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What Makes It Craftsman
A low-pitched, gabled roof. The low-slung rooflines reflect the influence of Oriental architecture on the style. These roofs typically have a wide, unenclosed eave overhang with decorative supports.
Roofs with a low pitch are typically better suited to warmer climates, where snow and ice are not likely to accumulate. They do require routine maintenance to make sure debris such as leaves does not build up over time.
Earthy colors. Craftsman homes are often painted in a nature-inspired palette of browns and greens to help the low-profile bungalows blend seamlessly with their surroundings. Despite the mostly muted palettes, one or two contrasting colors are typically used to highlight architectural features like trim or decorative supports.
Put your best foot forward. Regardless of the style of your home, painting architecture features a contrasting color is a great way to highlight your home's best features.
Single dormers. When Craftsman homes have dormers, they tend to be wider and stand out on their own, unlike the pairs of dormers that typically appear in Cape Cod–style cottages. Single dormers are often wide enough for two to three windows.
Dormers, especially wide ones, can transform unused attics into livable space by adding square footage (sometimes a whole room's worth) and ushering in natural light.
Stone details. Craftsman bungalows almost always feature a mix of materials. The siding is typically wooden clapboard (though shingled siding is also common), but porch piers and foundations are often made of stone. Brick, concrete block and stucco are also sometimes used.
Take a page from the Craftsman stylebook and mix materials freely. Consider cladding a small addition in stone or brick, even if your home has clapboard siding.
Exposed rafter tails and beams under deep roof eaves. This another one of the more distinctive characteristics of the style; it reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which sought to make visible the handiwork that went into design, on the style.
Adding exposed rafter tails and beams does not have to involve reconstructing your house, let alone replacing your roof. These details are often decorative and can be added underneath any deep roof eave.
Knee braces.These triangular supports are a structural alternative to exposed rafter tails and roof beams. Like beams and rafter tails, they are often decorative and can be added underneath any deep roof eave.
Tell us: Do you appreciate the visible craftsmanship of these homes? Or does it feel like overkill, especially when you now know that so much of the distinguishing characteristics are decorative and only made to look like engineering revealed?
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