Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Curve

Check this sweet design and creativity. The curve is just killer. I love the way they've just gone outside the box and made this thing happen.

The owner had two specific element that he wanted portrayed in the design. The idea was to respect the land and draw design inspiration from the shape of the the live oak trees which are shaped by the coastal winds. A great little challenge for the design team and they nailed it.

You can also check this out over at my Thursday guest home, Fred Flare.

photos via ArchDaily

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Textured Tile Wall

A sweet textured river rock wall detail here in the powder room of this NYC apartment. I like the way they meshed the cool feel of the stone with the warmth of the old growth walnut flooring.

photo via ArchDaily

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1 Year

So today marks my 1 year blogging anniversary. Click here for my original post. It's been this amazing learning experience both personally and professionally. I would have never pushed myself out of my little comfort zone and taken on this challenge if it wasn't for my sweet wife. She supports and inspires me every day. A ton of family love and all the feedback from those of you that follow and check-in is the motivation I use to keep this thing moving forward. Blogging is its own little animal. I've in no way mastered it and I'm always looking for ways to keep things creative and a little edgy here at Craft1945. Always challenging and never sliding into complacency. Thank you.

photo via Flickr

Monday, June 27, 2011


Today is Grandpa's birthday. 90 freaking 5. Just crazy. Love it. Love him. He's definitely slowed down but still pretty sharp. Always has been and always will be about hard work. I still remember him telling me, 'if you can't get it done by Noon, don't bother getting started'.

The founder of our family business back in 1945 and my personal barber back in 1975.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tree House Update

So just a quick Tree House update. If you're feel lost or left out just click here for a little refresher.

It's certainly been challenging, pretty much like any custom project, but a nice change of pace and definitely proud to put our name on. She's in the final stages so once we're 100% complete I'll run a final post.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Water Ski Retreat

This is how you roll if you're crazy about water skiing. You find this sweet piece of property with an existing lake, modify and dredge it for your 1/2 mile ski course and create a sweet little berm to hang your house over with the perfect view of the water. Very nice.

The materials throughout are pretty basic and were kept to a minimum. Keep the maintenance down while putting out a cool cutting edge design. Concrete on the floors with some board formed concrete mixed in with the plaster walls.

Florida. Right on the water. It's screaming for an outdoor shower. This unit is simple, keeping with the overall vibe of the place. It literally sits right off the master shower so you could jump from one to the other. A nice teak wood base floor in both showers too, recessed right into the concrete.

So open to the outdoors, once again maximizing that view of the course. A killer little fire pit and negative edge lap pool to finish it all off. Thursday is also my day over at Fred Flare if you're wondering why there are some many crazy links. Check it here.

photos via Contemporist

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rustic Entry

It's definitely a little rough and semi raw but you just don't see an entry like this very often. It's an older space just filled with character and full of some great design ideas if you're looking to recreate and renovate. The sweet doors just speak for themselves. I love the overall height and character with the two large glass cut-ups and detailed recessed panel below. Classic. Another little gem here are the oversized floor stones with the wider grout joints. Old and timeless design.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Simple and Fresh

Any time I see something that reminds me of my sweet wife I just have to roll with it. This little nugget was no exception. It's the Slowpoke Espresso Cafe in Fitzroy, Australia. A sweet blend of my love for the simplicity of design with reclaimed wood and her love of simple, fresh food.

Recycled scraps that have found a new home. It's a collaboration of patterns, colors and textures from various local woodworking shops. They all tell a story in their own way and all come together in this puzzle-like fashion.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Seeing Red

This rocks. It's red done just right. Loud colors will work. You just need to find that happy medium and incorporate elements that will compliment. The richness and subtle red tones in the solid wood pair well and soften next to the vibrant red. The natural warm feel and hue in the green of the granite really pulls the two together.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rustic Office

A cool little space to get after that design and draw on some inspiration from the excellent view. A nice little drafting space here. The layout is perfect with all the natural light and the way they've incorporated the drafting table with solid and rustic concrete tops. It's welcoming and comforting. A sweet balance too between the smooth finish of the wood walls and ceilings and the rough texture of the concrete. You can also check me out over at Fred Flare. That is my Thursday guest home.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Boathouse And Loft

A very cool boathouse design here. The original footprint could not be compromised so the challenge was to create and kickass with the existing. A sweet job and great example of straightforward design while still maximizing the space. Proof that you can create even if you're working with concrete block.

The huge metal barn-style doors work so well here opening up the space, bringing the outdoors in and also sealing off any harsh weather. I also like the idea of the metal doors tying into the metal roof.

The interior is all clad in raw exterior grade plywood. It may appear basic but it works. It also ties in well with the raw look of the wood exterior overhangs. Simple old school barn style lighting both inside and out.

A little relaxation. The loft can also serve as an overflow sleeping quarters for guests.

A view from the back side. The doors can also create a small private sitting area when opened both on the front and back.

photos via Remodelista

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Hand hewn and rustic. I like the unique and semi-bowed look to this mantel here. It's the focal point of the space that brings character with the off balance layout.

Monday, June 13, 2011

One More Outdoor Shower

I never get tired of searching for a killer outdoor shower. This particular one lays out some of my favorite elements, hand crafted and on display; concrete, metal and wood. I love the design and details here. A little board formed concrete mixed with a metal framed wall that's filled with stacked, hand-chopped wood. I like how they took the metal just a little further in the design utilizing it not only as a bar for the overhead, rain shower but to also outline the controls and soap dish. Details. Sweet, little details.

photo via ArchDaily

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Light Bulbs

A ceiling detail like no other. It's definitely a unique play on 'mood lighting'. Flat out genius. A freakish example of pairing an artistic vision with a delicate touch of craftsmanship. Today I also appear over at Fred Flare.

photo via Designtripper

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Exposed Plumbing

How about the exposed pipes? Rustic and raw. Industrial and semi institutional. It looks like the type of application you might see in an old cabin. This wasn't a mistake or a way to cut a corner. It's their brilliant little way to give the space some style. This is the Hotel Basico in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

photos via Remodelista and Pure Green

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Northern California Beach Residence

A little bit of a different angle here with this beach house. It looks and feels to me like more of a rustic farmhouse. Either way, the place is kickass. This is just off the Pacific coast and little north of San Francisco. A nice open feel with the way the house sits on the site.

The exterior is clad in vertical cedar however with the color stain and the tall steel awing windows the structure has more of an industrial vibe. I also like the use of the barn style doors throughout the exterior. The galvanized steel door headers tie in well with the zinc roof.

The interior shows a little more of that coastal style. Check those crazy stairs that lead to the loft.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Trough Sink

The trough sink. You just don't see it being used in residential design. Good design idea or not so much? I see it here as a great idea off a pool or beach like setting with a ton of kids (even adults) constantly in and out and on the go. If paired well and laid out right, each kid can still have their own separate area for storage too.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

One Tree

A crazy ceiling detail and design element. This, in a way, goes hand-in-hand with the post from yesterday. The killer creativity and inspiration that can come from nature.

It's the architects idea of bringing people together to dine under 'one tree' as well as the ability to nurture and grow a business. Today I'm also appearing at Fred Flare.

photos via Contemporist

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rolling Ceiling

A ceiling detail that takes its inspiration from the views just outside the restaurant. It's just proof that sometimes you don't have to look too far to find that artistic little detail that can really make a space so unique.

This is the artistry behind the ceiling. The rolling, furrowed fields which the restaurant overlooks.

The pattern was computer generated, framed out of steel and then covered in wood. Instant personality.

photos via ArchDaily
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