My husband and I have three boys that graduated in 2012. All three were going to be going to college and looking to move out in the next few years. Our home at that time was two story and more home than we wanted for ourselves when the children were gone. I had seen craftsman style homes on t.v. and loved the look of the them. I knew that building one was the only option because that style was not a well known house style in our area.
I had an idea of the floor plan I wanted so when I saw this plan I knew it was the one. The exterior of the picture was not what I had in mind but I knew that I could add my own touch to make it ours. We decided to change very little with the floor plan it was pretty much what we wanted. We loved the open kitchen/living room. I could see our family enjoying many visits and holidays with such an open area. The master bedroom and bathroom are a great size. We did how ever get a larger master closet when we elected to do without the outdoor storage closet. Doing this allowed us to also have a larger utility area. The additional bedrooms were a nice size and we liked the idea that they were on the opposite of the house with its own bathroom. The exterior was what I feel to be the major change.
We added a lot of extra touches. We stayed with the siding as shown in the picture. We elected to do shaker siding on the dormer above the front porch to add the craftsman appeal. Stone columns were built on the front porch half way up with cedar posts going up to the ceiling. Bead board was placed in the ceilings of all porch and patio areas. Gorgeous cedar trim was placed around the front and side window. An eye catching mantle trim was placed around and over the front door. We were able to achieve the craftsman style we had hoped for.