Custom Craftsman Details Help New-Construction Home Fit Into Historic Neighborhood

Combining custom touches such as Craftsman millwork, salvaged wood and antique furnishings in thoughtful ways, Houston designer Jamie House helped a newly constructed home fit into a historic neighborhood -- without adding significantly to the cost.

Craftsman-Style Touches Adds Well-Established Look in New Kitchen

Craftsman-Style Touches Adds Well-Established Look in New Kitchen

Craftsman-style trim and custom millwork lends a well-established look in the kitchen of a new-construction home. Designer Jamie House selected a soft mint color for the cabinetry to add depth to this bright, light space and chose over-scale pendant lights to balance the scale of the large island.

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When construction of a new home was planned for the historic, established neighborhood where Houston designer Jamie House lives, she knew she didn't want it to look out of place.

So she partnered with the builder to add custom details to the Craftsman-inspired infill home to help it match the aesthetic of the rest of the neighborhood.

"Even with a new house, if you can add a little sense of history it feels more comfortable," House says. "It already has some character."

In the kitchen, custom millwork and a light mint color on the cabinetry offer a vintage look to the space. Large pendant lights better balance the scale of the room than builder-grade options would.

Tiles of Marble Mimic Look of Subway Tile Backsplash

Tiles of Marble Mimic Look of Subway Tile Backsplash

Kitchen

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Kitchen

Carrara marble tiles on the backsplash evoke the timeless look of subway tiles while matching the countertops. The kitchen did not afford enough room for a breakfast bar at the island, but House add a curved countertop for a more subtle custom touch.

"We wanted it to be a little something special," she says. "It's a walkway, so there wasn't enough room to extend the counter far enough to accommodate seating, but it's a good space to stop and talk."

Adding character to the home did not mean greatly increasing the cost. House identified affordable materials that, when used thoughtfully, offer the look of high-end, luxury touches. 

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Master bathroom

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Master bathroom

In the master bathroom, she installed porcelain tiles that offer a slate look. The marble tiles on the kitchen backsplash offer a more affordable alternative to a marble slab. And House purchased several vintage rugs through eBay.

"That's the value of hiring a designer," she says. "We can put together materials together in a way that it looks more thought out."

With the help of the builder, House found ways to add modern amenities while maintaining the custom look of the space.

Built-In Family Hub Featuring Reclaimed, Live-Edge Wood Countertop

Built-In Family Hub Featuring Reclaimed, Live-Edge Wood Countertop

Family hub center

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Family hub center

In the kitchen, she created a family hub center with a bulletin board and cubbies which encourage organization in the room that sees the most traffic. To the hub she added a Craftsman-inspired, live-edge wooden countertop.

Near the kitchen is a small butler's pantry trimmed with wood salvaged from an old barn that was being torn down in Texas' Hill Country. 

New Bathroom Features Antique Vanity With Original Tilework

New Bathroom Features Antique Vanity With Original Tilework

Powder room

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Powder room

In the powder room, House repurposed an antique vanity from an old chest. Handpainted tiles on the vanity are original to the piece, adding to the sense of history in the home. 

Design themes were echoed throughout, such as the herringbone tile patterns in the butler's pantry and master shower and matching sconces in the powder room and master bath.

"Little connections like that make the house fell pulled together without you realizing why," House says.

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Craftsman-Style Touches Adds Well-Established Look in New Kitchen

Craftsman-style trim and custom millwork lends a well-established look in the kitchen of a new-construction home. Designer Jamie House selected a soft mint color for the cabinetry to add depth to this bright, light space and chose over-scale pendant lights to balance the scale of the large island.

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Tiles of Marble Mimic Look of Subway Tile Backsplash

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Butler's Pantry Features Reclaimed Wood Ceiling, Elegant Cabinetry

Wood reclaimed from a barn in Texas' Hill Country lines the ceiling of this butler's pantry, providing the newly constructed space with a sense of history. Matching scraps of wood are laid in a herringbone pattern below the counter to tie in with the ceiling, and the rustic wood is contrasted nicely with an elegant pendant light, mint-green cabinets with glass fronts and a marble countertop.

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Reclaimed Wood Wall With Herringbone Patterned Design

Scraps of reclaimed wood are set in a herringbone pattern for an unexpected twist on a tile wall in this butler's pantry.

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Craftsman Dining Room With French Country Furnishings

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New Bathroom Features Antique Vanity With Original Tilework

An antique vanity with original hand-painted tiles creates adds a sense of history to a bathroom in a new-construction bungalow home. The lines of the vanity are mimicked in the mirror for a well-considered look.

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Antique Details Offer Contrast to Modern Fixtures in Bathroom

Original hand-painted tiles adorning an antique vanity offer contrast to a modern faucet and vessel sink. The vanity was selected to give a sense of history within a newly constructed home.

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Adding a quilt and throw on top of everyday bed linens creates an extra cozy bed to land in at night. Layers of neutral tones and a small pop of mustard are the key to keeping a room with minimal color from feeling too one-note.

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Layered Look, Small Pops of Color Create Inviting Bedroom

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A glass chandelier adds a touch of glam to this bathroom niche with slipper tub. Enjoy a quiet evening with a book and relax!

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Tile set in a herringbone pattern in the shower offers a look that resembles whitewashed wood, adding an elegant touch of rusticity in this bathroom. A slipper tub, glass chandelier and rug add to the style of the space.

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Framed mirrors add a bit of polish to the design of this bathroom with double sinks.

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