Do you know what your dream house looks like? With the numerous styles out there it might be hard to discern between them and decide which one best suites your lifestyle. To help you find your dream home, we came up with a list of the more popular styles of homes and what they look like!
Cape Cod style homes have roots dating back to the 1600’s. These homes were inspired by Britain’s thatched cottages and became popular again in the 1930’s. The majority of today’s Cape Cods were built after World War II and were the first style used when building moderately priced homes.
This modest style home is a close relative of Colonial-style homes. Typically, Cape Cods are only one to one and a half stories and feature a steep roof-line- which is one of the most consistent characteristics of this style- wood siding, and multi-pane windows. They often boast dormer windows for added space, light, and ventilation.
Colonial-style architecture started back to the 1600’s and Colonial-style homes are one of the most popular style of home in the United States. Due to the diversity of early American settlers, there are many different varieties of Colonial homes including French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Dutch Colonial and Georgian.
Regardless of the variety of the house, Colonial-style homes share several characteristics. These types of homes are symmetrical, or square, and feature a front door that can be found in the middle of the front of the house. They usually have two or three stories with evenly spaced shuttered windows. Columns and chimneys are also evenly proportioned to complement the formal style. The classic Colonial floor plan has the kitchen and family room on the first floor with bedrooms on the second.
The term “contemporary” has come to describe a broad range of homes and is a constantly category because it reflects what architects are creating today. Many consider Modern and Contemporary architecture to be essentially the same thing. But in reality, Modern homes have paved the way for Contemporary homes, which meld historic elements with current lifestyle concepts.
Irregular or asymmetrical facades, along with strong, geometric shapes are all key features to a Contemporary home. There is a big focus on energy efficiency, sustainable and recycled materials, and natural lighting. Void of elaborate ornamentation and unnecessary detail, Contemporary homes often have a mix of different materials and textures, exposed roof beams, and flat or low pitched roofs.
American architects were inspired to design these charming and cozy homes by Medieval homes of the English countryside. Cottages comes from the word “cotters”, who were European peasant farmers living in this style home in the middle ages. During the 1920s and 30s this style became especially popular.
A Cottage-style house typically refers to a small home with stone, stucco or wood siding, with a curved entry way and storybook character. There are a few common features across this style home including steep roof pitches and cross gables, arched doorways, and a prominent chimney. Yet, most Cottages have their own personality that evokes a comfortable and quaint feeling.
Bungalow and Craftsman style homes were born from the early 20th century Arts and Crafts Movement. This was a popular house style between 1905 and 1930, and we see it’s making a comeback today. It is common in Craftsman style home to embrace simplicity, handiwork and natural materials.
One of the most distinguishing features of Craftsman homes is the large amount of interior woodwork, such as built in shelving or seating. The exterior of these homes focuses heavily on a relationship to nature. They often have low pitched roofs with wide eave overhangs, exposed roof rafters and porches framed by tapered square columns.
This style home is clearly based on the region by which it is named and became extremely popular in the United States from the 1920’s to the 1930’s. Today we are again beginning to see a revival in popularity of this style home, featuring lots of the original design elements including porticos, balconies and ornamental details.
Low pitched red roofs, arches and stucco or adobe exteriors are all defining attributes of this style. The typical U-Shape floor-plan is oriented around a central courtyard and fountain, making the garden an extension of the living space. With the rooms opening up to a courtyard there is a cool cross breeze and fresh flow of air.
First built in the 1930’s Ranch style homes were originally modeled after rural Western ranches. It was one of the most popular styles in the home building boom of the 1950s and 60s. Although they may appear plain on the outside this style home offers great potential for additions.
Ranches tend to have a simple, effective and open floor-plans with either a single or split level. There is a big focus on easy connections to the outdoors and the backyard, bringing sliding glass doors into play. Focused mainly on practicality, most Ranch homes also feature attached garages. Ranch style homes are synonymous laid-back, family-friendly living.
The name of this style reflects the close connection to the architectural style of the early 16th century Tudor-dynasty in England. Tudor is one of the most recognizable styles. They were generally built in established neighborhoods during the first half of the 20th century.
One of the most recognizable characteristics of this home is the steeply pitched roofs, which are perfect for rainy an snowy climates. Tudors also feature tall, narrow windows with small window panes, massive chimney’s, and half timber framing and false thatched roofs. These attributes give Tudor style homes a truly Medieval flavor.
Victorian Architecture emerged between 1830 and 1910 under the reign of Queen Victoria. The Victorian era spawned several well known styles, such as Gothic revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, stick style, Romanesque style and shingle style. From the fabrics and patterns to the colors and textures, Victorian homes were romantic, distinctive, and abundant with detail.
These homes were constructed more for beauty than they were for functionality and tend to be more complex in design. Victorian homes often feature a dominant front facing gable, patterned shingles and decorative trim. The majority of Victorian styles use wood siding and textured wall surfaces. Traditional and contemporary can be combined nicely in these houses.