Architecture Coach: Craftsman

Popularized at the turn of the 20th century by architect and furniture designer Gustav Stickley in his magazine, The Craftsman, the Craftsman-style bungalow reflected, said Stickley, “a house reduced to it’s simplest form… its low, broad proportions and absolute lack of ornamentation gives it a character so natural and unaffected that it seems to… blend with any landscape.”

The style, which was also widely billed as the “California bungalow” by architects such as Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, featured overhanging eaves, a low-slung gabled roof, and wide front porches framed by pedestal-like tapered columns. Material often included stone, rough-hewn wood, and stucco. Many homes have wide front porches across part of the front, supported by columns.

Information taken from Realtor Magazine, Architecture Coach column.

Craftsman

4/2 on Dill Ave- 184K

Architecture Coach: Bungalow

These narrow, rectangular one and one-half story houses originated in California during the 1880s as a reaction to the elaborate decoration of Victorian homes. The style then moved eastward to the Midwest in the early 20th century, where it remained popular until the Great Depression. Bungalows have low-pitched gabled or hipped roofs and small covered porches at the entry. The style became so popular that you could order a bungalow kit from Sears and Roebuck catalog. The name “bungalow” had its origins in India, where it indicated a small, thatched home.

Lived in and loved

The Beauty of a Bungalow by Architect Coach Linda Legner

Charming and practical, this architecture style inspires as much enthusiasm today as when introduced in the late 1800s.

So much more than mere shelter, bungalows symbolize homeownership. This all-American style was developed with convenience, economy, and affordability in mind so that anyone with a steady job could enjoy the satisfactions and respectability of a home to call their own.Always informal in elevation and plan, bungalows were built abundantly across the United States between 1890 and the mid-1900s, becoming so popular that companies like Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Montgomery Ward offered mail-order houses that were pre-cut in factories then shipped out for fabrication on site by local carpenters.

The very first bungalows appeared on the East Coast, but California quickly claimed the bungalow for itself—although it didn’t take long for this popular style to infiltrate the Midwest and make its way into every other region of the country.

Characteristics of a Bungalow

An offshoot of the Arts and Crafts movement, bungalow designs emphasize a horizontal link between the house and the land around it. The use of natural, local materials and colors also reinforce this home-earth relationship. Overall, bungalows project a picturesque and homey feeling, both artistic and practical at the same time.

You’ll recognize a bungalow by these features:

  • One or one-and-a-half stories
  • Low, sloping roof either gabled (front or side) or hipped, often with wide overhangs
  • Exposed roof structure (beams, rafters)
  • Exterior proportions balanced rather than symmetrical in arrangement
  • Modest front porch
  • A front stoop is a common element
  • Focus on a garden, even if small
  • Open, informal floor plan
  • Prominent hearth
  • Wood details inside
  • Built-in furniture common throughout the house

Variations of the Theme

The style morphs easily to adapt to regional tastes and building materials, making it a good fit for any geographical locale. A bungalow’s exterior might be brick, clapboard, board and batten, shingle, stucco, log, or stone depending upon taste and availability of materials in the region.

In California, it’s typical to see bungalows with Craftsman lines or in a Spanish Colonial motif. The mostly-brick Chicago bungalows, on the other hand, show off Prairie-style influences and a boxy adaptation to suit long, narrow city lots. Camp and Lodge styles using rough-hewn materials were common in the mountain areas of the East. Where Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission shine in the Southwest, Federal and Georgian Revival touches abound in the Washington, D.C., area.

It’s impossible to classify all stylistic variations of the bungalow. The very fact that so many exist testifies to the nation’s love affair with this cozy, comfortable housing stock.
The Inside Story

In an effort to maximize interior space, bungalows incorporate built-in furniture of all kinds: sideboards in dining rooms, cabinetry in kitchens, bookshelves that double as room dividers, window seats and benches wherever they could fit in. Oak serves as the primary material.

Interiors also feature a liberal use of wood for flooring, wainscoting, chair rails, plate rails, and box beams creating geometric ceiling patterns. Stained glass and leaded glass enliven windows, cabinet doors, and artisan light fixtures.

Fireplaces often take center stage in living rooms, reflecting the philosophy that hearth is the heart of the home. Wooden mantels top fireplace surrounds that might be of brick, stone, tiles, sometimes rustic boulders. Fireplaces can be arched or rectangular, and are frequently flanked by bookcases or cabinets. And, in more elaborate installations, benches or inglenooks were added to accommodate fireside chats and long, lazy reads.

Information taken from Realtor Magazine, Architecture Coach column.

Bungalow

3/2 Shirley Street, 184K

Our Neighbors are always on the job…

This article was on the Creative Loafing site:

Residents: Developer souring West End flavor

BY MARA SHALHOUP

Published 09.04.02

On the block of Sells Avenue that turns from antiquated streetscape to I-20 entrance ramp, a house has been built that doesn’t look like the other houses on the street, a handful of residents complain. In fact, the house doesn’t look much like anything in the West End Historic District, they say. And for that reason, it’s wrecking everything.

“I’m leading the charge to make sure the builder doesn’t build more houses like this one in West End,” says neighborhood association zoning chairman Alex Blackmore.

The vinyl-sided, pre-fab, modular structure (described in the builder’s city application as a “pyramid-roofed cottage”) isn’t exactly in the heart of the historic district. But to people like Angela Lain, that matters not. Lain, who has lived for two years in West End and is currently renovating a turn-of-the-century Victorian, says a house like the one on Sells Avenue threatens the district as a whole.

Technically, that block of Sells Avenue is protected by the historic district ordinance — but only as of a month ago, when the district’s boundaries were extended.

“I understand how important this is to stand up for, even on the periphery,” Lain says.

“Because if this gets through, it will be hard to stop it from going through on another street.”

The house did get through, though, passing the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s muster with a 5-4 vote Aug. 14. The commission ordered the builder, Integrated Development LLC, to take steps to ensure the house has a historic flair, though. And according to minutes from the meeting, the commission denied two other houses the builder proposed for the neighboring lots.

Yet pieces of another modular house were delivered to a nearby lot last week, says Blackmore, who points out that the builder has applied for two additional structures on the even more historic Gordon Place.

“Somebody brought a house, on a truck,” says an indignant Karl Webster Barnes, West End historian, “and was backing it into this yard.”

 

Pictures from a stroll..

cornerThere are so many different styles of homes in the West End- from Traditional brick, Victorian and my favorite the Craftsman Bungalow… I thought this was a cute one- corner property (I love corner properties for some reason) I like how the stairs and path curve to the entrance of the home…

You will find very LARGE homes in the West End/ Westview area as well. I can think of plenty to do with all this space….

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This multifamily unit reminded me of the homes in Crown-Heights, Brooklyn- NY. Easy access to Marta! Right at their door!Multif Family- Crown Heights appeal

Many were for sale, and you can tell that they were once lived in and loved. I have to keep myself for coveting them all- if I could, I’d buy them all. lol… but that would be very selfish, since I couldn’t possible enjoy them AND my home… I hope we get some worthy owners very soon.

Did you know about the Westview Lofts? West End / Westview Lofts Westview Lofts

I stumbled on them when I walked up Lucile… towards E. Ontario. It looks as if they are in the beginning stages of building a very nice mixed use area-new shops are on the way… and a cute coffee/book store….

This church was also on the corner Church Now I must find the time to go to the Lush Life Jazz lounge… food and Live Jazz, two of my favorite things 🙂

Lush Life So much to see in the West End… too bad it’s getting colder. I guess I’ll have to bundle up on my walks, but I look forward to seeing the West End in the winter and the changes the season brings to the scenery.