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Craftsman Homes: Ideal American Style

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If you’re searching for an architectural style that displays a uniquely American look, a Craftsman-style home may be the ideal home for you. Sometimes called “prairie homes” in the Midwest, the design of this type of home is unique in many ways.

The Craftsman home was a revolution in American architectural design. Houses of this style were predominantly built from the early 1900s through the 1930s. In the latter part of the 20th century, the Craftsman style became popular again, with many older homes being restored and new replicas being built.

Many Craftsman-style homes share external design similarities. In the modern Craftsman bungalow, one will often note the large picture windows and generous front porches that are typical of these homes. One such home in the Sater Design Collection is the “Whisperwood”, a traditional Craftsman-styled plan, with 2137 square feet of living area that offers great warmth and livability.

Whisperwood-Front Elevation-Plan #6844

Some traditional interior touches in Craftsman homes include chair and picture railings and intricate crown moldings in warm wood tones. Open, airy floor plans with few hallways and lots of windows to let in the light are also features of a Craftsman home. Most homes will also feature a prominent fireplace, the symbol of “hearth and home” in the Arts and Crafts movement.

Many Craftsman homes are custom and don’t fit a particular style. Houses in the original Craftsman style typically have a low, gentle sloping roof, although some have attics and dormers. Craftsman or prairie-style homes typically will have built-in cabinets and shelving, and exposed beams used as decorative elements.

Today’s Craftsman house plans are classic, but with modern conveniences. One such new design is our “Prairie Pine Court” plan, a modern translation of a Prairie-styled farmhouse.

Prairie Pine Court-Front Elevation-plan #7083

Are you in love with the Craftsman style but don’t see the perfect plan for you? Sater Design can put your dreams in action and create a custom plan specifically for you. Contact us today!

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