The arts and crafts movement of 1898-1925 is the inspiration behind the craftsman style home design. Nature and the natural world is also a key factor in Craftsman design. Traditional Craftsman-style exterior design elements were created to blend with the natural environment and extend outdoor living into the indoors, to make the residents feel a closer affinity to the particular natural landscape upon which their home sat. Classic Craftsman touches include clean lines, a warm and inviting atmosphere, a large front porch and a grand front door that opens directly into the living room. This style utilizes a lot of natural wood.
Sharing traits with Traditional Craftsman design homes, the Northwest Craftsman is the creation of architects and designers in the Pacific Northwest and is particularly suited to lifestyle in this unique part of the country. This home is usually simple in design, devoid of excessive exterior details and made mostly of wood. The roof is usually medium to low-pitched with deep overhangs and wood shake covering. Windows are often large in size, allowing more natural light to reach the interiors of the home. These houses are popular in all regions of the country and can serve as a primary home or vacation home.
The style known as Contemporary actually appeared in architect-designed homes as early as the fifties, continuing in the height of popularity during the sixties and early seventies. The fresh, open style remains relevant and favored to this day. Common characteristics include simple, clean lines with large windows devoid of decorative trim, flat or gabled roofs, asymmetrical shapes, and open floor plans. Metals, the color white, and basic, unfussy features are common to the style. Contemporary exteriors are usually stucco, stone, brick or wood.
Inspired by the work of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Prairie style is an early twentieth century home design with a long, low roofline, continuous rows of windows and an unornamented exterior. Bucking the trend of a traditional concept of a house—a box subdivided into smaller boxes (rooms)—the Prairie was intended to have a closer relationship with both the natural world outside its doors as well as the physical and psychological needs of the inhabitants. Solid construction, discipline when it comes to ornament, sweeping horizontal lines, wide open floor plans, rows of small windows and one-story projections are all common design elements.
With so many years of experience designing gorgeous, livable homes under his belt, Greg Welch is comfortable and experienced working in many popular and attractive architectural styles. Each classic style carries its own unique aesthetic, and, in turn, best suits a certain type of lifestyle. Whether your tastes run toward the contemporary or the classic, the ornate or the simple, you’ll find a compatible home design to suit your family’s needs.
How much space do you need and how should it best be arranged? How will you move about in your home and use these spaces day to day? What special touches can be made to particularly suit you and your family? Each home is created with inspiration, quality and livability in mind from start to finish. No matter what your taste, your home will be crafted with thoughtful consideration, the very best materials, and the attention of someone who truly loves the work he does. Greg Welch understands how families live and move in the very best homes. Whatever architectural style you choose, your home will be timeless, original and the result of beautiful craftsmanship.