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"Coastal Craftsman"


In 2006, master planner Bill Foley, president of Foley Design Associates, Architects, Inc. was presented with the prestigious Golden Aurora Award - Best of Show, the highest honor awarded, for the exclusive coastal community of Wild Heron.


Introduced by Foley, the "Coastal Craftsman" style is a genuine complement to the natural landscape surrounding it, using time-tested finishes like slate, river rock, split stone, glass, wood and historic metals. Inspired by the environmental sensitivity of the Arts and Crafts movement, the restrained color schemes and soft patina coppers of the Coastal Craftsman style all lend itself to the standard of excellence found throughout Wild Heron. 


His vision for Wild Heron was that it provided a sense of place and tradition that feels indigenous to the local Gulf Coast, while alluding to the "lakeside" character of being located on Lake Powell. He envisioned an architectural design concept that is reflective of and complimentary to the "Craftsman" style of the Arts and Crafts period.


As you explore Wild Heron, the "lakeshore cottage" feel will give you a sense of familiar, all while you discover a fresh take on a classic home style.


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The Gamble House in Pasadena CA is a Craftsman national landmark.

We encourage all architectural designs to be “traditional” in style with emphasis on elements from the “Arts and Crafts” period, best described as “Craftsman” style. This includes specific design elements and the use of natural, authentic materials. Each plan shall be considered on an individual basis. Specific emphasis will be placed on impact and harmony with surrounding homes and styles.

Concept – The architectural design concept for Wild Heron is reflective of and complimentary to the “Craftsman” style of the Arts and Crafts period. Homes and buildings should, in general, be unobtrusive in form, color, and materials in order to compliment their natural setting. The design should include natural finishes, colors, features, materials, and architectural forms reflective of the “Craftsman” movement.

Philosophy – While no particular style or geographic influence is specifically endorsed, we encourage design detailing and concepts from the numerous styles of the Arts and Crafts period that are appropriate if harmoniously used in a structure. The main purpose is for Wild Heron to be in concert with its natural setting. Built elements need to be free from shapes, colors, and design statements, which vie for attention, creating a greater visual impact than their neighbors. Buildings should be created as a total entity and a planned addition to the individual site to embrace the natural setting and establish neighborhood design characteristics.

The most successful design solutions are those, which make it difficult to determine which elements are part of the landscape. The Wild Heron design philosophy can be summarized by stating that all design considerations must extend beyond the building walls to include the entire site. All exterior materials must be of a form, color, and texture that compliments and enhances the natural environment.

Notable Features expected by the ARB:

  • Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement and Craftsman architecture of the early 20th century

  • Designs adapted to local climate and southern vernacular influences

  • Gabled roofs with generous overhangs and expressed framing

  • Dormer windows and multiple roof planes

  • Decorative brackets and accents

  • Stone or brick foundation and column bases

  • Heavy, masculine proportions with thick beams and columns

  • Generous entry porch

  • Detailed doors and windows with multiple panes of glass

  • Individual windows ganged together to create a bank of windows

Suggested Resources:

About Home Craftsman Photo Gallery

Foley Design (Wild Heron Master Architect)

Craftsman Architectural Elements by

Craftsman Arts & Crafts Architectural Patterns (Massing, Composition, Windows, Doors, Eaves, Porches)

Craftsman Bungalow Features

Andersen pattern book

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