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Spectacular Craftsman Style Cottage

Spectacular 1916 Craftsman style “Upland Cottage” in Bethlehem, NH.

At the end of the nineteenth century, there was a turn away from the highly elaborate styles of the late Victorian period. Machine-made and mass-produced ornamentation drew particular criticism, and a return to a simpler, hand-crafted aesthetic developed in the Craftsman style.

The low-slung Bungalow form is the quintessential form for this style of home but large two-story examples such as this summer “cottage” were built as well. In the 19th and early 20th century, the word cottage could refer to the seasonal use as well as to the size of a house.

Understanding the style of a house is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation and restoration of character-defining features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house.

Craftsman is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of photos in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The book is now available in bookstores nationwide and through online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies can only be ordered directly from the author in our shop, yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Want to learn more about historic architectural styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia Savage, the classic book on identifying the styles of historic houses, is available in our shop along with select restoration and preservation titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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