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Guide to the Exterior Design of Craftsman Style House with Photos

Guide to the Exterior Design of Craftsman Style House — Craftsman house are easily recognizable, even though there are several different types of them. They can be bungalows, or have 2 or 3 stories. They can be prairie style, or they can adopt a more English Arts & Crafts look. Exterior pictures of craftsman style house are used to explore each type.

Craftsman style house - House next door to demo House
House next door to demo House (Craftsman style house)

What is Classic Craftsman Style House Design?

Original Craftsman style house (also called Arts & Crafts homes), began appearing at the beginning of the 1900s, and remained a popular new building option until the arrival of the somewhat similar Ranch style homes in the 50s and 60s.

There are similarities between the two, such as a low-pitched gabled roof, with a wide overhang, and both styles usually have a porch either just over the front door, or one that sweeps across the whole front of the house. However, the Craftsman style will often have it’s roof rafters exposed, and the columns from porches are likely to be a tapered style, rather than wide.

One of the reasons the Craftsman house style became so popular, was that people craved something more simple and classic, to the fancy styling of Victorian houses. This is evidenced by the use of natural materials, even into the interior of a Craftsman house. More often than not, this style of house will be of a timber construction, although original Craftsmans are usually brick.

Different Types of Craftsman Style House

However, Craftsman houses are also unusual in that there are several types of them, within the Craftsman genre, that make them more unique, with features that may not fit the classic ideal.

Craftsman house can be: Bungalow, Prairie, American Foursquare, or English Revival. There has also been a resurgence of new build homes in the Craftsman style house. The sections that follow include exterior pictures of craftsman style house, to illustrate the many different style types.

Home exterior - Craftsman Style House
Home exterior – Craftsman Style House

Craftsman Style House Bungalow

When you think about a typical Craftsman style house, the bungalow style is the one that are likely to think of first. They typify the style so well because the overriding theme in the design of Craftsman architecture, is that of classic simplicity. In both the pictures here, brick is a prominent building feature.

Small is beautiful! - Craftsman brick bungalow (Craftsman Style House)
Small is beautiful! – Craftsman brick bungalow (Craftsman Style House)

Where one uses timber extensively, the other uses wood for the upper Dormer section of the house, but the emphasis is always on natural materials. The classic porch is of course a standard feature on any Craftsman house. The house on the right, consisting mainly of brick is a 1920s example of Craftsman building that typifies this period and house type.

Craftsman Style House: Prairie

The Prairie style home is a type of Craftsman, but has very distinctive features that make it stand out from a traditional bungalow. A Prairie house very often has a series of flat roofs at different levels, as opposed to the usual low-pitched one.

modern prairie style homes - Craftsman Style House
Prairie Style House (Craftsman Style House)

If angled low pitched roofs are used, they are still used at different levels. But as this exterior picture shows, the Craftsman style house is still in evidence with the overhanging eaves, and of course the porch. Prairie style focuses more on horizontal lines, and are very often found more “sunk” into the ground, to integrate with the environment around them.

American Foursquare

A giant in the world of architecture for houses, the American Foursquare retains many classic Craftsman style traits, but on a 2 story scale.

American Foursquare - Craftsman Style House
Living in Norwood – American Foursquare (Craftsman Style House)

The low pitched roof and porch are in evidence, as is the classic brick appearance of the original Craftsman era, but as the name suggests it is very much of square dimensions, rather than long and low. Although this is a larger house than others we’ve examined, the styling is still very simple and classic, with clean lines, and little detail.

English Arts & Crafts – Arts and Crafts House

Many consider the Arts & Crafts houses to be a separate style in their own right, although they are of the Craftsman family. Upon seeing an exterior picture of this Craftsman style house, you can see why you may dismiss it as not being a Craftsman abode. It is much more detailed, architecturally, than any other type of house we’ve looked at, whilst still retaining Craftsman style house characteristics.

Arts and crafts house - Craftsman Style House
Westminster Arts & Crafts (Craftsman Style House)

At 3 stories, it certainly isn’t long and low, although there is a low-pitched roof over the first house story, and of course the porch with narrow columns supporting it, as well as its timber construction all point to it being of the Craftsman style house.

New Look Craftsman Style House

As if evidence were needed about how appealing Craftsman style house are, there has been a resurgence of new build projects, both in the US and overseas, that embrace the Craftsman style house. Timber is highly popular as a material for new home building, so it makes sense to take it further and add Craftsman features.

The contrast between painted and unpainted wood is a new trend in Craftsman building that can be seen in this exterior picture. The picture also shows the classic styling of a Craftsman house, including the low pitched roof, and exposed gables.

Craftsman - 2 Story Addition (Craftsman Style House)
Craftsman – 2 Story Addition (Craftsman Style House)

The Craftsman style house exterior pictures that we have examined, all go to prove that, although the Craftsman movement started at the beginning of the last century, the style is as appealing now as it was a hundred years ago.

Classic American House Styles

Authentic colors and characteristics of popular American house designs including Ranch style, Craftsman style house, Victorian, and Colonial styles are examined in this series of Classics of American house architecture, along with plenty of pictures to help identify them.

  1. Exterior of Ranch Style Homes
  2. Guide to the Exterior of Craftsman Style House with Pictures
  3. Paint Your Colonial Style House in Historically Accurate Colors
  4. Authentic Colors for Victorian House Exteriors

References & Images Credit

  • The Craftsman Homes Connection, http://www.crafthome.com/
  • Craftsman Home Plans, https://www.architecturaldesigns.com/house-plans/styles/craftsman
  • House next door to demo House – Karen Apricot: https://www.flickr.com/photos/karenapricot/1350945801/
  • Craftsman brick bungalow, Cheryl: https://www.flickr.com/photos/eraphernalia_vintage/2999959487/
  • Craftsman – 2 Story Addition, Jeremy Levine: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremylevinedesign/2819543944/
  • Living in Norwood, André Natta: https://www.flickr.com/photos/acnatta/3086059555/
  • Craftsman House, & Prairie Style House, David Sawyer: https://www.flickr.com/photos/18702768@N04/3333130513/; https://www.flickr.com/photos/18702768@N04/2645495407/
  • Westminster arts & crafts, Tim Engleman: https://www.flickr.com/photos/timengleman/2098035121/

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