Besides the budget and location, for sure the right style and features is a must check for home buyers. If you consider buying a new home, you need to be acquainted with the popular architectural styles for homes. Here are some of them:
One of the most popular home styles, Ranch can be found throughout the country. It became the modern house during the 1950s and 60s due to the rise of automobiles. Ranch was originally used as housing on of course, ranches, had one floor, and could be extensive. They are often rectangular, L- or U- shaped and have a garage attached to it.
Modern homes feature geometric shapes, huge glass-block or plate-glass windows, flat roofs, smooth exterior and large, bare fireplaces. It is also one of the most popular styles of American homes. It originally started in the 1920s and became more popular in the 1950s to 60s. Modern houses can mostly be two to three stories or split-level, and are built on high-quality materials like steel, marble, stone and wood floors and panels.
Usually built with a combination of stone and wood, the Craftsman style emphasizes the beauty of hand-crafted natural materials and its blending with nature. Most Craftsman style-homes are bungalows with low-pitched roofs and exposed rafters, beamed ceilings, and porches with huge piers. The style was originally from England, inspired by their arts and crafts movement, and found its way to the US. As suggested by the name itself, the Craftsman style reflect the skill of the artists who built and designed them.
Cottages are petite homes with a style somewhat similar to the Craftsman, but details are simpler and cheaper to build. It has a cozy feel to it and usually has a wide porch. Its second floor is typically tucked in the attic.
The Tudor home is notable for its steeply pitched, multi-gabled roofs. Having roots from English medieval styles, Tudor usually have large chimneys, ornamental frames and exteriors made of stone, brick, stucco or slate. The style became popular in the suburbs during the late 1890s and came back to the housing trends during the late 20th century.
The Colonial style was inspired from European designs, as many colonists migrated from the Europe migrated to the US in the 1600s and brought their culture with them. You can easily recognize a Colonial home because it usually has a symmetrical design: having two windows on both sides of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle one placed directly on top of the front door. This type of houses is often built of wood with a steep roof, generous porches, dormers and shutters.
Victorian homes are known for their decorative and elaborate style because of their distinctive gingerbread trim, towers, turrets and bays. A product of the first American Industrial Age, this style usually incorporates asymmetrical shapes; steep, gabled and intersecting roof lines; and large porches.
Traditionally built in rural areas, the farmhouse architectural style focuses more on functionality than aesthetics. Its roof lines are simple; its windows are usually tall and narrow; and its porches are wide and inviting – which are inspired by many 19th century designs.
9. Cape Cod
Often used in single-story houses, the Cape Cod style has symmetrical window placements, gabled roof and large center chimney. The style was incorporated largely in building houses after World War II. Earlier styles are usually shingled, while modern styles are formed with brick, stucco or clapboard.
The Federal was the first style of the newly-formed United States after the Colonial period and was based mostly on the English Adamesque style. It has a symmetrical facade with paneled doors, tall windows, decorated cornice and dentil moldings. This type of house style can be found in almost every part of the country.