Understanding Craftsman Style House Plans
Structures built using craftsman home plans have several things that define them. The truth is that they are not even hard to identify because of their uniqueness and beauty. This is despite the fact that they incorporate simplicity all the way.
They are perfect examples of how something can be simple and yet captivating. So, people who want to do away with opulent design and focus on natural beauty should consider this architectural style. There is so much it has to offer.
Houses built with craftsman home plans have several important interior and exterior features. Let us go over some of them starting with some of its unique interior features.
Strategically Positioned Fireplace
The traditional craftsman style as we have come to know always has a fireplace. But this interior feature is there more than just to provide warmth. It contributes a lot to the overall good looks of the interior. What you would notice is that it is a distinct focal point for the place designed as the living room.
A Porch Linked to the Living Room
The idea of a craftsman house plan that does not have a porch is unusual and odd. But more than having a porch, this important part of the plan is closely linked with the living room. Unless you want something totally different from the norm, this is a common feature with this plan.
The whole idea is to have something that makes outdoor-indoor living easy. If this is a feature you appreciate and will want to have, then make sure your plan includes it.
This is one of the extraordinary interior features of many craftsman houses. The structural plan does not leave the decision on how to integrate bookcases or shelves to the interior designers. Although the interior designer can add extra touches, the plan does a lot in this regard. In recent times, the portion used for bookcases has also been used to store and/or showcase artwork. However, the highlight here is that it has built-in portions and this makes the room look amazing.
Built-In Reading Nooks and Dens
The last point explained how the interior makes room for bookcases using built-in features. Well, other things are also incorporated using built-in features. Reading nooks, chairs, and dens are typical examples of these. You should also not be surprised to see drawers underneath the seats integrated with built-in features.
Designated Dining Area
There are architectural styles that don’t promote the need for a dining area. Some of them just add a dining portion to the kitchen to save space or for other reasons. Well, the traditional craftsman style is not this way. It has a portion of the building designated as the dining area. You should also know that this part is carefully designed and constructed.
For instance, it is common to have windows, beadboard, or wainscoting in the dining area. So, you should make sure your plan makes room for this if you want to maintain the traditional craftsman style.
Extensive Use of Natural Materials
The movement that led to this style was hinged on the need to make good use of natural materials. Other than making extensive use of natural materials, it is not usual to have these materials showcased. For instance, the wooden ceiling beams are glaring for all to see. This has a way of adding to the beauty of the place.
We have gone over some interior features of this style. Some exterior ones are briefly listed below:
- The use of single but protruding dormers
- Pillars that line the entrance of the house
- The use of separate glass panes of windows (that are double hanging)
- A front porch that is covered
- The use of eaves that is wide and overhanging
- The exposure of rafters right under the building’s eves
- Rooflines that are low-pitched