Home Architecture Guide

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Contemporary Home Architecture and Design Features

Contemporary homes first gained popularity in the mid to late 1900s and have become increasingly common since then. This architectural category includes a lot of different house shapes and styles. Some Contemporary homes have Postmodern influences and others have Neoeclectic elements. The key to identifying a true Contemporary home is the presence of many tall [...]
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Ranch Style Home Architecture and Design Features

Ranch Style homes go by many names, including American Ranch, Western Ranch, and California Rambler. These homes first gained popularity in the mid 1900s. Ranch Style is a direct descendant of the Prairie Box home design. As with Prairie Box homes the stress in designing ranch style homes was on economical design and use of [...]
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Italianate Home Architecture and Design Features

Inspired by the great Villas of Italy, in America the Italianate home architecture style has been a popularly used home design theme for more than a century.
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Arts and Crafts Home Architecture and Design Features

The arts and crafts style of home architecture evolved in California during the early to mid 20th century and is heavily influenced by Asian design aesthetics.
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Gothic Revival Home Architecture and Design Features

Gothic Revival style homes became popular in American during the late 19th century and typically feature a flat roof, two or more stories tall and Gothic style parapets or battlements.
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Georgian Colonial Home Architecture and Design Features

Timeless and elegant, the Georgian Colonial style of home architecture and design typically features window shutters, a low pitched hip roof and rectangular shape.
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Prairie Home Architecture and Design Features

Low and angular, the prairie home style of architecture is credited to Frank Lloyd Wright and is influenced by Japanese design aesthetics.
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Queen Anne Home Architecture and Design Features

Queen Anne home design, which is one of many offshoots of Victorian style, was most popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The advent of mass-production allowed for creation of fancy trims and woodwork at a reasonable price. Queen Annes are multi-story, sometimes rising as large as two, three, or even four stories tall. [...]
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Federal Home Architecture and Design Features

Formal and elegant, the Federal style home features a symmetrical, usually rectangular shape and two or even three floors.
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Foursquare Home Architecture and Design Features

Featuring four rooms on each floor and typically a large central dormer above the main door, homes with foursquare floor plans are popular in the Arts and Crafts, Prairie and Farmhouse styles of architecture.