Craftsman Style Architecture Making a Comeback


Detailed homes and craftsman-style homes were very popular at the turn of the 20th century. The unique details, woodworking, and architecture was a true display of beauty and craftsman talent. Craftsmen were each trying to one up each other to see who could create the most magnificent detailed displays of architectural beauty. However, the craftsman style of architecture quickly faded due to the maintenance issues that tagged along with them. Beautiful wooden details would rot and decorative accents slowly fell apart. As and wonderful as the details were to look at, they just didn’t last long enough. Competition and price began to drive architecture in a new direction toward track home building that quickly took mid-america by storm.


Lately, however, there’s been a reverse of the trend, especially with the 2008 housing recession in full gear. There are two reasons for this. Number one, it’s a buyers market and there are too many houses on the market. This makes it easy for a homeowner to get a custom home or a house with upgrades and details at a stellar price. These houses are selling more now and track homes are sitting on the sidelines. Additionally, new low maintenance products on the market like PVC and composites have helped revive the craftsman style of architecture. Fabricators, manufacturers, and craftsman woodworkers have found better ways to develop architectural accents that are maintenance free. Because of this, architectural quality has returned and is continuing to make a comeback. The current housing recession is aiding in the return of the craftsman-style architecture by brining quality homes and upgraded details to an affordable price.

Window boxes are an example of the trend that is quickly returning. Brackets and functional shutters have also made a comeback. PVC window boxes are no rot and maintenance free and they’re also completely water resistant. Many builders phased window boxes out of the architecture in the early 1900s because the water would rot the boxes out in as fast as little as three to five years. The quick rotting and maintenance jeopardized the reputations of the builders. Now, more builders are brining window boxes back, because they add architectural beauty and curb appeal and finally they are maintenance free. Anything that can get more potential home buyers to step foot inside has been the motto during this current recession. PVC has also been a huge hit for trim work and windows as well. There’s no

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