Home hunting is one of the most exciting parts of the home buying process; there are tons of sizes, styles and colors of home to fit anyone’s taste. Sometimes, there are almost too many choices of home style to choose which one is best for you. So PorchLight Real Estate has put together a list of house styles to help you understand what you’re looking for in a home.

  • Ranch Ranch homes were first built in the 1920s, and has since been exported to other countries. A ranch style house is usually long and close to the ground. It has minimal decoration and is considered an informal and casual home.
  • Craftsman Craftsman homes were built between 1905 and 1930 and are becoming popular again. The Craftsman got its name from coming out of the “Arts and Crafts” Period of American Architecture. The Craftsman style, as you can imagine, is a decorative and ornate style of home. They are characterized by a low, gently sloping roof, a deep porch and distinctive square pillars. The interior of a craftsman has plenty of built-in cabinets, nooks and shelving. Often the interior beams are exposed and many have decorative molding.
  • Colonial A typical Colonial home will have a pitched roof, two floors with a row of windows on each floor. Colonial homes are commonly made of brick or use a siding for the façade, giving the home an older feel. Colonial homes are characterized by their symmetrical, clean shape.
  • Bungalow Most bungalows are residential detached homes, with a single story, sometimes an added second story. Sometimes they are referred to as 1 ½ stories. The added level will usually feature dormer window. The interiors generally feature a flowing floor plan with little wasted space on hallways. Bungalows are generally smaller homes, but there have been larger variations made.
  • Cape Cod Cape Code style homes were originally built by the pilgrims in New England to protect them from the extreme winters. Cape Cod homes are generally a low, broad building with a steep roof. They feature end gables and a central chimney, often with a fireplace in multiple rooms of the home.
  • Split Level Split level homes are exactly that; one floor of the house is about halfway between the floor and ceiling of the rest of the home. Typically one section of the house contains the living space—the family room, dining room and kitchen, with the bedrooms on another level.

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