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Features Include:

  • Low-pitched rooflines, gabled or hipped roof
  • Deeply overhanging eaves
  • Exposed rafters or decorative brackets under eaves
  • Front porch beneath extension of main roof
  • Tapered-square, thick or round columns supporting roof w/stone porch supports
  • 4-over-1 or 6-over-1 double-hung windows, some w/stained or leaded glass
  • Handcrafted stone or woodwork
  • Mixed materials throughout structure, typically wood, stone, or stucco siding
  • Exterior chimney made with stone
  • Open floor plans; few hallways
  • Beamed ceilings
  • Dark wood wainscoting and moldings
  • Built-in cabinets, shelves, and seating
  • Often have unfinished but usable attic space

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Arts and Crafts History:

During the 1880s, John RuskinWilliam MorrisPhilip Webb, and other English designers and thinkers launched the Arts and Crafts Movement, which celebrated handicrafts and encouraged the use of simple forms and natural materials (the grain of oak, for example) over Victorian-era excesses. In the United States, two California architects, Greene and Greene, spurned machine-made products and began to design houses that combined Arts and Crafts ideas with a fascination for the simple wooden architecture of China and Japan.

The name "Craftsman" comes from the title of a popular magazine published by the famous furniture designer, Gustav Stickley, between 1901 and 1916. A true Craftsman house is one that is built according to plans published in Stickley's magazine. But other magazines, pattern books, and mail order house catalogs began to publish plans for houses with Craftsman-like details. Soon the word "Craftsman" came to mean any house that expressed Arts and Crafts ideals, most especially the simple, economical, and extremely popular Bungalow. The style also grew out of Frank Lloyd Wright's work in the Prairie style at the turn of the 20th century.

Craftsman Styles:

A Craftsman house is often a Bungalow, but many other styles can have Arts and Crafts, or Craftsman, features. 


McAlester, Virginia and Lee. A Field Guide To American Houses. New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1984.
“House Styles, Picture Dictionary of Houses in North America and Beyond” About .com. Mar 1 2013 <>
Architectural Style Wikipedia. Mar 1 2013. <>
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Mark Smith

Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and my design company is located in Stevensville, Michigan where I reside with my wife and two children. 


Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and I reside in Stevensville, Michigan my wife and two children. I have been interested in Architecture since my boyhood days; however, because of my families business—a lumberyard—I never really got a chance to pursue my dream until later in my career. Read more...


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