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Features of a Craftsman Home by Paula Taylor

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 10:47am Paula Taylor


What Makes a Craftsman a Craftsman?

Craftsman homes were designed for the working-class family. So they needed to be functional and with low maintenance costs. Essentially, the competence of a Craftsman home is its functionality. See below for some of the more common features will hope you identify a true Craftsman:

  • Front doors with thick glass panes on the upper third part of the door

  • Windows in four-over-one, or six-over-one configuration

  • Large front porches or a front porch beneath the extended main roof

  • Front door

  • Low pitch roof lines, gabled or hipped roofs and deeply overhanging eaves

  • Exposed rafters or decorative brackets under the eaves showing off the handiwork that went into the design

  • My favorite is the tapered, square columns supporting the roof. These columns are typically short and rest on huge stone or brick piers

  • Built-in cabinetry and wood elements

  • Hand-crafted stone or woodwork, use of mixed materials

  • Porches made of stone

  • Foundations made of stone or a combination of brick, concrete and stucco

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