Explore the Craftsman Style Home
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Vinyl and other polymeric shakes offer the authentic appearance of rugged, hand-cut cedar without the maintenance hassles associated with wood. Vinyl and other polymeric shake profiles are typically manufactured as a single or double course with reveals of six to ten inches and are offered in straight edge or staggered courses.
Typically 5" – 6" reveal, can be used as a starter course for siding, a frieze board, a bold line separating levels of a house, or a transition piece in installations where siding alternates between horizontal, vertical and/or specialty profiles.
Today’s vinyl siding accurately reproduces the increasingly popular board & batten profile consisting of alternating wide and narrow panels. Stemming from traditions in the Midwest, mountain regions and West Coast, vertical siding has gained popularity throughout the United States and Canada.
Vinyl soffit comes in several varieties – solid, beaded, ventilated and hidden ventilated – and is specified by reveal and style. Vinyl soffit is available in a variety of colors, the most popular choice being white.
Some solid vinyl soffit can also be used for vertical siding applications.
Decorative eave trim used as an architectural accent. Available in a variety of styles.
This style is characterized by a low pitched gable roof and wide eaves that expose rafters, decorative beams, or brackets. The covered porches have roofs supported by tapered square columns with exaggerated bases that extend all the way to the ground.
Craftsman houses often feature clapboard (with a choice of 3” to 8” reveals) or shakes (available in a variety of shapes and sizes — straight edge or staggered from 6” to 10” reveals).
When using clapboard as the dominant exterior cladding, gables or accent walls may feature board & batten (with a choice of vertical reveals from 6” to 8”) or shakes.
Craftsman houses tend to use medium to dark color palettes in any color or neutral color palettes using earth tones. Vinyl and polypropylene siding come in hundreds of colors certified to withstand fading.
Options suited for Craftsman style include heavy eave brackets [knee braces]; “timbered” or simple door and window crowns and lineals; band boards at the foundation of between floors; gable vent covers, often tied in with geometric gable embellishments; beaded soffit; and shingle or shake finish for massive column base piers.
Exposed roof rafters are frequently included to show off the craftsmanship inherent to the Craftsman style.