The Basics of Craftsman Style
Learn more about the grand -- yet simple -- style of Craftsman design.
The architectural style termed "Craftsman" came into existence in the United States around 1905. Two brothers, Charles and Henry Greene, were homebuilders in Pasadena, California from 1893 to 1914. In 1903 they developed their own style, which soon came to be known as "Craftsman" or "Craftsman bungalow." The style became quite popular and lasted into the early 1930s.
Though Craftsman designs vary, they were typified by low-pitched roofs, usually gable style, with wide unenclosed eave overhangs. The roof rafters were typically exposed. Under the gables, heavy beams and braces were often added as a decorative element. Craftsman porches were also distinctive with tapered square columns, often made of field stone or stucco, accentuating the sturdy design. Inside a craftsman, elegant woodwork is typically displayed throughout. Its construction is usually wide, flat and solid-looking, making a statement of grand yet simple detail. Another characteristic feature was built-in cabinetry, including the distinctive butler's pantry.