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Architectural Considerations for a Diverse Streetscape

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Architectural Considerations for a Diverse Streetscape

Thinking outside of the box about exterior home styles can help builders and designers create a rich, diverse neighborhood

March 1, 2023
Craftsman style house exterior
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When designing a home’s exterior, Housing Design Matters says it’s important to consider a variety of architectural styles with different textures and materials to avoid cookie-cutter neighborhoods lacking individuality. While style largely depends on location, creating a diverse streetscape means blending exterior favorites such as craftsman, farmhouse, and traditional while experimenting with siding, roof pitches, garages, and porches. 

Regardless of whether your styles are traditional, transitional, or contemporary, there are still regional drivers for styles like roof pitch, wall construction, and cladding. If you build in Florida, consider styles with a lower roof pitch like Spanish or Tuscan.

It is possible to utilize a setback garage on houses as narrow as 30’ – so no excuses to build a “snout” house (garage sticking out in front like a big snout). It’s also less expensive to build a house with an integral garage than a snout garage. Snout garages have more exterior walls adding costs without adding value. Furthermore, snout garages eat up precious lot depth – making it more challenging to find room for a pool or even just a decent backyard.

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