Craftsman-style floor plans are extremely popular. For many of our clients, the Craftsman-style floor plan perfectly aligns with their home goals and desires, which include simplicity, handiwork, and natural materials. 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. All of our Craftsman houses really stand out for the following three reasons:
1. Curb appeal
Above all else, houses that stand out have incredible curb appeal. And the Craftsman-style 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.
2. 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.
3. 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. We’ll help you add any and everything you want, including the following:
- 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.
Your customized Craftsman-style floor plan
If you’re in the market for a new house that really stands out, a Craftsman-style house is a really fun and unique way to go. We’ve helped countless clients build the Craftsman home of their dreams and will gladly do the same for you. Contact us to arrange a one-on-one consultation with one of our Craftsman home experts.