37th Street San Pedro Project

Sometimes, you come across the ideal property, but the style of the home’s exterior just doesn’t align with your preferences or vision. Changing the outward appearance of your home may seem like a challenging task, but it’s entirely feasible with a well-executed paint job. In a recent project, Builder Boy took on the task of giving a Craftsman-style home a fresh and modern look with a comprehensive exterior paint job. This transformation breathed new life into the house, enhancing its curb appeal and bringing it up to date with contemporary design trends. Here’s an insight into the process of how we turned a Craftsman-style house into a modern beauty through the art of exterior painting, creating what we now proudly call the Roosevelt Home.

After Renovation- The Finish 37th Street

Undoubtedly, the endeavor of painting a Craftsman-style home comes with its own set of unique challenges, which, when successfully overcome, make the transformation all the more rewarding. Craftsman-style architecture is celebrated for its intricate details and ornate features, often characterized by exposed rafters, decorative corbels, and beautifully crafted woodwork. While these elements lend a distinct charm to the home, they also pose a considerable challenge during the painting process. One of the primary difficulties lies in preserving the architectural integrity of the house. The ornamental woodwork, which is a hallmark of Craftsman design, demands painstaking attention to detail. Each delicate spindle, each intricately carved panel, and every meticulously crafted bracket requires careful handling to ensure that the paint enhances, rather than obscures, these exquisite features.

Moreover, the sheer volume of wood surfaces can be overwhelming. Craftsman-style homes typically boast expansive front porches, substantial eaves, and numerous structural elements adorned with wood detailing. Preparing and painting these surfaces can be labor-intensive and time-consuming, requiring skilled craftsmen who understand the nuances of working with wood. Furthermore, maintaining consistency in color and finish is paramount. Craftsman homes often have multiple layers of trim, each with its own unique profile. Achieving a uniform finish across these varied surfaces is a meticulous process that necessitates precision and patience. A mismatched or uneven finish can detract from the overall aesthetic and charm of the home.

Another challenge is navigating the weather. Craftsman homes, often found in regions with diverse climates, must withstand everything from harsh sun exposure to heavy rain and snowfall. Choosing the right type of paint that can endure these conditions and stand the test of time is essential. Proper priming and sealing are also critical to prevent moisture penetration and wood rot, which can be particularly problematic for these wooden architectural elements. Lastly, safety considerations must not be overlooked. Craftsman homes often have steep roofs, high gables, and intricate detailing that require painters to work at heights. Ensuring the safety of the painting team, along with the protection of the property and its occupants, is paramount.

In conclusion, painting a Craftsman-style home is not just a routine makeover but a meticulous restoration and enhancement of a cherished architectural style. It demands a level of expertise and attention to detail that goes beyond a typical exterior paint job. Yet, it is in overcoming these challenges that the true beauty and character of the Craftsman home are preserved and elevated, turning it into a work of art that stands the test of time.