When potential homeowners are considering where they want to buy and live, they’re confronted with a variety of architectural styles. Cape Cod? Colonial? Craftsman? And that’s just some of the C’s. This article answers what is a Craftsman home and explores the style’s continued popularity. After all, this architectural approach is also the basis of Saussy Burbank’s signature look.
So, what is a Craftsman home? It’s a style of home that dates back to the early 20th century. The approach developed as a response to the ornate details of Victorian homes and the revolution of industrial manufacturing. Inspired also by the British Arts and Crafts movement, the American Craftsman emphasizes handworked goods and custom buildings over mass-produced goods. One of the big American proponents of the style was Gustav Stickley, who promoted “simplicity in form, use of local materials, and honesty in construction.”
He published a magazine, The Craftsman, selling furniture and house plans embodying these characteristics. The homes were originally customized to Stickley’s plans but became increasingly popular. A century later, in a Harris Poll of more than 2,000 Americans age 18 and older, Trulia found the Craftsman was once again Americans’ favorite home style.
While Craftsman homes were among the 75,000 home kits sold by Sears from 1908 to 1942, they aren’t all cookie-cutter. Nevertheless, there are common characteristics you can look for when trying to identify a Craftsman home. These include:
Just when you thought it was clear how to describe a Craftsman home, we need to point out, there are several main styles of Craftsman house. The four key ones are:
We’ve come a ways from the Sears and Roebuck kits for Craftsman homes with up to 30,000 separate pieces shipped to the buyer by boxcar. Yet Craftsman-style homes remain popular across the United States. Even the original Craftsman houses are still widely sought after. Plus, architects and new home builders continue to crib core elements of the style for construction today.
Since 1989, Saussy Burbank has been embodying the Craftsman ethos in its new homes around the Carolinas. Building in Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC, and Myrtle Beach, SC, our more than 8,000 homes and townhomes combine modern, open floor plans with the quality craftsmanship and architectural touches you’d associate with a Craftsman home.