Craftsman style homes are a staple in our Tacoma neighborhoods. The character and timeless design of a Craftsman home is what draws many folks to this style of home. The term “Craftsman” comes from the British Arts and Crafts Movement in the 1860s. However, the craftsman style homes were most commonly built from 1900 to 1929 across the United States. What makes a Craftsman home, a Craftsman home? Below, you’ll find the architectural features to identify a true Craftsman home along with some beautiful photos of Craftsman homes in Tacoma.
Built With Natural Materials
Craftsman homes are built with solid materials like real wood, brick and natural stone. If you’ve ever heard your grandparents say “they don’t make them like they used to,” they’re right! At the time, craftsman homes were very affordable to build, easy to maintain and brought together design and handcrafted artistry for middle class America.
The classic built-in shelves, cabinets, seating… all elements of a true craftsman home interior. Originally built for economical purposes to help homeowners save money on furniture, now are sought after “original” features of today!
Low Pitched, Gabled Roof
Probably the most identifiable feature of a Craftsman home is the roof and wide eaves. Timeless style, much like this renovated Craftsman in Hilltop that sold in 2019.
Most homes in the Craftsman style have porches with broad, square or round columns and stone porch supports.
A grand fireplace in the living room of the home is found in almost all Craftsman’s. Below, you’ll find a few of our favorite fireplaces from Craftsman homes in Tacoma. The brick surround and stained wide trim is offers a moody yet cozy vibe in this Classic Stadium District Craftsman. The light and bright living room in the second photo is the adorable living room of the Artsy Craftsman Home in South Tacoma.
Multi-Pane Windows, Cased in Wide Trim
A timeless feature of Craftsman homes! No shortcuts were taken on the design or construction of these types of homes and it shows.