Craftsman-style Idea Houses

Welcome to Sunset's first Idea House neighborhood

Builder Mark De Mattei had both houses in the works when we started collaborating last fall, which gave us an opportunity to show different approaches to the interior and garden in the same location, like a miniature neighborhood of ideas.

The Craftsman-style residences occupy adjoining hillside lots in an established section of Los Gatos, a historic town nestled at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California.

The town is filled with picturesque Arts and Crafts homes with gabled roof lines and front porches.

Our homes have similar features, with gabled entry porches and rear terraces, but inside they are very different, reflecting a variety of design ideas and products from our sponsors and contributors. In these pages, you'll find inspiration for your own home.