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By Jeffrey Givens
The Beauty of
Honor this classic style by mastering the details
Few residential architectural styles have
stood the test of time as well as Craftsman.
Emerging as a trend in home building
about a century ago, it remains a popular
style today, appealing across generations,
demographics, and regions. Why is that?
And furthermore, what can designers,
builders, and home owners do to ensure
they are successful when implementing
this style in a new home or remodel?
Some of the biggest early proponents of
the style-Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene and
Greene, and the Stickley brothers, to name
a few-are still recognizable names today.
They all believed in the inherent beauty of
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things that were crafted by hand, usually
from wood or other pliable materials.
Their work, and Craftsman architectural work in general, rigorously carries
this idea through to the details. This
is what sets the Craftsman style apart
from others that have not enjoyed the
same success and longevity. It's all in the
details, and designers and builders need
to be well-versed in this style.
Various detail elements, both inside
and out, are typical to Craftsman homes
and can make or break any attempt at
achieving success in this style. Some
of the exterior details are columns,
brackets and corbels, rafter tails, porch
and gable beams, window boxes,
and railings. Interior details can be
incorporated in fireplaces and mantles,
built-in buffets and bookcases, cased
openings, staircases and railings, crown
molding, and lighting fixtures.
Some or all of these elements may be
present in a Craftsman home. If they are
not employed properly (for example,
Here are some "dos and don'ts" that designers and
builders would do well to consider when working
on a new home or remodel in the Craftsman style:
if the scale or placement is off), home
owners and visitors will notice, even
though they may not be design experts.
Many new home clients like the
Craftsman style, and many older
Craftsman homes are being bought and
remodeled in cities across the country.
This trend will likely continue for the
foreseeable future, so let's honor this
style by paying attention to the details.
Jeffrey Givens is a home designer and marketing coordinator for
Alexander Design Group Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has a
master's degree in architecture from Iowa State University.