Minnesota Classics: Craftsman

Craftsman style homes became popular with the middle-class families of the United States in the late 1800s
Craftsman style homes became popular with the middle-class families of the United States in the late 1800s.

On the flipside of the traditional Victorian style home, the Craftsman or Bungalow style home evolved. Dismissing the frills of Victorian, the Craftsman style was introduced by architect Augustus Pugin and artist-designer William Morris appealing to more modest and simple tastes.

As the name suggests, Craftsman homes are defined by the craftsmanship used to integrate natural materials in to the home. Wood, stone, and brick are the noticeable elements differentiating the style. The home is characterized by features focusing on these elements. Front porches, low-pitched roofs, open floor plans, built-in furniture, big fireplaces, and exposed beams all accentuate the simplicity and building components.

This style is a Minnesota favorite as a main goal in construction is to incorporate nature into design. The numerous windows combine the nature found outside the home with the indoor elements.

The simplicity of design comes from the often box shape of square Craftsman homes. They feature two stories with a four-room layout on each floor. If this sounds like what you are looking for in a home, contact a local REALTOR.

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.

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