21st c British Arts and Crafts

This British Arts and Crafts home has exceptional artisanship, and the owners appreciated that beauty. A later “builder’s-special” kitchen was too small and unfit for the craft of the house. The owners wanted a change. They also wanted a new breakfast room, mudroom, and a detached carriage house that would complement their home.

The existing kitchen was surrounded by the dining room and butler’s pantry, rooms of high craft we did not want to disrupt. We expanded to the rear for the new kitchen and mudroom, and opened the addition to the rear yard, which was lovely but otherwise disconnected from the house.

A local cabinetmaker crafted our custom-designed kitchen cabinetry. The perimeter cabinets use details found in the dining room paneling. The island is the centerpiece, crafted in white oak, with maple inlays that reinterpret details from the entry hall. The wet bar has leaded glass cabinet doors.

The breakfast room is wrapped by large windows for views of the garden and terrace. FSA designed the bench, the built-in hutch, and the table, also with maple inlays. The mudroom is adjacent, with a built-in for seating and coats, inspired by A&C-era furniture.

The carriage house holds two autos and has a sunroom facing the garden. The roof is pulled low to present a friendly scale to the garden. The sunroom is used for summertime meals and over-wintering plants. Artisanship now reigns throughout this fine home.


  • Architect: Frank Shirley Architects
  • Contractor: Porter Builders
  • Engineer: Steve Goan
  • Photos: Randy O’Rourke