The design of the newly built Craftsman in Long Beach was heavily influenced by Greene & Greene. (Steven Weaver)
latimes.com — To say Steve Weaver is a Greene & Greene fan is an understatement.
His two-story Craftsman in the Belmont Park neighborhood of Long Beach is a hybrid of classic Arts and Crafts styling and modern function. Portions look like they are straight out of Greene & Greene’s Gamble House in Pasadena.
On the exterior, Craftsman clues are abundant: low rooflines, exposed and cantilevered rafter tails, tapered columns and casement windows.
Inside, crisscrossed planks of quarter-sawn Honduran mahogany from which period pendant lights hang are duplicated in several areas. “All the light fixtures inside and out are handmade and influenced by the Greene brothers,” says Weaver, who tore down a 1939 structure on the corner lot and spent nearly a year overseeing every detail of construction of the new home.
Walls and ceilings, which are free of air-conditioning vents and speaker covers, are finished with smooth-coat plaster.
The kitchen island consists of a white-oak cabinet topped with leathered soapstone. A darker stain was used to contrast with the mahogany cabinetry above the counters. The muted green subway tile backsplash is broken up by a flower-in-vase pattern that picks up shades of the cabinetry and soapstone.
White oak was used for the floors. Natural stones frame the fireplace in the living room. French doors lead to a patio that is landscaped to evoke a Japanese garden with maple and pine trees.
Maple cabinets with black inlay are featured in the downstairs bathroom. Although there’s no bathtub, Weaver designed a shower enclosure with a curtain, reflecting the period. A hammered copper sink sits in a maple cabinet.
An oak tree designed into the art glass of the pocket door that separates two offices copies the front door of the Gamble House.
The sage-green wall in one office transitions to a burgundy in the adjoining office. The trim and crown molding are mahogany.
Although the majority of the home is designed in the Arts and Crafts style, one bedroom is Midcentury Modern. A stainless steel track lighting system winds around the perimeter like a snake. It’s equipped with controls to allow different portions of the room to be illuminated.
A barn door to the bathroom slides on exterior rails. The walk-in shower is lined on three sides with porcelain tile.
Weaver, a builder by trade, said the heavily detailed staircase was constructed on site. “All the wood was cut, milled and sanded here,” he said.
The master suite has a large walk-through closet with access from two sides. In the master bathroom, a dual walk-in shower is lined with both marble and limestone, and two art-glass windows have pull-down, solid-colored shades.