Craftsman Home Plans: A Brief History

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Craftsman Home Plans - With A Green Touch

The Craftsman home plan became the preferred style for smaller houses built throughout the United States from about 1905 until the early 1920s. Soon the word "Craftsman" came to mean any house that expressed the Arts and Crafts style.

The Arts and Crafts movement was a late 19th-century British movement to revive handicrafts and excellent workmanship in an era of rapid mass industrialization. The Architectural Arts and Crafts movement sought a spiritual connection with the surrounding environment, both natural and manmade.

In the first few years of the 20th century, the California architectural firm of Greene and Greene, who were students of the Art & Crafts movement, designed what would later be known as Craftsman-style architecture.

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Attention to Detail

The Craftsman home plan quickly spread from its Southern Californian roots throughout the country through pattern books, popular magazines and even mail order house catalogs.

With the gaining popularity, the one-story Craftsman house quickly became the most popular and fashionable smaller house style in the country. Today, the craftsman style and its associated Bungalow & Cottage variations is enjoying a new resurgence across the United States.

Craftsman Home Plans: Characteristics and Defining Features:

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Defining Features

The Craftsman Home Plan style is defined by its low-pitched gabled roofs with broad eaves, large front porches, and exposed wooden structural elements. Houses were typically 1-1½ stories and of wood construction.

What is most identifiable with almost all Craftsman home plans is the return to a simpler, less excessive style which in turn leads to a healthier, more comfortable and productive home and lifestyle. It is a plan designed to be highly functional, with a greater degree of craftsmanship along with the incorporation of natural materials. The Craftsman Plan Style is also distinguished by its many fine details and excellent workmanship.

The Typical Craftsman Home Usually Has The Following Features:

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Natural Characteristics of a Craftsman Home Plan:

Because the Craftsman home plans we feature are based on the use of natural materials, functional use of space and a greater attention to detail and craftsmanship, they fit perfectly into the definition of a green home. Some of the features that are commonly used in the Craftsman home plans are also popular elements in a green home plan.

These common features include:

  • Properly placed windows for natural daylighting and ventilation
  • Indoor and outdoor living spaces that are naturally woven together for convenience and functionality.
  • An inviting front porch that also serves as a covered and protected entry from the elements of weather.
  • The use of high quality exterior material such as brick and stone.
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    Craftsman Home Plans - The Plan Room:

    Since the craftsman home has many qualities that make them a perfect fit for a Green Home Design, we have included an extensive selection of these plans in our Plan Room.

    To visit the Green Home Source Plan catalog, click on the "Green Home Plan Catalog" box near the top of the page, or simply click HERE.

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