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Today’s Most Popular Types of Houses

It can be confusing to search for the perfect home if you’re looking to purchase a home. While you can imagine your dream home, it’s not possible to express exactly what you want for your realty agent to narrow down your search. We can help!


The term bungalow refers to any 20th-century home that maximizes space. But, its roots date back to mid-17th-century India. The term was originally used to refer to homes that were built in Bengali style. This was common for homes belonging to the British ruling class.

This style was more popular for homes built in suburbs in Arts and Crafts styles in the 1900s. There are many types of bungalows – California style or Chicago style, ranch style, or even ranch style. However, they all reference the same home.

Some features include:

  • Either one- or two-story homes with a low-pitched roof, and a horizontal design
  • Low eaves and exposed rafters
  • Supporting the roof are squared or tapered columns
  • Large covered front porches
  • The majority of living spaces are located on the main floor, with the living area in the middle.
  • There are many built-in cabinets, shelves, and large fireplaces with built-in cabinetry.

Cape Cod

This design home was built in Cape Cod, the U.S.A in the middle of the 1600s. These homes are a tribute to the English cottage and were built to withstand harsh, cold New England winters. The original homes featured large shutters that could be shut during a storm as well as a central chimney that was connected to each room’s fireplace. Modern Cape Cods often have decorative shutters. Chimneys are placed at one corner of the roof, rather than at the center.

Some features include:

  • Either one- or one-and-a-half stories with a steep, sloping roof and small roof overhang
  • The home is made from wood and covered with clapboard and shingles. It has a symmetrical appearance, with a center door.
  • The architecture includes multipaned Windows, Dormers (which can be used as usable space by openings in the roof), and a formal floorplan, often with hardwood floors.


Similar to Cape Cod, the houses for sale tulum mexico was created by the arrival on the Eastern Seaboard of English colonists. Although it has many of the same architectural styles as Cape Cod, it’s still easily identifiable.

Colonial homes have a distinctive geometry: they feature a square, symmetrical façade, equally spaced multipaned Windows with shutters and fireplaces that are evenly proportioned with chimneys.

Some features include:

  • Two to three stories in a rectangular shape with a gabled roof (both slope at the same angle), and dormers
  • A decorative crown is placed above the front door, supported by pilasters/columns
  • Construction can be done with bricks or wood siding
  • Grand entrances with porticos are a great way to show off living spaces on the first floor. Bedrooms can be found on the upper floors.


This style is a result of areas in the Mediterranean like Spain, Italy, and Greece. It was a result of Spanish colonialists’ mission churches. This unique style is extremely popular in Southern states. It typically has a stucco exterior with large arched windows and a tile roof.

Some features include:

  • A flat or low-pitched tile roof with warm-colored stucco finishing.
  • Many homes feature large outdoor living areas, verandas, or balconies on the second floor. These open seating areas allow air to flow throughout the home.
  • Balconies and large arched windows are surrounded by wrought-iron railings.

Midcentury Modern

The midcentury contemporary style is easy to recognize. It’s characterized by flat straight lines and large glass windows. The design is simple and integrates with nature. The function is the main focus.

It was popularized in the 1950s and 60s. Rudolph Schindler (above), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (below), and Joseph Eichler are some of the most prominent architects who have used this style.

Some features include:

  • Bilevel floor plans featuring wide flat roofs and angular details.
  • Focus on floor-to-ceiling windows, walls, and glass in wide-open floor plans
  • They are known for using concrete, plywood, and steel in their home construction


Although the midcentury home is still a popular style, the American-style ranch house gained popularity quickly as a result of the post-World War II baby boom and high demand for quality and affordable housing throughout the U.S.

Each room is easily accessible and can be used in any order. The layout allows for a family space to be converted into a home office or a formal dining and living room to become a library.

Some features include:

  • One-story with brick, stucco, or wood exterior and simple trim. Sometimes with an attached garage.
  • Large picture windows with sliding glass doors can be used to access a backyard or patio.
  • Floor plans that are open to the outside world are more appealing than those with divided rooms.


This home style is distinguished by its staggering floor-level layout. This is the master bedroom. A short set of stairs leads to the main level landing area. Another set of stairs leads to the basement. This area is often finished and has a walkout.

Often, you can also access the garage via the basement. Frank Lloyd Wright, who believed half-floors would blend with the landscape, was the driving force behind the popularity of split-level homes.

Some features include:

  • There may be three levels or more with the main entry usually located at the middle level.
  • You can have the front door open to a foyer or land with small flights of stairs leading up and down. Alternatively, the front door could open directly into the main living area. The stairs can be located in another spot.
  • Living activities are separate. This means that sleeping, eating, and socializing are done on separate levels.


As with many other styles of home, it was also created in England. It is most well-known for its multi-gabled, steep roofs and half-timber framing. Many of these homes were built between the ’20s & ’30s. However, they fell out of favor after World War II when homeowners began looking for “American-style” homes.

Some features include:

  • With steeply pitched roofs and wide gables, tall chimneys with elaborate chimneys and small dormers, as well as slate surrounds.
  • The exposed wood frame on the exterior. The spaces between the frames are filled with stucco or masonry.
  • Large, narrow casement windows that have multiple panes and are framed with metal or wood.
  • Stone trim, decoratively embellished doorways, and stone surrounds


This name is used often to describe a type of home but there are many styles to a Victorian house. The name “Victorian,” however, refers only to the period of history when these homes were most in demand – from the 1830s through 1900.

A Victorian home is a Queen Anne-style home. This is what most people mean when they refer to it. These homes are large, elegant structures with elaborate woodwork decoration and huge wrap-around porches. Think of “The Addams Family” with less creep.

Some features include:

  • A steeply pitched roof with an irregular shape, and a dominant front-facing wide gable
  • Woodwork with intricate details and textured shingles featuring decorative wooden brackets. Clapboard siding is also available.
  • The one-story high, asymmetrical porch that wraps around the front or front and sides of the house
  • Some homes may have as many as eight exterior colors.
  • Interiors of the home often featured high ceilings, deep arches between rooms, and small rooms that were separated by their uses: a formal dining area, a small library or parlor, as well as a formal living space.

Which House Type is Right for You?

You will be able to understand the structure and features of popular home designs so that you can choose the home that best suits your needs and communicate your desires to your realty agent. Your agent will then be able to customize his or her search to find you the right home and move you in a much quicker manner.



Catherine Morales

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