Originally a response to the industrial revolution, the Arts and Crafts movement was a celebration of the handiwork of the craftsman whose work and livelihood were threatened by mass-production and the industrialization of the late 19th century. It rejected the popular "over-decorated" Victorian style and appealed to modesty and informality. Out of this architectural philosophy was born the American Craftsman style (along with many others including Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Houses) which become one of the most popular style of the early 20th century.
Craftsman style homes are characterized by a thoughtful attention to detail. Nearly all feature simple covered porches with tapered wood columns (or double columns), deep overhangs, and low pitched roofs. Multi-paned windows and exposed rafters or decorative brackets under the eaves are also trademarks. True craftsman interiors show of the handiwork of the finish carpenter with finely detailed wood cabinetry and built-ins.
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What it is: Craftsman homes were primarily inspired by the work of two architect brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene who worked together in Pasadena, California, at the turn of the 20th century. The Greene brothers were influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement (a reaction against the Industrial Revolution in an effort to promote the work of craftsmen and the handmade over the machine made), as well as by Oriental wooden architecture.
We love desiging Craftsman style houses. Here are some our favorites from our growing collection of house plans.
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