Craftsman Home Plans

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Chances are that you're already familiar with the basics of Craftsman home plans--the clean lines, the informality, the efficient use of space. These plans depict a house for the average American, large enough to be livable, and small enough to be affordable, in a style that originated in southern California. Made popular by brother architects Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, who worked in Pasadena, they were in fact the most typical small house in the country built from about 1905 through about 1920. Craftsman houses are everywhere, along old highways and in little towns from California to Kansas to Florida to South Carolina to New Jersey.

An outgrowth of the Arts and Crafts movement, these comfortable and unpretentious homes--perhaps more colloquially known as bungalows--are once again in high demand. Among the especially distinctive features of Craftsman home plans are low-pitched gabled roofs, exposed roof rafters, and porches with tapered columns extending to ground level. Stone chimneys and gabled dormer windows are not uncommon, and style is understated.

If you're an architectural purist, you may well want to shop for an authentic Craftsman house. If you're lucky, you might find one built from the Sears blueprints in 1908 or 1909, for example, though you'll pay something more than the $1,500 the first owner did. It's worth bearing in mind, though, that you're not restricted to that.

Craftsman Home Plans in the 21st Century

Building a new house from blueprints drawn by architects with expertise in Craftsman home plans is an option you might not have considered. This approach combines period authenticity with modern conveniences and built-in code compliance. You settle on options and features beforehand, have stock plans tailored to your needs and special requests, and walk away with blueprints a builder can work with.

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