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Craftsman Home Plans –

With over 65 years in the industry, helps architects, builders, designers, and everyday folks with building quality homes while saving at the same time. Check out over 5,000 Craftsman Style home plans, see their associated designers, and check out magazine features.

Craftsman Plans – Architectural Designs is a family-owned business – privately owned by Joel and Jon Davis – with over 40 years of experience in the industry. They offer home plans from over 200 architects and designers, let you get a QuikQuote to get an estimate of how much a plan will cost in a specific zip code, and offer free adjustments at no additional cost. Check out over 2,000 Craftsman Style home plans on their website.

Craftsman House Plans – Dream Home Source

With over half a century of industry experience, Dream Home Source offers home plans, cost-to-build estimates, modification services, helpful articles on custom building, and more. Check out over 5,000 of their Craftsman Style home plans on the website.


eplans offers a large collection of home plans you can browse through, sorted by architectural design or through other specific criteria. They also provide step-by-step guides on planning and building a home, advice for interiors, and help with selecting and negotiating with contractors, among other things. They have over 5,000 Craftsman Style home plans you can browse through.

Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.

Founded by Donald A. Gardner in 1978, the company of the same name is an award-winning firm that prides itself on earning trust by providing good service – and “The Best Designs at the Best Value”. Check out over 290 Craftsman Style home plans they have on offer.

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Church's plan to demolish Bremerton homes stirs controversy: 'We kind of got ambushed'’s Kristen Drew writes about a Catholic church’s controversial decision to demolish two iconic Craftsman Style homes – both nearly a century old.

The Story Behind Seattle's Obsession With Craftsman Homes

Inspired by one curious listener, KUOW decides to investigate why there are so many Craftsman Style homes in Seattle.

3 Notable Craftsman Style Houses from the History of America’s Arts & Crafts Movement

The Arts & Crafts movement grew out of Britain and spread through America during the late 1800s. The movement featured a philosophical focus on more traditional forms of craftsmanship as a response to the increasingly impersonal influence of the industrial revolution, and in terms of architecture, the results include a specific aesthetic that made use of design motifs such as wide front porches, low-pitched gabled roofs, tapered columns (with some room for variation), just to name a few, as well as promoting the use of natural, locally available materials wherever a home might be built.

The style has remained popular today, both with new builds being available to prospective home owners, as well as restoration projects and historic buildings that continue to draw interest due to its warm, welcoming aesthetic and [now] distinctly American milieu.

There are countless beautiful Craftsman Homes and Arts & Crafts movement styled buildings peppered all throughout the mainland, but here are just 3 of some of the more notable ones out there:

Ernest and Florence Bent Halstead Residence

The Bent-Halstead Residence

Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1988, this home was designed in 1912 by the Eager & Eager firm for Ernest Bent. Later on, Florence Bent-Halstead, Ernest’s sister, acquired ownership of the house. During that time, the Bent brothers’ construction company was one of the largest in Southern California – they built the Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena and the Sweetwater Dam in San Diego, among other infrastructure projects and improvements which they specialized in. Today, the Bent-Halstead house remains where it was originally built at 4200 Glenalbyn Drive in Mt. Washington, Los Angeles.

Edward Schulmerich House

The Edward Schulmeric House

Originally built in 1915 for the Republican Senator of the same name in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Edward Schulmeric House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The 4,000 square-feet, open plan house also contains elements of the Airplane Bungalow style - one that grew out of the arts and crafts movement – by featuring a smaller, pop-up second floor that resembles a cockpit of an airplane and offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding area, as well as overhanging eaves and a low-angled roof that calls to mind the wings of an airplane.

Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds

Merrill Hall, just one of the craftsman style buildings in the Asilomar Conference Grounds

Declared a National Historic Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, what we now call the Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds was a conference center built between 1913-1929 for the YWCA in the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California. Architect Julia Morgan designed 16 of the buildings in the property in the style of the Arts and Crafts Movement and American Craftsman bungalows. Today, only 11 of those original buildings designed by Morgan remain standing. The facilities are mostly hired out for conferences, events such as family reunions, and individual lodgers, though the grounds are open to the public.

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About the Author: Andre Salvatierra is a freelance writer who loves culture, technology, well-designed things, and great experiences. You can find him on Medium and Twitter.