Arts and crafts refers to the early 19th century movement. The most common styles of homes that fall under this category are Craftsman and Bungalows.
The movement grew out of a tiring of the over-the-top Victorian architecture and a reaction against the machine-driven industrial age. The founder of the movement William Morris’s goal was to revive the handmade, pre-industrial society.
Originally started in England, the Arts and Crafts style made it’s way across the pond under the lead of Gustav Stickleyat the turn of the 20th century. The term “Craftsman” has become synonyms with homes built in the Arts and Crafts style.
The bungalow style home was originally marketed to “give working-class families the chance to experience “serious architecture.”… melded simple design with handcrafted artistry”.
The style is easy to build and maintain, originally being constructed for about $900 and became the most common type of Craftsman home. Bungalows became popular between the 1910’s and the 1930’s, but fell out of style, being replaced by the ranch style after WWII.
Though today in the vast and eclectic real estate market bungalows and craftsman style homes are often sought after and quick sellers, being presented in various price points and size ranges.Craftsman style homes are still notable in the historic areas of Tampa such as Seminole Heights, South Tampa, and Palma Ceia.
* Most Common Building Materials: real wood, stone and brick.
* Built-in’s: furniture, cabinets, and often even the light fixtures,
* Fireplace: A common symbol of family, most commonly the fireplace is in the living room. On the exterior, the homes have a large chimney.
* Porches: Craftsman style homes in the front will have porches with thick square or round columns and stone porch supports. They often have porches in both the front and back of the house.
* Low-pitched roofs: The homes typically have a low roof with wide eaves and triangular brackets. Bungalows are often one story homes, while other craftsman style homes will be 2 or even 3 stories.
* Exposed beams: The beams on the porch and inside the house are often but not always exposed.
* Open floor plan: The Arts and Crafts Movement rejected the small, boxy rooms like those in Victorian houses.
* Garage: Often with detached or no garages, sometime even have detached guest quarters or apartments.
* Windows: Dormer windows in a variety of styles protect glass and create a welcoming entry.
* Foundations: Often constructed of rock, sloping outward as they get closer to the ground.
Due to the detailed work and the age of most bungalow and other craftsman style homes, as with any historical homes, there is often repairs and restorations needed depending on how well the home has been maintained over the years. Upgrades and updates are common undertakings by many owners, making a wider price range of homes available to the market!
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