What Is a Craftsman Style Home?

There are endless home styles these days - from modern farmhouses and American colonial style to modernist and Art Deco - so choosing just one can be a difficult task.

If you're building a home scratch and there's a chance you may sell it eventually, think long term and keep your future buyer in mind and look at the styles of other homes in the area. Choosing a less specific style could work in your favor but if you really love a certain style of home, always have and always will, follow your instincts!

Today we're looking at a style with rich history, undeniable charm, and character - the ever-popular craftsman style home.

Let's dive into the history of this architectural movement, the key characteristics and features, craftsman style homes for sale right now, and more.

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The history of craftsman style homes...

This style of home was born in the 1800s and 1900s with thanks to Britain's industrial revolution and the subsequent Arts and Crafts Movement which rejected mass-production in favor of handcrafted works of art.

The term "craftsman" was originally just reserved for homes built from the plans and blueprints of Gustav Stickley, design leader, leading voice of the Arts and Crafts movement in America, founder and editor of 'The Craftsman' magazine, and furniture manufacturer. His design philosophy was a major influence on American craftsman architecture. People welcomed the simplicity, modesty, and functionality of this style of home over the frills, fuss, and eclectic style of traditional Victorians. This was a home for the hardworking American.

Now, however, the craftsman style of home has evolved from specific Stickley designs to a standalone and beloved architectural style.

So, what exactly is a craftsman style home?

Craftsman style homes come in many different shapes and sizes - so we've listed the key characteristics and features for you below!

Exterior characteristics and features of a craftsman style home...

  • Low-pitched, triangular roof
  • Overhanging eaves
  • Covered front porches
  • Pillars and columns along the entry
  • Dormer windows
  • Exposed rafters
  • Double hanging windows
  • Patterned window panes or multi-paned windows
  • Muted, earthy tones
  • Materials like wood, brick, stone, and stucco

Interior characteristics and features of a craftsman style home...

  • Large fireplaces
  • Practical and functional floor plan
  • Built-in cabinetry and shelves
  • Nooks
  • Window seats
  • Natural materials like wood

Check out craftsman style homes for sale right now in California, Washington, and Texas.

READ MORE: Why Are Farmhouse Style Homes So Popular?

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