The 8 Most Popular Home Styles

Posted by Mike Brown Group on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 9:57am.


Do you know the difference between a Craftsman home and a Contemporary? Does the term, Midcentury Modern baffle you? If you’re unsure of the exact style of your home or are interested in the history of US urban development, you’ll probably want to familiarize yourself with the top 8 home exterior styles and what defines them.

Midcentury Modern

Midcentury Modern architecture was most popular from 1945 to 1965. Midcentury Modern is a term used toward architectural, interior, and graphic design that loosely describes mid-20th-century developments. The architecture is defined by open space, flat planes and an abundance of large glass windows and was brought on by new materials from WWII. Steel and plywood created forward thinking about living spaces during the height of the midcentury modern movement. Currently, Midcentury Modern decor is highly popular – even in homes that are not considered Midcentury Modern.


Victorian homes originated in Europe between 1830 and 1910 under the reign of Queen Victoria. They are defined by elaborate craftsmanship, asymmetrical shape and multiple rooflines. Towers and turrets and intricate details combined with multiple diverse paint combinations creates a style all its own. Victorians definitely have their own unique personality with their decorations on the façade and design flair.


Craftsman homes were inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement and are known for their thick, square columns and broad front porches. They usually boast clean lines, warm neutral colors, and are made out of natural materials such as wood, stone, and brick. Builders of this style lean toward integrating green living and economic enhancements.


Contemporary homes usually feature a mix of natural materials, are characterized by horizontal lines and either flat or low-pitched roofs. Architects of this style of home usually strongly connect the inside with the outside by using large walls of glass throughout. Many contemporary homes boast pools that are partly inside and partly outdoors creating a stunning visual enhanced by spans of glass and the clean edges of the home. Contemporary builders consider energy efficiency and usually integrate sustainable materials in the home.


Cottages are usually smaller homes that have charming characteristics. Very popular for vacation homes, cottages usually have a cozy porch, a garden and a fence bordering the property (usually picket). This style is one of the most instantly recognizable – possibly because of the warmth and charm it emits curbside.


Farmhouses are easy to recognize, as they tend to focus on timeworn finishes and are simple and functional. Originating as dwellings built on agricultural lands for those who worked in the industry. Porches and white picket fences are usually part of the aesthetic of these homes. Nowadays, farmhouses and farmhouse décor are coming back in a big way, with interior barn doors becoming trendy and HGTV’s cable show Fixer Upper demonstrating how to implement this style.


Ranch homes were designed after rural western ranches, are usually single-story and were first built in 1930. Most have open floor plans and have easy access points to the outdoors and are split-level or single floor practicality. Ranch homes often have an attached garage and can be identified by their large overhanging eaves. Exterior details vary greatly, allowing for diversity among this particular home style.


Mediterranean homes have obvious origins. The hacienda style is easily recognizable with red or brown tile roofs; their distinct arches and plaster surfaces and their porticos. Most Mediterranean homes have at least one balcony and the showmanship of this design includes heavy wood doors, ornate light fixtures, and meticulous landscape scheme.

No matter what your preference, there’s a home style that will appeal to you individually. Give The Mike Brown Group a call and we’ll help you find the perfect one!

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