Craftsman Homes: More than 40 Plans for Building Classic Arts & Crafts-Style Cottages, Cabins, and Bungalows

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A breath of fresh air was blown into the stuffy, overdone interiors of Victorian houses when the Arts & Crafts movement swept through Europe and the United States in the 1880s. Gustav Stickley, who published The Craftsman magazine and sold house designs, was one of the strongest proponents of this philosophy of simplicity. In Stickley's own words, Craftsman Home plans were designed "to substitute the luxury of taste for the luxury of costliness; to teach that beauty does not imply elaboration or ornament; to ...

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Overview

A breath of fresh air was blown into the stuffy, overdone interiors of Victorian houses when the Arts & Crafts movement swept through Europe and the United States in the 1880s. Gustav Stickley, who published The Craftsman magazine and sold house designs, was one of the strongest proponents of this philosophy of simplicity. In Stickley's own words, Craftsman Home plans were designed "to substitute the luxury of taste for the luxury of costliness; to teach that beauty does not imply elaboration or ornament; to employ only those forms and materials which make for simplicity, individuality and dignity of effect." Craftsman Homes is Stickley's own compilation of the best of these designs. Here you will find plans for more than 40 cottages, cabins, and bungalows-complete with illustrated interior layouts and decorating ideas, as well as suggestions for garden and outdoor treatments. All incorporate a sense of space and openness to rooms, and feature bold, rustic styling based on regional building traditions such as colonial log cabins or Spanish missions of the Southwest. Relying on nature and local materials, and integrating traditional craft techniques, these homes still look as fresh, modern, and ultimately livable today as they did when they were built in the early twentieth century. This is a must-have book for lovers of good design, students of architecture, history buffs, or those who want to put the Arts & Crafts philosophy to practical use. (8 1/2 x 11, 216 pages, b&w photos, diagrams)Gustav Stickley (1858-1942), an innovative leader of the Arts & Crafts movement in America, published books, magazines, and articles about Craftsman design.

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"Stickely's designs incorporate a natural, rustic and spacious look that is complete and satisfying. This wonderfully detailed book is still relevant today for those interested in this classic style."—Mountain Living
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585744923
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 372,138
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

"The Simplification of Life:" 1
"The Art of Building a Home:" 6
A California House Founded on the California Mission Style 9
An Old-Fashioned House with the Dining Room and Kitchen in One 12
A Small Cottage that Is Comfortable, Attractive and Inexpensive 15
A Plain House that Will Last for Generations and Need but Few Repairs 16
A Cottage of Cement or Stone that Is Conveniently Arranged for a Small Family 19
Suburban House Designed for a Lot Having Wide Frontage but Little Depth 20
A Very Simple and Inexpensive Cottage Built of Battened Boards 23
A Cement House that Shows the Decorative Use of Concrete as a Framework 24
Cement House Showing Lavish Use of Half-Timber as a Decoration 28
Cement House Showing Craftsman Idea of Half-Timber Construction 30
A Comfortable and Convenient House for the Suburbs or the Country 32
A Craftsman City House Designed to Accommodate Two Families 36
A Craftsman Farmhouse that Is Comfortable, Homelike and Beautiful 38
House with Court, Pergolas, Outdoor Living Rooms and Sleeping Balconies 42
The Craftsman's House: A Practical Application of Our Theories of Home Building 45
A Small Shingled House that Shows Many Interesting Structural Features 50
A Roomy, Inviting Farmhouse, Designed for Pleasant Home Life in the Country 52
A Simple, Straightforward Design from which Many Homes Have Been Built 54
A Craftsman House in which Tower Construction Has Been Effectively Used 56
A Concrete Cottage Designed in the Form of a Greek Cross to Admit More Light 60
A Bungalow of Irregular Form and Unusually Interesting Construction 62
A Roomy, Homelike Farmhouse for Lovers of Plain and Wholesome Country Life 66
A Plaster House upon which Wood Has Been Liberally Used 68
A Farmhouse Designed with a Long, Unbroken Roof Line at the Back 70
Two Inexpensive but Charming Cottages for Women Who Want Their Own Homes 72
A Log House that Will Serve either as a Summer Camp or a Country Home 74
A Pleasant and Homelike Cottage Designed for a Small Family 76
A Country Clubhouse that Is Built like a Log Cabin 79
A Plain Little Cabin that Would Make a Good Summer Home in the Woods 81
A Bungalow Built around a Courtyard Facing the Water 83
A Rustic Cabin that Is Meant for a Week-end Cottage or a Vacation Home 85
A Bungalow Designed for a Mountain Camp or Summer Home 86
A Convenient Bungalow with Separate Kitchen and Open Air Dining Room 88
A Cottage Planned with a Special Idea to Economical Heating 92
A Cottage that Comes within the Limits of Very Moderate Means 93
A Country House that Was Originally Planned for a Mountain Camp 95
Porches, Pergolas and Terraces: The Charm of Living Out of Doors 97
The Effective Use of Cobblestones as a Link between House and Landscape 102
Beautiful Garden Gates: The Charm that Is Always Found in an Interesting Approach to an Enclosure 109
The Natural Garden: Some Things that Can Be Done when Nature Is Followed instead of Thwarted 113
What May Be Done with Water and Rocks in a Little Garden 119
Halls and Stairways: Their Importance in the General Scheme of a Craftsman House 125
The Living Room: Its Many Uses and the Possibilities It Has for Comfort and Beauty 129
The Dining Room as a Center of Hospitality and Good Cheer 137
A Convenient and Well-Equipped Kitchen that Simplifies the Housework 142
The Treatment of Wall Spaces so that a Room Is in Itself Complete and Satisfying 144
Floors that Complete the Decorative Scheme of a Room 149
An Outline of Furniture-Making in this Country Showing the Place of Craftsman Furniture in the Evolution of an American Style 151
Willow Chairs and Settles which Harmonize with the More Severe and Massive Furniture Made of Oak 160
Craftsman Metal Work: Designed and Made According to the Same Principles that Rule the Furniture 162
The Kind of Fabrics and Needlework that Harmonize with and Complete the Craftsman Decorative Scheme 165
Home Training in Cabinet Work 169
Our Native Woods and Their Treatment 185
The Craftsman Idea 194
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    Review this book carefully

    Although this is an excellent book on Craftsman style homes, it is exactly the same book as 'Craftsman Homes - Architecture and Furnishings of the American Arts and Crafts Movement'. Two publishers, two covers, two sub-titles, exactly the same contents, to the page. I recommend buying one or the other, but obviously these need to be screened carefully to avoid unnecessary expense.

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