Craftsman Style Homes & Craftsman House Plans

From Gustav Stickley´s "Craftsman Homes". Craftsman designed homes and houses of the Mission period type.

The design tradition of Craftsman homes and houses is most associated with that of bungalow house plans and cottage plans.

¶ We have selected for presentation here what we consider the best of the houses designed in The Craftsman Workshops and published in "The Craftsman". Brought together in this way into a closely related group, these designs serve to show the development of the Craftsman idea of home building, decoration and furnishing, and to make plain the fundamental principles which underlie the planning of every Craftsman style house. These principles are simplicity, durability, fitness for the life that is to be lived in the house and harmony with its natural surroundings. Given these things, the beauty and comfort of the home environment develops as naturally as a flowering plant from the root.

¶ As will be seen, these houses range from the simplest little cottages or bungalows costing only a few hundred dollars, up to large and expensive residences. But they are all Craftsman houses, nevertheless, and all are designed with regard to the kind of durability that will insure freedom from the necessity of frequent repairs; to the greatest economy of space and material, and to the securing of plenty of space and freedom in the interior of the house by doing away with unnecessary partitions and the avoidance of any kind of crowding. For interest, beauty, and the effect of home comfort and welcome, we depend upon the liberal use of wood finished in such a way that all its friendliness is revealed upon warmth, richness, and variety in the color scheme of walls, rugs and draperies, and upon the charm of structural features such as chimneypieces, window seats, staircases, fireside nooks, and built-in furnishings of all kinds, our object being to have each room so interesting in itself that it seems complete before a single piece of furniture is put into it.

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