Home Styles and Architectural Design

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Every home has a specific style. It’s important to know these home styles so you can tell your real estate agent what you are looking for in your search for a lake home. Below are six common home styles from around the United States:


This home is rectangular and narrow with one and one-half stories. It originated in the state of California. This style emerged in the 1880s in reaction to the decoration of the Victorian homes.

This style was then moved eastward into the Midwest during the 20th century and was booming until the Great Depression. They have low-pitched gabled or even hipped roofs. They also have small porches that are covered over the entryway.

Lake HomeColonial

America’s colonial time period includes a number of different housing styles and types. However, the colonial features will be similar. They are symmetrical and rectangular with bedrooms located on the second story.

This type of home normally includes double hung windows and will include small square panes.

Contemporary architectureContemporary

You can spot these types of homes by the odd sized and tall windows. They will typically have an unusual mixture of wall materials like brick, stone, and wood.

The architectural designs popped up between the 1950s and the 1970s. There were two type created, which have flat roofs and gabled roofs.


prairie architecturePrairie

This style emerged in 1893 when Frank Lloyd Wright designed the very first one. Wright is one of the most famous architects known. They come in two types; symmetrical and boxy or asymmetrical and low slung. The roofs are low pitched and have wide eaves.

The most common materials include clapboard or brick. Some other features include casement windows, large parch square supports, and floral geometric terra cotta or ornamentation surrounding the windows, doors, and the cornices.

ranch houseRanch

This style emerged in the 50s and 60s. This was due to the popularity of automobiles. This style includes some features form the Prairie and the Spanish Colonial styled homes.

Its pitched roof, one-story construction, a built on garage, and the brick or wood exterior walls characterize it. It also includes sliding windows and doors that lead to the patios.

victorian architectureVictorian

This style dates back all the way to the 19th century when America was exploring new designs. It includes curved towers and porches that are spindled. They were typically built on the main streets in cities to add a beautiful appeal.


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Glenn S. Phillips is the CEO of Lake Homes Realty. He is also an author and speaker. When not thinking about real estate and technology, he periodically plays his ugly tuba (complete with a bullet hole), enjoys exploring cognitive thinking, and prefers dark chocolate.

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