Houses come in all shapes, sizes, and exterior applications these days. Some love the charm or grandeur of old houses while others love the bold, commanding look of new houses. What house style are you drawn to?
Victorian homes still hold the fascination of many dreamy home buyers. These architectural wonders hail from the 1800s are dressed up with ornate woodwork, turrets, round towers, parlors, and a gabled roofline. Many of them have porches or wrap-around verandas. The interior tends to have smaller rooms, high ceilings, tall windows, hallways, and chandeliers.
Colonial homes hark from the (you-guessed-it) American Colonial era. These homes are generally square or rectangular structures with symmetrical rows of windows on the first and second stories and one or two chimneys. They often have brick exteriors with tall white Greek revival pillars. The front door is a focal piece of the exterior architecture.
A traditional house style covers a wide range of sub-styles. This type of house is generally more simple and includes ranch-style houses, craftsmen bungalows, cottages, farmhouses, and the New American homes of suburbia. These homes are the most common type of properties for sale in American neighborhoods everywhere. When you picture the all-American white-picket-fence house, it’s probably a traditional-style home.
Split-level homes, a spin-off of traditional homes, became popular in the 1950s and 1960s. In this style, the floor levels are staggered. One side of the house has two full levels while the other side has a single level, such as a kitchen or a den, that is situated between the full levels. Short flights of stairs connect the in-between level with the upper and lower levels of the other side. These homes generally have slightly angled rooflines.
Mediterranean houses draw on the influences of Spanish, French, and Italian architecture. These homes generally have stucco exteriors, arched doorways and windows, open floor plans, and tile roofs. Sometimes, they’ll have a courtyard, which reflects the relaxed, social lifestyle of the Mediterranean. These homes are especially popular in sunny locations, where they’re often framed by palm trees.
Modern or contemporary home designs have exteriors with square shapes, flat roofs, and generous amounts of glass—sometimes featuring full or two-story length windows that merge the indoors and the outdoors. This design style is characterized by sleek, simple lines and open floor plans. Some avant-garde designs sport asymmetrical rooflines.
There’s a style of house to fit every preference. When you look at a property for sale, it’s important to ask yourself if you love it’s design. Because you’re going to be looking at it and living in it for a while.