Craftsman Style Timber Framing

Craftsman Style: Low, Cozy, and Horizontal with Angular Detailing

Included Styles:

Bungalow, Cottage, Southwest and Western Ranch

Common Craftsman Timber-Framing Characteristics:

Angular detailing at beam ends and tapered rafters or top chords.

The truss bottom chords and king post will often sport tapered steps and notches-but never too busy!

Oftentimes, beam end detailing and timber orientation is used to embellish the strong horizontal emphasis associated with Craftsman style.

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Excerpt from “The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing”

Craftsman style: The early American version of feng shui? Or perhaps the antithesis of the Queen Anne Victorian style? It is interesting to note how Craftsman style is the iconic remnant of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, which began in the 1890s. This movement was fueled by frustration of the overly decorated aesthetic of the eclectic Victorian style and the desire to emphasize handcrafted work over mass produced goods.

This shift elevated the artisan status and promoted the less-is-more approach to get. thoughtful, functional, simplistic beauty. And thus, the generalized Craftsman style is everything the Victorian style is not, as shown by the following attributes: low roof slopes, big roof overhangs, low massing or profiles, spread-out footprint, distinct, clear angles and angular detailing, large front porches, and large, simplified exterior posts.

Many of these basic characteristics also apply to Bungalow or Cottage style. The Southwest and the Western Ranch styles could almost be in a class of their own, but because the profiles and shapes are so similar, it makes sense to include them in prescribing general tips for the implementation of hybrid timber framing. You will simply skew more Rustic, with more frequent and heavier use of the timbers, when you are working with Ranch or Southwest precedent.

Low roof slopes, big roof overhangs, low massing or profiles, spread-out footprint, distinct, clear angles and angular detailing, large front porches, and large, simplified exterior posts.

 

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