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Traditional House Styles
are designed to accommodate the American way of life. Traditional homes are kind of a mix of several other styles but there are some basics that are usually consistent throughout traditional designs: Simple, often hipped rooflines. Commonly, there are clapboard, stone, brick or stucco exteriors. They are often single level with steeper roof pitches, though lofts or bonus rooms are quite common. Covered porches and open foyers are often present—or covered entryways.
Cottage House Styles
are typically smaller designs that may remind you of picturesque storybook charm. They can also be vacation houses or beach homes fit for a lake or a mountain setting. Sometimes these homes are referred to as bungalows.
Contemporary House Styles
have odd, irregular shapes, lack of ornamentation, open floor plans, lots of natural materials such as cedar or stone, and they are in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Above all, they have tall, over-sized windows, some with trapezoid shapes.
Chalet House Styles
are wooden dwellings with sloping roofs and widely overhanging eaves, common in Switzerland and other Alpine regions. The term can nowadays be used for any cottage or lodge built in this style.
Victorian House Styles
can be one, two, or three stories high, with the homes in Eastern US cities tending to be three stories and homes in Western US cities more typically two-story homes or one-story cottages. In some regions of the country can be found the Victorian "Gingerbread House," named that for its exterior ornate decorations, but this is not representative of a typical Victorian era-home in all regions.
A Traditional House
A Cottage House
A Contemporary House
A Chalet House
A Victorian House
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