The 10 Most Common House Styles (& How To Tell the Difference)

The 10 Most Common House Styles (& How To Tell the Difference)

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Jennifer Hunter
Jan 21, 2015
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Quick quiz: what's the difference between a Craftsman and a Country House? Are Cottages and Farmhouses synonyms or completely different styles? Who knows, right? We do.

If you've been scratching your head at the real estate listings and you just need a refresh, the listen up. We recently came across this super-helpful guide to the ten most popular styles of home in America. Here's a taste:

Country Style

This style is usually lumped together with Colonial homes because of their similar, European influenced details like wood detailing, wide porches and their defining characteristic: a front door flanked by a window on each side and five smaller windows above.

Modern Style

These homes came into vogue mid-century and feature lower roofs, horizontal orientation and large fireplaces. They're sleek and clean-lined and often use materials like wood and marble.

Cottage Style

Smaller houses that rose to popularity in the 1920s. They often have a small second story and usually feature plenty of built-ins like bookcases or window seats.

Ranch Style

Always single-story, these homes can have a sprawling footprint (as was possible on a ranch) and originated in the West and Southwest.

Southern Style

Often has elements to help protect against hot, humid weather like large shutters, wrap-around porches and wide roof overhangs. Also includes traditional plantation-style details such as columns.

There are five more styles to learn about at The Huffington Post.

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