House exterior styles

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House exterior styles
A modern Tudor style home. (shakepeares mothers home image by david Hughes from Fotolia.com)

The exterior style of a house can greatly affect the value of the property. If building a house from the ground up, to preserve the resale value of your home, the exterior should complement the style of the homes surrounding it. Knowing the different styles of house exteriors can help you achieve this goal.

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Modern and Contemporary Style

Modern and contemporary style exteriors feature geometric shapes and many windows, which sometimes span from floor to ceiling. The siding of a contemporary home is usually made of stucco or cement. Many modern contemporary homes boast flat rooflines, but the steepness of the roofline can vary. Most homes of this style do not have unnecessary details and are painted in very pale shades to complement the stark exterior design elements.

Modern Tudor Style

Modern Tudor style homes are reminiscent of Medieval times, and have normally brick or white painted exteriors, with contrasting cross gables. The roofs are steeply pitched with dark wood shingles. Modern Tudor exteriors feature decorative wood framework and tall, narrow windows. The chimneys of these homes are usually dark and wide.

Colonial Style

Colonial homes are usually two to three stories high and painted stark white or red, although some may feature brick exteriors. These homes have tall, brick chimneys and wood roof shingles. The windows of colonial style homes are multi-paned with bold exterior mouldings and many have shuttered windows. Colonial styles often have lantern sconces near their front doors.

Victorian Style

Victorian style homes have intricate details rooted in historical origins. These details include cutaway bay windows and ornate detailing, like patterned roof shingles. Full front porches and decorative beams are almost always seen on Victorian exteriors. These wood-panelled exteriors are asymmetrically designed with tall, steep pitched roofs, and most often found on two-story homes.

Mediterranean Style

Most popular in sunnier states, like Florida and California, Mediterranean style homes are inspired by the homes found in Italy and Spain. Most Mediterranean style homes have stuccoed or adobe exteriors, low tile roofs and large, arched windows. The exterior colour of these homes is usually a pale peach with deep rust coloured tiling. Courtyards and large, ornate fountains are commonly found on the exteriors of Mediterranean homes.

Craftsman Style

Craftsman style homes are modelled after the arts and crafts movement of the 20th century and resemble wooden bungalows. These homes are designed to look informal and unfinished, yet cosy from their outside appearances. Craftsman exteriors feature wood panelling and colourful, ornate, decorative trims. These homes usually have low, wood-shingled roofs, exposed rafters and decorative braces.

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