Kenny Craft, CNU LEED AP


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Craft Design Studio, LLC is an Architecture Firm, specializing in Authentic, Traditionally Rooted Architecture, in an Urban context.
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Huntersville, NC US 
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Kenny Craft 
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14312 Holly Springs Drive Huntersville, NC 28078
Huntersville, NC 28078 
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Kenny Craft, CNU LEED AP
Yes, there is a small drip cap above the head casing on the window and door openings. There are some stock moldings, which taper smaller and have drip/groove under them..., but typically (and on this house).., I use a 1x2 (3/4" x 1 1/2").. so there is a approx. a 3/4" projection.., and typically some painted metal flashing on top of that is good, painted, to make the cap/flashing subtle...
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It sounds like you're asking about "muntins" (the small grid/dividers within the sash)..? For these.., definitely use "Simulated Divided Lite" (SDL)... I strongly discourage grills between the glass (yes it's cheaper.., but it kills the house...). For muntin size.., most manufacturers have a 7/8" size which is nice. If you happen to have a "dense" many-lite grid pattern.., the 5/8" size is good if it's an option. I try to avoid the larger size (1 1/4" or so..?).., unless maybe it's a really large window (4' x 8' or so?), and has a sparse grid pattern (2 over 2)...? I use the term "mullion" to describe the stud-framed/cased/trimmed separation between two separate window units. This house has mostly individual windows.., but for instance the division between the front door and the transom above it is separated by a "mullion". I usually recommend a 2-stud, or 3-stud mullion between adjacent windows (minimum of a 1x4 (3 1/2") trim between them). I'm not a fan of "ganging" windows, frame to frame.., as it's too skimpy and in-substantial looking (hence the need for the mullion). - Thanks - Kenny
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thanks so much for your detailed answers. we are doing the same style 2x2 sdl andersen400s with 4 inch trim and debating on if we should put a piece of crown on the top trim. for the exterior material we picked smooth hardie rather than textured. wanted shingle/shakes but for the price I can live with lap..if you have any comments/opinion thanks in advance! .
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Ok..., looks good. Glad to hear your using SDL.,. and glad to hear you're going with smooth Fiber cement... Its hard to tell just from the elevation.., but I'd make sure to do at least a 2-stud mullion at the grouped window locations (graphically it looks like "ganged" frames right now?) For the trim.., my preference/recommendation (based on historically authentic detailing) is 1x4's at the jamb(sides).., 1x6 at the head(top), and 2x2 at the sill(bottom)(could be built up 1x2s or built up ripped 1x4s (1 3/4"). Try to avoid "picture-framing" the window by wrapping 1x4 around the sill (2x2 instead). The crown at the top is a nice bonus. One idea would be to keep it a little simple, and just use cove mould or quarter-round. Or what was common historically was a "bed-mould" with drip cap above. (mitered at edges). See the Baird House (one of my projects) for an example of this look. There are a lot of considerations for windows... Another idea.., vary the color of the "sash" different from the color of the "frame". Match the trim/casing color with the frame color. I you look closely, you'll see that I do that on most all of my projects (I recently verified that you can do this on Anderson 400). It highlights the fact that you're using good quality windows.. since 98% of todays windows are only white... Looks like a nice house... Good luck... Thanks, Kenny
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Unfortunately I can't remember or find in my files the company we got this from.., but it is a new product.., that is has a special product applied to give it a more dulled-aged look. You might look for companies that offer rusty metal roofing., and chances are they offer different metal roof finish options... - Thanks, Kenny
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Thanks, Kenny! Good idea!
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CityLiving Banquettes & Booths
You can get this banquette made by CityLiving Banquettes & Booths in Chicago. They ship nationwide and will build whatever size and style you want. Visit their website at www.citylivingdesign.com or call 312-335-0711.
July 24, 2014 at 11:11AM   
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This booth/banquette was custom designed and manufactured by a company called ( http://www.boothsforu.com/ ). Plenty of options for different sizes, etc... - Kenny
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You're in luck... This house just recently sold, and the new owners did a pretty big renovation., and added it to the local vacation rental program.., so here is a link showing new photos of the interior. ( http://www.southmainco.com/index.php/availablerentals/51-available-rentals/342-903swift ) Also, notice we changed the front porch to a double porch and the new owners added a hot tub... - Kenny
September 9, 2014 at 9:51AM   
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I should add.., I was not really involved with the original interiors.., and wasn't involved in the recent interior renovation either.... (the main reason I didn't already have images featured) I don't believe the new Owners used a particular interior designer (as far as I know?).., but mostly did it themselves. - Thanks - Kenny
September 9, 2014 at 10:00AM   
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Kenny Craft, CNU LEED AP
Most of the lower windows are 3'-0" x 7'-0". The uppers on the front are 2'-6" x 5'-6", and the side uppers are 3'-0" x 5'-6". (I usually try to make sure the proportions are no squattier than 1:2 proportion, or generally 1:1 for an individual sash.) I'm working with a builder now who is using Anderson 400 SDL windows. I think they are good. Just make sure you use the SDL (simulated divided lite)..., to avoid the "cartoon" affect of the grills between the glass (major pet peeve). I'm a big fan of Hurd Windows also, and depending on where you are (per availability), Sierra Pacific is one of my favorites. (This house has Sierra Pacific Windows). The window colors are ( 007 Gull Gray- sash, 032 Linen- frame ) The trim color for the house is then matched from the Linen clad color chip. I believe the body color is "Quietude" from Sherwin Williams... Thanks - Kenny
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Thanks for the kind words. For this house design.., it has 10'-0" ceilings down, and 9'-0" ceilings up. On the lower level.., the window "head height" is 9'-0".., (notice, the front door is 6'-8" with a 4" mullion and transom above which aligns with the 9' head). Upstairs it's a 8'-0" head height. If you look at the opposite end, there is an 8'-0" door (french balcony), and the window heads are essentially set up to align with that exterior door. If not for that exterior door..., I will sometimes do a 7'-0" or 7'-6" head height upstairs. I used to make sure to align the exterior window head with interior door head.., but now I tend to raise the windows up higher.. , to allow for larger windows., and not worry so much about interior alignments... Hope this helps... - Kenny
September 9, 2014 at 9:29AM      Thanked by hollyks
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Thank you so much, Kenny! Great information, I love your style!
September 9, 2014 at 1:03PM   
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