Updating a Classic Craftsman Home

Published By: Leon Tuberman  -  Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Original homes from the Arts and Crafts Movement are rare. If you are lucky enough to find a Craftsman style home from this period, you may be tempted to update it to fit more of today’s styles. Here are some tips for updating this style of home without ruining its vision or its value. 

Know Its Purpose
The first step to updating your Craftsman home is to know its value and how to keep it. Do you know what makes a Craftsman home so special? Homes of this period represent nature and true, quality hand craftsmanship. It is very possible to have a beautiful modern home, while still maintaining the appeal of its true form from the Arts and Crafts era. Natural, solid wood throughout the home doesn’t have the same appeal as it once did, but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it. Let the natural materials and unique craftsmanship shine through no matter the style you choose.

What to Keep
Likewise, don’t get rid of natural, stained-wood walls, cabinetry and flooring. Paint the walls a natural color such as gray, white, or beige. This keeps the open, clean feeling and lightens up the space from its once-warm color scheme.

Keep the hardwood floors, as they are something that never goes out of style. You can restain the floors to a darker or even lighter tone to blend well with the rest of the design for your home. It is okay to paint the walls and cabinetry as well. Update the countertops to match the rest of the design of the home, but try to stick to a natural material such as wood or granite.

Keep the molding along the walls, as this can give the illusion of larger rooms and higher ceilings. Lastly, don’t get rid of the stained glass. You can change the design of stained glass, but this is a big detail for this style of home and will throw off the entire vision if you take it away, and it could even lower the value of your home.

Great Additions for Your Craftsman
Traditional Craftsman homes lack today's modern amenities such as a dishwasher, laundry facilities, and garbage disposal. This means that you may have to custom install these items to make life easier for today. This may mean remodeling your kitchen to accommodate the appliances that didn’t exist during the time your home was originally built. You may also have to custom build laundry facilities depending on how old the home is and the amount of work done by previous owners. Adding these appliances will not only make your life easier but will also improve the value of your home.

Finding a traditional Craftsman home is amazing, but not everyone appreciates the style that was once very popular. With these tips, you are well on your way to making this historic home a modern and comfortable home for you and your family, without losing its value or charm.

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