When Gustav Stickley published The Craftsman in the early 1900s, he gave a jump start to the Arts and Crafts movement and the Craftsman style home. These homes often feature low pitched gable roofs, exposed beams and rafters, wood or stone siding, and generous porches. In an up-and-coming neighborhood in Seattle, Mira recently did an extensive exterior renovation of her 1927 Craftsman home where she restored the original trim, replaced the siding, added two large bay windows, and replaced the existing gutters and lights with new copper ones.
“We really like the juxaposition of modern and vintage, hence the very modern dark-on-dark exterior paint,” Mira says. “We still did the traditional craftsman three-color, but we modernized the palette and added a bright door for contrast.” Mira calls the home style Modern Craftsman Barn.
Mira chose copper gutters and copper gooseneck lighting because she loves the way the patina develops over time, giving the exterior some warmth and a subtle sparkle too.
“The neighborhood we live in has a nautical history so the copper is a nod to this, plus it will age well in the salt air,” she notes. “We chose barn lights because we have clipped gables and our house has a barn look. They seem to fit perfectly with the look we were going for.” Mira chose four 12″ Drake Copper Gooseneck Lights and one 14″ version all with G15 copper gooseneck arms and copper backing plates. These outdoorgooseneck lights are hand spun from solid raw copper by Barn Light Electric artisans.
“We placed the lights near each corner to light the path around the house and the front stairs,” Mira says. “One of the smartest things we did was have our electrician install motion sensors for each light high up under the eaves so they don’t contrast visually with the lights.” The lights come on automatically whenever someone walks by or the lights can be turned on to stay on if needed.
“We really like how the barn lights add to the barn look of the house and aren’t what you would expect with a traditional craftsman home,” Mira says. “The copper lights and copper gutters are a really nice exterior touch together. It just adds an element of depth and some shine!” But Mira’s favorite quality of her new lights was unexpected.
“I love the beautiful rose/copper color of the actual light that shines down,” she says. “Since the interior of the fixtures is copper too, the illumination is so warm, glowing, and welcoming!”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner