Common Home Styles
Are you in the process of buying a home and don't know your cape cods from your colonials?
You can brush up on your residential architecture with our home buyer quick guide to common home styles.
This guide covers the most popular styles of homes in North America, including why some people prefer certain layouts.
This style of house features one-level living. There
may be a full or partial basement. Generally, a garage
is attached to the side of the house.
Ranch Home Style
This style of house became very popular following World
War II because of the amount of space and utility
provided. Split levels fall into two types: side-to-side
Split Level Home Style
This style of two-story house has been a mainstay of
residential architecture for many years. These are
generally well-built houses, with many being custom
built. Their main appeal seems to be the spaciousness
Colonial Home Style
This very practical one and one-half story style of house
has been popular for many years, with most capes concentrated
in the northern regions. Many resale capes have been
expanded over the years for increased living area.
Cape Code Home Style
These "casual" houses are usually sheathed in redwood or
stained hardwood and come in many sizes and shapes.
Contemporary Home Style
This style of house is also referred to as a split ranch.
The bi-level house is a modified version of the ranch
house, with the major difference being that the lower
level is more out of the ground than in the ground.
Seldom is there a basement.
Bi-Level Home Style
The Victorian style of house was built in various models
during the turn of the last century. Home buyers appreciate
the architectural nuances of Victorian houses including
large porches and interesting bay windows.
Victorian Home Style
This style of house takes its name from the type of
house which dominated the early residential development
of our early cities, notably the row houses.
Townhouse Home Style
Tudors and other English style houses were built during
the period of the late 1800s through the 1920s. The
combination of stucco and distinctive wood trim exterior
provides the Tudor style house with a uniqueness which
is most appealing.
Tudor Home Style