I notice the architectural details of homes everywhere I go, I just can’t stop, it’s an obsession of mine. My mister has grown accustomed to me shouting “Stop the car! Check out that house!” followed up by “I neeeeed to take a picture!”. This happens a lot when we take a road trip or travel, we drive around the neighborhoods to get a feel for the real estate in the region. I love so many styles from Colonial to Craftsman and it’s so hard to commit to just one favorite. Are any of you the same? Do you go pretend house hunting too?
Anyway, I thought it would be fun this weekend to find out what style of home is your favorite. Is is a country farmhouse that makes you swoon, or a modern contemporary structure that makes you go ga ga? Here’s a look at ten popular styles of residential architecture in America, and then you can vote for your favorite at the end!
1. Craftsman Bungalow: Triangular low pitched roofs and mixed materials of brick, wood, and stone make this style of home one of the most popular in the country. Craftsman bungalows have recessed covered porches with tapered square columns, overhanging eaves, decorative brackets, and exposed rafters.
2. Spanish Pale stucco, arched entries and window, and tile roofs with no overhanging eaves define this appealing architecture seen mostly in the western states. You’ll often find terra cotta tile underfoot and many Spanish style homes have courtyards in front or back with lush gardening.
3. Tuscan Similar to the Spanish style, Tuscan homes are most often stucco as well, but typically have more stone and their exteriors are shades of brown, terra cotta, or other vibrant warm colors like the many homes in the idyllic Italian region.
4. Colonial Several different periods fall under this category but when we think of a classic colonial that usually includes a symmetrical facade with flared hip roofs, small recessed entries, and dormers. Colonials are often trimmed in keystones and/or shutters flanking the windows.
5. Victorian These homes from the Victorian era feature steeply pitched roofs in irregular shapes, full front porches, patterned shingles, and round turrets. Many times the gingerbread details are enhanced with a multicolored palette of paint colors.
6. Tudor Multiple gables and steeply pitched roofs are iconic traits of a classic Tudor. They also include arched entries, brick chimneys, and the common half timbering design on the second story. They vary in size from the smaller cottage to the larger estate.
7. Shingle Popular in coastal regions especially the northeast, shingle homes have rough hewn cedar siding that can be painted, stained, or weathered. This relaxed style typically has irregular rooflines and eaves, but it’s the siding more than the architecture that defines this home.
8. Farmhouse This style is found in the country and suburban communities all across the fruited plains and includes clapboard siding and those charming wrap around covered porches supported by square or round columns.
9. Ranch Ranch style homes are usually story houses with a low roofline, simple open floorplans, small porches, and attached garages. They often reflect the materials of their region, including brick or wood siding.
10. Contemporary Famous for their stark geometric lines and varied rectangular elements, contemporary homes are always a true reflection of the architect. Exposed concrete, singular glass panes, and horizontal wood siding are common elements that define this modern style.
So tell me, of the ten on the list, what style of home is your most favorite? You can only pick one! I know, so tough! I’ll be voting later today … what’s your favorite?
You can view the results after you make your pick!
Oh, and speaking of home exteriors, you can see my most recent article at My Colortopia called Choosing Exterior Paint Color … one of the most important decisions a homeowner can make! Be sure to check it out, you’ll see a few classic styles of homes in my neighborhood.
Enjoy your weekend!