Craftsman Details in New Homes
The term "craftsman" is all abuzz these days, but what does it mean?
Generally speaking, "craftsman" architecture and furniture is characterized by simple, yet skillful wood work that could be accomplished by one or two men with only one or two kinds of tools (a table saw and a jig or skill saw). The current movement is inspired by the 1920's-1940's particularly in the United States and some parts of northern Europe. The grain and quality of wood were as important as the precision cutting and sanding that occupied the craftsman's attention.
Upscale kitchens with stained cabinets are today's most authentic version of the traditional Craftsman style. But, Craftsman details are mixed with several other popular trends creating the hybrids in great demand such as the exterior of the house pictured. Rustic Craftsman wood work emphasizes the doorway, American ideas of function dictate the floor plan, and elegant details are borrowed from centuries old European tradition. Manufactured (composite) stone and blocks are commonly used in new construction to create hybrid styles like this. The cool sandy tone of this particular home is slightly less popular in the south than its more golden counterparts. Cool, monochromatic tones are popular in the Pacific Northwest. Cool tones with accent colors in the North East. The all brown nature of this home would be appealing in Texas, although the overall look is not as rustic or Mediterranean as would be preferred. On the whole, this home is a very good example of a Craftsman/ European hybrid setting trends in American home building this year.