Year after year, trends change in what the most popular home styles are. In the early 20th century, small homes that looked like little pill boxes dominated many American cities, while mid-century developers used ranch homes predominantly. So what are the current trends in home styles today? Read on to learn more.
Craftsman homes are still the most popular design in home styles, and have been for a long time. They are well laid-out homes with reliable designs inside. The homes tend to be a bit boxy, but they are classically styled and often feature a fine porch to relax on. Eaves are deeply overhanging for increased shelter from the sun – and the rain. You will find Craftsman’s throughout the country and they allow for great air flow from room to room wherever you are. They often feature a mix of materials like stone and wood and cherish the work that goes into building them – hence the craftsman name.
Traditional homes are the most common in snowier areas like the Rocky Mountain west, the Midwest, and the Northeast. They look a lot like the homes built in the colonial period by European immigrants. They have a specific floor plan and a particular layout of windows. You will often have two windows next to the door, one on each side, and the upper floor has five front facing windows, with one immediately above the door.
Second, and sometimes third, floors will feature dormers. Kids love those as play areas, and parents like to set up their home offices in these niches. They often have big porches and lots of details like shutters and trim.
Out west you’ll find ranch styles, particularly in the Southwest. Ranches were set up to be on true cattle ranches in the west, but they became popular all over.