Craftsman architecture is a style that inherently emphasizes nature and craftsmanship, which developed in reaction to the Industrial Era. Over a century has passed since its conception and the style is still the most popular today in the U.S. Craftsman homes are characterized by horizontal lines, with low-pitched gable (triangular) roofs that extend far out past the home’s exterior walls, often with exposed beams or rafters. Like its name, Craftsman homes showcase hand-worked local materials with decorative elements such as brackets, lintels, and rafters.

This list presents the top custom builders capable of building in this beloved style. With one contractor each state, they have been selected based on their achievements, accolades, portfolio, reviews, and press features. They build in various Craftsman styles, from the traditional English Arts and Crafts to more contemporary silhouettes that display a more modern blend (often featuring ranch and farmhouse elements).



Celtic Custom Homes


Since 1994, Celtic Custom Homes has been building dream homes in Northwest Arkansas. It has constructed everything from lake houses to castles in the area’s premier subdivisions and neighborhoods. Residents of Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers, and Springdale have turned to the company for its expert team of craftsmen and its award-winning work.

The company has earned recognition for its homes, such as awards from the Parade of Homes and Best of Citiscapes Magazine lists. It has also been featured in Builder/Architect, At Home in Arkansas, Vertical Magazine, Building Arkansas, and even the Wall Street Journal.

The company has become known for its Old-World, French Country, and Tuscan style homes. This 6,700-square-foot three-level shingle-style home employs craftsman details in its exterior. The home backs up to a private golf course and includes a theater room, craft room, two laundry rooms, a man cave, and outdoor kitchen and swimming pool. The Castle Homes interior design team took the lead in designing this home. It was Celtic’s 2018 Parade of Homes entry.