Sunday, May 1, 2011

Our Updated Craftsman Style

Kyle and I have been busy with contractors, sub contractors, general contractors, flooring stores, cabinetry companies and who did I leave out? Needless to say, we have been busy soon-to-be-homeowners! We are just hoping that all our hard work, time and energy make the project worthwhile. Today, I wanted to take a step back from talking about the construction and show off our design style.

Its no secret that Kyle and I love the simplicity of the craftsman style. For those of you that are not familiar with Craftsman (sometimes called Arts & Crafts), it was a movement in home design. During the late 19th century, the middle class in America were tired of fancy, over done Victorian style. The Craftsman look is about simplicity, using natural materials and a quality craftsmanship.


Some characteristics of a Craftsman home:

Low pitched roof lines or gabled roof
Hand crafted stone work
Tapered porch columns
Deep overhangs from the eaves
Large Front porch

If you were counting those listed above, we have all of those characteristics in our Craftsman charmer!

Now feast your eyes on these beauties and feel inspired!








 



 
 
 
We have always gravitated towards the crisp lines of Bungalows an Arts & Crafts style homes. When we started drawing our future home plans, we took inspiration from homes like the ones above. We tried to keep as many of the architectural details that are essential to the Craftsman as we possibly could.

Another feature of a Craftsman home are built-ins. We have three large built-ins in our new home. The first built-in you see when you enter the living room from the entry way. We have a fireplace centered on the west wall and flanked on either side with white book shelves.

 
 

The second built-in that you will see are the build-in book cases when you come up the stairs to the second level of the home. We have a half wall with lots of storage for books, games and display my favorite shopping vice, small pottery bowls.


The final large built-in that we have are our locker system. The lockers will be located at the back of the house in the mudroom. We have based our design for the lockers mostly on this photo. We love the upper doors that open to allow coats to be hung as well as the pull out drawers for shoes below.


Currently Kyle and I live in an apartment which doesn't allow for much expression of design style. I snapped a couple of pictures before we started boxing things up to move this week. We enjoy simple lines and with a hint of modern style but ultimately we always come back to our cozy craftsman look. Can't wait to have the house up and get in there are make it our own! 10 weeks till we break ground!



5 comments:

  1. HI THERE! I LOVE THE PICTURE OF THE CRAFTSMAN HOME YOU HAVE POSTED ABOVE. DO YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE THE HOUSE PLAN FOR IT? IT IS SOOOO EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO FIND FLOOR PLANS THAT INCLUDE AN ATTACHED GARAGE. AND SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE HELPFUL. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE STARTING THE BUILDING PROCESS AND IT IS HARD TO FIND WHAT WE WANT IN SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS ;-). THANKS!

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  2. Thank you for your comment Ali. Unfortunatly I saved that photo before I started the blog and I have no idea where it is from! I spend a lot of hours just searching google for house plans. The Bungalow Company siter has a lot og great Craftsman house plans. A few of their plans inspired our house layout. Good Luck!

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  3. Just stumbled on this post looking around for some reno inspiration and thought I could help out with Ali's question.
    You can at least get a basic floor plan from the house pictured above from https://builderfusion.mbaonline.org/bf/mem/home.jsp?hid=1940
    I hope this helps.

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  4. Hi,

    Any chance you know where you got the above picture of the fireplace?
    Thanks, looks great.

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  5. Check out homepatterns.com - we specialize in bungalows, too.

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