Craftsman homes remain one of the most popular styles of architecture in the 21st century. For many home buyers today, this style evokes a feeling of nostalgia, simplicity, and practicality. Today, you can have all the beauty and charm of the old style coupled with all the functionality and modern conveniences of a brand new home.
THE HISTORY OF THE CRAFTSMAN HOME
The British Arts and Crafts movement (in the mid 19th century) was a direct reaction of artisans and craftsmen against the Industrial Revolution and the popular 19th century Victorian style homes and furniture that had in-expensive, but mass-produced, details. This new movement began with a new furniture style and spread to the United States.
This new Craftsman style of modern architecture emphasized hand craftsmanship, high quality, and the unique over the cheap, factory-made architectural styles that had been popular. Each home builder added his own custom details in those early days to a Craftsman home. Originally inspired by bungalows in Bengal, India, in the 1800s, Gustav Stickley, started the Craftsman movement. He was a furniture maker who began designing simple, high-quality chairs in a Craftsman style. By the turn of the 20th century, his ideas included architecture and custom home building, as well.
In time, he brought Craftsman architecture to the masses during the early 20th century in America through his magazine,
The Craftsman. His magazine popularized his house plan designs across the country. He promoted this style of architecture as an affordable way to have a beautiful, modest, simple, low-cost home for the working class. Stickley emphasized function and usefulness over aesthetics.
“It is my own wish, my own final ideal, that the Craftsman house may… be instrumental in helping to establish in America a higher ideal, not only of beautiful architecture, but of home life.”
-From Stickley (quoted by The Stickley Museum):
WHAT IS A CRAFTSMAN STYLE HOME?
There are numerous definitions and variations today of Craftsman architecture. But there are some common threads that tend to unite this style and create its distinctive charm.
- Often a one and a half story house
- Welcoming wide front porch
- Wide overhangs
- Gabled roofs
- Hipped roofs
- A single wide dormer window
- A covered, wide porch in the front
- Angled or double porch columns
- Double hung windows
- Lots of windows and window groupings to let in natural light
- Clean, simple lines
- Wide lintels and decorative brackets
- A large fireplace in the family living area
- Exposed beams or rafters
- Custom built breakfast nooks and window seats
- Natural building materials
- High quality wood and construction
- Small or no hallways
- Unique, artistic details
- A small foyer or no foyer
- Simple design
- Open floor plan
- Wide window sills and trim
- Functional, sturdy, simple hand-built shelves and cabinets
- No wasted space
A Craftsman home is not only Craftsman on the outside, it is just as much Craftsman on the inside, as well.
These days there are countless architectural styles from which to choose if you want to build a custom home. But even with all these options, many people choose to build a Craftsman style home because of the timeless appeal, beauty, versatility, practicality, and the simplicity of this incredible style of architecture.
LOOKING FOR A CUSTOM HOME BUILDER NEAR LEXINGTON, SC?
If you are looking for a luxury home builder in the Midlands of South Carolina, we are an experienced building company that has built over one hundred custom homes. We have plenty of expertise with Craftsman style architecture and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Lee Blythe is a Certified Master Builder in the greater Columbia area who has built beautiful homes in places like: Lexington, Irmo, Ballentine, Chapin, Columbia, Blythewood, West Columbia, Forest Acres, Pinewood, and more.
Blythe Building Company is a family-owned business and we understand the value of a great reputation by word of mouth with our customers.
We’d love to talk with you about how we could partner with you to build your dream Craftsman custom home and walk through the building process with you.
Contact us today and let’s get started!
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