Bungalow Floor Plan
When the Arts and Craft movement made its way from England to the U S at the turn of the 20th century, Gustav Stickley, founder and editor of The Craftsman magazine and a well-known furniture maker of “honest”—a reaction against the fake joinery, unnecessary gaudiness, and shoddy workmanship of many of the pieces created in the early days of industrial furniture making, became one of the proteslyers American. Originally, the term “Craftsman” meant a home built from a plan in Stickley’s magazine, but it has come to mean homes built in the Arts and Crafts style.
Stickley wrote that bungalows would give working-class families the chance to experience “serious architecture.” The style was also easy to build and maintain, and it became the most common type of Craftsman home, cropping up from California to Florida. “Craftsman homes have a high quality of design and craftsmanship, so they hold their value,” explains David Jensen, an architect from Long Beach, Wash. “They are like the Rolls Royce, or the Robert Redford, of the architecture world.”