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.

Ranch

Ranch Style

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

Split Level

Split Level 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 and front-to-back.
Split Level Home Style

Colonial

Colonial 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 and elegance.
Colonial Home Style

Cape Cod

Cape Cod 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

Contemporary

Contemporary Style

These "casual" houses are usually sheathed in redwood or stained hardwood and come in many sizes and shapes.
Contemporary Home Style

Bi-Level

Bi-Level 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

Victorian

Victorian 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

Townhouse

Townhouse 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

Tudor

Tudor 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

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