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offrs.com review of the 32 common home architecture types in the US housing market

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offrs reviews agent, home buyer, home seller and homeowner best practices in the real estate industry. This infographic should help those homebuyers that know what they like but don't know what to look for name-wise. This should also help agents and homesellers with their listing. While these are the most common architecture types, there are more than we could not add to the list at this time. Enjoy and be sure to share with your agent, client, peers in the office or neighbors at the next community meeting...!

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offrs.com review of the 32 common home architecture types in the US housing market

  1. 1. 32 MOST COMMON HOME ARCHITECTURETYPES 32 MOST COMMON HOME ARCHITECTURETYPES offrs collects and provides insights and/or best practices gathered from real estate professionals and consumer homeowner industry peers. If you're interested in learning more, visit www.offrs.com. Art Deco homes are well known for their stucco walls, their flat roofs, daring exterior decoration and tropical colors. "ART DECO" Bungalows usually have 1-1/2 stories, low pitched roofs with wide overhangs, large front porches and open floor plans. "BUNGALOW" Inspired by British thatched cottages, Cape Cod homes have steep roofs, cedar shingles and dormers on the second story. "CAPE COD" Created in the 1600s, this architecture emphasizes symmetry, with evenly spaced shuttered windows and pillars that support small porches. "COLONIAL" These homes vary widely in terms of the overall look. Typically, the style includes clean lines, bold geometric shapes and irregularly shaped windows. "CONTEMPORARY" This style is known for its low pitched roofs with broad overhangs and a full or partial front porch. Interiors boast built-ins and exposed beams. "CRAFTSMAN" Originating in New Orleans, these homes are best known for having a full-width front porch with a second story balcony above. "CREOLE" This architecture offers stone or brick construction. Expect gambrel roofs, some with wide flaring eves, dormers, gables and parapets are also common. "DUTCH COLONIAL" Known for symmetrical design, grand stairways to the front door and fan-shaped windows above the door with evenly spaced rectangular windows on either side. "FEDERAL" Originally used for French manor houses, this style is known for balanced and symmetrical proportions, brick or stone exteriors and steeply pitched roofs. "FRENCH PROVINCIAL" Features include square shapes, decorative crowns over the door, five windows evenly spaced across the front and a medium-pitched roof with little overhang. "GEORGIAN" Gothic Revivals are best known for their pointed arches used for windows and doors; steeply pitched roofs and front-facing gables are also common. "GOTHIC REVIVAL" Greek Revival architecture is often majestic, with tall columns and pediments, heavy cornices, small-paned sidelights and rectangular transoms with wide, plain trim. "GREEK REVIVAL" These homes boast a heavily ornamented style that can include corbels, window cornices, round windows and columns framing the doorways. "ITALIANATE" Often started as one-room cabins; these homes today are used in various settings and often have large windows to take advantage of beautiful views. "LOG HOME" The style is most prevalent in California and Florida. It is known for tiled roofs, stucco or adobe exteriors, balconies, arched entrances and grillwork. "MEDITERRANEAN" These homes often have clean lines, a flat or gabled roof, oversized windows and sliding glass doors; interiors emphasize open space. "MID-CENTURY MODERN" This two-story home is most known for its wide porches with a corresponding balcony on the second floor. Railings are decorative and typically made of wood. "MONTEREY" Wealthy homeowners are often attracted to this style with its simple side-gabled roofs, bold columns and elaborate pediments. "NEOCLASSICAL" Exterior construction of adobe or stucco characterizes these homes, along with flat roofs and roof beams that extend past the roofline. "PUEBLO" These homes are typically one to two stories, with towers, turrets, wrapped porches, fish scale siding and as much spindle work as possible. "QUEEN ANNE" Best known for the octagonal window above the front door, these homes typically have clean lines, hipped roofs and simple proportions. "REGENCY" Named after a box that actually held salt in the 1600s, the most prominent feature is the roofline that slopes from the second floor down to the first floor in the back. "SALTBOX" Identifying features include a Mansard roof, often with dormer windows on the upper floors. Some examples have a square central tower in the middle. "SECOND EMPIRE" A Shed home is best known for sharp angles and rooflines that slope in different directions to form geometric shapes. Exteriors are typically wood. "SHED" Shingle homes aren’t elaborately decorated, but they do have complex shapes that are tied together by cedar shingles on the outside walls and roofs. "SHINGLE" Shotgun homes are prevalent in areas that have limited space. A shotgun home has one story with a row of rooms, one behind the other, from front to back. "SHOTGUN" These homes are known for tile roofs, prominent arches, decorative tile accents, stucco exteriors, private courtyards and wrought iron railings. "SPANISH ECLECTIC" These homes have staggered floor levels to create two floors in part of the home, with a mid-level floor extending on one side. "SPLIT LEVEL" Stick homes typically have steep roofs, wide overhangs and board-and-batten exteriors where boards are placed between narrow strips of wood called battens. "STICK" Inspired by British styles, Tudor homes boast steep roofs and half timbers crossing over a typically stucco expanse of the exterior. "TUDOR" This style is renowned for its elaborate design, including “gingerbread” exterior trim, towers, wings and bays, steep roofs and vibrant exterior colors. "VICTORIAN" The ability to distinguish home architectural styles at a glance will come in handy for home buyers, home sellers and real estate professionals alike. Here’s a handy visual guide to some of the most common home architecture you may stumble upon in the housing market...

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