When you’re shopping for a home or building a custom home with a builder, you may feel like there’s a dizzying array of styles of homes available for you. Without an understanding of home architecture styles, you may feel a little overwhelmed by your options. Here, we’ll look at some popular exterior home styles, so that you can begin to get a feel for which styles appeal to you.
French Country Style Homes
French country style homes date back to a time in the 18th century during which France occupied a large swath of eastern North America. Typically one-storied, with many windows and paired shutters, this style still influences the design of many homes today. The French country style features steeply pitched roofs, stucco walls, and a half-timbered frame.
Tudor Style Homes
Tudor style homes are informed by a modern-day reinvention of Medieval English architecture. Built in one of the most instantly recognizable home architecture styles, Tudor houses have features that include prominent cross gables, decorative half-timbering, a steeply pitched roof, and tall windows with small windowpanes.
Craftsman houses are charming bungalows. On the exterior, they have low-pitched roofs with wide eaves, exposed rafters, gables with decorative beams or braces under them, and porches with tapered square columns. Inside, you’ll find tons of interior woodwork, including built-in shelving and seating.
Ranch Style homes
Traditional Ranch houses are built with efficiency in mind. Defined by simple floor plans and attached garages, this home style dates back to 1932 but is still popular today. As exterior home styles go, ranch-style houses can appear plain. They have a great potential for additions, though, and are easy to upgrade.
Contemporary Style Homes
Contemporary doesn’t necessarily mean contemporary, really. The term refers to architect-designed homes from the 1950s to 1970 and has come to describe many homes built in recent decades. Contemporary style homes tend to have simple forms and geometric lines, reflecting the experimentation dominant in the postwar modern period. Expect plenty of glass, open floor plans, and inventive designs without a lot of elaborate detail. Exposed roof beams and flat or low-pitched roofs are indicative of the contemporary style.
Build a Custom Home with Landmark Fine Homes
Whether you know the exact style of home you prefer or you have only a vague idea, take a look at our floor plans. We’ve got a wide variety of styles and we can customize our floorplans to be exactly what you want. Through every step of our process, we’ll work with you, helping you choose your floorplan, homesite, and home design. We’re committed to helping you realize your vision and create the home you’ve always dreamed of owning.
When you’re ready to build your dream home, Landmark Fine Homes has beautiful new and custom-built homes in a variety of sizes and floor plans, just waiting to become yours. Our homes are energy efficient and built with the utmost attention to detail. Make your next house the home of your dreams by contacting Landmark Fine Homes today!