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A Guide to Popular Residential Architecture Styles

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Homes may have one purpose – to deliver a living space for ourselves and our loved ones – but there are many more factors that come into play when we start the process of designing and building our dream homes. One important factor is the style of the home itself. Here’s a quick guide to the most popular architectural styles in the USA, from a leading residential architect in NJ.

  • Craftsman: This style dates back to the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century, where artisans rebelled against the cookie-cutter look of the homes built in the Industrial Revolution. These homes are all about creating a uniquely and artistic look, and generally have porches with thick columns, low-pitched roofs, exposed beams and a strong use of natural materials.
  • Country or colonial style: Reminiscent of the 18th century European colonists, these homes often have 2-3 stories and symmetrical placement of doors and windows. The front door entrance is a focal point in this design, often accompanied by a decorative pediment and pilasters to form an elegant covered entrance. Windows often have decorative shutters and walls are clapboard, exposed brick or shingle siding.
  • Ranch: Developed in the 1950s, this design is frequently seen in the West and Southwest, but is so popular that you can find them almost anywhere in the country. They are single story, low profile and often sprawling in nature, so are great for larger properties. The roof is a low–profile peaked structure and other typical build features include post-and-beam ceilings, sliding glass doors and picture windows.
  • Modern: This covers a wide range of designs that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s, characterized by flat or very low sloped roofs, horizontal walls of windows and minimalist design features. These designs focus on clean lines and sharply plastered walls rather than traditional embellishments.

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