Craftsman Style Houses

Kaitlyn Dotson

Craftsman Houses' earthly colors painted on the wooden clapboard or shingled siding mixes well with the stone detail through the exterior of these houses. Exposed beams or rafter tails add character that reflects from the Arts and Craft Movement. Doors and windows on Craftsman style houses are usually multi-paned, with single panes on the bottom and three to six smaller panes arrange on the top. Front porches are really common with these houses, including columns to support the roof. These porches range between covering the entry way to covering the whole front of the house.

History of Craftsman Houses

This style of a house was popular during the 1900s until close to the 1930s. The mid-west and sometimes west coast was the main places for these houses, in the country and city-like suburbs. The Craftsman style houses were common Sears houses, which made it easier for more people to buy. When designing the Craftsman house, Charles and Henry Greene though that details was important but they didn't want to to be as much as the Victorian style homes. These houses were mostly middle-class homes but some were huge houses for the upper-class and same with lower-class, meaning there were houses in the Craftsman style for everyone.

Common Materials to Build a Craftsman

  • cedar singles/clapboard
  • certain stones or bricks- depending on what they want
  • Thick trim for borders around windows/doors
  • columns to bring it all together
  • rafter tails and beams