As home style enthusiasts, we hear these terms often – Country Style or Mediterranean Style – but most of us don’t know how they came to be and why houses are categorized this way. Marika Snider of Snider Architecture explains these popular home styles in America.
According to Houseplans.com, the Craftsman was one of the biggest-selling home styles in the third quarter of 2014. Snider describes it as reminiscent of the early 20th century arts and crafts movement.
As a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, this movement guided artists and designs to beautifully and uniquely crafted arts in an era where most commodities were being mass produced.
This style is built into bungalows and features exteriors that are a combination of stone and wood, emphasizing a connection with nature and the art of construction.
Country style is believed to be a revamp of the equally famous colonial style, which as the name suggests, is inspired by European home styles that the colonists brought with them. Their most recognizable features are the two windows on either side of the front door and five windows on top, with the middle window directly above the door.
Snider says these homes are built for owners who want something homey and inviting, with shutters, wide porches, dormers and wood detailing.
Snider says Traditional Style shares many distinct similarities with Country Style, both in features and purpose. Unlike in Country Style, however, which focuses more on aesthetic appeal, Traditional homes have details that are more historically accurate.
The objective of European style houses is to recreate houses typically seen in Italy, France and England. Snider says these homes want to have that old, rustic appeal, but at the same time evoke durability.
Their distinctive interior features include plaster walls, marble or stone floors and grand fireplaces, while their exteriors include intricate rooflines, stone and copper roof elements.
Ranch houses originally referred to those built-in ranches, but today the term means any single story house, Snider shares.
Although Ranch Style evokes the West and Southwest vibe, they can be found all over the US. In the 1950s and 60s, Ranch Style became the modern house.
Modern Style homes are houses with flat or low slope roofs, horizontal windows, and large yet simplistic fireplaces. Snider explains that these houses focus on the horizontality and clean lines of the landscape and automobile culture.
Like the European houses, Mediterranean homes are inspired by styles found in Italy, France and southern Spain, but with more emphasis on patios, courtyards and verandas. Snider says these homes have exterior plaster walls and tiled low-slope roofs.