The Corner

Crunchy-Con Craftsmen?

It looks like my wife and I will this

week close on our first house: a 1918 Craftsman bungalow in Old East Dallas.

The inspections show the house is in good shape, and the previous owner did

a nice renovation, though there’s significantly more work, chiefly

decorative, that we’ll want to do if we buy it. We considered moving out to

the suburbs, where you can get more house for your money, but inasmuch as

schooling for the boys isn’t a factor for us (we’re homeschooling), we were

free to consider older houses in the city. The McMansion crowd would hate

it, but Julie and I fell in love with this great little 1900-sq.-ft.

bungalow, which is a perfect example of what Sarah Susanka calls the

Not-So-Big House.” When we first started

looking at the bungalow, I began reading more about the Arts & Crafts

movement, and now we’re pretty excited about

it. The architectural ideas of the movement really resonate with us, and

they strike me as deeply consonant with the sort of principles we’ve talked

about on this site re: crunchy conservatism.

I’m curious: are there any NRO readers who are into the Arts & Crafts

movement? Who own a Craftsman bungalow, or any of the other early 20th

century styles associated loosely with the movement? Would you be willing to

let me interview you about your house and why you love it? Write me at