Built during the 1910s and 1920s in cities as diverse as Tampa, FL, Honolulu, and Seattle, Craftsman cottages are now hitting the century mark.
There may be tiny tweaks by region, such as folding in Spanish-style accents in the Southwest or using sturdy brick in the Northeast, but most tenets of the style remain. They include built-ins, custom woodwork, front porches, and a fireplace. On the exterior, these cottages feature dormers, exposed rafter tails, overhanging eaves, pillars, and double-hung windows.
Craftsman cottages are considered older siblings to bungalows, which were constructed mostly in the 1920s and 1930s, with as many as five bedrooms and more than 2,000 square feet of living space.
In recent years, owners of Craftsman cottages have really nailed curb appeal with native landscaping and period-specific paint. Have a look at these seven Craftsman charmers from coast to coast.
The exterior paint scheme on this two-bedroom abode in the Atlantic neighborhood is sure to please all passersby. Beyond the 1910 home’s pretty blue facade lies a large landscaped lot with a greenhouse. Equipped with solar power and recently refreshed, this Craftsman maintains its vintage charm, including arched doorways.
Built in 1923, this Craftsman cottage in the Kaimuki neighborhood is on the larger side, with 2,846 square feet of living space. The three-bedroom home might need a few upgrades to align for modern times, but its nearly half-acre lot size is rare on Oahu. Inside, you’ll find 9-foot plank ceilings marked by crown molding, stone half-walls, and wood built-ins.
Twelve miles east of downtown L.A., this part of Pasadena boasts a lot of bungalows and Craftsman homes. This one from 1914 features red-orange and sage-green paint and a gorgeous front yard. The windows bathe this three-bedroom home in an abundance of natural light. Crown molding, built-ins, hardwood flooring, and a flat-stone fireplace are joined by modern updates, including stainless-steel kitchen appliances and added storage throughout.
With beautiful ceramic pots adorning the spacious front porch, this three-bedroom home in the Carolina Place community retains many of its period details even after renovations. Built in 1922, the current chapter reveals a barn door, Shaker-style cabinetry, farmhouse sink, bead-board trim, patterned-tile flooring, and floating shelves.
Rafter tails and pillars can be seen from the street in this two-bedroom home built in 1926 in the Seminole Heights neighborhood. Go closer and twin stone lions come into view. A renovation introduced an open floor plan, upgraded kitchen, and enlarged master suite, but kept a fireplace in the living room as well as wide doorways. Overnight guests can bunk in the detached mini cottage with French doors. Out back there’s a raised deck and pergola.
In a San Diego neighborhood celebrated for its Craftsman cottages, this two-bedroom was built in 1926. Its petite 640 square feet of living space was recently remodeled. Work done includes subway tile in the shower, sliding glass doors off one bedroom, and leathered granite countertops in the kitchen. The large lot can accommodate a covered deck, custom shed, and sunny spots to plant vegetables.
Located in a Chicago suburb, this 1,738-square-foot abode was built in 1918. Recent updates include a reimagined master bath, custom window shades, as well as new flooring, skylight, and Silestone countertops in the kitchen. There are four bedrooms along with a finished basement. The brick-paver patio in the fenced backyard allows space to spread out. A claw-foot tub and white-washed brick fireplace harken to this home’s beginnings.