Craftsman house plans are one of the more popular architectural styles. These homes traditionally feature gabled or hipped roofs with overhangs, porches with columns, exposed rafters and beams inside, lots of windows, a fireplace, and natural building materials. The exterior typically features warm colors and a cozy curb appeal. This style has adapted to modern needs and now it's common to see open floor plans and open kitchens that include a breakfast nook.
This home design falls under the Arts and Crafts “umbrella,” which also includes the Prairie, Mission, and Four-Square designs. The Craftsman home, in its earliest form, has been around since the early 1900s. The style’s name was derived from The Craftsman, a popular magazine founded in 1901 by Gustav Stickley, the famous editor and furniture maker/designer.
About Craftsman Style Homes
After the 1920s, when ranch and – later – mid-century styles gained prominence, the Craftsman design was replaced, but it had a resurgence in the 1990s that has lasted to this day. In its modern revival, the Craftsman style is still as charming and attractive as ever because it reflects a back-to-nature aesthetic that appeals to homeowners.
Similar to the Arts & Crafts style, there are a few distinguishing features that most Craftsman style plans include:
- A low-pitched gable or hip roof
- Front porches
- Porch columns
- Multi-pane windows
- Built-in cabinetry, pantry, and shelves
- A fireplace
- Natural materials used in construction (wood, stone, brick)
- Usually one story or two stories
From the original style of this home in the early 1900s to today's "modern" version, this style's long-standing reputation is proof that it's here to stay. Shop our wide selection of Craftsman home plans below and find a home that has both class charm and modern functionality.