Character strengths A detailed remodel transforms a pedestrian home into a Craftsman-style cottage Above: The renovation of this house by architect Jim Rill of Rill Architects has transformed an unexceptional brick residence into a Craftsmanstyle cottage. The newly introduced deep front porch provides an easy indoor-outdoor flow and is a typical inclusion for the American Arts and Crafts architectural style. It also helps break up the mass of the home visually. Not every project starts with a grand vision. Sometimes it can be something as insignificant as an appealing angle on an existing home that becomes a catalyst for a complete style revamp. Such was the inspiration for this renovation. A shallow roof incline on the original house led architect Jim Rill and the owners to choose a Craftsman aesthetic indoors and out. Low-pitched rooflines are a typical feature of American Arts and Crafts cottages, and the bones of the home suited this style, says Rill. As a result, the exterior features a wealth of appropriate architectural detailing, including search | save | share at trendsideas.com tapering square columns, exposed rafters, roof overhangs, split top sashes and a dark palette of natural colors with bright window insets. “In other moves, we painted the red bricks so the revision would not look colonial, and finished the new upper level facades in complementary materials. The old shutters were replaced with new versions, and a trellis adds interest over the garage,” says Rill. In terms of structural changes, the house now has a deep front porch, with a doubleheight family room and kitchen added to the rear. The new master suite is upstairs.