Residential Design – Inglenook House

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Hello readers,
Welcome to a new year. To start the year I designed a house around a treasured architectural detail, the inglenook. The inglenook was originally an old English detail created by recessing a fireplace into a small alcove. Over time these ‘nooks’ grew to rather elaborate proportions. Below is an inglenook designed by Lutyens, the quintessential English architect. This large inglenook was designed into one of Lutyens’ Country Homes titled Crooksbury and was the size of a small room.

Crooksbury inglenook
Crooksbury inglenook

The Greene Brothers from California also created inglenooks in their Arts & Crafts homes as did the Arts & Crafts architect Gustav Stickley.

Photo of Inglenook in the David B. Gamble house designed by the Greene brothers in 1908
Photo of Inglenook in the David B. Gamble house designed by the Greene brothers in 1908

Perspective Drawing by Stickley for Inglenook in LR
Perspective Drawing by Stickley for Inglenook in LR

While this house may seem far removed from an English country home, that doesn’t prevent us from incorporating an inglenook into the design to enliven the clean lines of modernism. The modern house with traditional details is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with 2-car garage, screened porch and an in-ground swimming pool. The house features dual office spaces as well as desk space in the kitchen. The master bedroom has its own on-suite bath and his and hers walk in closets as well as offering a deck to take in the sunsets. In addition to the inglenook fireplace, the house has a second fireplace right in the foyer with its own built-in bench. Photos and plans are below for your enjoyment.

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