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5 Well Designed Arts & Crafts Style Garages

May 8, 2008 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

OK folks. Here’s what I’ve come up with after flipping through far too many horrible garage plans online. If you’ve got any good ones link to them in the comments section.

arts and crafts garage 1.thumbnail 5 Well Designed Arts & Crafts Style Garages1. Charming garage with upstairs apartment – This one could be more authentic looking in my opinion. I’m not real keen on the the shutters but the stone facade is a nice touch as are the style of the garage doors. The one bedroom apartment upstairs is cool but I’d be worried that one of my kids would end up using the place as an excuse to not move out – then again maybe I could get them to pay rent…

arts and crafts garage 2.thumbnail 5 Well Designed Arts & Crafts Style Garages2. Two-car garage with loft – Key features here are the 10 foot ceilings, stylish garage door windows, and triple dormers. The porch is a nice extra as well, though the columns are seriously lacking any real character. Look like your basic 2x4s. They could use some kind of upgrade that wouldn’t impeed the space needed to enter and exit with vehicle.

arts and crafts garage 3.thumbnail 5 Well Designed Arts & Crafts Style Garages3. Two-car garage with covered porch – Love the exterior details on this one and the covered porch makes this one a sure winner. This one is probably my favorite among the five listed. It has a great deal of character and it provides a practical outdoor space that looks incredibly inviting. I even like the landscaping included in the design. Very well done.
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arts and crafts garage 4.thumbnail 5 Well Designed Arts & Crafts Style Garages4. Craftsman infused garage that looks like a house – This detached garage comes with a sundeck, workshop area and a bathroom. Looks like a clubhouse. Not sure I like the sundeck idea. Seems like an odd place to catch some rays.

Love the bathroom though – just like a gas station cammode.
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arts and crafts garage 5.thumbnail 5 Well Designed Arts & Crafts Style Garages5. Arts and Crafts style garage that REALLY looks like a house – This is both ridiculous and very cool at the same time. You can park an RV in this thing for crying out loud. Which I suppose is better than having to pull a behemoth mobile like that up alongside your house. At 1200+ square feet, this garage is bigger than some people’s homes. Something about that just sounds silly.




Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy

Aug 15, 2007 |  by  |  Craftsman Archives  |  Share

These are hands down the best craftsman style fireplace mantels on the web. I challenge anyone to find one that should be included in this list. Let me know if you’ve found something better than what I have here by leaving a comment and if it’s as good as you think, it just may end up on the list. Click on any of the images below to view a larger version.
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fireplace3.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy1. From The Craftsman Home, this mantel’s thick, flanking columns are what I like most about this one. Really makes it feel substantial and solid. I also like the arched opening and the dark inset tile. Although they are very different from one another, for me, it’s a toss-up between this one and the one below to take top honors.
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furniture scultpuredotcom.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy2. From furnituresculpture.com, this is a simple design but the sheer length of it makes it unique. Also love the stonework more so than the inset tile included in some of the designs below. I’d like it if the mantel had a bit more depth to it and if the opening were a bit wider with a slight upper arch. As it is now, it’d be difficult to put any decor on the shelf and with no built-in screen it’s not very child-friendly.
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fireplace1.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy 3. Though I’ve always liked stonework more than tiles, these have great earthy colors and just enough detail to make it unique but not too ornate. I also love how it stretches from floor to ceiling and though the lights add a nice, warm touch, I like the idea of a more substantial piece of artwork being placed above the mantle, which this particular design would not allow due to space issues. If the tiles were a few shades darker like design #4, this one would be in contention for the #2 slot.
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fireplace2.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy 4. This design has a lot of clean lines, yet the design seems more intricate than many of the others in this list. I love the darker wood and as I mentioned above, the tiles darker tones provide a feeling that’s richer and warmer than the one above. Not sure what that wimpy plant on the mantle is all about – some quality decor could really make this fireplace pop.
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fireplace4.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy5. Also from The Craftsman Home. This one offers simple, clean lines – and I like the thickness of the mantle and brackets. The hearth could use some additional detail, seems very plain and almost doesn’t flow well with the color of the surrounding tile. The screen is rather clumsy looking and from this angle the columns seem a bit disproportionate with the mantle itself. They could stand to have a bit more
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woodworkingdotcom.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy6. From finewoodworking.com, this mantel is an overmantel that’s simply built with four panels and a 2-1/4-in thick mantel shelf.” Fairly simple (if you’re good with wood) yet offers a classic look. I’d prefer a darker stain and something about the white brick just doesn’t scream Craftsman to me. The picture does this mantel no justice and I have a sense – the plates, the flowers – looks like something my blind uncle would do.
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fireplace6.thumbnail Seven Craftsman Fireplace Mantels That Will Make You Drool with Envy7. This one, in my opinion is a bit over the top (something about the columns that look inverted), but it still has many common craftsman design elements and is definitely high quality work. This is another situation similar to the overmantel above, where the fireplace itself leaves something to be desired. It could use some warmer colors on the surrounding walls and the Asian style accessories almost seem too ornate. The overall package could use some help – something to compliment the beauty of the woodwork.

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