The Craftsman Bungalow

Welcome to The Craftsman Bungalow! (formerly This Old 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.
As a starting point, I’m going to be chronicling the house (pictured above) that my wife and I are currently restoring - or maybe more appropriately… resurrecting - a Craftsman Bungalow in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.  I’ll also be recounting some of the restoration projects we completed at our previous home.  
Hopefully along the way, I’ll learn some things, you’ll learn some things, and knowledge, experience, and inspiration about restoring old homes will be shared and gained.

The Architectural Heritage Center’s 16th Annual Portland Old House Revival Tour 2015

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This year the Architectural Heritage Center expanded their Annual Kitchen Revival Tour beyond just kitchens to showcase entire homes, and re-named the tour the Portland Old House Revival Tour.  I’ve covered this tour for the past three years, and now in its 16th year overall, the tour never disappoints.  In c...

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The Definitive Bungalow Documentary, Bungalow Heaven: Preserving A Neighborhood

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Filmmaker Joaquin Montalvan always knew he wanted to live in a bungalow – even before he knew what a bungalow was.  Growing up, he had lived in a Spanish Mission style home with a welcoming front porch, hardwood floors and a fireplace that his family frequently used.  Those three features were ingrained in his m...

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The Harmony of Craftsman: American Bungalow Cover Article

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The Spring 2015 issue of American Bungalow magazine has just come out, and an article that I co-wrote made the cover!  The article, written in conjunction with Southern California-based writer Laszlo Remenyi, is about a truly unique recording studio (below and at left) built by film composer, record producer, and...

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Peek Inside: A Grand 1910 Swiss Chalet Craftsman Home Fully Restored

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Whenever I’m out-and-about and see a sign saying there’s an estate sale going on nearby, I almost always do a drive-by to check out the house and take a peek inside.  A few weeks ago, that same scenario played out, and when I pulled up to the house where the sale was (below), my jaw hit the floor…...

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Ready For Restoration: A Classic 1909 Craftsman Fixer For Sale in Portland

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This post is part of a new feature on The Craftsman Bungalow where we’ll be showcasing Arts & Crafts homes across the country that are currently for sale.  Some of them may be fixers that are just begging to be restored (like this one), others may be fully restored and move-in ready, and still others may be...

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Peek Inside: A Classic 1909 Craftsman Fixer For Sale in Portland

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This post is part of a new feature on The Craftsman Bungalow where we’ll be showcasing Arts & Crafts homes across the country that are currently for sale.  Some of them may be fixers that are just begging to be restored (like this one), others may be fully restored and move-in ready, and still others may be...

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A Hand-Hewn Log Cabin in the Foothills of Oregon’s Mount Hood

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A couple of years ago, I heard about a home tour on the western slopes of Oregon’s Mount Hood that celebrated the work of a family of craftsmen who single-handedly built as many as 100 of the Pacific Northwest’s finest examples of authentic log cabins.  Naturally, my interest was piqued, and since the...

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Craftsmanship Is In The Blood: American Bungalow Feature Article and Profile

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The Winter 2014 edition of American Bungalow magazine is out now, and I’m excited to have contributed three articles to the issue.  The first is a feature article (found on pages 78-89) about the home of Austin and Laura Whipple, owners of the Scout Books, a custom-printed craft notebook company,  located in P...

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Craftsmanship In The Blood: American Bungalow Feature Article and Profile

Authors: The Craftsman Bungalow

The Winter 2014 edition of American Bungalow magazine is out now, and I’m excited to have contributed three articles to the issue.  The first is a feature article (found on pages 78-89) about the home of Austin and Laura Whipple, owners of Scout Books, a custom-printed craft notebook company,  located in P...

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The Craftsman Bungalow: Vote For Your Favorite Article of 2014

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As I’ve done in years past, I thought it would be fun to countdown our Top 5 most popular articles from 2014.  Last year, instead of determining the most popular article by simply looking at the total number of hits that each article got, I added a new wrinkle to help even the playing field:  I left it up to YOU...

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