Craftsman-style homes are known for their horizontal lines, exposed corbels and rafters and low-pitched gable roofs that extend beyond the exterior walls. The term 'Craftsman' was derived from a magazine by the same name published at the turn of the 20th century by an influential furniture maker, Gustav Stickley, who was inspired by Britain’s Arts & Crafts movement. He began to design Craftsman-style homes to fit the furniture he was making.
Before: Blue Cottage
This 1913 Arts & Crafts bungalow has great bones, but it's a bit run-down, including the neglected landscaping. The closed-in porch doesn't match the rest of the neighborhood's open porches, plus it makes the home appear smaller than it is.
After: Blue (No More!) Cottage
Brett Waterman painted the bungalow a rich, neutral green with darker green trim to reflect the style of the home. The team reused stones to create gate pillars to match the home's foundation. Traditional Craftsman-style lighting adorns the tops of the stone pillars leading to the newly opened front porch.
Before: Could-Be-Cute Cottage
This modest 1918 cottage home was very well maintained, and the owner had taken steps to restore it, including the front porch. Some of the improvements, however, didn't really have that true Arts & Crafts vibe.
After: Now-a-Very-Cute Cottage
Dark gray paint transformed this home back to its authentic style. Brett found period-specific tapered columns for the porch, which were saved from a Craftsman home in the same town. He also added railings to finish off the porch and add another architectural feature.
Before: Red & Blue Bungalow
This 1913 Craftsman bungalow has a beautiful porch and gorgeous lines, but the light blue and dark red color scheme are all wrong for the style of the home.
After: (Was a) Red & Blue Bungalow
Now painted in colors that match the historic Craftsman-style, this home looks like it did when it was built. Brett wasn't able to strip the red paint from the brick foundation, so he covered it in brick-colored paint so it looks natural. If you look closely, you can see that the same brick tone was used on the home's window trim. Fresh landscaping helps spruce up the entry and add tons of curb appeal.
Before: Undefined Farmhouse
Before restoration, this 1910 board-and-batten cottage didn't have a clear design style or personality. It needed an architectural makeover to bring it back to life.
After: Clearly Defined Farmhouse
After Brett's restoration, this home checks every box of Craftsman style. The porch that was closed-in decades prior is now open to the fresh air. New posts and corbels hold the extended exposed-rafter roofline, and the front door was moved to the original location when the home was built. A fresh color palette and landscaping bring color and warmth to the inviting entry.
Before: Pink Bungalow
This 1922 Craftsman home was known as "the pink house" before the restoration. The aluminum siding and the white metalwork on the door are far off from the original style of the home.
After: (Former!) Pink Bungalow
The restoration revealed a beautiful Craftsman home true to its architectural character. Brett and his team removed the pink aluminum siding to find the original siding underneath was in great shape. They stripped the paint off of the brick and used a two-tone color scheme indicative of the home's original style.
Before: Overgrown Victorian Craftsman
Because of the overgrown bushes and trees, it might be hard to tell that this home is a mix of Victorian and Craftsman architecture. Brett needs to peel the layers back to reveal the home's character.
After: Manicured Victorian Craftsman
Although this Victorian bungalow is small — 900 square feet — the restoration project was huge. Brett restored the exterior by replacing some rotten siding, which he had milled to match the original. He painted the home two tones of gray with dark red trim. and with the large bushes and trees gone, the porch is now open, making this home appear larger and more inviting.
Before: Wrongly Fenced Cottage
Brett Waterman meets with homeowners before the restoration of their 1911 Craftsman home to discuss some key issues: the fence doesn't match the house at all and the overgrown landscape covers the house, rather than complementing it.
After: Prettily Fenced Cottage
One feature of Craftsman-style homes is blending natural materials like wood and stone. Brett's restoration of this house fits that box perfectly. Along with the natural paint colors, the iron fence was removed to make way for a concrete fence that looks like wood. Now that you can see the house, the stonework shines through, and the fresh landscaping transports the home into nature.