So you’re planning on buying a new house. It’s a big step and a decision that requires a lot of thinking and also research. You have to know what kind of style you like and want for you and/or your family. To some, and rather most of us, it’s hard to distinguish the different types of architectural styles. While they may all look the same, there’s actually quite a significant difference in the types of houses you may be looking at. Here are some styles to consider when you’re house hunting.
This kind style first originated in the 17th century in New England. You can tell the style of this type of house by its steep roof and low frame building. The house usually is only two stories high, with a recognizable large chimney. The windows are also on each side of the door. These kinds of houses are less expensive but can be a stretch for those with large families.
Victorian, or “Queen Anne” houses, became popular in the 21st century. The homes are typically very old, with a steeply irregular shaped roof and asymmetrical fade. You’ll also notice that there are textured shingles rather than a smooth wall appearance. A popular example is the “Painted Ladies” homes in San Francisco.
If you want a cozy home with an open porch at your doorstep, look no more. The craftsman style embraces simplicity and handiwork. You’ll most likely see these types of houses more than any other, as they are popular in the states. They usually consist of just wood, stone, and brick. Inside the home, you can expect to see a built in fireplace and exposed beams.
These types of homes feature a lot of steel, glass, and concrete. It’s a very simple home, usually with flat planes, open space, and large glass windows. You can tell just by the architecture if the house is modern, with its forward way of thinking. You’re basically looking at blocks shaped together. The modern architectural look tries to stand out and be bold compared to the older styles.
The Art Deco home was considered very popular in Miami in the 80’s. Look for the rounded corners and smooth stucco on the homes with bold exterior decorations. It’s a bold move to want to purchase these kinds of homes. What you may get with your home is neon colors with chrome and glass panels without a driveway or yard. This style was more often used for office buildings than for a home. None the less, these houses still do pop up on the market occasionally.
The colonial houses are known for its symmetry look. This look is an old time favorite that started in the 1600s. When you look at the house straight ahead, you’ll see how everything from the windows to the chimney is proportionate. If you’re all about being even and not sticking out, this house was made for you. Colonial houses range in different types: French, Spanish, Dutch and Georgian houses. While each one may have a different look to it, they still have the basic similarities of the original.
Want a large home but without having to climb stairs? Get yourself a ranch! These homes are great for starting out, mostly known for the close to the ground profile home with a wide layout. But don’t let the one floor fool you, as most homes have a finished basement that is also very spacious. The plans for the house are very simple; a single story with a low, long roofline that features an asymmetrical rectangular L-shaped or U-shaped design. Large windows are also part of the house plans that give you a view.
The various types of homes that are displayed are just a few of the examples that you'll see out on the streets. Each has its' own feature that gives the architectural style their uniqueness. There is no right or wrong answer for picking your dream home, but it's wise to know what kind of style exactly you are looking for.
This blog would pertain to more of what architecture and design is and how it's slowly changing. There are also professional ways on what design is, and how to achieve and accomplish these things such as how one can make their building more attractive. I'll share my content about how architecture has taken a step into the abstract, as more architects try to steer away from the normal to step outside the box.