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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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