Getting to Know a Craftsman Home

Getting to Know a Craftsman Home

Geoff Bentz
May 6, 2010

In the 1880's English designers such as John Ruskin, William Morris and Phillip Webb began the Arts and Crafts movement which celebrated simple, handcrafted forms using natural materials. Inspired by the movement, California brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene applied the discipline to architecture to bring us the Craftsman.

The name "Craftsman" is actually the title of a popular magazine published by furniture designer, Gustav Stickley in the early 1900's. A true Craftsman home sticks the original plans laid out in the magazine. Of course over time people have taken liberties and the style has evolved. Now the idea of a Craftsman house is more loosely defined but still incorporates one or many of these distinguishing features:

• Wood, stone, or stucco siding
• Low-pitched roof
• Wide eaves with triangular brackets
• Exposed roof rafters
• Porch with thick square or round columns
• Stone porch supports
• Exterior chimney made with stone
• Open floor plans; few hallways
• Numerous windows
• Some windows with stained or leaded glass
• Beamed ceilings
• Dark wood wainscoting and moldings
• Built-in cabinets, shelves, and seating

John Ruskin
William Morris
Phillip Webb
Charles Sumner Greene
Henry Mather Greene

If you love living in your Craftsman home be sure to let us know!

(images: 1 Day Dream Decors; 2 Jackie Craven; 3, 4 Unique Homes & Gardens; 5 Life in the Northwest; 6 Kudzu; 7 This Old House; 8; 11 The Textile Blog)

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