A Craftsman Style is a type of house. In general the style is characterized by careful craftsmanship, but less extravagance in size or expense.
A common layout for a Craftsman house is 3 or 4 rooms on the first floor: a kitchen in the back, a living room in front, a dining room, sometimes a bathroom, den or office. Bedrooms are upstairs -- usually 2 or 3, one large and one or 2 small and a bathroom. If there is a garage it is usually detached in a classic Craftsman house.
The front of the house is normally symmetric, with a simple triangular roof sloping down to both sides and a porch in front. The yards are often small, narrow and larger in back. The combination of the porch and shorter front yard, especially in a neighborhoods with many Craftsman style homes that tend to have sidewalks feel very neighborhood friendly. These characteristics encourage neighbors to walk and to sit out facing the pedestrian traffic, stopping to talk or catch-up on the neighborhood news.
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