7 Home Styles Explained
If it’s time to buy a new home, you have a variety of styles to choose from. Ranch, Victorian, Tudor … it can be hard to remember what each type looks like.
Fortunately, any of them can feel like home, based on what’s inside rather than out. According to Allstate’s “It’s Not Just Stuff” survey, 56 percent of adults say their home is not perfect, but almost half still say they are living in their dream home.
Inspired by Trulia’s list of home types, here are seven styles to look for during your search for your next (hopefully dream) home. Happy hunting!
The Cape Cod design usually has one or one and a half stories, a steep roof with gables and shutters. The siding is generally clapboard or brick. The Cape Cod design goes all the way back to some of the first houses ever built in the U.S. You’ll find the oldest Cape Cods along the New England coast, especially in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, for which the style is named.
A style developed in the 1700s, the basic Colonial home is marked by a symmetrical rectangular design, a steep roof, large chimneys and small shuttered windows. You’ll often see Colonials built with clapboard siding or brick.
Named for Britain’s Queen Victoria, Victorian homes are often two or three stories, with wings and bays that create an asymmetrical shape, decorative trim, towers and a one-story wraparound porch. The Victorian home style emerged between 1830 and 1910. It is an evolution of the elaborate Gothic style, which follows the idea that architecture and furnishings should be beautiful rather than simply practical.
The Craftsman style was developed in the early 1900s. Distinguishing characteristics include overhanging eaves with decorative brackets, gables and wide front porches framed by tapered columns. Stone, brick, cedar shingles and stucco are the materials often used. The Craftsman style was made popular by furniture maker Gustav Stickley’s magazine, The Craftsman.
Based on a mix of late Medieval and early Renaissance styles, Tudors typically have steep gabled roofs, elaborate chimneys, embellished doorways and exposed wood framework filled with masonry or stucco. Tudors were built in the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, and were most popular in the 1920s and 1930s.
Ranch homes usually have a built-in garage and wood or brick facade, plus large picture windows and sliding glass doors leading to patios. Ranch homes date back to the 1920s and have become more popular recently as baby boomers retire and look for one-story living.
Modern homes feature wide expanses of glass, flat roofs, sharp right angles, asymmetry and minimal detailing. They are based on a style developed from the 1920s to the 1950s that was inspired by the Modernist art movement.
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