Craftsman style homes have been popular across the United States for decades. North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are no exception; families throughout our service region love this type of house! There are many reasons to like Craftsman houses, from their spacious front porches to their welcoming facades. As you read the remainder of this guide, you will learn how to upgrade your Craftsman home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank.
Let nature guide your color choices
The Craftsman style is strongly influenced by nature, so choosing a color palette taken from the natural scenery surrounding your house is a great idea. If, for instance, you live in a mountainous area of North Carolina, forest greens and deep browns would look fantastic. Or, if you reside in the South Carolina low country, consider a combination of off-white and sage green for your home. Most Craftsman homes are covered in wood shingles, which can also be left their natural color for an earthy look.
Add modern touches
Some homeowners aren’t crazy about drawing their exterior color schemes directly from nature, especially if their homes are new builds and not original, 19th-century Craftsmen. To add some contemporary flair to your residence, you can select a beige or soft grey tone (with brown undertones). You may also want to choose vinyl siding instead of shingles for a more modern look. Just remember to keep the color palette neutral to pay tribute to the style of your home!
Window and door styles matter
As a general rule, Craftsman-style houses feature double-hung windows with four or six panes on the upper portion and a single pane on the bottom. If you move into an older Craftsman that has been renovated over the years, you should seriously consider having windows like this installed for the sake of authenticity.
Furthermore, Craftsman homes usually have simple wooden doors that feature panes of glass across the top. It’s important to note that simple doesn’t mean cheaply made. Instead of focusing too much on price, look for a high-quality door made from sturdy hardwood that will stand the test of time.
Pay attention to quality
One of the hallmarks of Craftsman style homes is that they are impeccably crafted, hence their name. Therefore, even in the modern world, it’s important to pay attention to the quality of every piece you use on the exterior of your home. Don’t, for example, buy inexpensive, mass-produced light fixtures for your porch; instead, look for a local artisan who makes copper or bronze lights that will mesh well with the warm, natural colors of your house.
At Hatch Homes, we enjoy working on all types of houses, but Craftsman style residences are a real treat. If you are planning to renovate the exterior of your home in the near future, give us a call. We would love to take a look at your property, talk to you about the ideas you have, and give you a quote. Families throughout the Carolinas and Virginia trust us with their remodeling projects time and time again, and we look forward to adding you to our list of happy clients!