Appearing in the late 19th century, the Craftsman style is always at the top among the most famous home styles in America. So what makes this style popular? Find out right here on this blog.


The Craftsman house was first built by the middle-class, then now becomes the popular home of single, small or medium-sized families. These houses are relatively small in size, usually square in shape, and only 1-2 stories high. The roof and front porch is a conspicuous feature that you will discover in more detail below.

Although Craftsman home style originated in the 19th century, it embraced timeless beauty until the present.

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The Craftsman style emphasizes the harmony of natural materials and the aesthetics of handicrafts. Therefore, the main materials will come from nature, such as wood, brick, stone, and rough mortar. Classic style likes to feature earth tones such as brown, dark green, or red. Today, to keep up with modern trends, the Craftsman house is bolder with a rainbow of colors. In addition, this style prioritizes durability and space integration.


Awnings with low ledges

Looking in from the outside, you can recognize the Craftsman house with a height of one to one and a half stories, the eaves protruding beyond the norm. They are supported by characteristic small, tapered columns. These small columns ensure the house stands up to the bad weather but still ensure the elegant aesthetic of the house.

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An open and wide porch

Next is the large porch, with an open view, which creates a charm for the house. In the eaves, there is often a bench for people to sit and enjoy the view. In addition, a few potted plants will be added to increase the naturalness and intimacy of the house. You will feel invited to explore the inside when you see these porches.

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In addition, exteriors are usually painted wood siding or shingles with stone or stucco accents. More than ever, these home-style surroundings focus on connecting with nature. That’s why you will see many trees planted around.

Handcrafted details

Back in time in the mid-19th century, when craftsmen were largely replaced by machines, the Arts and Crafts movement emerged from Britain as a counter-strike against the industrial revolution at the time. This movement was embodied by English art critic John Ruskin and British designer William Morris in decorative arts, fabrics, furniture, handmade books, and home designs.

After spreading to the United States in the late 19th century, the works of the Arts and Crafts movement were mostly houses. It is then modified to suit the characteristics of each locality.

Besides the above-mentioned crafted exteriors, you can find unique craftsmanship in carved nooks, kitchen cabinets, and wooden dining tables.

Grand Fireplace

The fireplace will be placed in the middle of the living area as a focal point for the house. When it resonates with the low ceiling, it will help retain heat for the house, increasing the feeling of coziness. If there is a second story, people may add another fireplace in the largest bedroom.

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Classic Craftsman homes are relatively modest in size, but for the convenience of residents, the modern style would like to add built-in spaces like benches, bookshelves, cabinets, and window seats. In part, the built-ins will help overcome the disadvantages of the Craftsman home style with less room for storage.


The popularity of the Craftsman style undoubtedly comes from its timeless value. The Craftsman house is almost made from nature, ensuring stability in any weather. Besides focusing on functionality, the Craftsman style pays attention to aesthetics in detail.

A Craftsman home ensures aesthetics, convenience, and solidity over the years. That's all you need for a home!