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Inspired by the British and first built in the 1600s Cape Cod is typically built with steeper roofs and larger chimneys to withstand cold winters. Cape Cod is also distinguished by dormer windows up top, windows that flank the front door and are sometimes seen with cedar shingles.
Known for its symmetry and seen throughout the united states, Colonial architecture has many variations due to the diversity of American settlers. The key characteristics include evenly spaced columns, chimneys, dormers and windows (typically with shutters).
As designs and appearance vary greatly, contemporary refers to today’s building styles. Features include a focus on natural finishes such as wood, stone or brick with simple ornamentation. Typically, contemporary homes include large windows with lots of natural light, local, recycled or eco-friendly materials and open floor plans.
Born of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Craftsman (Typically Bungalows) carry an emphasis on materials such as wood, brick and stone. Exteriors are found with low-pitched roofs, wide front porches and exposed wood designs in the form of post and beams. The interiors typical offer open floor plans with vaulted ceilings or exposed beams and large fireplaces.
As its name implies farmhouses were built in rural areas with an emphasis on functionality over design. Although they can mimic other designs such as Colonial or Victorian, farmhouses are best known for their large encompassing porches. These homes also display a warmth and simplicity through its natural textures and materials like wood.
With its romantic touches and decorative appeal French Provincial is inspired by the large estates of the French countryside. Modern day styles typically incorporate steep, pointed roofs with symmetrical proportions along side the use of stone or brick.
Popularized in America in the 1800s this style is commonly found on large estates in the south. The predominate features include a symmetrically low-pitched roof in the shape of a pediment upheld by tall columns. Other key features also include transoms and bold moldings.
Seen on the countryside of Tuscany and built primarily in the 1800s, Italianate is modeled after the villas of Italy. Key features include rounded entryways, doors and windows (windows can also be rectangular), cornice (type of Crown Moulding) and corbels. With cornice (type of Crown Moulding) above rectangular windows, decorative corbels, columned entryways, and rounded windows Italianate is a style easily extinguished from any other.
Influenced and modeled after the hacienda style of the Mediterranean, these homes are typically seen with red or brown roof tiles, plaster or stucco siding and various arches. Popularized in the US in the early 1900’s other features now include porticos, balconies and details like colourful tiles and wooden doors.
Despite its name, modern homes go back over 50 years to the historic art movement of modernism. Open living spaces with large expanses of glass windows and walls, post and beam structure with flat or broad low-pitched roofs, geometric lines, and a clean look all add to the distinctive style of a modern home.
Originally Chinese architecture, other Asian countries have adopted and adapted key features that make these homes stand out. Best know for the curved roofs that expand beyond the exterior walls, great emphasis and details is also put on the exterior landscaping. These homes are designed with a theme that bring relaxation and serene, making them some of the most beautifully landscaped homes.
Sometimes referred to as Ranch Bungalows, these homes are typically found as either a single floor or split-level. Exterior designs vary greatly which allows for greater customization which puts the main focus more on the interior. Key features include open floor plans and easy access to the outdoors, Ranch homes typically include more and larger windows, an attached garage and an elongated floor plan.
With steeply pitched, multi-gabled roofs and decorative half-timber framing, Tudor homes are easily distinguished and recognizable. Originating in England, the steep pitched roofs make these homes ideal for wet and snowy climates. Other features also include masonry chimneys, embellished doorways and grouping of windows.
Emerging in the 1800’s and getting its name after Queen Victoria, these homes are built for appearance and beauty over functionality. Complex in design Victorian homes typically feature large porches, asymmetrical shapes, bright colours, ornate trim and multi-faceted rooflines.