Schuman Signature Realty: Nine of the most popular types of houses in America

The United States is a melting pot in terms of architecture and Americans enjoy an eclectic mix of designs and styles from around the globe.

The United States is a melting pot in terms of architecture and Americans enjoy an eclectic mix of designs and styles from around the globe.

But, like all art, architectural trends come and go in the United States. What was popular twenty years ago may have gone out of style, while what was popular seventy years ago is considered retro chic. It all depends.

Which one do you prefer?

A low, broad, single-story frame building with a moderately-steep-pitched gabled roof, a large central chimney, and very little ornamentation.

Traditional ranch style homes are single-story houses commonly built with an open-concept layout and a devoted patio space. Ranch home designs often feature long, low-pitch rooflines and large windows along the front of the house. The shape of a ranch style house can vary.

Queen Anne buildings almost always have a steep roof with cross gables or large dormers, an asymmetrical front façade, and an expansive porch with decorative wood trim. A round or polygonal front corner tower with a conical roof is a distinctive Queen Anne feature on many buildings of this style.

Their most defining characteristic is their emphasis on the horizontal rather than the vertical. They spread out over their lots, featuring flat or shallow hipped roof lines, rows of windows, overhanging eaves and bands of stone, wood or brick across the surface.

Tudor homes are characterized by their steeply pitched gable roofs, playfully elaborate masonry chimneys (often with chimney pots), embellished doorways, groupings of windows, and decorative half-timbering (this last an exposed wood framework with the spaces between the timbers filled with masonry or stucco).

With ties to historic European architecture, Mediterranean-style homes remind of sun-soaked, seaside locales. The elegant exteriors often feature elements such as red roof tiles, stucco walls, arches, and enclosed outdoor spaces. These Mediterranean-inspired homes showcase timeless style with global appeal.

A contemporary home is one that reflects the current style, which in this case would be 21st century architecture and design. It’s evolutionary, meaning it changes and grows as we do, constantly adapting to what’s new, intriguing, and trending in the world of home design.

European style home plans often use brick or stone and include high steeply pitched roofs, tall windows often with shutters, and traditional ornamental details like pediments and keystones. Arched openings are another common feature of European homes.

Whichever style you prefer Schuman Realty can help you find it.

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