Craftsman style homes are the quintessentially American style homes, born out of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the idea that a home should serve all practical needs without being overly embellished or showy. With an emphasis on quality, hand craftsmanship and natural materials, the wide front porches, large columns, low-pitched roofs, and deep eaves defines the architecture. This style is not heavy with embellishments, but lets the natural wood and stone speak for themselves. Craftsman homes feel connected to the ground, and blend in with nature. This refreshing style was a huge departure from the Victorian, and became very popular. Two prominent Craftsman styles are Prairie & Bungalow.
- Roof: Front, cross, side, or hipped gabled roofs with low-moderate pitch
- Wide unenclosed eaves , usually with exposed rafter tails & decorative braces
- Wood weatherboards or shake, stone, brick
- Porch: Full or Partial width, square support columns with bases extending to the ground
- Craftsman doors and windows are similar to those used in vernacular Prairie houses.
The interior’s open floor plan features built-in stained wood furniture, big fireplaces, handmade tiles and exposed beams.
Craftsman Bungalows are small, one, or one-and-a-half story homes. They were the dominant architectural style built in the States between 1905 and 1930 because they are practical, economical and meet the needs for families. They were so popular that Sears & Roebuck even sold mail order bungalow kits!
Developed in the Midwest by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie-style homes also feature low slung roofs, rows of windows, horizontal lines and organic patterns. These homes are larger than the Bungalows, and many times are 2 story.
- Low pitched roof
- Wide Boxed Eaves
- 2 stories with 1 story porch or wings
- Massive square porch supports
Modern Craftsman Style Homes, Plans by Annilee B Waterman
Photos from Zillow Real Estate Listings of my own designs