Sunday, July 13, 2014

Greene and Greene Style Homes, New Construction

If you are a Greene and Greene fanatic you probably enjoy looking at pictures of new construction as well as the original masterpieces from the brothers Greene.  I have collected a variety of websites that feature some new construction projects and a few sites with photos of original Greene & Greene's that aren't in the books on this subject.

It's always fun to see how modern day architects develop this style.

A gallery of websites featuring new construction of Greene & Greene style homes

Follow the links below for many more pictures
This home was featured in Diablo Magazine and is near Walnut Creek, CA ....... link

Bruce Aidell's house, video from Fine HomeBuilding magazine. I had never seen this video until today and found it quite interesting.  Other magazine features from the past made the kitchen look very dark whereas I think the lighting was more favorable when they did the video.  The kitchen is way to big for me but you may find other elements of interest here. And at 8 minutes there is a lot to see!   Link

Erler Design, Loblolly House, I want to do some of these on some of our windows.
I sketched something similar when on the Behind the Ropes tour of the Gamble House where you get to see detail up close.     Link

A few years ago I had the chance to help with the wine crush of Greene & Greene furniture maker Tom Stangeland.  Another man there said he owned a home in Medina, Washington that had been featured in American Bungalow in the early 2000s as a Greene & Greene inspired home.
I am pretty sure this house is his.  Link

The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a large-scale new construction built in the Greene & Greene style that is a fun place to visit.  We went there for lunch one day and walked around the property.  Link

Here is another architect's take on Greene & Greene  Link

Robertson House

Some detail of our house in process ...... we are involved with the cabinetry, lighting, and plumbing now.

Original Greene & Greene Homes Rarely Seen

Robinson House

The Robinson House was lovingly restored after earthquake damage, the story is found here: Link

Pratt House

Casa Barranca is actually The Pratt House in Ojai, California, the current owners contract with yoga groups for destination weekends.  If you love yoga, I think this would be a great way to "live" in an original Greene & Greene for a weekend.  It sits on a gorgeous piece of property.  Book early to get a private room.  Link

We are always interested in finding more websites that feature Greene & Greene, please let us know of any you recommend !  Thank you.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Arts and Crafts Travel--The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

image from Grove Park Inn website

I have always wanted to visit the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC and this month I finally did!

Each year a HUGE conference takes place there in February for people interested in the Arts and Crafts Movement.  March is our spring break so we missed the conference --my plan was to meet with the conference organizer Bruce Johnson but he was travelling when I visited.  I secretly wish I lived in Asheville so that I could work on the conference each year--to me it would be the perfect job.  Here is a link if you are interested in the February 2015 Arts and Crafts Conference  this is probably the largest gathering of vendors and Craftsman aficionados each year in the country.

The main lobby is flanked end to end with huge fireplaces.

The hotel is pretty amazing. It was built in 1913 in just 362 days by 400 men working 10 hour days 6 days a week.  The scale of it alone is awe inspiring.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Primer on Greene & Greene and their Elements of Style

One of my favorite books!
As we build our home in the style of Greene and Greene, we find ourselves explaining to friends the various elements that will define our home, it is quite unusual yet beautiful.  If you have lived in Pasadena then you know the do most architects.  But in this time of Pinterest and many new people are being introduced to the Craftsman style and Greene and Greene in particular. Once you have been bitten you want more information, more pictures, more ideas on how to do the kitchens and baths that fit today's lifestyles without abandoning the essence of a G & G home. 

With this post I will give you a brief synopsis of the Greene brothers work, their elements of style, and what lies ahead on our project this year.