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Beautiful Home Design Trends You Will Love

Beautiful Home Design Trends You Will Love

Whether you are remodeling, adding a second level, or giving your home some extra curb appeal, knowing the style of your house can help not only appreciate the way your home was designed and built, but you will also be able to create a successful plan. 

A great starting point for exterior design projects is to learn a bit about each of the styles and how they differ from one another before choosing a style for your home. This guide to home exterior design styles will help you understand the many variations within the different types of houses. 


7 Most Popular Home Design Styles 

1. Cape Cod

Originated in the 1600s, they were specifically designed to withstand the stormy weather on the Massachusetts coastline. Many centuries later, Cape Cod became a popular style for homes built in the 1930s. Traditionally, Cape Cods are modest boxes with a few exterior details; however, they have since evolved over the year, now incorporating different styles and influences. 

Modern cape Cod homes feature a steep roofline, wood siding, multi-pane windows, and hardwood floors. You will find many original Cape Cod-style homes do not have a finished space upstairs, so you may discover that the upstairs area is either incomplete or previously remodeled. Though, it can easily be changed to fit your needs. 

2. Cottage

Cottage-styled is smaller-scale homes that are charming and cozy. They can be used for everyday living, vacation homes, or rentals. Cottages include dormer windows, a porch with wicker furniture, or a small garden with a picket fence and flowers. Their features include steep roof pitches, arched doors, casement windows with small panes, and brick, stone, or stucco siding. 

Influenced by the medieval styles of the English countryside, cottage homes became especially popular during the 1920s and 1903s.

3. Farmhouse 

Used on agricultural lands, Farmhouses often feature porches added for shad, dormer windows, and local stone or timber structures. 

4. Victorian

There are several styles of houses that fall within the Victorian Era, which lasted from 1869 to 1900. Victorian Era homes are romantic, distinctive, and rich with detail from fabrics, patterns, colors, and texture. Turrets and towers are some of the most eye-catching details, along with interesting color combinations. 

Contemporary Victorian house designs retain the traditional characteristics but use modern fabrics and colors. These homes often feature a steeply pitched room patterned shingles and an asymmetrical facade with a partial or full-width front porch. 

5. Ranch

These are often single-story homes with large, overhanging eaves that usually include a large sliding door that connects the indoor space with a courtyard or patio outside. The exterior is faced with wood and bricks or a combination of both. Most Ranch-style homes have an attached garage that blends with the rest of the house. 

6. Colonial

Colonial homes have a formal feel and impressive look, with a restrained style that was developed by settlers from Europe who brought their resources and architectural influences to America. The traditional symmetrical Colonials have a brick facade, flat front, and a prominent front door flanked by columns. The Colonial-style, dating back to 1876, has become one of the most popular home styles in the United States. 

These homes typically have two or three stories, fireplaces and brick or wood facades. The classic floor plan includes the kitchen and family room on the first floor and the bedrooms on the second floor. Colonials are easy to add to your existing house; however, a brick facade may be difficult to match; a builder or designer can help you find complementary siding materials. 

7. Tudor

This style is known for its steeply pitched roofs, pointed-arched doorways, and decorative half-timbered exteriors. Tudor homes are known for their medieval look and feel. They include tall and narrow windows grouped in multiple locations with decorative crossbars to give Tudors a distinct sense of style. 

This style is closely connected to the architectural characteristics of the early 16th century Tudor dynasty in England. Modern Tudor houses today are loosely based on late Medieval English prototypes. 

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