America’s Most Loved Home Styles

Published on February 6th, 2017

If you’re house hunting, chances are you already have a specific style of home in mind, but the type of home you like might not be the most popular one in your region. We are going to breakdown each region and examine the most popular types of homes. Choosing the right type of home is important, especially when it comes to price, size, location, school districts and much more. It is hard to be sure which type of home you want until you familiarize yourself with all of your options.

Out of the millions of houses in America, there are a wide variety of styles, and each region has its favorite. Some of these homes could surprise you! Take a look:

The Northeast

This might not be a huge surprise, but many people in the northeast favor a Colonial or Cottage-Style look when it comes to their homes. This style stems from the nation’s first settlers and reflects the European influence they brought with them. Another popular style is a Ranch/Rambler-style home which became more popular after the Industrial Revolution.

Country Style: These homes are most easily recognizable by their influence from the 18th century colonists. They often feature wide porches, shutters, spaced windows and woods accents and siding.

Ranch/Rambler Style: These homes first rose in popularity in the 1950s and 60s. Large and single-story homes like these are often built in an “L” or “U” shape featuring an attached garage.

Cottage Style: Cottage-style homes are often smaller than other homes, most similar in design to a modern Craftsman. Some distinguishable features include an oversized front porch, painted woodwork, built-in dining and displays and a small second story in place of where an attic would typically be.

The Midwest

The most popular types of homes in the Midwest are Craftsman and, again, a Ranch/Rambler style. However, Michigan and Ohio have a significant number of Colonial-style homes because they border the Northeast region.

Craftsman Style: Craftsman style homes are large, newly-built homes that focus primarily on stone and wood. Some would say this style of home is the most popular on the market. These beautiful homes emphasize the relationship with nature and construction.

Farmhouse Style: Found throughout much of the country, a Farmhouse-style home is often built on rectangular foundations with additional rooms added to each side of the property. These homes have narrow windows, simple lines, large porches, wood siding and usually a metal roof.

Modern/Prefab Style: The Modern-style home arose in the housing market around the same time as the Ranch/Rambler. These homes have mostly straight, flat rooflines, horizontal windows and large undecorated fireplaces. Only the highest quality materials including marble, stone, wood floors and paneling are used to assemble this type of home.

The South

States like Texas and Oklahoma prefer Traditional and Modern-style homes, while other states in the South prefer and wide-open layout that a Ranch/Rambler provides. Georgia is unique, however, as nearly 20% of its homes are built in the European - particularly French - style of architecture.

Southern Style: To adapt to the hot and humid climate of the south, this type of home has large, operable shutters, wide roof overhangs and a wrap-around porch with a few rocking chairs. This type of home also includes columns.

European Style: European-style homes often draw their inspiration from the beautiful architecture of France, Italy and England. These homes are built to last including plaster walls, marble floors and large centerpiece fireplaces. There is a perfect balance of wood, stone and plaster, as well as complicated rooflines.

The West

Homes in the west follow similar design; such as Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Washington loving the Ranch/Rambler layout, with small percentages of Colonial-style homes sprinkled throughout. California and Hawaii on the other hand love the modern look and feel.

Mediterranean Style: These types of homes have hints from the Mediterranean shores of Spain, France and Italy. These homes are recognized by their plaster walls, rot-iron-enclosed patios, wood beams and tiled roofs. Interior details of these homes are kept simple and clean.

Now that you know what this country has to offer when it comes to types of homes, you can zone in on the style you are looking for. Make sure you always keep an open mind, though; you never know what you are going to like!

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