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Gustav Stickley, who was a master craftsman, furniture designer, architect and publisher, created the Arts & Crafts style of architecture during the first twenty years of the twentieth century which is known today as simply "Craftsman" or "Craftsman Homes."
The Craftsman plans offered the average American family a house that was truly a home, based on the ideals of beauty, simplicity, utility and organic harmony.
Gustav showed his designs and ideas through his magazine The Craftsman, publishing descriptions and drawings of homes beginning in 1901, and later on his two classic books: Craftsman Homes (1909) and More Craftsman Homes (1912).
Stickley's Craftsman Homes presents 40 different kinds of Mission-style houses illustrated with hundreds of architectural drawings, floor plans, and photographs. One of the features of this book is that along with the exterior view and floor plan of every house, there is an extensive written description. For many of the houses there are also drawings of the interior, with suggestions for furnishings. In addition, the book covers topics such as Craftsman gardens, Craftsman furniture, Craftsman metalwork and Craftsman needlework.
Craftsman Homes is a must-have book for lovers of good design, students of architecture, history buffs, or those who want to put the Arts & Crafts philosophy to practical use.