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Also known as American Craftsman, this style home comes from a movement that began in the late 19th century. This style arose from the arts and crafts movement. This movements placed a higher value on hand-crafting rather than mass production. This movement started in Britain and made its way to America, first being displayed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
- Handcrafted Work
- Hip Roof
- Wood and Glass Craftsmanship
- Mixing of Building Materials Throughout
Bungalows are pretty popular and well-loved. They are best known for being all on one level, with unfinished attic space which tends to be a bonus for buyers looking
to expand or be creative with the additional space.
- One-Story House
- Unfinished Attic Space (Bonus!)
- Overhangs, Porches
- Usually smaller size homes
- There are a few different “types” of Bungalows (see American Arts & Crafts)
This home style came about in the 17th century in New England. It was designed to withstand the weather of Cape Cod. There are 4 categories: The half, quarter, 3 quarter and full sized Cape. The main difference is in the placement of the front door and windows, otherwise they are nearly identical. The Cape continues to be a popular and affordable style today.
- Low, broad
- Single Story
- Gabled Roof
- Centered Front Door
- Multi-paned Windows
The American Colonial style gets its influence from the early 13 colonies, those being influenced by England architecture. There are many sub-types of colonial homes including: French Colonial, Dutch Colonial, Spanish Colonial and many more. Each of these sub-types puts it’s own unique spin on the colonial style.
Hall and Parlor
The colonial revival movement sought to revive features of the American colonial style. This movement began in the late 19th century and became popular in the 20th century. The style borrows from the American colonial style and builds upon it.
Ridge Pole Parallel to Street
Even Spaced Windows
Contemporary style homes are the architecture of the modern day. This style incorporates sophisticated technology and modern building materials. The use of computer technology allows these buildings to be viewed in a 3D space in turn allowing for more accurate construction and faster building speeds. These buildings are designed to be noticeable and to inspire awe. Tube Structure allows these buildings to be built tall safely. Some buildings even twist, shimmer, and change color with time. The atypical shape, tall structure and futuristic look, makes these buildings stand out in the mind of viewers.
Use of Glass and Aluminum
Designed to be Noticed
The original cottages of the middle ages were used to house farmers. In the late 18th century they also were used to house miners and weavers. The term cottage is used to refer to a small cozy home. This term is also used to mean a vacation home. For example, someone might rent their cottage to tourists for the summer.
The dutch colonial style is a sub-type of the colonial style. Dutch settlers in the United States built homes in the style they were familiar with, from their home countries. The term “Dutch Colonial” wasn’t used until the 1920’s when a revival of the colonial style took hold. These homes are most popular in the North East United States. The modern dutch colonials vary in regards to material, floors and details.
Garrison style home is usually 2 stories with the second story hanging over the first. “Garrison” describes the defensive/military character of a home. The term refers to a fortified house. These were historically used during both times of peace as well as in times of war as they were able to house many people at once.
Second Story Overhangs First
The Georgian Style began in the 18th – 19th Century and was named after the monarchs of the House of Hanover ( George I – George IV) The American meaning of the “Georgian Style” is any architecture built during this time, while the British meaning is more focused on specific architectural styles of the period. This style gained its inspiration from the styles of ancient Rome and ancient Greece. There is an emphasis on proportion and balance as planned out by ratios and mathematics (for example to make sure height of a window is proportionate to its width).
Large Grid Patterned Windows
Basement Slightly Above Ground So Windows Are Level With Ground
Symmetrical And Proportionate
This style movement began in England in the mid-18th Century and gained popularity in the 19th Century. It builds upon the original Gothic style. By the 20th century, new developments, such as steel framing, replaced features such as flying buttresses, allowing for a more open view.
Sloped, Steep Roofs
circa 1820 – 1860
Inspired by the architecture of ancient Greece
Columns, pilasters, pediments
Front door is usually off-center and recessed
circa 1840 – 1880
roof topped by tower or cupola
decorative brackets, projecting cornices, overhanging eaves
ornamented windows & doorways
The mid-century modern style arose from the American take on the International Movement. This style is influenced by nature and a clean, simple look. There is an emphasis on modernizing the home and bringing the outdoors inside.
Open Floor Plan
Post and Beam Design
This style began in the mid-1900’s and took inspiration from antiquity, and Italian architect Andrea Pallideo. This style placed an emphasis on parts, rather than the whole. Each piece is separate and has its own identity. It is a response against the Rococo style, which is very theatrical and has many things going on at once. This style was the growth out of the late Baroque style. Neoclassicism strove to return to the “purity” of early Rome. In the United States this style was adapted into what is known as “federal style” (example: Lincoln Memorial)
“Flatter” effects of light and shade
Octagon shaped houses were popular for a short time in the mid 19th century in the U.S. and Canada. This style/shape of house is traced back to one man; Orson Squire Fowler. He believed in the practicality of an Octagon shaped house over the more widely accepted rectangle shape. Fowler believed the advantages of this style included more natural light, cheaper build, more living space, easier to heat in the winter and easier to cool in the summer. The book The Octagon House: A Home For All, or A New, Cheap, Convenient, and Superior Mode of Building Written by Fowler encouraged the building of these style homes. He actually believed the ideal shaped house was a circle but, since this would be extremely hard to build, an octagon shape would suffice.
Octagon (8 Sided) Shape
The Queen Anne Style Originally began in England in the 18th Century and was revived during the 19th and 20th centuries. The British Queen Anne style differs from the American use of the Queen Anne Style. The British style more closely resembles the arts and crafts style. The American use of the term better describes a group of “non-Gothic Revival Style” architecture rather than a set architectural formula. With this style, there is much confusion between buildings built under Queen Anne’s Rule and the Term “Queen Anne Style”.
Stairs Leading To Carved Stone Doorway
Wrap-Around Front Porch
Cantilevered Front Gables
First constructed in the early 20th century, the ranch style home is known for its open layout and closeness to the ground. It is also known for its wide and long look. The raised ranch is a two story version of the ranch. A flight of steps leads to the main living area.
Long, Low Roof
Separate Living Area and Bedrooms
The Saltbox style started in New England. The name “saltbox” was given to this style of home because it is similar in shape to the box that people once kept salt in. This style consists of 2 floors in the front of the house and one floor in the back, as seen from the exterior by a pitched or “catslide” roof. Some believe that this style originated as a way to get around Queen Anne’s taxation on multiple story houses. Since the house wasn’t technically 2 stories throughout, it was exempt from these taxes. However; The more likely explanation is that this style was an easy and cheap way to increase living space.
Long, Pitched (Catslide) Roof
1 Story in Back 2 in Front
This style was popular in the United States from 1865-1900 after the American Civil War. It began during the rein of Napoleon III’s Second Empire. The style was originally simply called “french” or “modern french” but came to be known as Second Empire. Because of the level of detail and mass of these buildings, they were mainly popular with rich businessmen.
This style originated in America in the New England School of Architecture. The flat shingled surfaces enhanced the mass of the building. Eventually, the shingle style was adapted and evolved into the arts and crafts movement.
The Tudor style came about in England in the 16th Century. Although the name “Tudor Style” seems to imply this style was prominent throughout the entire Tudor Dynasty (1485 – 1603), it was actually used in buildings between 1500-1560. There was a distinct difference in the Tudor style between the wealthy and the common people. While the wealthy built more extravagant Tudor style homes, the Common people had more simple Tudor style homes.
Tall, Narrow Doors and Windows
The Victorian style came about between the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s during the rule of Queen Victoria. This style borrows many elements from other historical styles. The name “Victorian Style” follows the British/French pattern of naming an architectural style after a ruling King or Queen at the time of the style’s popularity.
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