New Home Old Charm

Building a house in a booming sub division sounds like a good bet.  Building a new home with old character can be difficult.  Daring to be different, contractor and master craftsman, Dayton Brown, embraced this challenge.

Turn of the century craftsman style bungalows have always been a love for Brown.  After scoring one of the best lots in a popular Murfreesboro, Tennessee subdivision, he selected a 3,000-square foot bungalow house plan. (The Rutherford, Home Patterns by Brooks Ballard) Brown knew the classic front porch would immediately invite friends and family to gather on warm Tennessee nights.  The bungalow porch is expansive, presented by a wide set of stairs.

Showcasing craftsmanship, texture, structure, and attention to detail, this bungalow porch is the perfect welcome mat to this home.  Supporting the roof of the porch are four columns.  The wooden posts sit atop pedestals of Tennessee limestone that Brown dug up from the home’s property.



A few other details, such as bead board ceilings and solid, white oak porch flooring, add to the charm of the porch.

Brown picked out Sherman Williams’ Mediterranean (7617) for the exterior color.






Instant Charm: The front entry door was custom designed and built by Brown.  

He designed it to have the look and feel of a 100+ year old quarter-sawn white oak craftsman door. The heart of this beauty is all the best that modern science and engineering has to offer in the form of a warp proof,  steel ribbed, torsion box from  “A door that’s 8ft tall and 3 1/2 ft wide can get very heavy,” says Brown.  “Even the slightest warping or twisting can lead to a gap in the seal around the door. Using an inner structure like this creates a rock solid frame with no possibility for warpage. Additionally, it allows me to create a more energy-efficient door while reducing the weight by about a quarter. ”  To top off this stunning work of art, Brown installed an equally stunning handle and full mortise lock set.  Find related video here.
















One secret to making an open floor plan feel more defined is to create visual divisions of space.  In the entryway, Brown divided the front entry from the living room by adding ceiling beams.



You can’t get away with building a craftsman home without adding built-ins.  You will find them throughout the home.  The glass door bookcase makes it’s appearance in the living area, which also doubles as a room divider.





Built-in window seats in the breakfast nook provide extra seating with storage space under the seats.

Built-ins are also added into the master bedroom suite.















Brown also has a love for building furniture.  This walnut table easily seats 10 in the dining room.  

Open space reigns in the kitchen: The kitchen is decked out with granite counters with a farmhouse sink. The floating walnut shelving and vent hood were both custom built by Brown.

Bold Patterns and Colors

Brown was looking for an antique, yet modern look for flooring in the mudroom.  Color wise, the patterns in the flooring fit in perfectly with the color palate of the whole house.








The bathroom vanities have the look and feel of repurposed furniture and actually turned out to be cheaper then buying stock cabinets for the bathroom.  Little extras such as this vibrant green vanity with matching mirror, makes the upstairs 2nd master/teen suite bathroom pop.








Some things are just timeless.  Brown made sure there was at least one free standing tub in this house.  The classic colors of black and white pull together this modern look.



Brown built this Craftsman Bungalow by using The Rutherford plan. He worked with designer Brooks Ballard to tweak the plan to include the breakfast nook and the second master suite area.  Hedgewood Builders offers plan consultation and modifications along with your custom build.  To get more information about our house designs and what we offer, message Dayton at



  1. I LOVE everything about this house, (except the green vanity) and especially the custom made door, built in cabinets and benches, and the walnut (!) table.

    • Thank you! Ha! The green vanity was one of my favorites! 🙂 Appreciate the comment!

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