What is the definition of a Craftsman Home?

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April 22 2009 - Portland
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About.com has a very thorough page on the advent of the Arts&Crafts-style house, also known as a Craftsman.
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April 23 2009
Well...you can't really talk about Craftsman without talking about Arts and Crafts. Arts and Crafts started in England as a reaction to the Victorian. Arts and Crafts was like haute couture- very few could really afford the true style, even fewer wanted it when it first came on the sceen, everything was handmade of the finest materials, very calming peaceful and looked "of the earth". Also A&C homes were very simple compared to Victorian homes- open floor plans (rather than the Victorian notion of separate rooms for different activities), materials were dark (dark woods, earthy colors for interior and exterior), little pattern (no flocked wallcoverings!)...it was everything the Victorian was not. This was England.

Then the movement caught on in America. And we get Craftsman style- following much of the same principals of the Arts and Crafts. In a way, its like a "sub" group. More mass produced, but still in keeping with Arts and Crafts thinking. Craftsman and "Bungalow" architecture are subheadings to Arts and Crafts, they are not the same thing- but most people mistake them for the same thing when describing them.

Craftsman homes are typically of the same style, mimic the same materials and concepts as A&C homes...open spaces, lower roof lines (as compared to gables and turrets of Victorian homes)- they are low slung and try to blend in with the environment. Craftsman is like the poor mans A&C, more mass produced, much smaller square footage, not as "fine"- but still highly appreciated and very popular even today.
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