Today’s house plans tend to take one of two approaches by either coming up with something new and modern or by reinventing something that has worked well in the past. Traditional Craftsman style house plans are one of the few approaches that does both quite well. With clean lines that still bow to the style’s appreciation of natural materials, it blends well with traditional, transitional or contemporary furnishings. Here are some of the features that make Craftsman home style plans so popular.

  • Open floor plans. With the advent of central heating systems, the separate rooms and multiple doorways in Victorian homes were set aside in Craftsman homes in favor of a more open floor plan that provided a more versatile usage of space. As home design continued, the open floor plan concept has remained very popular, but for individuals who prefer a more traditional appearance, the Craftsman style provides a great crossover between modern and traditional decor. 
  • Clean lines. Compared to earlier Victorian styles that emphasized extremely detailed trims, paint and patterns, Craftsman homes have strong, clean lines that create a simplified appearance compared to other architectural styles. This creates a relatively blank slate onto which a variety of decor styles, including a wide range of international touches and natural materials to bring an eclectic style to your home. 
  • Incorporation of natural materials. The Craftsman Movement peaked during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, which incorporated natural materials and imagery into the art and decor styles of the day. This respect for and inclusion of natural materials and motifs in everyday items and home furnishings stands out as our society and world moves back towards the environment we emerged from and the more sustainable approach we take towards daily life. 
  • Strong, solid construction. Compared to earlier styles, traditional Craftsman style house plans tend to have a more horizontal construction that ties it in to the earth around it, both in terms of appearance and structural stability. Craftsman homes tend to be constructed using strong posts and beams, which lend to both an appearance of strength as well as providing significant physical strength to the structure. Because of the emphasis on good Craftsmanship and attention to detail during the time period when Craftsman style was developed, these older homes have often held up for years longer than other housing styles. 
  • Awesome architectural details. From exposed beams and rafter ends to built-in cabinetry and colorful stained glass accents, the Craftsman era emphasized the ideal that the home was where people connected back with nature after a hard day’s work. Earth tone materials were incorporated to continue this emphasis, whether it was in the stucco, the unstained woodworking throughout the structure or the strong pillars of tapered wood and broad stone, stucco or brick bases on which the wooden pillars rested. 
  • Lots of windows. As part of the emphasis on natural materials and down to earth living, Craftsman era homes featured many windows to allow additional daylight in to maximize the natural light in the home. The designers also incorporated stained glass in interior cabinet doors, windows and door lites, typically in strong geometric designs with strongly contrasting colors. Doors in Craftsman homes usually have a lite in the top third of the door with a strong horizontal trim directly underneath it.

With these features in mind, you can see why the Craftsman architectural style has been and remains such a popular option for home plans. The traditional Craftsman style house plans can definitely make your home stand out from the crowd. For many of our clients, the Craftsman floor plan perfectly aligns with their home goals and desires, which include simplicity, handiwork, and natural materials. These are some of the main reasons the style is so popular. These homes have a cozy feel and often have open porches, shingle siding, and stone details. We use the plans to provide a customized house that’s charming, functional, and unique. Here are 3 reasons that Craftsman-style floor plans will help your house stand out:

  1. Curb appeal
    Above all else, houses that stand out have incredible curb appeal. And the Craftsman home offers that and more. Staples of a Craftsman house include one to two stories, a low-pitched gabled roof, exposed rafters, and decorative brackets. Other highlights that add to the curb appeal include:
    • A small or large overhanging front porch that invitingly leads to the door
    • Natural wood and stone decorative details
    • Multi paned windows with wide trim

Paint colors include natural earthy colors and tones. And the exteriors look simple and classic, yet uniquely modern. But keep in mind that these house plans can be customized to meet your needs, so modern Craftsman house plans can truly incorporate all of your favorite details, resulting in fabulous curb appeal.

  1. Best-of-both-worlds floor plan
    The Craftsman style first originated at the end of the nineteenth century as a reaction to the “over decorated” style of architecture from the Victorian Era. One of the key advantages the Craftsman style had over Victorian homes was function. With the rise of the middle-class housewife, domestic servants no longer were working and living in the home. Kitchens became integrated into the main part of the house with easy sight lines to other rooms and the backyard—so that children could be easily watched over. The “breakfast nook” was also created as the kitchen became the heart of the home. As more and more families moved to the suburbs, the Craftsman-style house fit in with their lives and helped make day-to-day living easier and more enjoyable.

The evolution of the Craftsman style led to today’s contemporary Craftsman home, which is the best of both worlds—the perfect combination of function and style. A large open room that allows free flow from the kitchen to the dining room to the living room fits perfectly with modern open space designs. It’s also super easy for families of all sizes to have enough space and feel relaxed and comfortable. High ceilings add to the open-air effect.

An open kitchen also adds a unique element. Kitchens are usually combined with the living room, creating a super-spacious and practical environment. It’s also great for hosting parties. As people tend to gravitate toward the kitchen as a gathering spot, there’s always enough room and it’s easy to gradually move guests into the living room area.

  1. Unique features
    Craftsman exterior details aren’t the only decorative highlight of Craftsman houses. In fact, Craftsman interior details can play a huge role in making your home unique. The good thing is that there are unlimited options. 
    • A defined entry space. A unique interior feature of the Craftsman house is the entry space, which is a defined area before entering the living room. In some homes, it can also function as a place to keep coats and shoes. It should have high windows in the door or sidelights to connect the homeowner with visitors outside.
    • Fireplaces. The Craftsman fireplace is typically centered on an outside wall flanked by high windows and bookcases, and is often the focal point of the living room. But fireplaces can also be added to the den and master bedroom.
    • Window seats. As previously mentioned, multi paned windows are a highlight of craftsman houses. One of the most unique modern Craftsman interior design elements is to add window seats beneath these windows. They can be added to any room in your house.
    • Wainscoting and chair rails. Traditionally used in the dining room, this trim adds a sense of character to the room and typically would incorporate a top rail that functioned as a place to display plates or other decorations.
    • Kitchen finishes. Stickley-esque cabinets combined with stone work surfaces and tiled backsplashes pay homage to the Arts & Crafts movement and are all ways to make your kitchen uniquely Craftsman in style.
    • The kitchen nook. As mentioned above, all original Craftsman-style homes had a breakfast nook that was simply a small area to have a quick meal. As the kitchen has evolved into a central meeting place in the home, so has the nook. It now is a larger dining area for all family meals, homework, or a cup of coffee with friends.
    • Built-in shelves and customized cabinets. These extra added touches add to decorative elements to each room and can really personalize the house.

If you’re in the market for a new house that really stands out, traditional Craftsman style house plans offer a really fun and unique way to go.

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