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Split Level Style Homes

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Architecture: Split Level Style Homes Split Level Style Home ~ Design Build Pros (1)Split Level Style Homes were found in the Midwest and East in the 1950’s. They gained popularity in the middle 20th century. The suburbs were expanding at this time. They were built to accommodate every activity a family enjoyed. These homes have a main level, upper level, and they usually have a basement. The main level is the level that has the entryway to the inside of the home. This is the area you will find the main living quarters such as the living room and kitchen. This level also contains two sets of stairs. One set of stairs leads to the upper level of the house while the second set lead to the basement if the house has a basement. The top level of the home is where the bedrooms are located. Continue reading

Ranch Style Home

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Architecture: Ranch Style Home Ranch style home ~ Design Build Pros (2)A ranch style home is simple. It is like the old saying, there is more than meets the eyes when it comes to this type of home. A traditional ranch style home is only one story. After World War 2, ranch style homes met the need for the soldiers returning home and their families. These ranch style homes were constructed of metal, but that was only for a brief time when Lustron Homes was popular. Later on the material changed. There is also split-level ranch style homes. The first ranch style home was built in the 1920’s. Nine out of every ten homes built were ranch style homes by the 1950’s. Continue reading

Gothic Revival Style Home

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Architecture: Gothic Revival Style Home Gothic revivial style home ~ Design Build ProsGothic Revival Style Homes became famous in America in the early 1800’s and stayed popular up to the late 1800’s. These houses are easy to spot. They have features that are unique to only that type of home. This style of home can be found in several countries throughout the world. This style of home was designed similar to the castles you would find in the medieval times. These homes are usually found in the rural regions of the countries. Many people are preserving these homes, but they are having to use different materials. They are using modern materials to build new Gothic Revival Style homes and maintain the older ones since the materials are no longer as accessible as they were at that point in time. Most homes that were this style were built in the Northeast when they were introduced to America. This style of home has other names such as Jigsaw Gothic, Victorian Gothic, and Neo-Gothic. Continue reading

French Provincial Style Home

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Architecture: French Provincial Style Home French Provincial Style Home ~ Design Build Pros (1)American soldiers that were serving in Europe during World War I liked the houses in the French countryside. There was a postwar housing boom. During this boom, French Provincial Style Homes began popping up throughout the suburbs in the United States. The design originated in the mid-1600’s. It became popular once again in the 1920’s then again in the 1960’s. Continue reading

American Bungalow Style Home

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Architecture: American Bungalow Style Home Bungalow Style Home ~ Design Build Pros (1)It is called an American Bungalow Style Home, but you would be surprised to learn they were popular in India as well. In India, they are called bangala or bangla. The bungalow style homes in India were single family homes. The British Colonists were the first people to build this type of home upon their arrival to America. These were to be summer homes for the British. It is thought that they were inspired by British cottages and army tents. The houses had a central living area. Other rooms were clustered around the central living area. These areas are bedrooms, a dining room, a bathroom, and a kitchen attached to the central living area. The American Bungalow Style Home is a two story house while the ones in earlier times were single story homes. Continue reading

Victorian Style Home

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Architecture: Victorian Style Home History Victorian Style Home - Design Build ProsVictorian Style Homes date back the late 19th century. At this time, American architects were looking for new ways to construct buildings. They had new technology at this time as well. The technology allowed them to mass produce materials for the homes. They became famous in 1875. They stayed popular through the turn of the century. These homes are a mixture of several different styles. There aren't two of these homes that are alike. They each have their own unique design. This style got its name because they were being built during the reign of Queen Victoria. There was a population growth during the popularity of these homes. They were for all classes of people. However the upper class and the middle-class households usually had a place for a servant. Victorian Style Home designs depended on the region you were in. They range in size. The ranges are from one story cottages all the way to three story buildings. Many of the Victorian homes you see today will be two or three stories. Continue reading

Traditional Style Home

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Architecture: Traditional Style Home Traditional Style Home - Design Build ProsIntroduction Traditional style homes are the most common style in the United States. These homes are elegant homes. They are popular in upper-class communities. They are a mix of several different styles. It makes them easier to customize since there is no right particular way to design them. The designs are generally straightforward. While there is a mix of several different designs, there is also some basic features that are consistent with this style of home. These homes are usually one story floor plans. However, it isn’t rare to see lofts or extra rooms on a second story in these homes. The houses are generally constructed of brick or wood. People of all ages like the Traditional Style Home. They are also referred to as American House or American Style floor plans. Continue reading

Neoclassical Style Home

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Architecture: Neoclassical Style Home Neo-Classical style home - Design Build ProsHistory Neoclassical Style Homes are part of history. Like many other designs, they come from another region of the world. The design comes from Ancient Rome and Greece. From 1895 to 1950 this style of home was popular in America. These homes have unique features as well as a touch of traditional. These elegant homes are mainly seen on the East Coast of the United States. Many of the older government buildings; such as the Virginia State Capital are in the Neoclassical Style. Continue reading

Mission Style Home

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Architecture: Mission Style Home Mission Style Home - Design Build ProsHistory These homes like many other styles were mimicked by architectures. The first Mission style home in America was built in California. By the time, the 1800’s came the houses were moving East to the flat prairies. As they moved East, the houses began having some of the features added that you would see in prairie homes. These homes started in the 18th century during the Spanish Catholic Mission. Continue reading

Craftsman Style Home

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Architecture: Craftsman Style Home History Craftsman Style Home - Design Build ProsThis design comes from a European design. A design that was popular at the beginning of the 19th century. The design comes from a development that was going on in the 1860’s. It also has its roots in India. Craftsman style homes were built throughout America through the early 1900’s. They went out of popularity around the 1930’s. In the late 20thcentury, they gained popularity again. They built replicas of the older homes and restored the Craftsman style homes that were already built. These homes remain popular today for the working class. The homes have a unique style. Architecture students can quickly spot a craftsman style home out of other designs. It has been said that the home is a work of art from earlier times. Continue reading