Craftsman house plans have prominent exterior features that include low-pitched roofs with wide eaves, exposed rafters and decorative brackets; front porches with thick, tapered columns and stone supports; and numerous windows, some with leaded or stained glass. Inside, dramatic beamed ceilings preside over open floor plans with minimal hall space. These are traditional designs with their roots in the Arts and Crafts movement of late-19th-century England and early-20th-century America. The Arts and Crafts movement celebrated the artistry of hand-crafted stone or woodwork, and encouraged the use of simple forms and natural materials. This was in reaction to the architectural opulence of the Victorian period. Craftsman designs are closely related to the bungalow and Prairie styles, so check out our bungalow house plans if none of these fit what you're looking for.