The artisanal houses find their roots at the end of the 19th century. An architectural style inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement that flourished in Europe and North America for approximately 40 years between 1880 and 1920, the American Craftsman house has endured into the 21st century thanks to its beauty and the unique feel that its houses inspire.
Many craftsmen’s houses were built nearly a century ago, or even earlier. This means that these homes may require renovations that make them more functional in modern times without sacrificing their historic beauty.
• Siding: Craftsmen’s houses are immediately recognizable from the street. Homeowners who want to maintain that authentic craftsman feel should carefully consider their material choice when replacing their home’s siding. Siding manufacturer Allura notes that fiber cement siding can be a great option for homeowners who want to replicate the original design of craftsman homes built with wood-plank and batten siding. Fiber cement siding gives the appearance of wood when installed and does not fade quickly or require significant maintenance.
• Exterior Color: Homeowners don’t need to feel beholden to certain colors when replacing siding or repainting the exterior of their home. Nautical color combinations with navy blue exteriors with white accents can highlight features unique to craftsman homes, but more subdued colors and tones can work just as well.
• Porches: A large, inviting porch that makes the perfect place to relax and read when the outdoors beckons is a telling feature of craftsman homes. Furniture options abound when homeowners are looking to upgrade the living spaces right outside the front door of their craftsman homes. Adirondack chairs can make a porch a relaxing place to enjoy a morning coffee or an after-dinner digestif, while wicker furniture can help homeowners create a relaxing summer vibe. A swing or a hammock can make this relaxing vibe resonate even more.
• Real wood cabinets: Cabinets are a popular avenue homeowners turn to when they want to give their kitchen a new look without breaking the bank. When upgrading cabinetry in a craftsman home, HGTV home improvement experts note that craftsman-style kitchen cabinets often feature straight lines and minimal ornamentation. Cabinets are usually made from heavy woods like quarter-sawn oak, walnut, cherry, or maple. HGTV notes that updating cabinetry in a craftsman home often requires custom cabinetmakers, so the project can be more expensive than it would be if replacing cabinetry in a different style of home.
Craftsman homes are instantly recognizable by many of their unique features. There are different ways to renovate craftsmen’s houses while maintaining their authentic appearance.