Podcast 25: Intrigue of Arts And Crafts House Plans

With Leisa Collins and Bruce Goodman

Porch Ideas Network Podcast Logo Leisa and Bruce of Arts and Crafts Style Arts and Crafts house plans not only exude a unique architecture, but also a way of life.

Bruce Goodman and Leisa Collins of the former website "Arts and Crafts Style" share their love for Craftsman style homes and discuss the many characteristics that are typical of this ever popular architectural style.

Bruce, a true craftsman with experience in home building and remodeling, along with Leisa, a prominent artist and historic preservationist, offer insight into what constitutes an Arts and Crafts home or bungalow and why this particular style has been replicated by home builders throughout the years.


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Podcast Highlights

Bruce Goodman and Leisa Collins offer amazing details of Arts and Crafts homes and interesting historic trends that have become everyday features in most homes today.
photo courtesy of FL Architect Fan
A classic Arts and Crafts home design
We are honored to have guests, Bruce Goodman and Leisa Collins, share their knowledge of Arts and Crafts homes and lifestyle.

Here are a few highlights that they shared about these amazing home designs and the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
  • Discover why the Arts and Craft home design is also a life style - one of simplicity, beauty, artistry, family and craftsmanship.
  • A brief overview of the Arts and Crafts Movement
  • Discover the importance of porches on Arts and Craft homes.
  • Hear about a few of the great artisans who played a great role in the Arts and Crafts Movement like William Morris and Gustav Stickley
  • Learn what breakfast nooks have in common with Arts and Craft home designs
  • Learn specific characteristics of Arts and Craft porches.
  • Discover whole communities of Arts and Craft homes.
  • Learn about Leisa's passion for capturing the beauty and architecture of Craftsman homes in her watercolor paintings


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Program Excerpts: Arts and Crafts Homes

watercolor of craftsman style home by leisa collins
The intrigue of Craftsman style homes

Craftsman Lifestyle

"We lived in Alexandria Virginia, right next door to a pretty famous Arts and Craft community called Del Rey and the thing I noticed was that they all had porches. It was built in the '20's and 30's, which was the Arts and Craft era.

We loved going over there and the people were so friendly and family oriented and they are always sitting on there porches.

We had many conversations; just walking by and suddenly "oh, come on up here" and have tea with them on their porch."


Arts and Crafts Porch Features

"Some of the key features are exposed wood, exposed beams and rafters,long overhangs, wood and stone elements, broad porches, wrap around porches, and windows often have the multi-pane light. Also the trim and moldings are more prominent and bold.

You can change the slope of the roof and there's even a craftsman airplane bungalow which looks like a cockpit."


Watercolor Renditions by Leisa

"My passion is architectural art. I use a technique called pen drawing, like ink drawing, and then I do watercolor painting on top of it which is perfect to represent architectural subjects. Especially ones like Craftsman which all have these lovely details, stonework, woodwork, features on their porch.

I never go past a detail of aesthetics and beauty that is there and include all the garden, landscaping. I think the important thing about painting of homes, it isn't just about the home, it is about the entire environment that you create around your home."


watercolor of craftsman style home by leisa collins
Pen and ink / watercolor house portrait by Artist Leisa Collins



Arts and Crafts front porch watercolor by Leisa Collins
A perfect Arts and Crafts front porch - drawn and painted by Artist Leisa Collins



Learn more about Leisa's custom watercolor house portraits; they make wonderful gifts for family and friends.




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Typical Arts and Crafts style airplane bungalow
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