Brock Built constructs new Craftsman homes in several communities, including the Enclave at Laura Creek, Bennett’s Park and Cloverhurst in Cobb; Oakhurst in Cherokee; West Highlands in Fulton; and various infill locations intown. Prices range from the mid-$200,000s to more than $1 million.
“It’s a fairly typical style for us; in fact, it’s the majority of what we build,” Dickinson said. “Of course, the style has changed a bit over time; you have to go with the available materials nowadays. You’ll see people using concrete that looks like stone or Hardiplank (siding) instead of cedar to copy the original arts and crafts style that started using local, natural materials. And the interiors have changed as well, particular the room sizes, but the overall feel is very slim and sleek.”
Midtown-based Thrive Homes is another local company that has built Craftsman styles, particularly as infill houses in Morningside, Virginia-Highland, Decatur and Inman Park. Recently, they’ve been doing the same in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Milton.
“We always work to fit the houses into the surroundings and the lot,” said Kirstin Hobday, Thrive’s chief operating officer. “A lot of times, Craftsmans are going up in neighborhoods that are already defined by that look. But even though a lot of people like them for their exteriors, they select interior finishes that are more modern.”
Thrive’s Craftsmans are often updated with open floor plans, hardwood floors, Shaker- or mission-style doors, beadboard trim and coffered or beamed ceilings.
“It’s a very streamlined look,” Hobday said. “It’s a little simple.”
Craftsman styles are popular with buyers looking to replace outdated structures on intown lots, said Becky Morris, a Harry Norman agent who has been selling for 12 years.
“In areas like Brookhaven and Virginia-Highland, buyers are taking down smaller bungalows and putting up Craftsman styles that can range anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million,” she said. “They go for Craftsmans because they like the front porches, stone patios and screened porches. Inside, there’s usually some older-style molding, bookcases on either side of the fireplace and a lot of bead board. But the floor plans have more usable space — larger kitchens and family rooms with a fireplace.”
Buyers at the Preserve at East Atlanta will find Craftsman styles with a few twists that individualize them. Along with the typical Craftsmans, the 131-home community features a prairie style that’s very plain, said agent Beth Ann Clanin of Keller Williams Realty.
“The prairie style does have a front porch, which is the one feature everybody loves,” she said. “But inside, buyers like the open floor plans, with the kitchen open to the living room. The color schemes are another big draw. We used a palette from the Craftsman era with a lot of darker grays, greens and khaki and accent trim in lighter colors.”
Prices at the Preserve range from $209,000 to $239,900 for three- or four-bedroom plans that can accommodate a first-floor study and upstairs loft areas in 2,300 to 2,400 square feet.
It’s not just single-family homes that are getting the Craftsman touch. At the East Avenue Cottages in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, Minerva developers is marketing duplex homes accented with front porches and tapered columns that sport the look of the traditional two-story designs. Prices start at $380,000 for 2,400- to 3,000-square-foot plans with hardwood floors, open floor plans and two-car garages that are marketed by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
While buyers are drawn to a Craftsman’s overall charm, there’s one element that makes the design a natural fit for the Southeast, said Darren Price, managing director of Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants.
“In the South, we gravitate toward front porches,” he said. “I think buyers also like that these houses use different building materials — wood siding with cedar shake, brick or stone. They like the way they look. And in new homes, they combine that old look with modern features on the inside. But most of all, there’s something really attractive about having that low-lying roof line over a cozy front porch.”