Jul 04 2012

Distinguishing Features of Craftsman House Plans – The House Plan Shop

Craftsman House Plan 001H-0203Rooted in the Arts and Crafts movement, Craftsman house plans have been popular for generations. While they are available in a vast range of sizes and can be one or two levels, these home designs are sought after for their sturdy construction and easy living floor plans. Craftsman house plans appeal to a wide variety of home buyers and display unmistakable characteristics that can be recognized both from the exterior and interior of the home. Below is a list of some of the easily identifiable characteristics you’ll find with Craftsman home plans:

 

Exterior Features

  • Multi-material façade (a combination of  local natural materials such as stone, brick, siding, and cedar shakes)
  • Wide and deep front porch
  • Flared, tapered or square porch columns atop stone pediments/pedestals
  • Low-pitched roof
  • Wide, overhanging eaves
  • Exposed beams, rafters or rafter tails
  • Triangular brackets in the eaves
  • Shed dormers
  • Decorative details
  • Rustic styling
  • Appearance of handcrafted workmanship

 

Interior Features

  • Open floor plan with few hallways
  • Make use of every square inch of living space
  • Built-in shelving, cabinets, and seating
  • Extensive use of dark wood and wood moldings and trim
  • Extensive use of windows
  • Some windows of stained or leaded glass
  • Beamed ceilings
  • Stone fireplace and chimney
  • Use local, natural materials

 

While Craftsman home plans can be as small as a cottage or an impressive luxury home, they all display as least some of the features characteristics mentioned above. They are closely related to Northwestern style designs and bungalows. Browse our collection of Craftsman house plans now.

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