When you decide to do a remodeling project on your home, whether it’s a room or the entire home, you might have an idea in your mind of what you’re looking for. However, it is not always easy to convey that image to your remodeler. One way to help is by knowing the architectural style you are going for. Not familiar with all the styles out there? Well we are here to help. 

Cape Cod

Britain’s thatched cottages inspire Cape Cod homes.  These homes tend to be simple and symmetrical. Cape cod homes also usually feature windows on each side of the front door, dormer windows up top, and cedar shingles. 


Bungalow and Craftsman style homes emphasize natural materials, like wood, stone and brick.  Wide front porches and low-pitched roofs are common. Usually the interior will have a big fireplace and exposed beams.  Structural components are usually visible in Craftsman style homes. They also feature extensive wood trim and lower ceilings throughout the home. 


Contemporary homes vary in design and feature clean simple lines. They are usually energy efficient, built from sustainable materials, and utilize natural light. They also look for ways to connect indoor and outdoor space by using natural materials, large windows, and open spaces. 


Colonial style homes have been around since the 1600s. However, variations have occurred over the years. Colonial homes are symmetrical . Windows, columns and chimneys will all be evenly proportioned. They are usually rectangular and tend to be 2 to 3 stories tall. There are many variations of colonial style homes including Dutch Colonial, Georgian Colonial, and Federal Colonial. 


Starter homes tend to be Ranch-style because of their cost-effective construction. Characteristics include one story, low-pitched roof, and horizontal layout. They tend to have an open floor plan with a living and sleeping wing. 


Tudor style homes are based on medieval English homes. They feature stucco or masonry exteriors with large chimneys and steep gable roofs. The entryway is usually an arch and the windows tend to be tall and narrow.


Victorian homes will have elaborate details on the inside and out. The exteriors tend to be whimsical colors, have round or square towers, ornate trim, large porches, and multi-faceted rooflines. Since they are constructed with appearance in mind, rather than functionality, they usually have asymmetrical floor plans. 


Cottages started out as vacation homes but have transitioned to become family homes. This is because they have lots of details, window boxes, gardens, low roofs, and arched doors. They will usually be one story and smaller but will feature variety of architectural influences. 


The most distinctive characteristic or a farmhouse style home is a large porch that stretches across the front of the house and may wrap around the sides. They have a steep pitched roofs and tend to be symmetrical in design. The interiors will feature simple trims, a larger kitchen, exposed beams, wood flooring, and rustic accents. 

New American

New American style homes began in the 1950s with the housing explosion. It isn’t necessarily a specific style; instead it incorporates characteristics from multiple architectural styles. They tend to be boxy with a dominant garage. These homes will feature a variety of materials on the interior and exterior. 

Split Level

Split-Level homes became popular in the 1950s. They have horizontal lines and a low-pitched roofs. These homes are a two-story unit divided at mid-height to create 3 different levels. The entry way is usually a landing leading either upstairs or downstairs.