“Arts and Craft” has influenced design for hundreds of years. Today, the design has been “modernized” but the principles have remained steadfast.

William Morris, well renowned artist and writer, first introduced “Arts and Craft” in 1834. Along with two other colleagues they founded, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co., a design company of decorative pieces for homes including wallpaper, textiles, furniture and stained glass.

In 1859, Philip Webb, a highly accomplished architect for his time, built the first Arts and Craft home, “The “Red House” in Bexleyheath, London. The design principles were perfectly showcased by combining simplicity with sophistication.

As this style became more popular in England, it then spread throughout Europe and then to North America. This style of design has inspired the architectural world for hundreds of years. Homes, churches, galleries, schools and other architectural form have many elements of the Arts and Craft discipline.

Arts and Crafts also influenced the design of decorative objects for homes including wallpaper, textiles, tiles, ceramics, metal works, furniture and stained glass during this from 1834 to 1920.


English gardens with flagstone patios and walkways
English gardens with flagstone patios and walkways

The home showcased above had adopted many of the architectural Arts and Craft principles including  steeped rooflines, multiple gables, window design and covered porches are characteristically common features of the “The Red House”.

This home located in Durham Ontario, approx. 1 hour north of Toronto.  It was custom built by the owners in 2000.  Superbly constructed, the owners painstakingly added custom wood-wainscoting, mahogany doors and beautiful plaster crown mouldings throughout the interior of the 5500 sq. ft. home.

The home is situated on four meticulously landscaped acres, including an array of English gardens, flagstone walkways and sitting areas. The owners have taken great pride in selecting and planting rare species of trees which dot the property. Another interesting similarity to the “Red House” is the country vista resembling that of an English countryside.

You can view a virtual tour of this home by visiting our website at www.CityHouseCountryHome.com. The owners have listed the property for sale with us. We are seeking a buyer that is passionate about this form of architecture and are seeking a location that offers a connection to nature with a retreat-like setting.

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