Our Favorite House Styles
One of the great things about houses is that there are so many styles and types of homes. You can get exactly what you want and even mix styles to create your own. In this blog post, we came up with a list of our favorite house styles and their defining features.
The classic craftsman bungalow. These homes are filled with the Arts and Crafts movement style. They have low-pitched gabled roofs and large porches covered by an overhanging roof supported by columns. Craftsman homes have a lot of detail both inside and out. The Gamble House, pictured below, is a famous craftsman home located in Pasadena, CA that was created by the Greene brothers.
Other features found on Craftsman homes:
-Shingle, lapped, or stucco siding
-Double-hung, casement windows
Craftsman homes are usually painted in earth tone colors such as muted greens and grays, and mid to dark colors.
Craftsman cabins are similar to the Craftsman Bungalow. They have the look of a rustic cabin with some of the features of a traditional craftsman home. They also tend to keep to the same color scheme of earth tones.
There’s just something so wonderful about farmhouses. Their big wrap around porches, rustic hardwood floors, clap board siding. They evoke a sense of simpler times in the countryside. Their design is simple yet still very beautiful.
Other features found on Farmhouses:
-Simple roof structure, gabled
When it comes to colors on farmhouses they have more of a “washed & worn” look. Typically, farmhouse color schemes are neutral colors with gray undertones, and simple white.
If you’re like me, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Victorian homes is the size and complicated asymmetrical shape. Victorian homes can be very large and stately and are usually 2-3 stories high. These homes emerged in an era that was seeking to make things fancy and beautiful.
Other features on found on Victorian homes:
-Steep multi-faced roof
Victorian home colors are usually very vibrant with violent contrasts on the trim and other accents of the home. However, there are a few Victorian homes that have muted tones.
Colonial Revival is a timeless home style. These homes have beautiful brick or wood clapboard siding and a symmetrical façade. The entrance of Colonial Revival homes have prominent, centered columns which gives the home a classy look and feel.
Other features found on Colonial Revival homes:
-1-3 stories high
-Multi-pane, double-hung, bay windows with shutters
-May have, fanlight or transom, sidelights, and/or paneled door
In the 17th century, Colonial Revival homes were painted in reds, oranges, and bright blues. Those brighter colors changed in the 18th century to light grays and blues, limestone inspired yellow, and marble inspired white. When the 20th century came around Colonial Revival homes stared to be painted in white, off-white, yellow, gray, and sometimes pastel colors.
The great thing about houses is they each have their own unique style and there are so many to choose from. What’s your favorite house style?