When you think of what classic American homes look like, it’s probably safe to assume they all follow the same general aesthetic – red brick, white columns, and colonial-style windows, right? Not quite. The truth is, there are 5 main types of classic American homes that can be found across the country, so whether you’re relocating or just interested in American architecture and design, here’s what you need to know about 5 types of classic American homes you’ll find across the country.
For the quintessential coastal experience, look no further than colonials. The tree-lined lawn and shingled roofs will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Typical colonials have asymmetrical floor plans, wide front porches, and clapboard siding. These homes are often two stories tall with spacious rooms, small fireplaces, and slanted roofs. A key characteristic of these homes is that they’re typically painted white with black shutters. And while they might not be on the water’s edge, they offer expansive views across manicured lawns or green hillsides.
One of the most common houses across America is called a bungalow. This type of house is typically built with low-sloping roofs and a front porch and can have any number of different styles or appearances depending on where it was built. The origin of this style is unknown, but you will find bungalows throughout America’s Midwest, especially around Indiana and Ohio. Bungalows can be found in just about any size range.
A small one-bedroom bungalow might cost around $100,000 to purchase new, while larger three-bedroom ones could cost up to $250,000. They are typically much less expensive than other homes that might look similar such as Cape Code. The main drawback to living in a bungalow is that they often have smaller living spaces inside than other types of homes so many people prefer them as investment properties rather than their primary residences.
This ranch house is just what it sounds like – a single-story home with a long, narrow floor plan. Traditionally symmetrical and with a detached garage, this house is perfect for families in small towns or suburbs. Ranch homes became popular after World War II when they were developed to serve as quick, temporary residences for soldiers returning from overseas.
They are known for their rustic feel and are often very practical in terms of space. When built on sloping land, one side of the house might be slightly lower than the other (generally the living room). There is no strict formula for these houses; homeowners might want an open floor plan, one with a wall separating the kitchen from other parts of the house, or even one that includes two stories. It’s up to them!
Farmhouses typically include a large porch, corrugated metal roofing, high ceilings, and lots of windows. These homes are generally built in rural settings but can be found in suburban neighborhoods. They’re available in many sizes, from smaller 1-bedroom structures to 2 or 3-story versions with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on one level. Some also have loft spaces and outbuildings for storage or to accommodate family members or guests.
Of all the types of classic American homes, there is perhaps none more iconic than a Tudor-style home. Elements like steeply pitched roofs, massive chimneys, small leaded-glass windows, heavy doors with iron hinges, and large front porches are just some of what gives this style its signature look.