The Art of the Home Exterior, Popular Trends for 2010

Craftsman Style HouseThe Arts and Crafts movement was born in England in the late 1800’s and grew in popularity to flourish in North America. New home styles reflect many of the design details that made this style popular. It is further popularized by those same features appearing in commercial buildings as well.

The Arts and Crafts movement began as an effort to maintain the handmade craftsmanship of design that was being lost to the industrial revolution and mass production in Europe. This movement grew to include Bungalow design, originally designed as resort lodging in the early 1900’s.  These bungalows with the large extended roofs and porches were particularly suited to the warm climate and became popular in California.

crafts 1 elemenGustav Stickley, who published his influential magazine, the Craftsman, included over 220 home designs. After WWII mail order companies like Montgomery Wards and Sears, Roebuck and Company offered kits that included all the components make affordable homes and their popularity grew, therefore the term Craftsman was born.

Several regional styles developed the large Arts and Crafts style evolved into the low one story styles popular in warmer climates of Florida, California and Texas that were influenced by the Spanish Missions and therefore became known as Mission style.

The Arts and Crafts homes are recognized by the elements of divided light windows, low pitched roofs with deep eaves with corbels and triangular brackets, covered porches, wood or shake siding, square tapered columns and contrasting trim. Natural wood and stone were included in the design, especially in the front porch designs.Augusta[1] element1

The Mission style evolved from the Arts and Crafts style and adapted arches, stucco, tile roofs and rough cut stones as influences of the Spanish missions and was popular in Texas, California and Florida.

Today’s new homes reflect many of the elements found in these earlier styles with a mix materials and colors. Stone is used as an accent with painted trim and walls in contrasting colors, usually White against a muted or neutral hue. Colors are kept natural or nature based with clay, gray, warm greens and muted golds being the most popular.

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