There are so many house styles out there on the market that when you start shopping around for a new house, knowing which kind to get can be incredibly overwhelming. It is hard to know what style of home fits your needs, whether you want a home that has sleek modern lines or if you prefer a home with a more rustic feel like those with barn door handles throughout.
You might be interested in a larger kitchen or windows that let in a lot of light. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about different styles of houses that are currently the most popular ones on the market and how to tell the difference between each.
Cape Cod House
This style of house has been around for hundreds of years, meaning it gives you one of the most traditional options possible. They are so beautiful that they remain incredibly popular. They are typically one to one and a half stories tall and gives the homeowner a very steep roofline.
They usually come with large dormer windows which gives the illusion of the home being larger than it is so as to let in as much natural light as possible. Many do not have a finished upstairs area so they are usually large attic areas. The outside typically has wood siding and multi-pane windows.
Country French-Style House
Dating back to the 18th century, these homes are typically one story high and are described as having many narrow windows and shutters that are paired together. They usually have very steep roofs. They always seem to have huge, gorgeous driveways and landscapes that are jaw-dropping which is one reason this type of house has withstood the test of time. This is a very dramatic house which is why people continue loving it.
As the name may suggest, the characteristics of this style of house has been around since the early 16th century and comes from England. The Tudor houses that are around today are much more updated and have clean, modern lines, steep roofs, half-timbering for decor purposes, and very tall windows.
The craftsman home, also referred too as the bungalow style home, was hugely popular in the very early 1900s and is starting to make a comeback in a big way. It has a distinguishing feature of woodworking, built-in shelves, as well as built-in seating areas.
On the outside, these bungalows have low roofs with overhangs, large roof rafters that are typically exposed, and huge beams that are used for decoration. They usually have big porches that are large enough to sit on and are framed by heavy square columns. They are quaint and cozy but offer a great modern taste.
Mediterranean Style House
The Mediterranean style homes (also known or referred too as a Spanish farmhouse style) started getting popular and were seen everywhere in the Southern California area in the 1920s and the 1930s. They started getting extremely popular again a few years ago and are now seen almost everywhere, not just in tropical areas.
It usually has a distinguishable U-shape floor plan that is centered around a courtyard and a garden area. Rooms open right up to the courtyard. This type of floorplan promotes a huge cross-wind when you open a window in any room of the house to allow fresh air to flow freely.
Traditional Ranch House
These are described as having very simple floor plans and garages that are attached to one side of the house. It is one of the most popular style homes because they are so efficiently built and have a very simple, efficient layout.
The ranch houses may look very simple and plain on the outside, but the inside is full of very open space that can be used in any way you can think of. Because they are so simply built, they can be upgraded or added onto with ease.
The style of home you get is totally dependant on your personality and what you like to see. If you like the cleaner, more modern architecture, the bungalow or popular contemporary house might be the style to go with, while a more traditional home lover might consider a cottage or a ranch style house.
Before settling for and buying one, consider how much space you need, how many rooms your family has to have, how much living space you want, etc. All of these factors will play into the type of house that is best for you.