The Morris is a modern take on the classic Craftsman house plan. This home plan keeps everything homeowners love best about the traditional bungalow – tapered front columns; a deep, covered front porch; a windowed roof gable; and extensive use of natural materials – while also updating the bungalow style to better fit a modern family. For instance, the Morris features a much more open home plan than most conventional bungalows.
As you enter this Craftsman house plan, you’ll see two half stone columns framing a covered porch. As you walk into the living room, with its fireplace and nine-foot ceilings, to your left is a half-bath, stairs to the second story and an office. Beyond the living room is the dining room – done in the modern style, with no intervening wall between the two rooms. Such an open home plan encourages togetherness and flow. A kitchen island with a sink and plenty of counter space is the only thing separating the kitchen from the dining room. To the left of the dining room is the master bedroom and bath. The master suite features 9-foot ceilings, a large bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a generous closet.
Upstairs, you’ll discover a lovely loft that’s full of natural light thanks to a row of windows. This “extra room” in the Morris Craftsman house plan could make a perfect playroom, second office or library. Also on the upper story are two bedrooms with a bath between. At the very back of the house, you’ll find a second outdoor living area to complement the front porch.
We put the Morris in our Traditional Neighborhood Design Collection because it encourages neighborly interactions. Just imagine this beautiful Craftsman house plan in a pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined neighborhood! Overall, this home plan is compact yet well-designed, a traditional Craftsman in appearance yet modern in layout – perfect for the active family.
Architectural Styles Associated with this design
This home is typical of the cottage style. In modern usage, a cottage is usually a modest, often cozy dwelling, typically in a rural or semi-rural location. However there are cottage-style dwellings in cities, and in places such as Canada the term exists with no connotations of size at all (cf. vicarage or hermitage). In the United Kingdom the term cottage also tends to denote rural dwellings of traditional build, although it can also be applied to dwellings of modern construction which are designed to resemble traditional ones ("mock cottages").
This home is a gorgeous example of one of our craftsman houseplans. In the mid-1970s, a revivalism of sorts began among American collectors and preservationists. Pottery, glassworks, furniture, lighting, and houses from the turn of the 20th century were rediscovered and being celebrated for their simplicity of design and traditional beauty. These artistic remnants of the Arts and Crafts movement, which thrived from 1876-1915 continue to be celebrated today.
Common Craftsman design features:
- Low-pitched roof lines, gabled or hipped roof
- Deeply overhanging eaves
- Exposed rafters or decorative brackets under eaves
- Front porch beneath extension of main roof
- Tapered, square columns supporting roof
- 4-over-1 or 6-over-1 double-hung windows
- Frank Lloyd Wright design motifs
- Hand-crafted stone or woodwork
- Mixed materials throughout structure
Traditional Neighborhood Design
Plans in our Traditional Neighborhood Design collection emphasize people-friendly features and development of community. Traditional styles include homes with front porches and detached or alley-access garages.
One of the most promising trends in neighborhood development is the concept of traditional neighborhood design. The concept emphasizes the development of communities with people-friendly features, rather than the old model of housing tracts designed to accommodate automobiles. These developments often contain narrow streets placed in a grid pattern, sidewalks, houses with porches, detached or alley-access garages, integrated community centers, and nearby shopping districts. Such pedestrian-friendly features are designed to encourage people to walk to their destination and, in doing so, connect with others in the neighborhood. These homes designed by Alan Mascord Design Associates, Inc. were designed with such neighborhoods in mind. The houses are traditional in style, and many contain front porches and garages located at the rear of the home.