Lots of people that go house shopping today look for a place with character. Usually that means something old and a little bit worn around the edges. The kind of place that feels like home before you even move your boxes in. A true and honest craftsman home has that exact draw among all the old houses on the street. It just exudes personality from every nook and cranny, beckoning you to sit awhile on it’s strong stone steps. So while you’re on the market for a new home, keep your eyes open for those beautiful old homes. Here’s everything you need to know about craftsman style homes.
Craftsman homes first began appearing in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s in several styles with the advent of the
Craftsman homes earned their name from a magazine published in 1901 called The Craftsman that featured homes and furniture styles of the day. The style continued in popularity until the World Wars when modernists took the trending reigns but even then the craftsman wouldn’t be forgotten, making a comeback in the 1990’s. You probably recognize it more recently from many classic 90’s movies. Creating a home that feels warm and cozy is a goal for all of us, but a craftsman home makes this extra easy.
There are four different kinds of craftsman style homes: Prairie, Mission, Four-Square and Bungalow. The bungalow style is the classic craftsman we all know and love. Usually they are made of wood or stone and have broad roofs. Their wide porches, supported by masonry or wood pillars, are perfect for summer lemonade sipping and fall porch swinging. Indoors, they feature many wood elements like built-in cabinets, wood floors and open beams. They also usually boast a grand fireplace which is a major selling point for those who live in areas with inclement winters. Whether the bungalow is big or small, it’s history and individuality will make it the perfect family home.
Many craftsman fireplaces are flanked by some kinds of built-in. Bookshelves, cabinets, whatever the case, you can really play up the whole wall and help
Wood trim is a major highlight in lots of craftsman homes. So it makes sense that you would take that beautiful woodwork all the way up and cover the ceiling with it. It it’s not already a feature in your home, it should be.
While you’re painting, you might as well keep on with that paint brush. Once you’ve finished the trim, you have our permission to
Windows can be a sore spot for old home owners. On the one hand, windows are expensive and likely to be frugally chosen. On the other, a craftsman home isn’t the same without it’s unique windows. If you’re replacing yours, consider carefully how your home will look without the extra panes.
Oh for a pair of built-in benches. Some might see them as inconvenient but when used correctly, they can add depth to a room, not to mention extra seating. If your craftsman doesn’t have them already, consider adding them to your fireplace.
Is your living room
Let’s not forget about the ceiling. If you have a
Of course some might want the height of the room rather than low beams. Rather than taking them out completely, paint them white so they’ll blend in against your ceiling. Saves you money and your home’s character.
Wanting to combine your craftsman home with your farmhouse style? Go ahead and
A classic craftsman kitchen is bound to hold two things;
Paying close attention to your lighting options is essential in such a warm woody space. Hanging sconces help you get the light where you want it instead of trying to light up the entire room at the same time.
While we’re talking about the ceiling, let’s focus on those gorgeous beams for a minute. When you already have them in your living room, it makes sense to continue them into the kitchen for that rustic look.
Sometimes all we need is a subtle flair of personality to bring a space to life. Look to the floor and paint a fun pattern around the perimeter, just because. Bonus points if you stain it into the wood instead.
It’s pretty amazing what a good set of cabinetry hardware can do when you’re wanting to blend two styles together.
Is all that wood a little too much for you? That’s okay. It’s your house so paint those cabinets a creamy white that makes you happy. You’ll still keep all the architectural glory, just in a lighter color.
While many craftsman kitchens are well equipped with cabinet storage, it’s not a crime to add some
Big families all require more space. If your family is finding it hard to fit into your kitchen, consider opening it up to your other living areas and adding a large island. Suddenly your craftsman kitchen will be a space where the whole family can enjoy being together.
When you’re wanting more space on a budget, it requires some creative thinking. Like moving your
Don’t think that just because you live in a craftsman house you have to continue with the craftsman style completely. Paint your cabinets, replace doors and lighting, do whatever you need to do to make your craftsman kitchen a space you will truly enjoy.
If you’re really squished into your little craftsman bedroom, consider opening the ceiling to the roofing beams above. As long as your home’s climate doesn’t get too hot in the summer months, your space should stay comfortable even without the extra padding.
Let’s not forget about storage. When you live in an old craftsman home, you might need to add a
Every so often, a craftsman
Like the downstairs rooms sometimes, an authentic craftsman can have small bedrooms that don’t quite fit all our modern day furniture. Don’t be hesitant to tear into the next door bedroom for that extra space if need be.
It’s a general rule in an old house that as long as you’re keeping the unique aspects like old window frames, wide trim and squeaky doors, you can do just about whatever you want. So when you
Be ready to have a multipurpose craftsman bedroom. If you have a great view from a wall of windows, you won’t find a better place to put your desk or craft table. Don’t be afraid to mix the room’s purposes when you get to overlook a valley or lake.
Shiplap in the bedroom? You’ve
Bushes are fun landscaping options mainly because certain kinds are so versatile. Especially the ones that you can shape yourself. Let yours grow a little bigger than average to
Want your beds to make a real statement on the block? Plant a tree by the porch. Not a very large one but something that will help give your view more height and interest.
When you have large landscaping beds and not a lot of time to care for them, it’s time to
Of course when you have the green thumb and love to be out in your garden, by all means, make your beds even bigger!
You might think that little bushes have no place in the yard of your stately craftsman home. You can however use them as a neat and tidy border rather than putting up a fence.
Who doesn’t love a large flourishing rosebush? By filling your flower beds with them, you can get away with tending only roses instead of needing three or four kinds of plants to round it out.
Looking for a opposite yet complimentary kind of landscaping? Try something that’s
Don’t forget to add layers for dimension. Even if all your plants are green, choosing them in different heights will give your beds a professional look, even if you have no idea what you’re doing.
If your house is set high up with a
However, if you’re not into the stair step idea and would rather have a lawn, consider raising the entire lawn to match the front of your house. It might be a little pricey, but you give yourself a little more privacy in the process.
What good is landscaping if it only makes one side of your house look nice? If your craftsman home offers all the opportunity for wrap around landscaping, take it! Your house will only look better from all angles which is never a bad thing.
Newer built craftsman homes need to be careful with landscaping. It’s tempting to make your beds on the size of your bushes now, however when they grow they will be completely crammed together. Give your plants room to breathe!
Is your craftsman sidewalk plain and boring? Then by all means, tear it out and start again. Add some
Stone is another great option for a
Many don’t care quite so much about landscaping as they do about entertaining space. Use your budget to install a
Last but certainly not least, think long and hard about your front door. When the rest of your home is old and wizened, it can help freshen the place up to paint your front door a bright fresh color. Something that whispers of your own personality and your family. It’s the perfect welcome on any craftsman front porch.