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expansive family room, which has a soaring, double-height, stained-wood ceiling and stone fireplace – both typical Craftsman inclusions.” As with the house exterior, the interiors are repainted in stronger colours – a move that required a leap of faith by the owners, says Rill. In keeping with the shift in design style, the rooms have simpler mouldings and more panels, as well as entablatures and side casings, detailing that furthers the handcrafted appeal. The redesign also overcomes an oppressive disconnect between the interiors and exteriors. The front porch and the alfresco area accessed via French doors off the family room both offer valuable new connections to the environment, blurring the line between inside and out. “Prior to the renovation the rooms were closed off from each other,” says Rill. “They were dark, and poorly arranged. Opening visual as well as physical links to the outdoors is what really gives the home a fresh lease of life.” “Now, with extended sightlines and wider openings, you are never far from glimpses of green trees or lawn. Connections to nature in materials, views and spaces are all part of the Craftsman design aesthetic.” Top: A new butler’s pantry provides a convenient buffer between the dining room and the kitchen. The owners wanted to be able to close the kitchen off when entertaining. Above: While a mix of materials is appropriate to the Craftsman style, the kitchen has a more contemporary appeal. With one owner an avid chef, the light-toned space features every modern cooking convenience. search | save | share at