Different Home Styles and Their Characteristics Part 1

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When it comes to homes, there are loads of different styles to choose from. If every house looked the same, it would just be boring. Everyone has a different taste when it comes to the styles, but not everyone might know what those house styles are or even some of the characteristics that come along with it. Hopefully this blog post can serve as a guide to help you decide what style you would like your next house to be! And of course, when you do decide, call me and I’ll help find the perfect home for you and your family! Below is just a few styles, there are tons out there, but this should be a good start!

Cape Cod

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Cape Cod Type of House – Image from Wikipedia

This home style can be found all across North America and was originally found in the northeastern part of the U.S. called New England after being brought over from Britain. They were designed for easy construction and to be able to stay warm and endure the cold winters. Some features include:

  • Steep roof to help keep snow from building up
  • Low ceilings to make the home easier to heat
  • Rectangle shape
  • Not much decoration on the outside of the house
  • Hardwood floors


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Colonial House – Image from Wikipedia

Probably the most common style of home across the U.S. Its origins date back to when its name alludes: the colonial settlements of early America. Colonial homes can be recognized by a few features like:

  • Two stories
  • A door right in the middle of the home
  • The door has two windows on either side and 5 windows on the second story
  • Medium pitched roof to help rain and snow run off
  • Either paired chimneys or a centrally located chimney


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Contemporary Home – Image from flickr

Contemporary homes are a newer style of home relative to the previous two. They use a lot of materials such as concrete, steel and glass. They are often open floor plans that allow for a lot of light in the house. While fairly easy to point out, here are some defining characteristics:

  • Asymmetrical shape to the outside of the house
  • A lot of glass to let in as much natural light as possible
  • Often made with “green” or recycled materials
  • Lack of ornamentation on the outside with clean cut lines
  • Open floor plan



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A Craftsman House – Image from Wikipedia

This style of home began to appear in southern parts of California and borrows from a few different architectural styles. After the style had its time in the spotlight, it began to be replaced by other styles. Since then, there has been a revival of the craftsman style home that continues through today. Once you know the features of a craftsman style home, they are very easy to identify:

  • Low pitched roofs often with beams exposed in the over hangs and ornate braces under the overhangs
  • Large porches
  • Green, yellow and brown colors typically outlined with white details
  • Pillars that taper as they go up and are supported by stone
  • Interior uses a lot of woods and stone throughout with ornate details



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An Italianate Home – Image from Wikipedia

The Italianate style began over in Europe when people wanted a feel for Italian styling homes outside of Italy. The style made its way over to the U.S. and was given a different spin on the original style. The style can be found everywhere in the U.S. except in the south. The features of this house include:

  • Square shaped an usually has a small tower with it
  • Tall house, usually with 2 to 4 stories
  • Large porches
  • Ornate brackets around the porch and roof


As you can see, there are plenty of house styles to choose from. This is only part one of the list, and I’m not even going to cover all of the different styles out there! Hopefully you found this insightful and have a better idea of what style house you may want to move into. Be sure to check in soon for Part 2 of my house styles blog! Once you do figure out what style home you and your family would like to move into, give me a call at (937)619-7447. You can also check out our current listings on Dayton Real Estate Online 24/7. Have a great week Dayton!

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