Home architectual styles

From the following link I found the names of the styles I've always liked & hope to own one of someday:

http://www.realtor.org/rmoarch.nsf/p...e?OpenDocument

Bungalow
Craftsman
Shingle
Stick
National ETA: The one I like of this is in the color photograph, not the pen/pencil drawing.
Gothic Revival

While visiting, I was trying to figure out what architectural style of home it is/they are that seems to run rampant in inner MD, but I can't figure out if it's a style of colonial, cape cod, federal, or what!

Maybe one of the inner MD gals could clue me in?

Anyhow, what is your dream home's architectural style?

Last edited by lazy loops; 09-22-2010 at 09:12 AM.
I don't know if it has a name, but open floor plan, tons of built-ins & storage space, flowing light.

Basically everything I don't have now.

I grew up in a 1960's type house, big, big rooms, decent-size bathrooms, fairly open floor plan. For decades I lusted after Victorian style homes. The trim! The nooks & crannies! etc.

Well, the trim is a pain to paint, dust & clean. The nooks & crannies are wonderful for children but not so functional for adults.

So I guess, my dream is still Victorian, but my for real dream would be a house designed to maximize ease of movement and requiring minimal effort to clean, organize, decorate. With a big honking garage.
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The Victorian & the Queen Ann are my favorites
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My dream home is an English Tudor with lots of English ivy growing on it.
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I believe that's what has been going up near where I used to work! I counted several different materials being used on them: stone or brick, stucco, wood, & copper. They're nice!

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I think I like the Shingle & Stick style so much because they have elements borrowed from or are subsets of Queen Anne or Victorian homes!
Bungalow, cape, and Arts & Crafts (Stickley) homes are functional and have details like well-crafted built-ins. The Not-So-Big-House books are good sources of plans, too. I love looking at building plans and designs!

Liz's loops--you could look up areas of Maryland on the MRIS website and see ones that might match what you're thinking of. The listings usually list the style or model of home. Are you thinking about the ones around Chevy Chase MD?
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My house is described as "American" style

It has elements from tudor,craftsman,victorian....and others.

There is a pic in my album.
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Ever since I read The Fountainhead, I only like modern architectural styles . I do not want to live in anything that is not simple, functional, and clean-lined. Also, it's important to me that my home by as efficient as possible, and that it blends with its environmental surroundings.

I know that I won't find a modern home in the area I live in, and I cannot afford to build one. The next best thing will be either to buy something historical and make it modern, or find something really unique. I really dig round styles like the Dome Home in FL, and Deltec Homes (see pic).

Liz's loops--you could look up areas of Maryland on the MRIS website and see ones that might match what you're thinking of. The listings usually list the style or model of home.
Originally Posted by noelle
I'll give that a search. Thanks for the tip! ETA: I couldn't get onto MRIS without registering so I did another search & found what I was looking for. They're all Colonial style.

Last edited by lazy loops; 09-22-2010 at 09:11 AM.
My house is a craftsman. That's the "in" thing around here these days - its the ski chalet look to go with the mountains in the background. I would love an authentic craftsman home but I'll settle for my suburban imitation for now.

I also really love tudor.
Our house is a 1926 bungalow.
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I love those styles.

Right now we have a Victorian cottage (with the original wood floors--they're gorgeous). I love Victorian homes and bungalow/crafts style homes.

Anyhow, what is your dream home's architectural style?
Originally Posted by Liz's loops
I'm in it right now. Center-hall colonial.
Center-hall colonial.
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Like this?

I love big porches!
I live in a center hall colonial, but what I really want to do is build a monolithic dome:

I love the Queen Anne style! I usually don't like things that are too ornate, but I love buildings that have nooks and crannies and are interesting to explore.
I like Bungalow, Prairie, and Craftsman styles - basically what I grew up with in central Illinois.

Good luck finding something like that in San Antonio though.

(I grew up in a 1904 Queen Anne, and while I like the house I grew up in, the style is a bit too overwrought and ornate for my taste now.)
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Bungalow, cape, and Arts & Crafts (Stickley) homes are functional and have details like well-crafted built-ins. The Not-So-Big-House books are good sources of plans, too. I love looking at building plans and designs!
Originally Posted by noelle
The Not-So-Big-House books are my total favorite! I would like to live in an interesting house like one of those. Instead, I live in a 70s ranch. But I have ideas for it...

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