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Exterior Features of the Craftsman Style

While the interior features of a Craftsman home determine its commitment to the style, there are several significant exterior features than can be recognized. The foremost feature in a Craftsman exterior is its porch. Most Craftsman homes have large porches, covered with a low-pitch gable roof. These gables often have eaves that extend beyond the walls and are adorned with decorative beams or braces. The porch and/or gables are held by columns that usually have brick or stone porch supports and are squared, sometimes slanting inward at the top.  Exposed roof rafters are found both on Craftsman porches and interior rooms, which nod back to the Arts & Crafts style.

The exterior features of a Craftsman home are simple, yet distinctly recognizable. Take for instance, the recent Craftsman home designed by our principal designer, David Pillsbury. (See below) The long front porch is held by several slanting columns with stone porch supports. While there is no gable roof over the porch, one can be seen over the second story balcony. The eaves protrude past the rest of the house, and decorative brackets embellish the low-pitched gable.  If you look closely, you can even see the exposed rafters above the porch and balcony. The stone and wood on the front elevation recall the Craftsman use of natural materials, and numerous windows supply the house with natural light. If you view the floor plans below the 3D rendering, you’ll also notice the open design of the first floor and the second porch at the rear of the home.

When designs are informed by a historically popular style, renovation isn’t the only way to recall the beauty and craftsmanship of days gone by. That’s why we’re proud to share our Traditional Craftsman project.

Leas-Clisson Project

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