Different types of Architecture.

While looking to purchase the perfect house, we are confronted with different type of architectural styles. In fact, it can become besetting to properly differentiate and understand each type. Below, you will be provided with a brief description of various architectural styles.

Cape Cod

This style of architecture started in the Mid 20th century. a Cape Cod is just like a big box, it is either square or rectangular. It originated from Cape Cod and was designed to be able to withstand the harsh winter in New England. It is either a one story or a one and a half story. The house is built of wood and the siding is usually clapboard or brick.

Contemporary

This style became popular in the Mid 50 to 1970. It typically has a flat roof. however, it can also have a gabled roof . It tends to have exposed beams. A contemporary style is designed to blend with nature and make good use natural light. It has a simple design.

Craftsman

This style started in the Early 20th century. It has wide front porches framed by pedestal. It has a low-slung gabled roof. The house looks robust and imposing. The house was shipped and assembled once delivered with materials from its destination. Hence, there could be a variation in finishes as well as materials used to complete it.

Federal

This style of house was popular from 1780 to 1820. the front door usually has sidelights and a semi-circular fanlight. It also has a flat and smooth facade. It is seen as a refinement of the Georgian style, given that people at the time were moving away this style

Georgian

This style was used from 1720 to about 1800. It has a decorative drown over the front door. It is typically constructed with brick and symmetrical. A Georgian style has typically an orderly row of five windows across the second floor.

Victorian

This style was used from 1860 to 1900. It has a steep roof, round angles. A victorian house, typically has stained glass, decorative woodwork and sometimes bright colors. It also, can have a tower like structure as well.

Saltbox

This style was used in the 1800s. It has a sharp sloppy roof, plunging from two and a half story in the front to a single story in the back. The sloppy design provided insulation against the cold wind.

Tudor

This style was used from 1890 to 1940. It is characterized by half timbering on the facade. It has Steep pitched cross gables, Patterned brick or stone walls. It also has multi-paned casement windows.

Dutch Colonial

This style started in the 1600s. Dutch Colonial is a style of domestic architecture, primarily characterized by gambrel roofs having curved eaves creating a barn-like effect. It has double hung sash windows, horizontally divided double doors.

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