Below is a partial guide that will help you identify the dominant features of your home and connect it with the appropriate sytle. Is your home a traditional one, cape cod, craftman, tutor?Which one's your favorite? What type of home did you grow up in?
Art Deco:Known for their flat roofs, metal window casements, and smooth stucco walls with rectangular cut-outs. They kinda have a "boat-like appearance". Art Deco homes became really popular in the 1980's.
Bungalow:Always informal in elevation and plan, bungalows are some of my favorite vacation homes. According to my research, "the bungalow" house was built abundantly across the United States between 1890 and the mid-1900s, becoming so popular that companies like Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Montgomery Ward offered mail-order houses that were pre-cut in factories then shipped out for fabrication on site by local carpenters. Pretty interesting isn't it?
French Provincial: Definitely one of the most elegant looks out there! I read that "balance and symmetry" are the ruling characteristics of this formal style. Homes are often brick with detailing in copper or slate. Defining features include a steep, high, hip roof; balcony and porch; rectangle doors set in arched openings; and double French windows with shutters, my favorite!
Ranch style:Sometimes called the California ranch style, this home in the Modern family, originated there in 1930s. Considered as one of the most popular American styles in the 1950s and 60s. Characterized by its one-story, pitched-roof construction, built-in garage, wood or brick exterior walls, picture windows, and sliding doors leading to patios. We have them all over Redding, CA.
National: The style is characterized by rectangular shapes with side gabled roofs or square layouts. The gabled-front-and-wing style pictured here is the most prevalent type with a side-gabled wing attached at a right angle to the gabled front.
Cape Cod: A 20th-century Cape Cod is square or rectangular with one or one-and-a-half stories and steeply pitched, gabled roofs. It may have dormers and shutters. The siding is usually clapboard or brick.
Craftsman:This is such a great style, very practical and it adds so much curb appeal to any street! Known or their overhanging eaves, a low-slung gabled roof, and wide front porches framed by pedestal-like tapered columns. Material often included stone, rough-hewn wood, and stucco. Many homes have wide front porches across part of the front, supported by columns.
Regency: They're symmetrical, two or three stories, and usually built in brick. Typically, they feature an octagonal window over the front door, one chimney at the side of the house, double-hung windows, and a hip roof. They've been built in the United States since the early 1800s.
Tutor:Certainly not as common in our area but I do see them in certain neighborhoods, the defining characteristics are half-timbering on bay windows and upper floors, and facades that are dominated by one or more steeply pitched cross gables. Patterned brick or stone walls are common, as are rounded doorways, multi-paned casement windows, and large stone chimneys. Aren't they unique?