Saturday, October 15, 2011

Craftsman Education

I am very excited to give you a tour of some of my favorite inspiration photos of Craftsman homes. I have been collecting favorites for a few years now, some from Google and some from drives around town. In looking at these homes you can see we took a lot of inspiration from them and translated it into our soon to be home.

Now I am not an expert in Craftsman-ology (yes, you read that correctly). I am just a gal who looks at WAAAAYY too many Craftsman houses online.

This home features a bold red and beautiful stone work across the front of the house. This Craftsman home was a whimsical feel with the fun colors and the nice use of different materials on the exterior of the house.

This home was in a nearby subdivision where almost all the homes have a Craftsman vibe. This one doesn't have the typical low pitched roof of most craftsman's but it does try to echo some of the great Arts & Crafts features like the roof overhangs (I love the overhang over the garage door) and the cedar shakes.

This house may be a slight stretch for a crafstman but it does have tapered front porch columns and nice shake details on the second floor. I don't know if Craftsmans have third floor window dormers, might have to Google that.

This home was in the same neighborhood of homes that our builder built. This Craftsman home has deep over hangs on the roof and beautiful wood gables. It almost has an alpine-swiss feel with the roof line on the garage

This one has been one of my favorites for a long time. This home is like the love child of a Colonial house and a Craftsman and I love it. The blue-grey siding was our original choice and I love the white trim and stacked stone columns.

This house is only a 10 minute drive from our house and we fell in love with the red! We had been wanting tan shakes for our second story as well so it was nice to see this colors together on a real live home. This home also has prarie style windows throughout.

I have no clue where this home is located at but I could see it fitting in nicely with all the cute bungalows in Seattle, Washington. That punch of red against the grey siding is so fun! I have always had dreams of a red front door

This has a Craftsman look but feels a little more commericalized. It is no doubt beautiful but its not my favorite. Perhaps if the columns were tapered I would drool over it a bit more.

This home has gorgeous wood work on the carriage style garage doors that match the front door and the shutters. I also like the colors on this home, the smoky grey with the warmth of the wood tones.

This cute home is covered in cedar shakes! I love the walk out second floor balcony and solar panel on the roof but I would not want the upkeep of all those shakes.

This house I would call a Prarie style. It features a lower pitched roof but that same attention to details you find in Craftsmans. The front door on this one is amazing! It has tapered trim and a large header piece that frames it out nicely.

This home is also nearby to us in a subdivision. This house seems dabble in the Craftsman awesome-ness but doesn't quite make it. Maybe its the boring color or the squatty columns that turn me off.

The garages need to be represented now too! In a lot of Craftsman home the garage is detached but it still needs to feel like a part of the main house. This style is sometimes called an "Airplane" Craftsman because of the way the dormers come out the sides.

This was one of the first Craftsman house photos I saved to my computer, such memories. I like the front porch and cedar shakes but I have never been a fan of the attached garage on the front, it just takes too much emphasis away the house.

This home is near Midland, MI and it was our deciding factor in having our siding red. We drove by and I swear we both got a little teary-eyed. We just had to pull over a take photos of it. We don't like the stone choice for the front columns (more of a flagstone) but we loved the white trim on the sides and around the windows.

And finally the tour ends with our partially finished Craftsman Cutie. She may not be perfect yet but she is well on her way.

And for those of you that were counting. I said the word "Craftsman" 15 times in one post. Yes, I like me some Craftsman houses, well now that makes it 16 times!


  1. I share your love of craftsman homes. Your house is going to be beautiful. It is worth all the dreaming that s girls do to get it "just right." Enjoy your home!

  2. So many gratuitous gables! And very steep, sharp and Victorian. What I love about Craftsman homes are the ethos behind the original movement - simplicity and pride of handmade craftsmanship. The sad thing about the modern Craftsman revival is that it has stripped away those most important parts of the A&C design. I'm in the process of building a home from The Bungalow Company, but I was so tempted to hunt down those old Sears kit plans lol. I will say that your home looks aboalitely charming though, and a perfect example of where the modern Craftsman revival should be going. Very nice job.

    1. Thank you x 1000 for the lovely comment! We love the arts and crafts movement as well and the care in craftsmanship. We really tried to take the time to get the details right in the house. Love the plans offered by the bungalow company! Good luck on the new house! I would love to see photos of your craftsman home when you are done.

  3. I stumbled upon your blog while I was searching for houses. So fun! Love your house and everything you post. Was wondering if you remember where you found the picture of the house that has the shakes and black siding, with the dormer on the 3rd floor? I love that house and was hoping there was a site that went with it.

  4. I love your home!! I too am a lover of the craftsman style. I'm curious as to where your plans are from?! Thank you!

  5. I love your home!! I too am a lover of the craftsman style. I'm curious as to where your plans are from?! Thank you!

    1. Thanks Janice! We created the plans ourselves so its a one of a kind! The layout it located on the top tab called "our house plans" back at the home page.