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    By Designhaus Architecture
    Dec 5, '16 2:32 PM EST

    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.  


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      Jan 14, 17 5:14 am  · 

      Those two thuds you just heard were Charles and Henry Greene spinning in their exquisitely detailed coffins-- and then retching.

      I'm sorry, but that house is "craftsman" architecture in the same way that a police car is "public transportation."

      May 5, 17 4:46 pm  · 



      I'd say with regard to the label "Victorian". It refers to a period and a number of styles during that period. Victorian architecture has multiple styles that includes:

      - Queen Anne style

      - Italianate

      - Second Empire

      - Shingle style 

      - Stick-eastlake style

      There is some style sometimes referred to as Folk victorian but it is more a simplified version of one or more of the formal styles that were built more for the general average working person while the fancier full examples of individual styles were those of the rich or well to do.

      Some authors include Gothic revival and some others but I am not particularly including them in the list above but I leave that open. 

      My primary source is "A Field Guide to American Houses" by Virginia & Lee McAlester. I modify dates given a little for local areas in my area due to factors that tends to delay introduction of styles in the Pacific Northwest to that of the East coast during the 19th century. This delay of style adoption is now nearly non-existent because of technology. While in the mid to late 1800s, the delay in styles were anywhere from 5 to 15 years.

      May 5, 17 7:34 pm  · 

      Craftsman / Arts & Crafts Bungalow style. This is a better example. 

      Another example. Modest examples but the widely used examples. 

      That's a more elaborate CRAFTSMAN. Greene & Greene example.

      Another image of the same house. You should know this house.

      May 5, 17 7:39 pm  · 

      Correction: The last image is not the same house as the 2nd to last image above. The 2nd to last house is another house designed by the same Architects. The Robert Roe Blacker House. The second is another example of the premier high end Craftsman style house and is the more famous of the two. You should know this house. Thanks citizen. In the mad dash to back you up, I didn't take the time to notice the difference between the two houses. My bad but still, the essence of my point of true Craftsman example still stands.


      Hey that's Doc Brown's house!


      Thanks for the backup, but the last two images are not of the same house.

      May 5, 17 7:44 pm  · 

      Sorry, you're right. I didn't take a close enough look. My bad. Thanks for the correction. Too late to edit the line. Ok, to stand corrected, lets say they are both on the more elaborate examples of craftsman.


      1st one is the Blacker House

      2nd one is one we should all know.


      I'm not 100% sure if the example the OP used for Craftsman is an actual historic period Craftsman and not a Neo-eclectic house drawing from the Craftsman style. The roof form looks "McMansion" with some Craftsman style elements applied to it. It could be significantly altered.

      It is just something that seems to me to be a little off but I usually see the 'camel hump' (not sure if I am expressing it well) roof line in "McMansions" and some other mixing of styles and elements that isn't quite right in my eye for the period. 

      Other things that bothers me is the siding and the pasted on stone veneer just doesn't quite fit that which you would normally see in actual period houses. It looks like a contemporary McMansion with "craftsman style" embellishments. Could it be a remuddled craftsman.... maybe but I doubt it.... a gut feeling.

      May 5, 17 9:47 pm  · 

      Why does this garbage post still exist? 

      May 15, 19 2:12 pm  · 

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