These four classic architectural styles consistently hit the sweet spot of new-home buyers.
While there’s plenty of eclecticism in American residential architecture today, the roots of many house styles can be traced back to the period from 1880 to 1940, when railroads expanded throughout the country.
Craftsman homes may have a lot of exterior ornamentation or just a little, as in this example. The roof brackets, exposed rafter tails, and tapered porch columns atop masonry piers are signature elements of the style. Photo: James Wentling
The Pinemore model is available in three different elevations including Craftsman (shown) at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville, Fla. This streamlined variation has the classic front porch with tapered columns and stone piers. Builder: GreenPointe Homes; Architect: BSB Design. Photo: Chris Johnson, Johnson Pictures, Inc.
Except for the attached garage, this Cape Cod is a good representation of the original style: an economically designed house that tucks extra square footage into dormers. Early Capes had stoops rather than front porches. Photo: James Wentling
The Southern Cape is a regional variation of the Cape Cod. At 3,572 square feet, it’s considerably larger than the original Capes and has a full front porch and second-floor space for additional bedrooms, loft areas, and storage. Illustration: Wentling House Plans
Here’s a modern take on farmhouse style. The stone accents, covered porch, and dormer windows hark back to traditional farmhouses, with more contemporary touches such as the board-and-batten siding and attached, front-loaded garage. Builder: Sean Ruppert, OPal; Architect: Gregory Sparhawk, GPS Designs Architecture. Photo: Bob Narod
Coastal design can take many forms from New England cottages to rambling shingle-style homes, but all coastal homes have windows, porches, and decks that capture views and breezes. Builder: Joseph Downey, Olde Pointe Builders; Architect: Gregory Sparhawk, GPS Designs Architecture. Photo: Bob Narod
At Old San Jose on the River in Jacksonville, Fla., single-family homes incorporate styles from the surrounding neighborhood as well as new styles to give the community a fresh feel. Shown, from left, are Georgian, Tuscan, Mediterranean, and French Country styles. Builder: New Leaf Construction; Architect: BSB Design. Photo: Jacob Sharp
Wilder Pays Homage to Local Architecture
The Classic Orinda Ranch is an interpretation of the older ranch homes of Orinda, Calif., a San Francisco suburb. The home features a stone-wrapped entry portico leading through a rustic wooden gate to a covered loggia and entry foyer. Photos: Toby Ponnay Photography
The great room has vaulted ceilings and French doors that access a stone deck and a loggia with a fireplace.