We have always held a soft spot for the classic American Bungalow - a detached one or one-and-a-half-story house with broad eaves, an open porch, and design details in the Arts and Crafts style. Though many other Bungalow styles have emerged over the years, the term most often describes homes with a wide porch as the main design feature. Craftsman Bungalows, West Coast Bungalows, and Swiss Chalet Bungalows all have a few things in common: the wide porch, a connection to the Arts and Crafts movement, and an efficient floorplan. As Builders, what piques our interest most, is the origin of the style. This article does a fantastic job detailing the emergence of the Bungalow, how it evolved, and what it means for today's architects and homeowners. Below, photos of a few of our favorites from legendary architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene.
The home office has emerged in recent years as many more Americans enjoy the option of working from home. The home office has become almost a 'must-have' in many custom home buildjobs. And while the concept isn't exactly new, many of its components and attributes are and have already begun to evolve. From a typical den closed-door office, to the cozy and sunlit modern creative office, the evolution of the home office has made it into the kitchen. Kitchens have become the busiest hub of the home and as such, they need their own office to help manage their duties. A simple alcove which serves as a desk for business, bills, to-do lists, and more, the kitchen office has developed as a working piece of daily family life. Ready to establish your own? Here's how to make it the most effective.
The homebuilding landscape has changed a lot since 1981, when Moffitt Built began developing and building homes in the KC area. Methods and homebuilding commonplace practices have changed but so have consumer needs and wants, as noted in this neat video from CNN tracing the evolution of the American home. In the past 40 years, the average home square footage has not quite doubled and amenities such as fireplaces and air conditioning units have now become standard. Exterior materials have also seen quite the evolution...read more here. What a neat progression to follow!
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