Arts and Crafts Goes Japanese

A plain arts-and-crafts style home gets a makeover that adds intensifies the existing style and adds Japanese flavor.

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With 4-year-old twins, two dogs, five cats and one mother-in-law, Don and Kathy Reed run a pretty full house. While they enjoy the hectic pace, they would like to add some peace and tranquility to their home. Kathy’s heritage is Japanese, and she and Don would love to see this reflected in their arts-and-crafts style home. Kathy’s mother Miyako is a skilled Japanese gardener and will partner her expertise with designer Megan Clark’s arts-and-crafts background.



  • Remove and build a new fence to the front area of the yard that blends arts-and-crafts style with Japanese influences
  • Add stone pillars between sections of the front gate
  • Remove existing entryway columns and add wood and stone pillars
  • Install new front door
  • Install new Asian-inspired arts-and-crafts style lighting
  • Build bench on front steps with storage
  • Tile front steps to match entry way
  • Stain side fence to match new fence
  • Create tranquil Japanese style garden to left of the house

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