There are many exciting home styles, each with their own distinct architectural profile. This week, we focus on the Craftsman Bungalow. Which window options are a good fit for this popular home style?
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Inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century, Craftsman homes have an emphasis on natural materials such as wood, stone and brick. They often feature heavy tapered columns that hold up the low sloping roof over a front porch. A popular family home, Craftsman homes tend to create a warm and welcoming environment.
Window styles that work well with the Craftsman include: double-hung or casement windows; multi-paned transoms over windows and doors; and window groupings in twos or threes. Transom style grille patterns are used to emphasize vertical proportions, with exterior trim matching the window frame colour for a rustic, earthy appearance.
The overall aesthetic of the Craftsman bungalow aims at emphasizing a relationship with the natural world and the artistic craft of home construction. This home style has grown and evolved since its humble origins in the early twentieth century. Today it is one of the more popular architectural styles in North America.
- Natural building materials – wood, stone, brick
- Wide porches
- Low-pitched roofs
- Casement and double-hung windows – divided transoms over doors and windows
- Transom grille patterns
- Matching exterior trim and frame colours
- Emphasis on artistic craft
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