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Architectural and design topics focusing on historic restoration and landmark homes of the early 20th century, from the perspective of an Arts & Crafts, Craftsman and Bungalow Home Enthusiast.
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Bungalow Flashback: The Kitchen Restoration At Our Other Bungalow

Bungalow Flashback: The Kitchen Restoration At Our Other Bungalow

The bungalow that we’re currently restoring is actually the second bungalow restoration that we’ve undertaken.  Our first was a 1927 English Cottage style bungalow, also in Portland.  Below is a picture of the finished kitchen… The house was in overall good condition, and while the kitchen was functional, it was rather tired looking and in need...
Shag-a-delic!  Come On Baby, Let's Do The Twist!!

Shag-a-delic! Come On Baby, Let’s Do The Twist!!

The only room upstairs that still had wall-to-wall carpet in it was our guest room.  Now, this wasn’t just any carpet, but a pea-soup-green shag carpet.   In the right setting – like covering every inch of the back of your Shaggin’ Wagon Van – this carpet would be awesome!  But in our 1917 Craftsman...
Stripping The Old Wallpaper in the Upstairs Hallway

Stripping The Old Wallpaper in the Upstairs Hallway

When we moved in, the upstairs hallway had what I’m guessing was a very retro 1940’s-50’s style wallpaper on it that was covering the original plaster walls.  It was in great condition, but didn’t fit in with our vision for the house and had to go. We knew the wallpaper had to be steamed off,...
Peeling Back The Layers

Peeling Back The Layers

After we finally closed on the house, we were eager to get started tearing things up.  At the top of our list was to peel back the carpets and see what the floors underneath looked like… How it looked before we did anything… Carpets come up and wood paneling comes down… Once we got the...
Where It All Began...

Where It All Began…

To understand what we were dealing with when we initially bought the house, let’s go back to late 2009… This is what the exterior looked like when we first moved in (we have since painted it).  I came to find out later that the house had been for sale earlier in 2009 through a realtor,...
A Few Words About The Craftsman Bungalow

A Few Words About The Craftsman Bungalow

Welcome to The Craftsman Bungalow!  My goal for this site is for it to become a resource for people who love old homes – and more specifically – Arts & Crafts, Craftsman, and Bungalow home enthusiasts.  Hopefully along the way, I’ll learn some things, you’ll learn some things, and knowledge, experience, and inspiration about living...
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