What is your style?
Every house has one - some even have more than one due to renovations and creative design mixes. If you've recently bought or sold, or are in the home buying process right now, you may have noticed several house 'styles' pop up in your online search or on a listing sheet you've received from your REALTOR®.
Have you heard of the 'shotgun' style home?
Tradition has it that if you fire a shotgun through the front doorway of this long, narrow home, the bullet will exit directly through the back door. The style is characterized by a single story with a gabled roof. Shotguns are usually only one room wide, with each room leading directly into the next. xterior features include a vent on the front gable and a full front porch trimmed with gingerbread brackets and ornamentation. Mail-order plans and parts for shotgun homes were widely available at the turn-of-the-century, making it a popular, low-cost structure to build in both urban and suburban settings.
Or how about a 'tudor'?
This architecture style was popular in the 1920s and 1930s and continues to be a mainstay in suburbs across the United States. The defining characteristics are half-timbering on bay windows and upper floors, and facades that are dominated by one or more steeply pitched cross gables. Patterned brick or stone walls are common, as are rounded doorways, multi-paned casement windows, and large stone chimneys. A subtype of the Tudor Revival style is the Cotswold Cottage. With a sloping roof and a massive chimney at the front, a Cotswold Cottage may remind you of a picturesque storybook home.
With so many styles, its easy to get lost amongst the terminology. Thankfully there's a guide for that! REALTOR® magazine has compiled a list of common household styles and descriptions. You can find it here.