The Craftsman home (1905-1930) is an American style home with British origins that began in the 1860s. It developed as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution. It was a time of huge profits at the expense of workers and skilled craftsman. When the style took root in the U.S., it was also coupled with the end of the passé, overly-ornate Victorian era. The home style stresses simplicity, the use of locally-sourced building materials and handcrafted elements.
Craftsman style homes are one of the most dominant styles on the Eastside. You can find vintage beauties with original dark moldings and built-ins and Craftsman homes with modern updates. Modern elements can be easily incorporated because of the home’s timeless clean lines and open floor plans.
Craftsman homes are characterized by:
Wide eaves above a porch with square or round columns
Natural construction materials like wood and rock
Traditionally exposed roof rafters
Built-in cabinets, nooks, seating, and shelving
Stained glass windows
Open floor plans
Dark wood wainscoting and moldings