Thursday, February 27, 2014

What Style is Your Home?

Do you know everything about your home (or the home you are listing)? Do you know the distinguishing traits that make your home appealing? If not, this could help you determine the basics, like what architectural-style your home is. Below are five of the most popular architectural styles in the US.

1. Colonial-Style Homes
Colonial-style homes are distinguishable by their brick or wood facades. They are usually two-three stories and have a kitchen and family room on the first floor with bedrooms on the second. This is one of the most popular styles in America, originating in 1876.

2. Contemporary-Style Homes
The name originally referred to architect-designed homes built in the 1950s-1970s (but includes recent decades now). These types of homes are built with simple forms and geometric lines, glass, open space and innovative designs, and a sharp contrast in materials, textures and levels.

3. Victorian-Style Homes
These homes are inspired by the Victorian era (1860-1900). Homes of the Victorian era are romantic and have a lot of ornamentation and detail found in everything from the fabrics and patterns to colors and textures.

4. Tudor-Style Homes
These homes were built to resemble the style of the 16th-century Tudor dynasty in England (and are sometimes referred to as medieval revivals). Today’s Tudors very loosely resemble the late medieval homes with common features like steeply pointed rooftops, large chimneys, decorative wood trimmings and tall narrow windows.

5. Mediterranean-Style Homes
This style of architecture flourished in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s and is still popular today, typically in warmer climates. They usually have a U-shape floor plan surrounding a courtyard to promote cooling and cross ventilation. They are distinguished by a low-pitched red tile roof, arches and a stucco exterior.

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