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The Craftsman bungalow is typically one to one-and-a-half stories, with a long sloping roof line and a wide, sheltering overhang that makes the house appear to nestle into the earth. This tie to the earth is often exaggerated by using a foundation and porch pillars that broaden at the base. The porch is wide enough to feel like an outside room. The woodwork tends to be heavy and dark, but it is usually square or simple rather than ornate. Bungalows often have beamed ceilings, oak wainscoting in the dining room, built-in buffets with hand wrought iron or dark-patina brass hardware, cozy yellow lanterns hanging from the ceiling wood work or as sconces on the porch or hallway walls.
Since the fireplace and hearth were so important as the center of the home and family, it received special attention. Made of brick, tile or rustic river stone the fireplace was often framed by symmetric bookshelves or even benches to create a cozy inglenook. Minneapolis and St. Paul has many affordable arts and crafts style homes for sale. To request a showing, click on the address of any home or call me at 612-554-5901.