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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

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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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Top 10 Craftsman Features | NC Craftsman Home Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 06:07 AM

NC Craftsman Homes - Top 10 Design Features

Arts and Crafts Design

Techniques for building a Craftsman home – also sometimes called Arts and Crafts homes – center on originality, craftsmanship, simplicity, and natural materials. 

Craftsman homes were originally designed to contrast sharply with Victorian era homes—with architecture that could evoke feelings of permanence, time-honored traditions, and old-world workmanship.

Today's Craftsman style homes adhere to this history, with distinctive features that still stand out among other architectural designs.

Here are ten Craftsman touches to consider for your new home.


Craftsman Homes | Arts and Crafts Design

1. Simple lines and clean transitions. Traditional Craftsman style homes focus on straight, clean lines with clear transitions between elements.

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: A good example of the use of simple lines can be seen in a Craftsman staircase. 

Distinct edges and simple carvings portray a hand-crafted feel.

Square newel posts and ballusters contrast with typical round or wrought iron styles. 

Craftsman staircase elements like this can also add a touch of an arts and crafts appeal in a transitional home (which incorporates multiple styles).

 

 

 

 

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2. Fixtures in the shape of rectangles or squares. You don't typically find a lot of complicated design features in a Craftsman home - the designs are classic and simplistic. However, elements such as lighting fixtures can still be the centerpiece of a room or entrance.

Craftsman fixtures generally come in rectangle or square shapes, crafted with materials such as glass, iron, bronze, or oil rubbed bronze.

 

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: Look for lighting fixtures (pendants, chandeliers, sconces, and lanterns) that eminate a clean silhouette - with no extraneous curves or lines. 

Craftsman Homes | Arts and Crafts Design

 

3. Earthy tile. Craftsman homes can incorporate touches of earth tones, to further demonstrate a simplistic intent.

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: While hand-made Craftsman tiles adhere to tradition, they can also be pricey. Another way to exhibit similar undertones is with earth toned tile, like you see in this kitchen tile back splash.

The range tile inlay - a herringbone pattern - and subway tile backsplah integrate browns and creams, which are mirrored in the granite counter tops.

 

 

 

 

Craftsman Homes | Arts and Crafts Design

 

4. Glass. Craftsman homes value natural light, and include numerous windows.

Square or horizontally rectangular windows are more common than other architectural styles.

A touch of stained glass can also make a statement in Craftsman homes.

 

 

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: The long rectangular clerestory windows in this example, paired with square windows, demonstrate another way to add a Craftsman touch to your home. Stained glass can be incorporated into your foyer or master bathroom picture windows, the front door, or as an accent area in the kitchen. 

Craftsman Homes | Arts and Crafts Design

 

5. Trim. Arts and Crafts homes tend to use interior trim that is more rustic, with 1x4, 1x6, and 1x8 treatments in place of more common types of crown moulding and baseboard.

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: The formal dining room, often painted in an accent paint color, is a great place to integrate Craftsman trim styles. 

Craftsman Homes | Arts and Crafts Design6. Built-in bookshelves, cabinets, niches, or furnishings. From a built-in dinning nook in the breakfast room to open shelving in the living room, Craftsman style homes are all about integrating form and function - maximizing usability of home space.

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: Consider adding a simple, elegant window bench to your breakfast room, kitchen, or living area.

A window bench can efficiently provide ample, hidden storage.

 

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7. Limited hallways. Craftsman homes avoid wasting square footage. They focus on open, useful spaces. This means hallways are limited, and rooms are designed for multiple functions.

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: Open concept floor plans are a great place to start when looking for Craftsman style homes.

If you love a floor plan that includes "unnecessary" hallways, ask your builder how to integrate built-in storage to these areas to maintain a Craftsman design.

Adding open shelving, bookcases, benches, or even hooks to a hallway can give it more purpose and significantly increase the feeling of efficiency in your home. 

 

Craftsman Homes | Arts and Crafts Design

8. Stone accents. Stone accents add to the rustic appeal of an Arts and Crafts home. The most common place to find stone in a Craftsman home is the front porch - with stone at the base of tapered columns.

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: Stone accents can be used to create a Craftsman front porch, fireplace, or kitchen surround. If you want a small touch of stone, consider adding a complimentry accent to kitchen tile, or as a simpler fireplace hearth accent.

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9. Faucets and hardware. Cabinet turns and pulls, switch plates, and sink faucets can all act as accent pieces in a Craftsman home.

Copper, bronze, oil rubbed bronze, and brass (as well as a hammered finish) are all popular Arts and Crafts hardware style options.

 

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: A kitchen island can be designed as the centerpiece of the room.

Consider adding Craftsman style hardware to ONLY the island cabinets in your kitchen. 

This technique will have an even stronger effect if the island is a different color from the cabinets.

 

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10. Fireplaces. A centerpiece fireplace is a defining feature of most Craftsman style homes.

Craftsman style fireplaces  have three defining features:

1. Tile or stone surrounds or accents (usually in green or brown hues)

2. Large wooden mantles, similar to the large rectangular staircase post styles

3. Wooden built-in shelving or bookcases on each side

Integrate this Craftsman feature into your home: Each of these three design features can give your fireplace Craftsman appeal - consider focusing on a single aspect to maximize the type of statement you want to make. 

Craftsman style new home builders in central North Carolina can incorporate many different features and architectural styles, depending on how much historical accuracy is desired, what the overall budget for the home is, and what design elements best suit your personal tastes.

If you'd like more information on new Craftsman style homes in the Raleigh area, Contact us here or call 919-278-8070.

Craftsman home photo galleries:

Click here to see inside a craftsman version of the Brogan - North Raleigh

Click here to see inside a craftsman version of the Penelope - Chatham County

Click here to see inside a craftsman version of the Chalet Vert - Chapel Hill Area

 

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Custom Home Design Trends: Staircase Styles and Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 07, 2011 @ 08:06 AM

New Home Staircase Styles and Ideas

Staircase Options for Your Custom Home

 

Staircases are often visible from the foyer, so you'll want to make a good first impression with your staircase design choices.

Check out these popular custom home staircase styles, from traditional to craftsman, wrought iron and more.

 

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Carpeted Staircases

Most staircases are carpeted.

This wide-step staircase is set to the side of the open Foyer, with wrought-iron balusters and oak handrails that further extend the spacious feel. 

A staircase can be designed to be open and inviting, particularly when the staircase is part of a two-story or vaulted Great Room or Family Room.

 

Iron Baluster Staircase

 

Using carpet in this custom home was a cost effective way to add oak detailing and wrought iron balusters.

The iron balusters add touch of elegance and permanence to this staircase.

 

 

 

 Box Newel Staircase

Newel Posts

A newel is the "anchor" post, the main column that supports the handrail.

Newels can be custom designed for the homebuyer by the trim carpenters or staircase specialists.

Newels can be boxy or round, small or large.

Pictured here is a Stanton Home with box newel posts in a post-to-post staircase system.

An interesting newel can really change the look and feel of your staircase.

  

 

Craftsman Staircases

 

Craftsman Style Home

 

This custom home features a craftsman style staircase with a box newel post system.

 

Craftsman staircases are simplistic and timeless.

 

Craftsman style homes are favored by those who enjoy clean lines and solid structures, with a sense of elegance.

 

 

 

 

 Open Tred Staircase Design

Open Tread Staircases

On an Open Tread Staircase, balusters are placed directly into the top of the stairway treads, as pictured here.

Alternating baskets with standard balusters adds visual detail and avoids monotony.

A typical oak newel post supports the oak handrail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kneewall Staircases

Kneewall Staircase

 

The opposite of an Open Tread Staircase is a Kneewall Staricase.  

In this Kneewall Staircase, the balusters are installed into the closed stringer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over The Post Staircases

Over the Post Volute Staircase

 

This Over the Post staircase features Volute style posts with delicate, intricate wrought iron details.

A Volute post spirals at the bottom of the stairway. These posts require a starting step. 

 

With a multitude of options, the staircases in your new home can truly reflect your own personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us about the home you have in mind, and ideas for your Raleigh Custom Home staircase. We can work with you to modify nearly any floorplan to incorporate your unique style and needs.

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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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