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12 Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

Craftsman House Plans for Raleigh NC Custom Homes

Craftsman homes continue to be one of the most popular design requests for Raleigh NC custom homes. Classic and contemporary craftsman homes have similar design features, such as: 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Architecture that emphasizes simple lines, but with detailed accents

Stone accents, especially on front porches

Decorative cross hatches on eaves

Square or horizontal rectangular windows



12 Ideas for a Craftsman exterior:

From traditional designs to exteriors with contemporary modifications, these Raleigh NC custom homes will give you exterior paint color ideas:  

Exterior Style #1: English Country Craftsman Exterior Paint Colors

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #2: Two Story Craftsman House Plans

This craftsman home includes tons of windows to take advantage of the wooded, acreage lot views. 

Craftsman ideas include: beams in the cross hatches, metal roof accents, stone accents, craftsman style wood and stone porch column, and white trim details. 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #3: Country Craftsman Estate

Although craftsman home exterior colors have historically emphasized complementary earth tones (you'll see several examples below), many contemporary Raleigh custom homes are starting to incorporate brighter and bolder exterior paint colors.

This version of The Horse Country Estate blends natural earth-colored stone accents with brown garage doors and trim, alongside earthy orange/brown tone siding.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #4: Urban Craftsman

Craftsman exteriors often incorporate natural materials, including stone siding and exposed wood details.

Historically, rafter tails were literally rafters that extended past the roof for structural support. Today, rafter tails are often added as decorative pieces designed to increase curb appeal by "exposing" more of the home structure. 

Below is an example of a subtle use of exposed rafter tails (added to accentuate the front porch roofline): 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #5: Traditional Craftsman

Complementary vertical and horizontal lines -- particularly in the roof peaks -- are common craftsman touches found in traditional exteriors.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #6: Craftsman Ranch

This ranch style (single level) craftsman home features a blend of earthy tones that reflect shades akin to fields and forests.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #7: Contemporary Mountain Craftsman

Check out the windows on this contemporary craftsman exterior. Square windows are more common on craftsman homes, as well as linear rectangle windows (like the ones located above the garage).

Note how wide and short -- rather than thin and tall -- several of these windows are:

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #8: Contemporary Craftsman

White and grey exteriors are popular contemporary color combinations. This home is equal parts urban contemporary and craftsman.

While round columns replace square tapered columns, stone bases blend in a touch of traditional craftsmanship.

Take a look inside this home to see more craftsman details in the floor plan layout, staircase design, and efficient use of space.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #9: Country Craftsman

Tapered square wood columns paired with stone bases are a staple for many traditional craftsman home exteriors. 

Deep eaves are another common arts and crafts touch.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #10: Cottage Craftsman

As a bungalow style home, this exterior emphasizes a contrast between dark brown finishes and neutral green siding. Stone column bases and steps lighten up the front porch.

A low pitch roof stands out as a common craftsman exterior design.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #11: French Country Craftsman

Dark red, a bold choice for a craftsman home, follows the French design of this craftsman home.

Another traditional French country home design addition is the non-symmetrical front with a single curved roofline accent.

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

Exterior Style #12: Hillside Craftsman

This Raleigh custom home highlights the craftsman trend of incorporating windows arranged in groups, often with a simple geometrical design. 

Craftsman House Plans | Craftsman Exterior Colors

 

More Info On Craftsman Style Homes and Floor Plans: 

- What is an Arts and Crafts home?

- Where to find Craftsman house plans

- 10 Popular Craftsman floor plans


Raleigh, North Carolina Craftsman Homes:

When building a custom home in North Carolina, you can choose which craftsman details you love, and which to leave out. For instance, craftsman floor plan elements include:

Limited hallways in the floor plan

1x4, 1x6, and 1x8 interior trim treatments

Built-in storage including bookshelves, cabinets, or niches

Staircases with (wood) square balusters and newell posts

What do you love about these popular home exterior styles, and what would you change? Tell us about your new home ideas -- click here to get started on building your new home



 

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10 Popular Exterior Styles [Craftsman House Plans]

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 09:05 AM

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Popular Craftsman Home Design in Raleigh NC

Craftsman home exteriors continue to be one of the most popular requests for new Raleigh custom homes. Some signature details can include combinations of:

  • Architecture that emphasizes simple lines
  • Stone accents, especially on front porches
  • Decorative cross hatches on eaves
  • Built-in storage including bookshelves, cabinets, or niches
  • Staircases with (wood) square balusters and newell posts
  • Square or horizontal rectangular windows
  • Limited hallways in the floor plan
  • 1x4, 1x6, and 1x8 interior trim treatments

See 10 ways to build a craftsman home exterior in the photo examples below.



10 Ways to Build a Craftsman Home:

From traditional designs to exteriors with contemporary modifications, these Raleigh custom homes emphasize craftsman design and building techniques. 

Exterior Style #1: Country Craftsman Estate

Although craftsman home exterior colors have historically emphasized complementary earth tones (you'll see several examples below), many contemporary Raleigh custom homes are starting to incorporate brighter and bolder exterior paint colors.

This version of The Horse Country Estate blends natural earth-colored stone accents with brown garage doors and trim, alongside earthy orange/brown tone siding.

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Exterior Style #2: Urban Craftsman

Craftsman exteriors often incorporate natural materials, including stone siding and exposed wood details.

Historically, rafter tails were literally rafters that extended past the roof for structural support. Today, rafter tails are often added as decorative pieces designed to increase curb appeal by "exposing" more of the home structure. 

Below is an example of a subtle use of exposed rafter tails (added to accentuate the front porch roofline): 

 

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Exterior Style #3: Traditional Craftsman

Complementary vertical and horizontal lines -- particularly in the roof peaks -- are common craftsman touches found in traditional exteriors.

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Exterior Style #4: Craftsman Ranch

This ranch style (single level) craftsman home features a blend of earthy tones that reflect shades akin to fields and forests.

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Exterior Style #5: Contemporary Mountain Craftsman

Check out the windows on this contemporary craftsman exterior. Square windows are more common on craftsman homes, as well as linear rectangle windows (like the ones located above the garage).

Note how wide and short -- rather than thin and tall -- several of these windows are:

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Exterior Style #6: Contemporary Craftsman

White and grey exteriors are popular contemporary color combinations. This home is equal parts urban contemporary and craftsman.

While round columns replace square tapered columns, stone bases blend in a touch of traditional craftsmanship.

Take a look inside this home to see more craftman details in the floor plan layout, staircase design, and efficient use of space.

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Exterior Style #7: Country Craftsman

Tapered square wood columns paired with stone bases are a staple for many traditional craftsman home exteriors. 

Deep eaves are another common arts and crafts touch.

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Exterior Style #8: Cottage Craftsman

As a bungalow style home, this exterior emphasizes a contrast between dark brown finishes and neutral green siding. Stone column bases and steps lighten up the front porch.

A low pitch roof stands out as a common craftsman exterior design.

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Exterior Style #9: French Country Craftsman

Dark red, a bold choice for a craftsman home, follows the French design of this craftsman home.

Another traditional French country home design addition is the non-symmetrical front with a single curved roofline accent.

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Exterior Style #10: Hillside Craftsman

This Raleigh custom home highlights the craftsman trend of incorporating windows arranged in groups, often with a simple geometrical design. 

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Raleigh, North Carolina Craftsman Homes:

When building a custom home in North Carolina, you can choose which craftsman details you love, and which to leave out.

What do you love about these popular home exterior styles, and what would you change? Tell us about your new home ideas -- click here to get started on building your new home.


 

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Floor Plans Similar to The Chalet Vert | Most Popular Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 05:02 AM

Most Popular Custom Home Floor Plans

Floor Plans Similar to The Chalet Vert

The Chalet Vert, a custom home design, is one of our most-requested floor plans.

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The Chalet Vert is a craftsman style custom home, designed with a two-island kitchen, two story living room with a stone fireplace that stretches to the ceiling, and tons of outdoor living space in the wrap-around porches.

 

 

Similar Craftsman Exteriors:

The Summerlake - Main floor master home

3,284 sq ft

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

Strong columns, a large front porch, and brick/stone accents add craftsman touches to this Frank Betz home exterior.

The Blueridge House - Main floor master home

2,783 sq ft

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

This Max Fulbright home design features stone accents, a rocking chair front porch, and dual columns with archways between. Custom Home Floor Plans | Raleigh Floor Plans

Similar floor plan

The Cove - Guest suite home

2,680 sq ft

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

This Stanton Homes home plan offers a similar layout to the Chalet Vert: a first floor guest suite, formal dining room, separate living room, large great room, and upstairs master suite.

You'll find similar elements in these custom home plan photo galleries:

The Chapel Ridge - 2,694 sq ft, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

The Shoal Creek - 2,765 sq ft, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms

The Brogan - 2,613 sq ft, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms

Wrap around front porch

Craftsman Front Porches | New Homes with a Porch

 

Here are a couple of home plans with similar wrap around front porches: 

The Hayfield - 3,155 sq ft

The Northbrook - 2,953 sq ft

How much does a front porch cost? Plan for your front porch with this cost break down.

 

 

 

Here are two more great articles for Raleigh Craftsman style homes: 

Top 10 Craftsman Features | NC Craftsman Home Ideas

Craftsman Style Homes | What does a Craftsman Home Look Like?

 

 

The Chalet Vert is copyright Frank Betz Associates, Inc. and Stanton Homes.

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Craftsman, Lake, Cottage Custom Home Plans | Max Fulbright Designs

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 13:11 PM

Craftsman, Lake, and Cottage Home Plans

by Max Fulbright Designs

Lakefront or mountain lot custom homes typically exude a relaxation appeal, and today's most popular designs meld that sense of comfort with understated elegance.

Here are three of the most popular, unique designs from custom home designer Max Fulbright, including craftsman, lake, and cottage styles.

Craftsman and Mountain House Plans

Craftsman, Lake, and Cottage Home Plans | Max Fulbright DesignsThe Asheville Mountain is a craftsman style house plan, perfect for a sloping lot.

The open layout invites mingling and an atmosphere for "hanging out."

A wrap-around rear porch with hexagon outcrop provides lots of space to sit and look at the views, with an outdoor fireplace that extends the season.

 

 

Craftsman, Lake, and Cottage Home Plans | Max Fulbright Designs

The Asheville Mountain Floor Plan:

Total Living Area:2,618 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4.5

Stories: 3

Style: Lake, Mountain, Craftsman

 

 

 

 

Lake and Waterfront House Plans

Craftsman, Lake, and Cottage Home Plans | Max Fulbright DesignsThe Banner Elkis a craftsman style lakefront house plan with a wraparound porch, tons of windows, and artistic Architectural details throughout.

The double deck capability lets your friends and family enjoy all that outdoors has to offer, with lots of space to spread out.

 


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Total Living Area:2,052 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3 1/2

Stories: 3

Style: Lakefront, Rustic, Craftsman

 

 

 

 

Cottage House Plans


Craftsman, Lake, and Cottage Home Plans | Max Fulbright Designs

The Acadia Mountain Cottage  takes advantage of an open layout and extensive porches that make this small home live large.  

The kitchen, dining area, and family room open up even further with vaulted space above.  The family room has a stone fireplace and access to the wraparound porches that enjoy views on two sides of the house.

 

Craftsman, Lake, and Cottage Home Plans | Max Fulbright Designs

 

 

Total Living Area:1,402 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3 1/2

Stories: 3

Style: Cottage, Rustic, Craftsman

This cottage house plan offers an optional basement that can be finished to include a recreation room, two bunk rooms, and a full bath.

 

 

Max Fulbright Designs is a family oriented home design business with over 25 years of experience.  

Max Fulbright Craftsman, Lake, or Cottage designs are unique, with great use of space and intriguing layouts. 

Browse more Max Fulbright plans here. 

Want to know how much it costs to build a Max Fulbright house plan in central North Carolina?  Request a full estimate here!

All photos, elevations, and floorplans pictured above are copyright Max Fulbright Designs Inc, all rights reserved.

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Craftsman Floor Plans | Where to Find Great Craftsman Style Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 @ 12:01 PM

How to Find Craftsman Style Floor Plans

Choosing a New Craftsman Style Home

Craftsman floor plans | Craftsman new homes in RaleighFirst, what is a Craftsman style home?  In the Raleigh area, a Craftsman style home usually evokes visions of stone accents or square, tapered front porch columns, exposed rafters or decorative brackets, low pitched rooflines with overhanging eaves, and deep covered porches.  Inside, Craftsman elements can include simpler trim styles, built in details, hardwood flooring, and lots of windows.

Here are some great places to browse Craftsman style floor plans:

Craftsman Floor Plans by Don Gardner

Donald A. Gardner has been designing great homes, including Craftsman style floor plans, since 1978.  This architectural firm is based in Greenville, SC.

Craftsman Floor Plans by Milwaukee Craftsman LLC

Some great, unique Craftsman floor plans that include well-planned use of space and lots of surprises.  The Sussex is one of my favorite plans on this site. 

Craftsman floor plans | Craftsman new homes in RaleighCraftsman Floor Plans by Designs for Living

This 1612 sq ft one story Craftsman style home includes many traditional elements.  You'll enjoy browsing these Craftsman style floor plans from this Oregon designer.

Craftsman Floor Plans by AVID Design Group

AVID Design Group is an NC based architectural firm, offering many different Craftsman style homes with more ornate rooflines and a liberal use of stone.  This 2678 sq ft one story Craftsman is an example of a more modern Craftsman home.  

Craftsman Floor Plans by Alan Mascord

This is one of my favorite collections of Craftsman style floor plans.  The Morecambe has many great elements, including an open floor plan, wonderful porch, and unique angles.

Found a Craftsman style floor plan you're interested in?  Ask for a free building cost estimate, and get exact costs for your new Craftsman home in NC. 

 

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