BALA Home Of the Year

In the old established neighborhood of Mission Hills in San Diego, a Craftsman home got new life.

Hill Construction and IS Architecture, firms that specialize in preservation, are masters at the art of rebuilding that's faithful to the period.

All the kitchen cabinetry is new, but was built in the Craftsman spirit. Tile was locally sourced.

The tile surround was sourced by the owner from Pewabic Pottery, a school and studio in Detroit that was founded in 1903 and is still around.

Unique Stone Imports, one of the tile supplier, travels the world picking up architectural salvage like sideboards and buffets. "Six years before the client walked through my door, he had found this in England and knew that someday, it would be right for one of my houses," says IS Architecture principle Ione Stiegler.

The pedestal tub and cabinetry channel the spirit of traditional Craftsman design, but both are brand new

The vent hood was custom built of hammered copper, a hat-tip to Craftsman-era metalwork.

In the powder room, William Morris wallpaper and a vanity of quarter-sawn oak topped by a hammered copper sink forge a perfect union of modern forms and traditional materials.

The stonework wasn't original to the house, but takes its cues from the iconic houses of the Greene Brothers.

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