With the old and with the … Old? Absolutely. Consider new architectural trends. Full nostalgic styles, with front wrap-around porches, exposed chevrons and 'craft' details are now on the cutting edge.
Craft or meadow-style homes, popularized in the early 1900s, take over interior design trends. Designed by architect Gustav Stickley and effectively sold through Sears and Roebuck's mail order kits, these homes were originally built to be affordable and more laid back than Victorian styles ornamented with the rich. They were meant to be homes for the masses. Frank Lloyd Wright has added his own variations with his meadow style in the Midwest.
You can find these homes in virtually every metropolitan area of the country. Many are found in neighborhoods built in the early 20th century and are now located in fashionable areas adjacent to major cities. And many of these areas are experiencing a renaissance and transformation.
But rehabilitating a century-old home is not the only way to acquire a craftsman's home. Many new homes are now designed to emulate the artisan style with smaller footprints, skylights, porches supported with squat conical columns, wide overhangs, and so on.
There are many reasons why this trend is happening now. For one, there is a burning desire for a sense of home and security associated with the past. People yearn for simpler times. Nostalgia for the past is a big draw now. For another, these homes are usually smaller and more economical to build. The trend in new home construction is now downsizing and downsizing.
Here are the main features of the new Craftsman architecture:
- Large verandahs with squat conical columns
- Horizontal strips in the siding with different finishes above and below.
- Support roof supports.
- Generous woodwork and trim inside and out.
- Dark Spot Finishes
- Using Triple Windows or Pairs of Windows
- Lack of Rooms (More Open Design)
- Built-in Wardrobes in Dining Rooms or as Room Dividers
- local to the region