Craftsman Style House Plans

With ties to some of the most recognized American architects, Craftsman house plans appeal to homeowners with an appreciation for fine architecture.

Craftsman style homes, which dominated residential architecture in the early 20th Century, remain among the most sought-after designs for those who desire quality detail in a home. While often smaller than other contemporary designs, Craftsman floor plans make up in livability what they lack in square footage.

The Craftsman style originated in California, inspired by the work of brothers Greene and Greene, who took the simple bungalow style to the next level by incorporating influences from the English Arts and Crafts movement and Asian building techniques, as did Frank Lloyd Wright with the closely-related Prairie style.

With low-slung roofs supported by exposed rafters and stone piers, Craftsman home plans have an organic feel, as if they have risen from their sites. Interior details include built-in shelving, cabinetry, and the like, with abundant use of wood carved in geometric patterns inspired by the natural environment. Craftsman house plans are a quintessential American design: unpretentious and understated, with quality design elements that enliven the living space and provide pleasure to those who appreciate the little things.


Architectural features:

  • Low-slung intersecting gable roofs with wide overhangs and exposed rafter
  • Wide porches with tapered or paired square columns
  • Extensive use of organic materials like stone, brick, and wood both inside and out
  • Interior details wrought in carved wood

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