Do You Know All Of The Different Styles Of Homes

Custom Homes, Home Renovation

Randy Glazer

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Have you ever thought about the style of your house? There are a number of different styles of homes. We talk a lot about the interior of your home, but not really the outside as much.  If you are deciding to build a new home, or remodel… maybe add a second story, refresh your home or just want some curb appeal, let’s take a look at some of the most popular house styles before you get started.  Take into account that you can essentially mix and match styles on the exterior of your home too.

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The Different Styles of Homes


Back in the 1930’s this was a popular style.  They usually were a ranch style with maybe a split level.  This style home usually features a steep roof line, wood siding, windows with lots of panes and hardwood floors.  These homes were generally on the small side.


So the name came about because so much of north east america was occupied by the French in the late 18th Century.  These homes are often one story with narrow windows and similar shutters.  They have steeply pitched roofs and stucco walls and timber-framing, meaning the beams are exposed.


This style is probably the most popular.  Dates back to 1876.  The classic colonial style is the kitchen and family room on the main floor and the bedrooms on the second floor.  They usually have fireplaces and have brick or wood fronts.  These types of homes are easy to add on to and not disrupt the original look if you  wanted to stay like that.


These homes were from about 1860-1900.  They are very distinctive with their intricate detail.  Very sort of romantic with the detail and color andthink of Swiss Family textures.  These homes usually have 2, 3 or even more stories with a wrap around porch.  Have you ever seen Full House?  The painted ladies are a classic VIctorian Home!


To me, I immediately think of Swiss Family Robinson!!  In other words, 16th Century Tudor dynasty in England.  These homes usually have a steeply pitched roof, cross gables, decorative timbering, which we discussed earlier, and tall and narrow windows.


Did  you know they are also called Arts and Crafts homes?  Craftsman-style homes often have low-pitched roofs with wide eave overhangs, exposed roof rafters, decorative beams or braces under gables, and porches framed by tapered square columns.  Because these homes usually have an unfinished attic, they make a great home to add on up top.


These became popular during the 1920’s and 1930’s.  When thinking of a cottage, think of cozy!  Common features of cottage style house plans include steep roof pitches and cross gables, arched doors, casement windows with small panes, and brick, stone, or stucco siding.  We think of a vacation home!!


This style often features a low-pitched red tile roof, arches, grillwork, and a stucco or adobe exterior.  So many homes in Southern California and South Florida have this style.  It’s a blend between Spanish and Italian architecture.  They usually have a central courtyard and the home surrounds it.  These homes generally have more of  an open feel concept.


These homes are pretty simple.  They have attached garages and ample space.  They may look boring on the outside, but they are very versatile, especially for a remodel.


These homes started between 1950 and 1970.  They are simple and clean, not a lot of decorative trim.  They feature an open concept plan, lots of glass and unique design features.  Without a lot of the decorative elements, it does not lack uniqueness.  These homes do use a lot of different textures and materials with exposed beams as well.

Now that we educated you on some of the different styles of homes, do you know how you want to proceed?  Take a look at some pictures and when you are ready to add some curb appeal or add on to your home, Glazer Design and Construction is here for you when you are ready!!

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