Split-Levels gained ground in the 1950s due in part to a modern floor plan that offered easy circulation. But from the outside, their style was often lacking. “It’s so manufactured and bland,” Abigail Beaver says of her 1995 split-level in Battle Creek, Michigan. “A Craftsman look would feel much warmer and more inviting.”
So we turned to Brad Sechrist of Helman Sechrist Architecture for ideas. His proposal uses unmistakably Craftsman elements to transform the boxy facade. Wide gables with deep eaves and brackets break up the main roofline. Shed-style metal accent roofs over the entry and the garage give the exterior even more dimension. To disguise the lower set-back portion of the house, Sechrist’s plan adds stone veneer and chunky brackets.
“I want my home to be vibrant and eye-catching,” Abigail says, “and this is gorgeous!”
Removing the shutters and adding snap-in grilles transform the existing windows.
Finishing Touches: Garage Doors
Textured surface treatments and an earth-toned palette support a Craftsman-inspired makeover
White carriage-style garage doors echo the board-and-batten siding on the front gables.
Clopay Coachman Collection, from $1,400 per door
Finishing Touches: Roofing
Architectural shingles in a rich pewter gray upgrade the main roofline.
GAF Timberline HD Shingles, about $97 per roofing square
Finishing Touches: Paint
Olive green and reddish brown brightened by white update the Craftsman look.
Finishing Touches: Stone Veneer
Lightweight panels ease the installation of faux stacked stone.
Superior Building Supplies Faux Grand Heritage Stack Stone, $99 per 24-foot panel; Home Depot
Thanks to Brad Sechrist of Helman Sechrist Architecture, Elkhart, IN