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Design Directory: Arts and Crafts Architecture

Arts and Crafts homes are one of the most distinctive and picturesque styles of architecture displayed in the UK in the last 150 years. Here we delve into the captivating history and timeless appeal of this style.
Design Directory: Arts and Crafts Architecture
Rooted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this Arts and Crafts movement emerged as a reaction to the industrial revolution’s mass produced and impersonal buildings. It emphasised a real return to traditional craftsmanship, natural materials and harmony with the environment in architecture. It gained momentum and inspiration from visionary figures such as William Morris, John Ruskin and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 

Arts and Crafts houses are characterised by their emphasis on simplicity, functionality and handmade detailing, drawing inspiration from traditional vernacular architecture. These homes often feature: 

Handcrafted details: from intricate woodwork to hand-painted tiles, they are adorned with bespoke details that showcase the skill of craftsmen. 

Natural materials: Stone, brick, clay and timber are favoured materials, due to their durability and organic beauty. These can be seen in homes as exposed beams, stone fireplaces and earth colour palettes, creating wonderful rustic charm.

Integration with nature: large windows and an emphasis on seamless connection between indoor outdoor is a prominent feature in this style of home. 

Functional layouts: Unlike the ornate excesses of Victorian architecture, Arts and Crafts houses prioritise practical layouts, paving the way for modern living.
Emphasis on craftsmanship: Every aspect of an Arts and Crafts Home, from its architecture to its furnishings, reflects a commitment to skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail. 

Thanks to the incredible craftsmanship that was hugely important in the architecture of the Arts and Crafts movement, these buildings have truly stood the test of time, making them a prominent part of our history. 

If you are interested in buying or selling an Arts and Crafts home why not get in contact with the By Design team today.