For the love of a Southern Craftsman

Last week, I got the chance to go back home to Georgia for almost a week to visit my family and friends.  It’s always nice to see them of course, but the time I spend there never seems like enough and inevitably I feel guilty for being an only child that lives so far away.  When these thoughts come upon me, I begin to think thoughts like, “If I moved back home, what kind of house would I live in?”  And for a few moments, I allow myself to revel in the idea of finally getting to own/live-in my favorite style of house…the American Craftsman.

These four are just a few of my hometown favorites.  The first one is my particular preference (even though it’s in a sad state at the moment b/c it’s been a rental for the last several years) because I LOVE the huge front porch.  A friend growing up used to live in a very similar house, and it was phenomenal on the inside.  The details…the layout…the enormous space.  My dream is to one day own a craftsman just like it.  Hopefully it will be on a really quiet street where I can enjoy sitting outside on my porch in the afternoons.

The rest of these are fabulous too.  I’d gladly take any one of them.  I don’t know what it is about a house with a porch, but I realized not that long ago that every house I’ve ever owned has had a porch.  (This is my third.)  I don’t know what it is about them…  Maybe it’s my Southern roots showing it’s colors.

But for now…I live in Philadelphia.  I’ll just keep these images in my inspiration file in case one day…things change.


8 thoughts on “For the love of a Southern Craftsman

  1. So what’s the difference between a bungalow and the Southern Craftsman in the last picture? Size and layout on the inside maybe?

    They are very cool houses by the way.

  2. You are absolutely a woman after my own heart. I love Craftsman style houses and they are always the style I’m drawn to. I don’t know what it is, the large trim, big porches…. they are just fabulous.

  3. I don’t know as much about craftsmans as I’d like to, to be honest. I do know there seems to be a lot of variation in them though. The ones shown here are examples of the styles I saw most frequently growing up in the South, which is why I called them a Southern Craftsman. To me they look different than a Stickley craftsman or the ones I’ve seen on the West Coast.

    Many craftsman houses don’t have particularly large rooms (like the one in the last photo). However, the large expansive one in the top photo has a very large floor plan that’s fairly open, but still retains alot of the Craftsman interior detailing and built-ins.

    If I had more time, architecture is something I’d love to study more.

  4. I just came across this posting, looking through the photos without reading at first, thinking to myself, wow, this looks like my (much missed) home (in Atlanta). I live in Chicago and nothing compares to a beautiful southern craftsman-style home. Great post. Thank you

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