Craftsman style homes, first popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, showcase well-crafted architectural details. These are the style details that are common in craftsman style house plans.
Simple, Natural and Functional
Craftsman homes use simple forms to blend in with their natural setting. They are 1½ to 2 stories tall, utilizing an efficient open floor plan with rooms clustered around the living room and minimal hall space. Exteriors are often painted with subdued colors to fit in with natural surroundings (grays, beiges and tans, browns and greens) with roofs in gray or brown tones. Painted trim is minimal and tasteful. Garden space is large and surrounds the home.
Use of Local, Natural Materials
Craftsman home builders used local natural materials such as river rock for porches, retaining walls and chimneys. Lots of wood is used in these homes for exteriors, hardwood floors, built-ins and other wood detailing.
Hand-Crafted Detail Work
Local craftspeople used local resources such as wood to craft built-in cabinets, molding, seating and exposed interior roof beams. Other detail work includes hand-crafted stone, brickwork or decorative tile.
Craftsman roofs are low pitched gabled roofs with multiple projections, a wide overhang and exposed eaves with decorative brackets underneath.
Large, Functional Porches
Craftsman homes use front porches for enjoying the outdoors and screened porches for sleeping. The wide front porch is built under the extension of the main roof and is supported by columns or pedestals, often square.
Lots of Windows
Craftsman homes use many windows, often grouped together. They let in lots of natural light and can be opened for cooling cross-breezes.