Vote for your favorite home style among the most popular home styles in America!
Whether you’re a first-time home buyer and are looking for a larger home for your expanding family or you are downsizing from your empty nest, knowing which home style is best for your lifestyle is half the battle. Here’s a snapshot of the most popular home styles and why one of them may be your “home sweet home”:
Craftsman Bungalow – This is a triangular-shaped designed home with a low-pitched roof. This popular home style is made of mixed materials of brick, wood and stone. Typically, Craftsman Bungalows homes have recessed covered porches with tapered square columns, overhanging eaves, decorative brackets and exposed rafters.
Spanish – Often found in Western states, Spanish style homes are architecturally appealing and made of pale stucco, tile roofs and are defined by arched entries and windows. They often have terra-cotta tile flooring and courtyards donned with lush gardening. Since most Spanish style homes are made of stucco, they are more energy-efficient as they keep the house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Stucco can also help reduce sound transmission by buffering outside street noise. Finally, stucco is fire-retardant and resists rot, mildew and mold.
Tuscan – The Tuscan home style is similar to Spanish style as it is often made of stucco, but typically has more exterior stone. Tuscan style homes are often designed in vibrant warm colors like terra-cotta, gold and varying shades of brown. Since Tuscan homes are made of stucco, Tuscan homes offer the same energy efficient benefits as Spanish style homes.
Colonial – This is the most common home style with both the widest appeal and the best value, as it maximizes square footage and minimizes cost. The traditional floor plan is a two-story layout with three or four rooms on the first floor (including a kitchen, dining room, living and/or family room) with the bedrooms and baths on the second floor. Colonials often have shutters flanking the windows and they may be trimmed in keystone.
Victorian – Characterized by charm and elegance, Victorian style homes typically have spacious rooms, bay windows, fireplaces and grand covered wrap-around porches. They are typically older homes, so renovations may be necessary. (But the gingerbread charm may be well worth it!)
Tudor – Varying in size (from smaller cottage style to a larger estate), classic Tudors are characterized by iconic traits like multiple gables and steeply pitched roofs, and they may include arched entries, brick chimneys and common half timbering design on the second story.
Farmhouse – Typically found in the country and suburban communities, Farmhouse style houses have clapboard siding and are known for their charming wrap-around covered porches, supported by square or round columns.
Ranch – This is a one-level style of home with a low roof line, simple floor plan, small porch and attached garage. They are often made of materials that reflect their region (like brick or wood siding). Ranch homes are ideal for those who have difficulty climbing steps and prefer an open floor plan.
Contemporary – Almost always a reflection of the builder’s vision and style, contemporary style homes are famous for their stark geometric lines and rectangular elements. Common elements of this modern style include exposed concrete, singular glass panes and horizontal wood siding.