• A domestic architectural style originating in the United States, noted for its long, close-to-the- ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration
• These homes have a distinct rectangular or square shape, are often large and stately, feature decorative crown over front door and often have long, symmetrical windows on both sides of the door. Many also have a staircase leading up to the front door and columns on the front porch.
• Features low-pitched tile roofs, stuccoed exteriors, bold door and window arches, as well as arcaded walkways and patios. House plans are common to California and the Southwest, but may be found throughout the continent as well.
• Characterized by the prolific use of intricate gable and hip rooflines, large protruding bay windows, The generous use of decorative wood trim, and hexagonal or octagonal shapes often appearing as tower elements in the design.
• Style of house characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, pitched roof with end gables, a large central chimney and very little ornamentation.
• Designed with a balance of style and utility, making the home both pleasant and livable. It can be stylish without being intimidating and elegant without being stuffy.
• Its main features are a low-pitched, gabled roof (often hipped) with a wide overhang and exposed roof rafters. Its porches are either full or partial width, with tapered columns or pedestals that extend to the ground level. A combination of natural materials are used, such as wood and stone, and often a combination of more than one type.
• House plan has sweeping horizontal lines and wide open floor plans. Other common features of this style include overhanging eaves, rows of small windows, one-story projections and in many cases a central chimney