It’s a cloudy spring day in Narragansett, Rhode Island, and the building crew is busy nailing up the shingles on the sweeping roof, trimming out the front door, and installing the porch ceiling. A passerby stops and smiles, nodding in appreciation at the look of the house: Craftsman style has that effect on people. The early-1900s architectural style exudes comfort, warmth, and familiarity, and that is exactly the goal of TOH ’s 2018 Idea House—to combine traditional architectural details with the most-desired features for today’s informal way of living.
Shown: A rendering of the 2018 Idea House shows off such Craftsman details as a full-width porch under a deep roof overhang, exposed rafter tails, and tapered columns on stone piers. The steeply pitched gable and cedar shingles are elements typical of New England shingled cottages.