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15 Popular and Common Home Types

Thursday, June 9, 2022   /   by Margie Wright

15 Popular and Common Home Types

You may have in mind exactly what you want for a home. It's all there in your mind, perfectly envisioned, with everything in the right place. It can be difficult to describe the style and architecture, though, especially if you don't spent lots of time looking at those details. Have no fear! This blog post goes over the fifteen most popular and most common home types and architectures!


Common Structural Types
1. Single-Family Home
Single-family homes are freestanding, residential buildings that don't share a wall with another building. The home owner typically owns the building and the land that the building sits on. This is what most people look for and what most people want. They can be in a neighborhood or far away from other people. Really, the options are endless! It's no wonder that this is easily the most popular type of house structured.

2. Semi-Detached Home
A semi-detached home is a single-family dwelling that shares one common wall with another dwelling. This means that you'll only have one neighbor to your right or to your left. Typically, the home design is mirrored on each side. Each side has its own main entrance, and some semi-detached homes have separate driveways for each side with a shared front yard space.

3. Multifamily Home
A multifamily home is a residential property that is comprised of more than one housing unit. There are multiple ways that a multifamily home can be set up, and it's primarily an umbrella term. However, each unit within the multifamily is like to have its own main entrance, kitchen space, and bathroom.

4. Townhome
Townhomes are multifloor homes with their own entrance, bathroom, and kitchen space. They share two walls with neighbors, unless the townhome is located at the end of the building. Townhome and townhouse are commonly used interchangeably, so if you're concerned about them meaning different things, talk to your real estate agent about any particular differences.

5. Condominiums (Condos)
Condos are buildings that are made up of individual units that are owned. They can look and feel like apartments, but the main difference is that a condo owner owns the interior space of their unit and is building equity with each mortgage payment. The common area is usually managed by a homeowners association. Because of that homeowners association, fees will need to be paid by the homeowners of those condos.

6. Tiny Home
Tiny homes are typically 60-400 square feet in size. Like the name implies, they are tiny. But they've been growing in popularity since they can be mass produced, more easily built from scratch, and can even be mobile! They come in a wide range of styles, so it really is customizable. Plus, they can be made to be entirely livable and comfortable.

7. Mobile Home
Also known as manufactured homes, mobile homes are built in factories and fixed to a permanent chassis with wheels. They can be installed in both permanent and temporary locations. Normally, they do cost less than single-family style homes. As they have been developed more, though, they now come in a variety of options and designs!


Popular Architectural Styles
1. Ranch Style
These style of homes are built with accessibility and flexibility in mind. Normally, they are built horizontally and each room is easily interchangeable with the next. The spaces can be developed into whatever you want them to be!  Floor plans tend to be open. The ranch style is typically single story with an attached garage; brick, wood, and/or stucco exterior; and accented with simple trim. Large picture windows and sliding glass doors that lead to a deck or backyard are also featured in this style.

2. Cape Cod Style
The Cape Cod style home was originally designed to withstand the harsh New England winters given where the style originated from. They feature heavy shutters to protect windows. The original homes featured a central fireplace linked to chimneys throughout the home to heat separate areas more efficiently. With the modern style, the shutters are certainly more decorative, and the fireplaces are placed at the end of the home rather than the center. Normally, they're one or one-and-a-half stories with a steep roof and small roof overhang. A center door gives the home a very symmetrical appearance. Hardwood floors are the usual option, as well as a formal floor plan and multipaned windows.

3. Colonial Style
Much like Cape Cod style, the modern colonial style is marked by symmetry. Exterior windows, doors, and columns are mirrored on each side of the home. Typically, they are two to three stories with a rectangular shape and gabled roof. Brick or wood siding compliments decorative crowning over the front door that's supported by columns. Bedrooms are on upper levels while living areas and grand entrances are on the first floor.

4. Victorian Style
What we normally call a Victorian-style home is technically the architectural style called Queen Anne. The style comes from the Victorian era where homes were large structures with ornate woodwork and large wraparound porches. Much of these features are still incorporated today! Most often, they're brightly painted and have all sorts of unique features: steeply pitched roofs of irregular shape, ornate woodwork, textured shingles, one story high porch that extends around the front and/or sides of the house. It's not uncommon for the exterior of Victorian homes to have up to eight colors. The interior often features high ceilings, deep archways between rooms, and each room being clearly divided by usage.

5. Tudor Style
Like many other architectural styles, the Tudor style originated in England. Tudor style homes feature multigabled roofs and half-timber framing. In America, it wasn't sought-after for long, but it was popular enough to make an appearance for many homes. The roofs are steeply pitched with wide gables and elaborate chimneys. The exterior is typically exposed wood framework with the spaces between filled with stucco and masonry. Large windows have multiple panes framed by wood or metal. And there is typically stone trim and decoratively embellished doorways.

6. Mediterranean Style
Veering away from the styles originating in England, the Mediterranean style draws from countries like Greece, Spain, and Italy. Typically, these homes are built with a stucco exterior, red clay roof tiles, and large arched windows. The original style came about to help ward off the desert heat. The roof is typically or low-pitched. They normally include extensive outdoor living areas or verandas, second-floor balconies, and large open seating areas to allow for air flow. The balconies along with the windows are also normally surrounded by wrought-iron railings and details.

7. Contemporary Style
As opposed to modern, contemporary refers to the present time. Modern refers to a period that has already passed. Contemporary homes are often changing, but right now, these homes are built with eco-friendly materials. They're most known for clean, simple lines, neutral colors, and natural textures.

8. Modern Farmhouse
The modern farmhouse style has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years. Pulling inspiration from traditional farmhouses, the modern farmhouse features tall ceilings, exposed beams, and a large front porch. It blends rustic and modern to have the rustic feel with clean lines and modern convenience. Roofs are typically barn-shaped and have all the functionality of modern homes.

9. Prairie Style
Tired of the European styles during the Victorian era, young architects wanted to make something new and more in line with American living. The prairie style home was designed to reflect the surrounding American environment. These are designed for functioning and openness. The floorplan is open concept with simple and natural woodwork. The roofs are long and flat, furthering the very simple and open concept.

10. Midcentury Modern Style
This style is easily recognizable as it's characterized by flat straight lines, large glass windows, and open spaces. The focus is simplicity and integration with nature. The form is supposed to be used as function. Typically, this style has bilevel floor plans, wide flat roofs, asymmetrical features, and angular details. Walls of glass, very open floor plans, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow for the feeling of being part of the environment around the home. Normally, midcentury modern style uses steel, plywood, and concrete in the home's construction.

11. Split-Level Style
In split-level homes, living spaces are separated by short flights of stairs. It's common to enter the front door and be met by those short flights of stairs going up and going down into the different areas of the home.

12. Cottage Style
Cottage style homes are gaining in popularity with the rise of the cottagecore aesthetic. They're very cozy and on the smaller side when it comes to square footage. They often feature wood, small porches, and small fireplaces. Even though the living space is smaller, it's very cozy. Plus, each cottage home has its own individual character that makes it truly unique.

13. French Country Style
French country style homes are inspired by the homes found in French countryside areas like Provence. Typically they have pointed roofs, shutters, and a weathered appearance (on purpose). They also normally incorporate stone elements and lots of wood or other natural materials. Inside, color palates are normally subdued with exposed wood grain, distressed paint and decor, and vintage furniture.

14. Bungalow Style
A bungalow style home typically has tapered or squared columns supporting the roof, lots of main floor living space, and a fireplace. It's a very simple style, but it's especially known for its affordability. Plus, there are several styles of bungalow! Lots of options to look for and decide which one works best for you. Most of the living spaces are on the main floor of the home with the living room at the center. Normally, they are one or one-and-a-half stories with a low-pitched roof and horizontal shape. Front porches are large and covered. Plus, lots of built-in cabinetry, shelves, and a large fireplace with cabinetry built-in on either side.

15. Craftsman Style
A craftsman style home focuses on the value of handmade and well-constructed architecture. They feature hand-worked materials, exposed beams, and plenty of custom elements. With so much of the work being hand-crafted, much of that work will be shown off. Custom elements include built-in bookshelves, hand-laid fireplaces, and window seats.

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