Brett Waterman - Season 6 Restorations
1929 English Tudor
The kitchen in this early 20th century home was the product of a 1970s renovation that left it chopped into a smaller space, and the remodel included a drop ceiling. It felt claustrophobic to the homeowners, and Brett Waterman agreed. So, Waterman and his team opened up the room—going as far as to create a pass-through space that contained the freezer and refrigerator, thus making room for larger counter and cooktop areas. The open space also allowed them to add a butler’s pantry, and to reinstate a nearby mudroom and powder room. Plaster detailing and hand painted accents on the kitchen walls reintroduced Tudor Style to the room.See the Restoration
1898 Dutch Colonial
This home began its life in 1898 as a Dutch Colonial frame with its distinct ‘lunch pail’ shape.
In the 1920s a new homeowner made extensive renovations that left only that exterior shape to indicate the original design. That owner hired the art director of film studio in Hollywood to design themed rooms all throughout the house that would reflect the films he enjoyed. The main entry was given a French aristocratic theme. It was connected to two rooms with their own themes: one based around a mural depicting a landscape in China, the other a hunting lodge to feature his sport hunting mounts—complete with a water feature connecting the indoors with the outside.See the Restoration
1900 Victorian Cottage
The homeowners of this historic landmark Victorian—built at the turn of the 20th century—started their remodeling dream with a specific goal: freestanding appliances and basins in the kitchen. They wanted it to feel like they were cooking in the original space.See the Restoration
1908 Arts & Crafts Bungalow
This home was built during the boom of the Arts & Crafts movement in Southern California, when California’s distinct Craftsman bungalow developed and spread across the country. The home had seen several sets of owners and needed some tender loving care. The roof leaked, and the exterior was covered in vines. Brett Waterman and his team could see the original beauty under the wear and tear.See the Restoration
1903 Architectural Mystery
The homeowners of this 1903 home were unhappy with all the divisions within and between rooms. The house felt disjointed to them, and they couldn’t see their kids from one room to the next. They wanted their children to be present with them as an entire family.See the Restoration
1896 Queen Anne Victorian
Keeping the Past Present
"Architecture is the highest form of art because it's the art we live our lives in every day." —Brett Waterman
Brett Waterman has been preserving and restoring historic buildings around the United States for over 25 years. His clients have included numerous homeowners of historic homes, as well as consulting for commercial and public building preservation and restoration. Some of his residential restoration work has been featured on the television show he hosts, Restored.
Waterman said his professional experience caused him to develop an appreciation for the lasting work of craftspeople who moved to the Americas over the last few centuries:
"I'm learning from those before me and they're still teaching me, because I'm pulling apart what they put together two or three hundred years ago."
What is Arts & Crafts Lighting?
Brett Waterman discusses the origin of the Arts & Crafts movement—sometimes called Craftsman or Mission styles—and shows some historical lighting that caught his eye.
He described why he finds the handcrafted nature of the style so appealing:
"It's all about custom, unique and special
pieces that feel very personal, and most
ornamentation is purposeful."
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