Charming Craftsman Home, Efficient Square Footage

When searching for a home that is in the Craftsman Style, you will look for these characteristics: usually one story, a low roof, possibly an attic or bonus room (the latter specific to this plan), dormers (windows that project from a sloping roof), square pillars (columns) and wide eaves (where the roof overhangs) above a deep porch.


This beautiful Craftsman Home plan by Frank Snodgrass of Living Concepts House Plans, HPP 8190, meets that criteria and gives the homeowner a sense of welcome. The plan includes 2029 square feet of heated space with a two-car garage. There are ten-foot ceilings on the first floor and nine-foot ceilings in the bonus room. The home would fit neatly on a narrow lot (the house is 40 feet in width, 68 feet in depth) or in an expansive yard that begs the homeowner to spend some time outside gardening. Let’s look at the features of this Craftsman house plan.



You step onto the front porch in three easy steps where that teak rocking chair from Amazon can finally claim a spot as its own. Opening the front door, you find yourself in the foyer. On the left is a guest bedroom suite, the perfect size for the overnight guest or mother-in-law. This suite’s windows overlook the front porch and your front lawn, letting in that early morning or late afternoon sun. Inside the bedroom suite, there is a closet (which Martha Stewart can organize for you) and an entrance to the Jack and Jill bathroom (a term that means a single bathroom shared by two bedrooms).  Double sinks and a bathtub/shower combination complete the bathroom space.


Walking back into the foyer and facing the back of the home, there are stairs on the right that lead up to the bonus room; a closet on the left side of the foyer is perfect for those overcoats in winter or sweaters for cool spring and fall mornings. Also on the left side is a niche where you might want to display that treasure you purchased on your last road trip or jaunt abroad.  A few more steps and you will find the powder room on the right where there is another closet (more storage, perhaps for extra towels and blankets needed when guests arrive). On the left is the second bedroom suite, slightly larger than the first one, that has a window letting in the morning sun. This one shares the Jack and Jill bathroom with the first suite and has a roomy closet, too.


As you enter the kitchen, you will find the laundry room on the right. There is room for storage of your laundry supplies you just purchased from Walmart, as well as your iron, ironing board and a small trashcan. A laundry tub to soak your garments after working outside in the garden or to bathe that little puppy you fell in love with at the local animal shelter is right beside that Whirlpool washer and dryer. This room also gives you entrance into the two-car garage which is located on the right side of the home.


The spacious kitchen includes a pantry that you can walk into, perfect for storing those extra bottles of San Marzano Pasta Sauce from Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. The kitchen island contains a double sink, room for a dishwasher, and seating in a semi-circle for those times when the family is eating a casual breakfast or a quick lunch. Ample counter space in the kitchen leaves plenty of room for the refrigerator and stove/oven.  The open dining room adjoins the kitchen and leads into the large family room. A fireplace on the left has room on either side for storage or bookcases where you can display the classics you bought years ago from your favorite book store. Windows in the dining and family rooms allow light to trickle in.  The family room is a generous space for a family gathering or for entertaining that can spill over into the patio and outdoors.


Entrance to the master bedroom suite is gained through a discrete hall from the dining room. This suite includes a master bath with two separate sinks (room for both of you to wash faces and brush teeth without bumping into each other), a tub for soaking and a sizeable corner shower where you could scrub your cares away at the end of the day. The substantial walk-in closet is accessible from the short hall that connects the master bedroom suite to the master bath.



The bonus room upstairs (456 sq. ft.) is an additional space for storage or entertaining. Imagine placing a pool table or ping pong table with seating around the center and you will have used the space wisely. Perhaps you need room for extra storage after your move. It could also be a craft room (time to buy that Cricut machine you’ve been wanting) or an exercise room for the treadmill. This could even be a sleeping area, overflow for those large spend-the-night gatherings or room for a play date complete with sleeping bags and a large screen TV. The bonus room is definitely a multifunctional one.



This Craftsman Home Plan with a front porch, two car garage, generous living space with a bonus room, as well as space for family gathering, invites you to look closer; this is a well-designed home that is both delightful and efficient in its layout. This home is waiting for you!