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Design Features of a Craftsman Style Home

Tuesday October 22nd, 2019
Craftsman style homes are crafted and  designed homes that focus on the beauty and dignity of handcrafted  products. They are known for their originality, simplicity, local and  natural touches, and beautifully visible handmade design. To easily  identify this type of house, you have to be familiar with what makes a  Craftsman style home.

What Is Craftsman Interior Design?

A traditional Craftsman interior will  look a bit different from a more modern style. While it still has  similar elements and focuses, Craftsman style interiors highlight the  handcrafted features. Here are a few elements to keep an eye out for  when trying to decide if you’re seeing Craftsman interior design.
(From Artisan Hardware Instagram)

Focal Fireplace

A fireplace that is the center of  attention in a major living room is a key part of a Craftsman home. The  living room will be adjacent to the entry and will share some sort of  connection in style and feel to the porch. In modern Craftsman interior  design, the fireplace might be gas-powered, but it still creates a  central focal point in the living space.
The fireplace is also an element for  local style and design to enter into the home. Typically the fireplace  will include wood paneling or stonework that is from a regional quarry  or forest.
living room with woodwork


An essential part of a Craftsman home  is displaying and using handcrafted elements. Wood paneling, hardwood  floors, exposed wood beams, and even wooden window casings are elements  that are typically used.
Throughout the interior of the home,  these wooden elements are similar in color and design, and in the best  case are local to the area where the house was built. Using oak or cedar  from a nearby forest is preferred to importing.
Kitchen with wood cabinets

Built-in Cabinetry

Built-in wood cabinets and  bookshelves are a staple in a Craftsman interior design. These cabinets  will typically have visible joints in them, and be lightly finished so  you are still able to see the skill and talent needed in creating them.
Craftsman style living room with natural light

Natural Light

Craftsman interior design includes  large and plentiful windows. Every room is lit by natural light, and  there is little to no window dressings to take away from or cover it.
As part of the natural light, most  windows will be in window casings. Window casings are typically wood  molding that trims the window, treating it almost like a picture frame.  As with all other elements in a Craftsman home, these will typically be  made by hand and from local materials and should match the other wood  elements that are found in the room to produce a cohesive theme.
(From Artisan Hardware Instagram)


Another key part of a Craftsman style  interior design is the entry space. This area of the home acts as a  buffer from the outside world. It is a place to hang up coats, take off  snow-covered boots, and greet guests.
(From Artisan Hardware Instagram)

Handmade Design

The biggest part of Craftsman style  is highlighting and showcasing elements of your home that are designed  and made by hand. This can include things like a Craftsman style sliding barn door.  By including a barn door, you are able to quickly infuse a room with a  focal point that is based in a rustic handmade design. When picking a style for your interior design, Craftsman is one that can encompass everything from a modern farmhouse to a more rustic design.  

What is Craftsman Exterior Design?

The exterior of a Craftsman style  home is almost as important as the interior. A Craftsman style interior  design celebrates the area the home is built in and encourages the  outside of the home to be an extension of the interior. Much like the  interior design, handcrafted elements are highlighted in the exterior  design.
Here are a few elements to look for when determining if a home has a Craftsman exterior design.
Craftsman style home with a large porch

Large Porch

A staple to Craftsman exterior design  is a large porch. The covered porch can be an area by the front door to  the house, but it is not uncommon for it to extend around the side of  the home as well.  
The porch isn’t just an entrance in a  Craftsman style home, it is part of the living space. Frequently there  will be chairs, swings, and toys if there are kids around. The porch is  considered the first room in the home and should be used as a living  space.
The front porch is also the  introduction to the interior style and feel of the home. Similar paint  colors, wood stains, and even woodworking styles that are used in the  porch area will continue into the interior.
Large porch with rocking chairs

Support Posts

With large covered porches, the  Craftsman style also includes large tapered beams. These beams can be  either in local stonework or wood, and are made to support the overhang  that is covering the porch.
Sometimes these support posts are pillars or bars, but the most typical form is tapered posts.
Home with dormer windows

Dormer Window

Dormer windows can vary in size and  shape, and are found on the sloped side of a roof. When you look at a  dormer window, it juts outward from the roof and has a little roof of  its own.
These windows are not just a  stylistic addition to the home, but change the interior design of a  room. They add natural light to a room or attic which fits in nicely  with the overall feel of the home.
While these are a popular design addition for Craftsman homes, it is not a necessity of the style.
Porch with exposed beams

Exposed Beams

When you think Craftsman style homes,  you need to only think of a home that showcases the effort and skill  required to build it. Exposed beams show off the craftsmanship needed to  create them, and are generally visible under the large eaves.

Large Eaves

Eaves are the edges of a roof that  overhangs the wall. The extended eave provides shade for the windows,  which is needed to match the interior design around the typically  undressed windows.
Eaves also work as protection from  rain and snow. Without eaves, rain and snow will fall down the side of  the house, which can lead to a damaged foundation and flooding.
Roof of home

Hipped or Gabled Roofs

There are two main options for the  roof of a Craftsman style home. Typically, this style of home is going  to have a hipped or gabled roof.
A gabled roof is when there are only  two slopes on the house that come up to a central line in the middle of  the home. The easiest way to imagine this is if you fold a piece of  paper in half, and then use that folded paper as the roof of the home.
A hipped roof is similar to a gabled  roof, but instead of only two sides of the home having slopes, all four  sides are sloped. If the four slopes meet in a point, it’s a pyramid hip  roof, but if they do not, it’s a simple hip roof.  
Whether you are looking into a new  build or simply want to incorporate a few Craftsman style interior  design touches to your current home, a Craftsman home will always be a  classic. Adding a craftsman style barn door can also enhance the modern  craftsman interior design of your home. Find the perfect craftsman style barn door today and kick your craftsman style off on the right foot. 
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