Craftsman Style

Craftsman style homes were ideally suited for California’s mild year-round climate and obtained an open floor plan and an earth-hugging horizontal profile. These homes were typically a one – to two – story building with low-pitched, gabled roof (occasionally hipped) with wide, unenclosed eave overhangs. The roof rafters are usually exposed, decorative beams or braces commonly added under gables, full or partial width porches with roof supported by tapered square columns. The columns and/or pedestals frequently extend to ground level.

Roofing
  • Either steeply/low pitched roofs
  • Typically gabled roof
  • Oriented the same direction

Materials

  • Typically asphalt shingled roof
Materials
  • Typically stucco finish
  • Stone Veneer
  • Wood Cladding

Colors:

  • Light earth tone
Doors
  • Rectangular
  • Wooden
  • Small rows of windows on top half of door
  • Decorative dentals
Windows
  • Typically double-hung
  • Multiple lights on upper half
  • Single pane on lower half
  • Wood surround

Shutters

  • Stained
  • Wooden shutters
  • Board-n-batten shutters
  • Small wrought iron details

Colors:

  • Brown natural colors
  • Bright and contrasting colors
Porch
  • Large covered from porch
  • Massive battered columns
  • Exposed wooden structural elements
Columns
  • Tapered columns
  • Brick/stone veneer
Dormers
  • Typically gabled
  • Shed
  • Hipped
  • Extended rafters
Eave Details
  • Broad and deep eaves
  • Exposed rafters
  • Decorative molding
  • Tongue and groove
  • Match existing color
  • Standard fascia
Chimneys
  • Typically stucco finish
  • Stone veneer
  • Rectangular chimney cap
Gutters & Downspouts
  • Made of pre-weathered zinc
  • Copper or painted metal
  • Gutter profile is typically half round
  • Decorative k-style gutter
  • Occasionally placed on porch columns
Railings
  • Simple wood railing
  • Rectangular
  • Typically painted white
Trim
  • Typically thick wood trim
  • Mostly white or contrasting color

For a guide on type, style, details, and general design of Craftsman Style homes please view Pattern Book. The Pattern Book is only a guide and may change as construction proceeds.