspiration came from many sources, including Japan, China, the Middle East & Medieval...

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THE CRAFTSMAN MAGAZINE

THE CRAFTSMAN MAGAZINE

"An illustrated monthly magazine in the interest of better art, better work and a better more reasonable way of living." ~The Craftsman the magazine of the Arts & Crafts movement, edited by Gustav Stickley, was published from October 1910- December 1916 & was...

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A CRAFTSMAN MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS

A CRAFTSMAN MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS FROM WINTER'S GARDEN December, 1911 In tracing the custom of decorating the church and home with green boughs, vines and flowers on Christmas day—a custom dear to many people in many lands—we wander through both Christian and pagan eras. The...

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RESEARCHING THE HISTORY OF YOUR BUNGALOW

RESEARCHING THE HISTORY OF YOUR BUNGALOW

I learned about the culture of the early 20th Century at my mother’s knee. The stories she told me about my grandmother, born in 1888, growing up on the farm, & the fascinating tales of her own life & times, combined beautifully with my own old-timey nature...

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DO I HAVE A KIT HOUSE?

DO I HAVE A KIT HOUSE?

“Is it true that you could once buy a house from a catalogue?” “Do I have a kit house?” “How can I identify which house I have?” During my years as a historic preservation advocate, at event after event, I think that these are the questions I have been asked the most...

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OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS- Historic Kit Houses

OLD HOUSE RESTORATION VIDEOS- Historic Kit Houses

Historic kit houses hold an intense interest for old house lovers. The very idea introduces the possibility of getting so many questions about the origins of our homes answered. We all burn with curiosity to know: Who built it? Who designed it? When? The fact that...

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ARTS & CRAFTS LIGHTING, Part 1

ARTS & CRAFTS LIGHTING, Part 1

OUT OF THE DARKNESS The desire for lighting is in our DNA. Our circadian rhythms, our bodies’ clocks, determine the patterns of our bodies, our minds & behavior over a 24 hour cycle & respond to light & dark. Light exposure generates signals from our...

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