We’ve all watched an episode or nine of “House Hunters” featuring buyers who are set on owning a particular style of home. From “Craftsman” to “Traditional” to “Tudor,” some folks happen to know exactly what they want.
If you’re well into the home buying process, this might resonate with you. There’s a good chance you’ve settled on a particular style, and you’re ready to find it (within budget, of course).
However, there are dozens upon dozens of different home styles out there. So, if you’re just starting to shop around, and you’re struggling to distinguish “Contemporary” from “Bungalow,” it’s totally OK.
Here at Knock, we come across a little bit of everything in the Atlanta market, but there are 10 particular styles that make it to our desks most frequently. Before you take it to the streets to view homes, take a look at this brief overview and get acquainted with a style you'll love.
Ranch homes made their first appearance in the U.S. in the late 1920s. These single-story houses tend to have open floor plans, making it easier for people to personalize the houses to fit their needs.
Outside, you’ll see an attached carport or garage, as well as large windows. Inside, you’ll pretty much always come across an asymmetrical footprint, and a sliding glass door that leads out to a patio.
The Traditional style is the most common in the U.S. At first glance, they can be tricky to identify because they don’t have set architectural details that set them apart from other styles. They also come in any size and number of floors.
But the interior stays true to the name: Traditional homes boast conventional features, so within them, you’ll find formal dining and living rooms, front porches and fireplaces.
The Contemporary style is pretty much a reflection of the times. These homes are built with sustainable materials, e.g. granite countertops and bamboo flooring. Large windows are also placed throughout to help reduce lighting costs.
Many people seek Contemporary homes because of how adaptable the spaces are. As family members move in and out, open floor plans and a lack of walls make it easier for homeowners to add and remove rooms.
Another major component of Contemporary-style homes is their concentration on outdoor entertaining. The backyard spaces are ideal for hosting and enjoying the outdoors with friends.
These homes are typically two or three stories, and often feature a small backyard or front yard.
A condo sits within a larger complex and can come in many forms, for example they can exist as units within a high-rise or as part of a cul-de-sac. Owners typically get to enjoy common facilities like pools, tennis courts and workout rooms with neighboring tenants.
When it comes to buying a condo, buyers need to keep in mind that they will only own the airspace within the unit; not the land the property sits on.
Craftsman homes are built for function, so built-in benches and cabinets aren’t uncommon. Outside, they feature low rooflines and large porches. Wooden structural elements abound, and the front door of a Craftsman can be identified by the thick glass panes it bears.
The Bungalow is the most common type of Craftsman home. You can identify these one-story houses (sometimes one-and-a-half, including a small attic) by their low-pitched profile and overhanging eaves.
Tudor homes, also known as Medieval Revival, are reminiscent of the cottages illustrated in your favorite storybooks as a child.
These structures feature steeply pitches roofs, arched doors, elaborate chimneys and wood framing. Tudor homes are built with simple materials, such as stone, brick, stucco and wood.
The Colonial style stems from—you guessed it—the U.S. Colonial period in the 1700s. These two- or three-story homes are symmetrical, with a centered entry way and an equal number of windows on each side.
Classic plans place the kitchen, dining and living rooms on the first floor and the bedrooms upstairs.
Victorian-style homes tend to be elaborate in size and style. With their asymmetrical roofs, gingerbread ornamentation, large porches and brightly painted shingles, these homes are hard to miss.
For a vision of some famous Victorian homes, close your eyes and think back to the opening of “Full House”. San Francisco’s Painted Ladies, which were featured on the show, are Victorian homes.