Craftsman Design Style

dark wood kitchen cabinets with peninsula seating and tall pantry cabinets

The Craftsman-style home is one of the more popular architectural styles from the early 20th century and continues to charm with its timeless look.

If you’re lucky enough to own a Chicago Craftsman, you might find the home is aging and could use some TLC to bring it back to its original glory, or you might want to expand the home, making sure to preserve its unique style. The architects and designers at LivCo are ready to help you do just that.

To learn more about Craftsman design and discuss the project you have in mind, feel free to reach out online or call LivCo at 708-267-9262 to talk to our team.

Craftsman Home Design

The history of the Craftsman is a little less clear than other styles, but we know that they started to become popular in the early 1900s as a rejection of the perceived stuffiness of Victorian-style homes.

Craftsman homes come in four distinct styles:

  • Bungalow
  • Prairie Style
  • Mission Revival
  • Foursquare

The most common Craftsman homes in the Chicago area are bungalow and foursquare style.


LivCo architects and designers are intimately familiar with the materials and design philosophy that give the Craftsman style its distinct appeal. We apply this expertise to every renovation, bringing every home as close as possible to its original state.


If you want to bring your Craftsman closer to the modern age with a remodel but don’t want to strip it of character completely, LivCo can develop a design that preserves the character while introducing complementary styles and amenities.


When planning a Craftsman home addition, understanding the architectural principles of the style is essential. We design every addition to fit seamlessly into your existing architecture.

What Does Craftsman Style Look Like?

The Craftsman style was inspired by the British Arts and Crafts movement, and it has several defining features, such as:

  • Low-pitched roofs with overhanging eaves
  • Intentionally exposed rafters, beams, and brackets
  • Thick, tapered columns supporting wide front porches
  • Bay or picture windows
  • Painted wood siding with stone or stucco accents

The interiors of Craftsman homes typically feature very distinct spaces for living and dining, as well as an eat-in kitchen. While these are hallmarks of the style, there’s no reason a renovation or remodel has to adhere to them strictly.

Contact LivCo for Craftsman Projects

Whether you have a vague idea for injecting a Craftsman aesthetic into your home design or have detailed plans for your remodel, renovation, or addition, LivCo can make your dream a reality.

Contact us online or call 708-267-9262 to learn more about our services and get started on your Chicago-area Craftsman ambitions.

View One Of Our Craftsman Portfolios

exterior view of craftsman porch addition