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How can you incorporate Craftsman design elements in your home plans?

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Determine what types of Craftsman design elements you want to incorporate into your home plans. If the changes are simple, ask your contractor to redline the existing plans you purchased to reflect the changes. More complex changes require a local builder or designer who can adapt the existing plans to add Craftsman elements by modifying the master blueprints.

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Choose local building materials to add a Craftsman touch to your home. Craftsman houses use regionally found building materials, such as locally quarried stone or indigenous wood. In most parts of the country, the exterior is cedar shakes or clapboard, but brick or stucco is appropriate for some regions.

Also incorporate design elements typically found in a Craftsman home. Sometimes these homes feature highly decorated lattice work covering vents on the gables. Double-hung windows throughout the house typically have mullions on the top sash of the window. Select windows in prominent locations may feature leaded stained glass. A Craftsman house front elevation may also include leaded glass transom windows as a decorative element.

Porches that reflect the Craftsman style usually have thick columns made of two different materials. Designers use stone or shakes to craft a substantial base that is half the height of the column. The base contrasts with a thinner or tapered wood column between roof of the porch and the base of the column.

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