Joseph Brooks

December 10, 2010 by Post Team 

Joseph Brooks, The Craftsman-style home of Tom and Vivian Ward seems so real that passersby guess it is a reworked version of a house dating from the early 20th century. Although the house is located in Orlando’s Lake Lawson historic district, where many houses have a long period Craftsman (1905-1930), neighborhood “the house is new. Only the characteristic smell new house, he gives.
AdvertisementOriginally, the couple planned to renovate the old house that sat on the lot, six blocks east of downtown Lake Eola. Once they discovered he was too dilapidated to be saved, they developed plans for a replacement. “To blend with the neighborhood, we could have gone Mediterranean or bungalow, but we fell in love with Craftsman style,” says Vivian Ward. “It is so warm, welcoming and comfortable. We are very discreet and relaxed. This is a perfect fit.”

Working with the architect and builder David Runnels Carlos Posada, both Winter Park, they designed their dream retirement home – comfortable enough for two, but able to accommodate visits from their extended family. It has two large suites, a master suite, a study of wood panels and large, the open floor. The large kitchen opens onto a dining room with coffered ceiling and a family room with fireplace. Beyond the porch is a shady back with summer kitchen. With regard to fashion, it is a “multigenerational, home of aging in place”. Because of its location in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, style and scale of the house, and details such as removal of sidewalk and drainage, everything had to be approved by the Orlando Historical Review. “It is our extended family and also fits into the historic character of the neighborhood,” said Tom Ward, former news director for Hughes Supply.

Situated on a narrow but deep, 3800 square foot home has a modest facade to the street, but goes back pretty average. The double garage sits behind the house, beyond the rear compact designed by Frank Joseph Brooks and planted by the landscape resources of Orlando. Craftsman style typical of the deep porch with pillars at an angle, sloping roof with wide eaves and exposed beams and gate on the driveway. The interior also features a Craftsman-style: rock art, tiles and stained glass items, lights and 1930s-style drapes selected by the Group within Gribble Orlando, quarter-sawn white oak floors, cabinets and exquisite Creations by Cabinery Orlando. “We love the house,” said Vivian Ward. “But we are particularly proud of the attention to detail.”

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