14 Craftsman Homes: A Perfect Modern Twist on the Style

By Toll Brothers 4 minute read

The American craftsman style house was born in the early 20th century, as a direct response to the Victorian homes that were so popular in the United States throughout the 1800s. As people began progressing beyond what they saw as “over-decorated” homes, the craftsman style, which was influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement and rooted in simplicity and natural materials, began taking off in popularity.

Today, Toll Brothers homes provide various modern takes on the craftsman style, without losing touch of the traditional design features – such as low pitched roofs, covered front porches, tapered columns, and widow trims, among others.

Scroll through and explore 14 examples of craftsman homes that we designed and built throughout the country. If you’re looking to get familiarized with other styles available in our communities, check out some of our favorite modern farmhouses.

 

1. A mix of clean traditional craftsman with modern interpretations

Model: Stewart

Community: Canyon Point at Traverse Mountain

State: Utah

 

The Stewart’s Key Design Features:

  • Modern take on the traditional craftsman column
  • Low pitched roofs with clean bracket details
  • Generous roof overhangs pronounce the craftsman style
  • The wider than expected, low pitched single shed roof and horizontal windows with simple vertical grilles help pronounce the entrance and also provide a contemporary edge to the traditional craftsman style
Exterior of a craftsman style house in Utah with mountains in the background.
Lehi, UT

 

2. Play on trim colors

Model: Washington

Community: Canyon Point at Traverse Mountain

State: Oregon

 

The Washington’s Key Design Features:

  • Classic craftsman window trim
  • Exposed rafter look with the large roof overhangs pronounce the craftsman style
  • Contrast between the traditional shake siding and the more contemporary siding detail in the gable
  • Stone pronounces the entry
  • Implies the use of natural materials – which is typical for craftsman homes
Exterior of a light colored craftsman house with dark trim.
West Linn, OR

 

3. Bold gable color

Model: Cloverdale

Community: Sterling Grove

State: Arizona

 

The Cloverdale’s Key Design Features:

  • Gables gives this house its interest as they contrast with the soft color palette of the rest of the house
  • Traditional craftsman trim over the garage doors and windows painted the same color as the main house keep the house muted and clean
  • Low roof pitches and bold gable brackets also keep this home craftsman in style
  • Warm stone and a large front porch make it very inviting
A large, luxurious home with multiple columns and gables.
Surprise, AZ

 

4. Signature covered front porch with tapered columns

Model: Ballantyne

Community: Sterling Grove

State: Arizona

 

The Ballantyne’s Key Design Features:

  • Low pitched roofs, single hung windows
  • Soft color palette with natural and muted earth tones
  • Although the main body of the home is stucco, the house has a natural craftsman feel from the use of natural materials – the stone and the siding in the gables
  • A beautifully simple yet oversized gable bracket really sets the tone to pronounce the traditional craftsman gable
A Toll Brothers craftsman style home with low pitched roofs and a muted earth tones.
Surprise, AZ

 

5. Gable brackets provide a pop of color

Model: Elliot

Community: Sterling Ranch

State: Idaho

 

The Elliot’s Key Design Features:

  • Mixed up the palette with board and batten, instead of a traditional craftsman horizontal siding
  • The usable covered front porch provides a warm entry
  • Utilizes plenty of natural materials including wood and stone
  • The contrasting stone with the white siding give this home a bold statement
Single family home with a white exterior and contrasting gable brackets.
Kuna, ID

 

6. Warm and inviting natural color palette

Model: Madeira

Community: Lakeshore

State: Florida

 

The Madeira’s Key Design Features:

  • Low pitched roofs
  • Exposed rafter look to pronounce the craftsman style
  • Tapered columns really set this porch off and draw your eye to the entry
  • A great mix of the warmth of the craftsman style with the coolness of contemporary
Florida craftsman house with exposed rafters and tapered columns.
Winter Garden, FL

 

7. Contrasting lighter trim

Model: Mandigo Elite

Community: Edison

State: Florida

 

The Mandigo Elite’s Key Design Features:

  • This home uses many traditional design details of the craftsman style -including a color palette which is warm and earthy
  • Metal roof detailing at the gables makes this house a true modern craftsman
  • The stone at the entry grounds this home and gives it a warm feel which helps balance the modern craftsman elements of the standing seam metal roofs
A modern craftsman style home with a beige and earthy exterior color.
Jacksonville, FL

 

8. Single-hung windows with craftsman style grille pattern

Model: Dumont

Community: Linden Grove

State: Maryland

 

The Dumont’s Key Design Features:

  • Warm color palette
  • Use of natural materials – wood and stone
  • Elegant sloped roof with accentuated and wide, contrasting trim
  • The front porch is a craftsman feature
  • Subtle gable brackets
A luxurious suburban home featuring natural materials, such as wood and stone.
Woodbine, MD

 

9. Beautiful front wrapping porch that showcases cleanly detailed tapered columns

Model: Anna Maria

Community: Toll Brothers at Shearwater

State: Florida

 

The Anna Maria’s Key Design Features:

  • The muted palette is pleasing to the eye – is warm and contemporary at the same time
  • Single-hung windows with wide and clean trim provide prominent detail
  • The craftsman style is also showcased using brackets in the gables and wood detailing over the front windows
A luxury craftsman style home with a wrap around porch and single-hung windows.
St. Augustine, FL

 

10. A bold modern craftsman

Model: Robinson

Community: Canyon Point at Traverse Mountain

State: Utah

 

The Robinson’s Key Design Features:

  • The urban craftsman style at its finest – a great deep front porch that combines traditional elements such as the low pitched roof with sharp boxed columns and metal railing
  • Matching the trim to the paint also gives this house a modern crisp edge without sacrificing the detail that ultimately makes this house craftsman
  • Stone grounds the house and provides the warmth needed to contrast a mainly white sharp palette 
  • Wide gable with deep overhangs is made modern with the white palette
  • Monotone paint color makes this home interesting and modern, as it uses a variety of craftsman elements such as board and batten, shake siding, and horizontal siding 
Exterior of a modern craftsman house with urban styling and a traditional front porch.
Lehi, UT

 

11. Small scale doesn’t mean sacrificing a bold statement

Model: Del Ray

Community: Sterling Grove

State: Arizona

 

The Del Ray’s Key Design Features:

  • This house really pronounces itself to the street by using bold, yet elegant trim over the garage and in the gables. 
  • The custom garage door, light fixtures, and beautiful dark blue front door really add elegance and contribute to the strong curb appeal
  • Although set back from the garage, the entrance is bold and draws you in with the extra-large tapered columns
Exterior of a small home with prominent trim over the garage and the gables.
Surprise, AZ

 

12. Wide, unenclosed eave overhang

Model: Peak

Community: Cascade Canyon

State: Washington

 

The Peak’s Key Design Features:

  • Decorative supports
  • Front porch here is proud of the house and draws you into the main entry – uses a contrasting color and makes a bold craftsman statement
  • Great mix of materials including shake, board and batten siding, and horizontal siding
Exterior of a Pacific Northwest craftsman style house that's comprised of a mix of materials and a grey and white color scheme.
Sammamish, WA

 

13. An upscale craftsman

Model: Abigail

Community: Edison

State: Florida

 

The Abigail’s Key Design Features:

  • A simple front porch under an extended shed roof that showcases craftsman tapered columns on stone piers
  • This house uses contemporary glass garage doors and charcoal framed windows – a very distinct contrast against the traditional elements of the horizontal siding and gable support detailing
  • Also uses contemporary metal shed roofs that are supported by decorative craftsman brackets – this is very unexpected yet works together to give this home the upscale appeal
A luxury home with glass garage doors and metal shed roofs.
Jacksonville, FL

 

14. Minimalism meets craftsman

Model: Berks

Community: Reserve at West Bloomfield

State: Michigan

 

The Berks’ Key Design Features:

  • A modern, understated craftsman
  • Trending blue siding
  • Rich wide gable trim is contrasted with modern black windows
  • Modern shed dormer
A modern home with blue siding and black window trim.
West Bloomfield Township, MI
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