April 9, 2011 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Much of what designates a home as modern style, craftsman style, victorian style, georgian style, etc. are the details--especially how the windows are treated, how the juncture where the wall meets the ceiling and where the wall meets the floor is treated, and how special items are done.  By the way, if you ever need a good book on this, pick up a copy of "A Field Guide to American Houses" by McAlester--it is a great resource.

My house has entered the trim stage on the interior, so I thought I would show a couple of pictures and talk about what we are doing.  We are working with a modern version of a Craftsman style.  Modern in the fact that we are trying to keep the house very bright and light, but Craftsman in the detailing of the trim and beams.  The interior trim will be painted--which saves significant amounts of money and gives us the fresher look we are going for.

Craftsman Trim details, light cove, niche, window

Here is a shot of our Master Bedroom.  This room gets a lot of light so we are using a wood ceiling in the light cove to add richness.  Note the different woods.  We are using a MDF board at the upper trims where damage is unlikely.  The MDF holds paint beautifully and is less expensive.  The rest of the trim is finger jointed pine which is more durable.  Both materials reduce the impact of the wood on the environment by using smaller pieces of wood (or scraps even) to make a bigger one.

Craftsman Details, Light Cove, Door

Here is the light cove in the Entry Hall.  The low arched entry will be a nice cozy welcome before the Great Room.  We are using dimmable linear fluorescents in the cove which will give us a wonderful light on the smooth arched ceiling.

Craftsman Trim Detail, Child Display Rail

This is a display rail that is in both kid's rooms.  It is for displaying all the sundry trophies, dolls, models etc that they like to keep around but that clutter up the surfaces.  Note that there is a slight reveal where the vertical jamb trim of the window meets the horizontal trim at the top.  This joint is notoriously hard to get a smooth joint at because the wood will cup.  We have chose to use a reveal make an accent detail where there probably would have been an rougher joint.

Craftsman Trim Detail, Hinged Display Rail

My son has bunk beds.  Where his bed will be, we have hinges in the display rail so he can flip these section up and be less likely to knock his head into the rail.

Craftsman Trim Details, Window Seat

This is the window seat we have in the upstairs family room (now referred to as the 'Nest')Craftsman Trim Details, Laundry Chite

Here is the Laundry Chute cover.  When we asked my son what he most wanted, it was a laundry chute.  We agreed, providing that only laundry was allowed in the chute.

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