Architecture has grown and changed throughout the years, transcending time and trends. Something that is old can become new again.Such is the case with Craftsman-style homes, which were first built in the early nineteenth century. Many of these homes have seen beautiful revivals and restorations, and modern Craftsman-style floor plans have been re-created with newer builds and utilized in modern renovations. If your home is in need of a tune-up and you’re thinking about going with the Craftsman look, you can find inspiration in magazines, neighborhoods in your area, on Pinterest or through other online research. Here are several ways you can incorporate the Craftsman style into the floor plans of your remodel.

Design elements
When it comes to established architecture, there are many things that make a certain style recognizable. When the Craftsman style was first introduced, it celebrated the Arts and Craftsaesthetic, which favored clean lines and natural materials. Craftsman homes are chock full of character, so if your home is lacking that special something, you can take certain design elements specific to a Craftsman and incorporate them into your contemporary Craftsman home.

  • Interior. When the Craftsman style was created, it rejected the popular Victorian design of blocked-off rooms. Instead, Craftsman interiors favored open floor plans for maximum use of space. Some of the more recognized interior design elements in Craftsman-style homes include fireplaces, window seats, breakfast nooks, built-ins, detailed trim and crown molding, and the use of natural materials. Fireplaces and built-ins were known as the trademark features during the Arts and Crafts era. The built-ins created furniture pieces that became part of the structure of the home, which enhanced the overall design and functionality of the space. Fireplaces symbolized strong family units and stood as a prominent feature within Craftsman-style interiors.
  • Exterior. Craftsman-style homes have a history of no two homes being alike, yet they fo have a number of exterior features in common, including low-pitched rooflines, overhanging eaves, covered porches, large pillars, and protruding dormers. Craftsman-style homes also place emphasis on natural materials, so the use of wood, stone, and brick will be quite prevalent.

Mixture of color and textures
In addition to immense features, Craftsman exterior details almost always included a healthy arrangement of color and various textures, including Shaker siding, glass features, natural stone, and brick elements. To create a contemporary Craftsman-style remodel, you can introduce this mixture of color and textures by using modern materials that are durable and low maintenance—so you can get the look without the hassle of upkeep.

The color palettes for Craftsman-style homes are often earthy tones, which reflect the natural environment around them. Some tones can be deep and earthy, while others are soft and subtle. When choosing the exterior color of your Craftsman remodel, stick with a natural and well-balanced color palette.

Rooflines and porch
Some of the more recognizable characteristics of Craftsman homes are low-pitched roofs, deep eaves, and exposed rafter tails. Touches such as decorative brackets can provide a distinct look if completely changing your roofline isn’t feasible or practical.

A front porch is usually a statement on Craftsman homes. With solid porch columns and base supports of stone or brick, the porch takes on its own feeling as an extension of your home. If you already have an existing porch that you’re trying to transform to fit the new Craftsman feel, replace old thin columns with more robust ones that fit the style.

The style of a Craftsman home has deep historical roots full of character. Due to the continued interest in Craftsman design, you will be able to find multiple ideas and inspirations for your renovation project. If you can’t find anything that meets your aesthetic, think about talking to an architect to see what they would suggest for your project.