WHAT'S YOUR STYLE... houses come in all shapes and sizes but how do we know what style is for us?

Has anyone asked you 'What's your style?' and your left you trying to figure out if your contemporary, or modern-contemporary, country living or traditional? If you’re searching for the perfect home, this question has undoubtedly come up. There are so many variations to our list of  architectural types, it's hard to know what these home styles even mean! Craftsman, contemporary, Mediterranean, the list goes on!

Here's a break down with a couple of features to take not when you're on the hunt for your perfect home style!


Contemporary-Modern design is determined by clean, simple lines, a minimum of decoration, lots of glass, and flat or shed roof lines. Many feature unusual open floor plans and Indoor/outdoor living spaces.

Colonial Homes

Colonial-style Historically speaking was developed in the original thirteen American colonies. As settlers adapted European building techniques to the materials available and the climates in their New World colonies.

The Colonial home plans being built in America today are more accurately called "Colonial Revival," which was first seen around 1880, and grew rapidly after World War I.

European-style homes

This style is very popular today because of the sense of luxury conveyed by multi-peaked roof lines, bay-shaped rooms and windows, and architectural details such as repeating arches, wrought-iron balconies, clay-tile roofs, and decorative stone.

Southwestern house

Most of these home plans are found in southern California, Nevada or Arizona. Although not necessarily representative of Spanish Homes Plans. Many Southwestern houses offer stucco walls and tile roofs to buffer the sun and heat.

The NEW American

Popular from 1980, this is a style often seen in American suburbs. Soaring entryways, a mix of materials, and prominent garages are all common on the exterior. This style is also called Postmodern.

Neoclassical homes

these are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. These homes are large (usually two or two-and-a-half stories) and often feature a prominent portico supported by large columns. Roofs are most often side gabled, with an elegant triangular pediment over the front entrance.

Ranch-style homes

Ranch home plans, are usually one story, though they may have a finished basement, and they are wider then they are deep. Simple floor plans are usually divided into a living wing and a sleeping wing. Exterior ornamentation is limited.

Victorian home

Victorian homes have elaborate detail inside and out, with asymmetrical floor plans, grand towers and turrets, and distinctive gingerbread trim. Reflecting the freedom afforded by the industrial revolution, which spawned the building techniques to create more elaborate homes.

Mediterranean-style homes

Traditionally found in Mediterranean countries, particularly Spain, France and Italy. A low-pitched tile roof, often red, is the most distinctive characteristic. Usually finished in stucco, these home plans often include extensive outdoor living areas, columns, and arched windows and openings. Wrought-iron balconies and details are also common.

The Traditional Country House

Typically, country home plans combine several traditional architectural details. Look for porches, gables, lap siding, shuttered windows, and dormer windows on country home plans. Their famous nostalgic look lends them their cozy appeal. Picture a home in a Norman Rockwell painting and, inevitably, you'll be imagining a country home plan.

Craftsman home  

Craftsman home plans are cozy, simple and show casing natural materials. Open porches with overhanging beams and rafters are common to Craftsman homes. The structural components are often visible, especially around the corners of the home and the gables. Bungalows, which are often one-and-a-half stories with low-pitched roofs.

Traditional home plans

Have characteristics of one or more historical architectural styles. They may be eclectic (displaying multiple stylistic influences) or simply pared-down, modern-day interpretations of historic styles.

As such, they fit in well in any number of settings, from established neighborhoods to rural lots. They tend to feature “traditional” floor plans, with a formal living and dining room, along with traditional comforts like welcoming front porches and cozy fireplaces. Traditional house plans come in all sizes,

Whichever style you choose it is quite possibly the most exciting and rewarding  process to go through, the excitement of finding the right home for you and enjoying the process along the way!

Next to come is how to decorate the interior of your home

Any and All your Real Estate needs we are here to help and guide you through the process!

Will Hickey and Associates


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