1. Their all-American good looks have been going strong since the late 19th century, when the first ones popped up. History buffs: Their heyday was in the 1920s.
2. Hello, wide porches! It's like having a whole extra room. Most can fit an outdoor sofa, two chairs, a rug, even a coffee table.
3. They're small but they live large. Rooms are spacious, and the ceilings are high. It's a great starter home or family home.
4. They look cute in any color, from bright white to sage green. And there are so many details to paint — the columns, the trim work and the porch floor.
5. The charm factor is through the (gabled) roof!
Homeowner: David Funderburg House built in: 1928 When he bought it: 2009
"The fact that the 83-year-old floors creak and sing a little bit when I walk on them is so cool!"
David Funderburg Copy the Curb Appeal! The Paint Colors: House: Colonial Revival Green Stone; Trim: Classical White; Railing and accent trim: Chestnut Bronze (All by Sherwin-Williams) The Flowerpots: Skip the terra-cotta! Try bright white. Great source: simplyplanters.com. The Front Door: A true Craftsman-style door has six panes of glass. Find one in mahogany (like David's) at internationaldoor.com. The Yard: Knock Out roses and hawthorn shrubs fill the front beds. The tree is a Bradford Pear, which blooms white in the spring.
Classy Black and White
Homeowners: Carol and Gordon Yeatts House built in: 1903
When they bought it: 2009 "This was our first house together as newlyweds. We still spend almost every morning and evening on our big porch." Carol Yeatts Copy the Curb Appeal! The Paint Colors: House: White Dove; Trim: Black; Porch floor: Pilgrim Haze (All by Benjamin Moore) The Siding: The Yeattses clad the whole house in HardiePlank siding (available at Lowe's). It has a 30-year guarantee. The Walkway: Reclaimed bricks start at about 40 cents each and, boy, do they add character! Great source: bricksalvage.com. The Yard: Fragrant white jasmine climbs the iron arbor. Palms and pretty grasses made us stop and do a double take!
Homeowners: Nick Eronko and Gilbert Joseph Perez House built in: 1914 When they bought it: 2008 "This house was about to be torn down, but we saved it from the wrecking ball. It has a great soul and energy." Gilbert Joseph Perez Copy the Curb Appeal! The Paint Colors: House: Townsend Harbor Brown; Trim: Lancaster Whitewash; Porch floor: Mink (All by Benjamin Moore) The Shingles: Check out cedarshinglesdirect.com for prestained cedar shingle options in more than 100 colors. The Railings: They look like they came off a gingerbread house very storybook! Find a skilled carpenter with a good imagination to pull off this look. The Yard: Hardy plants like Russian sage set in moss rocks mean no mowing.
Homeowners: Yvonne and John Cosgrove House built in: 1900 When they bought it: 1999 "We fell in love with this house after we came to an estate sale here. It had great bones." John Cosgrove Copy the Curb Appeal! The Paint Colors: House: Vast Sky; Trim: Dover White; Porch floor: Mega Greige (All by Sherwin-Williams) The Woodwork: The white stripe running across the front of the house is called dentil trim; find it at architecturaldepot.com. The Windows: Three tall panes over one is 100 percent Craftsman. So are the transom and sidelight windows around the door. The Yard: A pair of mature crape myrtles frames the house. Can you believe they were planted just five years ago?
How to Spot a Craftsman Bungalow
Curb Appeal: The Block's John Gidding gives a quickie design lesson. Look for:
A low-pitched gabled roof with deep eaves (the roof overhang).
A large porch that’s nearly or fully the width of the house.
Tapered columns to support the large roof.
Exposed roof rafters and brackets sometimes these are purely decorative.
Wood siding or shingles, with accents in stone, brick, or stucco.
Sash windows with multiple panes. Often it's four or six panes above a single panel.
Copper, brass, wrought-iron or bronze hardware and fixtures.