The Craftsman style house was the most enduring contribution of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The Arts and Crafts movement originated in England during the last half of the 19th century. As the Movement gained popularity in the United States, artists and architects created houses, crafts and artwork that were different than those made in England, although still with the same roots. Also called Mission Style, the Craftsman style house remains a popular design choice today.
Features of Craftsman Style Houses
One of the most important features of Craftsman style houses is the use of natural materials such as wood and stone, preferably acquired locally. Traditionally, the hand work and handicrafts involved would be done by local Craftsman, although that might prove to be too costly today.
Think simple when considering a Craftsman style house. The lines of this style of home are rectangular, with little ornamentation. You will rarely see curved lines on a Craftsman house.
However, simple does not mean that Craftsman style houses are unappealing to the eye. Typically speaking, a Craftsman house is one or two stories high. The house would have a porch, with stairs leading up to the front door. The home's eves are overhanging and are not enclosed. Chimneys, which are made from stone, are often located at the center of the house. Columns would be sturdy both in function and appearance. The exterior walls may have texture from combining different materials such as wood, wood shingles and stone.
The inside of the house would have an open floor plan, meaning that the home would have an airy feel with as few walls as possible. You might find built-in cabinets including book shelves or buffets and see exposed beams on low ceilings.
Craftsman style homes are designed to look rustic and natural and should fit with the surrounding landscape. In fact, the house can blend in with its surroundings so that the eye catches any landscaping or garden before the house.
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