Classic Craftsman Bungalow

Classic Craftsman Bungalow in Damariscotta, Maine. The Craftsman (or Arts & Crafts) style appears in multiple forms, but its quintessential form is the Bungalow. The word comes from India, by way of Great Britain.

The Bungalow evolved into its own American form, with variations, and spread from coast to coast in the first decades of the 20th century as the simpler detailing and forms of the Craftsman style replaced more elaborate Victorian styles in popularity.

This example may have been a pre-cut house kit sold by Aladdin, Sears, or one of the other companies offering such kits in the early 20th century. There is an identical house less than a mile from this one, which is not uncommon with kit houses.

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.

Many color photos are used to illustrate the character-defining features of the Craftsman style in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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