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7 Craftsman Design Transformations

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

Updating your Craftsman home can refresh its aesthetic appeal and increase its value while making it a more desirable place to live. These Craftsman exterior design transformations are from all different house shapes and styles. Take a look at these Before & Afters to get inspired to update your Craftsman home!

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1. Unique Craftsman Two Story

Two-tone complimentary paint schemes are quite common in Craftsman homes. Color and contrast can work together beautifully when done right. The dark and light grays have the same base tone and the blue door is cheerful, airy, and refreshing. I also love how the paint scheme was carried over into the garage doors.


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2. Modern Craftsman Ranch

Craftsman design can borrow elements from Modern design, when incorporated thoughtfully. While the cedar shaker siding, wood frames, and front door point to a Craftsman style, the paint scheme and stone knee wall add a Modern flair to this home. This combination can result in a Modern Craftsman design for the 21st century.


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3. Craftsman Ranch - Porch and Garage Addition

The right color, trim, and placement of materials make or break Craftsman style homes. The warmth of the stone and wood elements are balanced with the coolness of the color scheme, with a thoughtful decorative trim detailing. Notice the wood ceiling beneath the post and beam entry gable and the rafter tails above the garage addition! These elements make all the difference when it comes to creating that stunning Craftsman design.


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4. 80s Craftsman Conversion

This dated Craftsman needed a bit of creativity. A new color scheme with a thoughtful balance of warm and cool elements completely changed this home! Sometimes new doors are not quite enough of a change and adding a mix of materials, fixtures, and landscaping gives this home the update it needed.

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5. Focused on Earth Tones

A simple color refresh can make a huge difference for your Craftsman home. Focusing on a blend of complimentary earth tones with a third accent color, in this case it was a deep burgundy, can highlight your home's architecture in the right ways. This particular home also included a two-tone paint scheme with the garage volume in a darker shade.



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6. Complete Bungalow Transformation

The above transformation of this beautiful bungalow speaks for itself. The stone base creates a plinth type appearance, giving the home a look of strength and adding prominence to the first floor. The brighter paint scheme adds dramatic contrast between the siding, roof and the accented gable brackets. The classy, half-glass wood door balances the design with a warm welcome at the entry.


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7. Craftsman New Build

Sometimes an accent material can make a big impact. This elevation incorporates a cedar shaker shingle for the shed dormer (say that 5 times fast!) to add a warm material into the mix. The decorative trim is an elegant addition, prominent in the Craftsman language.

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