The arrival of the Craftsman style was spurred by a reaction to the over excessive decoration of the Victorian Style and a need to provide well designed, attractive and affordable homes to the new emerging middle class in the late 19th century. A more informal life style was enhanced by covered porches with wide tapered columns, fireplaces and kitchens that were meant for family meals instead of being the domain of servants. Homes were constructed with low sloping roofs, with broad overhangs and exposed rafter tails. Wood and stone replaced the ornamentation of the previous styles and these simple natural materials related the homes closely to their surroundings. The later resurgence of this popular style is a testament to its relevance and appeal to family life.
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