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Craftsman Meets Contemporary Style

Posted by Julia Enriquez on Sep 9, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Craftsman Meets Contemporary Style

If you’re like these homeowners and want to mix two different styles together, you’re in luck. With the help of a designer, achieving that harmonious blend between two styles is possible!  With this cottage kitchen & bath project, our designer used the Craftsman style architecture of the home and planned to blend it with the desired contemporary spaces. These two styles, while quite different in theory, compliment each other beautifully in décor and design.


Choose the Dominant Style

Choose one to be the more dominant style and then work at blending the two together so the look becomes a clean, modern approach to craftsman style.

Know Your Vision

In this recent renovation project we worked on the design of their kitchen & bath, where we put a contemporary spin on the craftsman style architecture. This was done using clean lines and strong forms. They wanted the kitchen’s design to have a strong connection to the land with its rolling topography and the beautiful water view. We visualized a kitchen that was mindful of its outdoor surroundings. We also wanted to capture that sensibility, but within a contemporary framework. 

Picking the Right Materials

This was achieved by carefully using a combination of natural materials in the kitchen. As we developed the design, it became more and more about the transitional connection between the materials used in this kitchen and the stone inside the house done by Barry Hobin Architects. The colour of the stone helped us determine the colour pallet that evoked an earthy feel in the kitchen. Taken as a whole, the kitchen layout enhanced the magnificent views.


Private Retreat

For bathrooms, the same concept applies. In this case, they wanted their master bathroom to be a private retreat with simple, clean, and uncluttered spaces. It includes custom suspended cabinets, a free standing tub featuring a ceiling mounted waterfall accented by stone walls. This enhances the contemporary feel of the interior and it opens up the views beyond. While the owner wanted a contemporary bathroom, it was important that the design acknowledged the craftsman style architecture of the house. Reducing the bathroom to its simplest form also brings a very contemporary edge to the design.


Knowing what you want and where you want the design to go is important throughout your remodeling process.  Your designer will help keep you on track and guide you in the right direction with whichever style or styles you want to carry out in your space. 


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Topics: bathroom designs, bathroom ideas, Bathroom Style, Kitchen Style, kitchen design, design, Home Design, Bathroom Remodel, Contemporary Style