With roots deeply embedded in the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, Craftsman homes have long been celebrated for their simplicity, functionality, and embrace of natural elements. But what sets this architectural gem apart? What makes it more than just another entry in a long list of housing styles?
This guide takes a peek back at the details of vintage Craftsman house plans, from their defining characteristics to the variety of subtypes that exist. Prepare to venture into a world where architecture meets artistry, and where home design becomes a labor of love!
Whether it’s cozy bungalow Craftsman house plans or the roomy Foursquare, there’s something for everyone. You’ll find the collection of vintage Craftsman style house plans below demonstrates a design philosophy that really stands the test of time. (If only there were more bathrooms to please our modern sensibilities!)
Perfect for new builds or inspired renovations, these plans guide you toward a home where quality meets craft. In a fast-paced world, Craftsman-style homes are the very model of pragmatism, quality and artistry.
Bungalow Craftsman house plans: Home with porches and open court (1913)
The floor plan of this bungalow has been worked out so as to utilize all the space to the best possible advantage.
The open arrangement of living and dining rooms, with their pleasant window groups, fireplaces and bookshelves, adds to the feeling of spaciousness indoors, while the sheltered court in the rear affords a delightful place for outdoor living and brings the home into close contact with the garden.
The layout of kitchen, maid’s room, pantry, etc., is very compact and convenient, and the sleeping rooms on the other side of the plan are equally shut off from the living rooms.
Vintage Stickley Craftsman style house plans — number 114
Craftsman house plan for a comfortable cottage with 4 rooms (1913)
The interior of this cottage is very compactly planned. The living room with its big stone fireplace occupies one whole side of the house, and is connected with the dining room by the wide, open hall.
One of the bedrooms has an open fireplace with a closet on one side, and in the recess formed by the front dormer there is a long seat built in beneath the window group. A similar seat is provided in the dormer nook in the other front bedroom, and also in one of the rooms at the rear.
1913 Craftsman style house plans: 6-room vintage Craftsman cottage for a narrow lot
Cute vintage bungalow Craftsman house plan from the 1910s
The little bungalow presented here is an interesting example of the way in which an inexpensive home may be adapted to open-air living. It proves, moreover, that the provision of facilities for outdoor life, such as porch and pergola, screen porch and open-air bedroom, add to rather than detract from the possibilities for architectural beauty, both of the exterior and the rooms within.
The building is distinctly of the bungalow type, with a comparatively flat roof and broad eaves. Cobblestones are used for the masonry work, and the siding is of redwood shingles.
The covering of the rather irregular roof is of a gray composition that harmonizes with the carefully selected cobblestones. The woodwork, with the exception of the siding shingles, is of Oregon pine and is stained a light brown.
11-room, 3-story Stickley Craftsman house plan
Old Craftsman house plan built in New Jersey (1910s)
Original 1910s 7-room bungalow Craftsman house plan
This bungalow has been planned with care for indoor and outdoor comfort. We have chosen shingles for the walls and roof, but the design would lend itself equally well to other materials.
The chimney is brick and the pillars of the porches are rough-hewn from ordinary logs — a little touch that adds to the rustic effect. The floor plan is well worth studying, for it is so simple, roomy and compact that housekeeping would be a comparatively simple matter.
The wide opening between dining room and large living room adds to the friendliness of the interior, and the sleeping portion of the bungalow is conveniently separated from the rest by the small hall.
7-room shingled Craftsman house floorplan (1911)
Compactly-planned 8-room Craftman house design (1913)
Old Craftsman shingled bungalow floor plan (1913)
Constructed entirely of dressed lumber, with rough stone for the foundation and chimney, with hewn posts, shingled walls and boarded gables, this bungalow has sufficient of the rustic character to harmonize with its surroundings of wood and mountain.
Casement windows are used, with small panes, and where the windows are not sufficiently sheltered by the roof they are hooded at the top by springing out a row of shingles. Upon the grouping of the windows depends much of the attraction of this very simple exterior.
On entering the living room, the open shelves of books, the fireplace nook with comfortable cushioned seats, and the china closet and wide sideboard in the dining room present an interesting picture. So many pieces have been built in that only a table and a few chairs are necessary to complete the furnishing. Especially interesting is the arrangement of bedrooms and bath.
Original vintage Craftsman 7-room cement house design (1913)
Old-fashioned Craftsman house with inglenook and built-in fittings (1913)
Vintage 1910s Craftsman bungalow design and plan
A craftsman field-stone bungalow with shingled roof and gables:. This homelike building was planned for a slightly sloping site, but it could easily be adapted to level ground. The interior is particularly worth noting, as it is both roomy and comfortable, and yet so compact that housekeeping will be comparatively simple.
In the cottage shown here, split stone is used for the walls and for the parapet and pillars of the front porch. The steps and floor of this porch are of cement. The gables are shingled with split cypress shingles, and the roof is also shingled, with the rafters left exposed at the widely overhanging eaves.
The open arrangement of dining room, sitting room and fireplace nook is particularly attractive, and the small hall gives access to the two bed-rooms and bath as well as kitchen, dining room and cellar stairs.
1913 cement and shingle 2-story Craftsman house plans
Craftsman bungalow house plans: Vintage concrete exterior design from 1913
In bungalow No. 131 the entrance door leads from the recessed corner porch, with its concrete pillars, parapets and flower-boxes, directly into the spacious living room, made cheerful by three pleasant window groups and by the welcome vista of the inglenook at the farther end.
From the dining room, through another wide opening, a glimpse is also had of this pleasant nook, with its open hearth, built-in bookshelves and fireside seats, so that both rooms share its comfort and friendliness.
An interesting feature of the left-hand fireside seat is the fact that it may serve as a storage place for coal, which may be put in from the kitchen and taken out in the nook as needed for the fire.
The arrangement of kitchen and rear porches, as well as that of the bedrooms and bath, will be found very convenient.
Vintage Craftsman shingle house number 155 plan (c1913)
Vintage Craftsman bungalow home style (1913)
Planned for a small family and designed for a narrow suburban lot this little bungalow may be inexpensively and yet substantially built. Cement plaster with boarded gable and slate roof are the materials shown here, although concrete foundation and shingled sides and roof might be used but the durability of cement would more than compensate for its greater initial cost.
The veranda floor may be of concrete, and the pillars of concrete or rough hand-hewn logs. The trellis and the pergola entrance add a decorative note which is pleasing both before the vines have grown and when they are leafless during winter.
The floor plan shows a small but comfortable interior, comprising a large sitting room to be used as a dining room, and two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen. Ample closet space is allowed and the kitchen is equipped with all the necessary conveniences. The bungalow can be well warmed and ventilated by the centrally located Craftsman fireplace-furnace.
This plan, like all Craftsman designs, could be modified to suit various requirements. For instance, if the owner happened to need three bedrooms instead of two, another could be added on the right, using some of the space now occupied by the porch. The built-in seat and closets now indicated would be included in the front bedroom.
Old Craftsman house plan for a 1913 home in New Jersey
9-room 2-story Craftsman cottage house plan from 1913
This cottage is a story and a half high, the rooms on the second floor being given sufficient height by the dormer which breaks the rather steep slope of the roof and adds to the interest of the exterior.
The building is set very close to the ground, on a foundation of field stone, thus emphasizing its friendly relation to the surrounding landscape.
In addition to the large living room and dining room, there is a den at the rear, which can be shut off from the rest of the house, affording a quiet place for work or rest.
A small porch is provided off the kitchen, sheltered by the walls and overhanging roof. Upstairs there are five good-sized bedrooms and bath, each opening out of a central hall which is well lighted and ventilated by a group of windows.
Old-fashioned brick Craftman bungalow (1911)
Bungalow Craftsman house plans: Comfortable home design by Helen Lukens Gaut
Home-makers who are planning to build on a long, narrow lot and must limit themselves to an expenditure of about $2,000, will find this bungalow design well worth studying, for it embodies a great deal of comfort in a restricted space at a reasonable expenditure.
The shingled walls are pleasantly broken by the wide windows, recessed porch, brick pillar and steps, and shadowed by the wide protecting roof; the lattice in the gable serves the double purpose of airing the space between the roof and ceiling, and giving an unusual and decorative touch to the exterior; while the simple grace of the entrance is enhanced by the potted plants and the flowers and vines.
Within, judging from the floor plan, an air of genuine comfort prevails. First comes the living room with its big chimneypiece and bookshelves on either side. On the left one has a glimpse of the dining room with its built-in buffet and casement windows.
Beyond is the kitchen and screen porch where the wash trays stand, while the rest of the plan consists of three bedrooms and bathroom opening out of a small hall. There are plenty of closets and a generous number of windows. In short, there is every evidence that the architect has managed to get the maximum of comfort and loveliness in this restricted scope.
Craftsman style house plan with 2 recessed porches (1912)
Craftsman house plan for home on Long Island (1913)
Both the exterior construction and the interior arrangement of this house are typical examples of the Craftsman idea, while expressing the individual taste of the owner. The low, broad proportions, the simple roof lines, the pleasant grouping of the windows and the inviting pergola porch that extends entirely across the front of the building, give the place a very homelike air.
The first floor plan shows our characteristic open layout of hall, living room and dining room, and the fireplace with its tiled hearth and comfortable seats forms a cosy retreat without shutting the warmth and beauty of the fire itself from the rest of the downstairs rooms.
In the compact upper story it will be noticed that the corner closets of the largest bedroom provide a charming recess for a built-in window seat.
Practical and simple cement Craftsman cottage from the 1910s