Depending on where you live, certain styles of homes may be called different things, like a duplex versus a semi-detached, but the home architecture style is a very important buying factor for many. It’s also easy to get some American housing styles confused with the Canadian terminology. Americans often refer to bungalows as ranch-style homes, but Canada and the United States do have some terms in common.
Victorian Style Homes
Victorian homes are actually a stylized housing that evolved during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1830 to 1910. These homes are known for the excess and tend to be imposing, featuring 2-3 stories. While most have stone exteriors, some were wooden. Decorative trim on the exterior is another common feature, and one of the hallmarks of the design is an asymmetrical façade. Steep roofs and large single story porches add to the gothic romance of this home architecture style.
Craftsman style homes focus on the handmade, as opposed to the mass produced. These homes feature a lot of woodwork inside and out, as well as careful masonry work. They are known for their wide open layouts, large welcoming porches, and low gabled roofs. They have a distinctly American feel to them. They are not delicate but rather feel stout and sturdy. Reliable. This is a highly sought after home architecture style.
Investigating home architecture is a good idea when you begin house hunting. If you are looking for something specific, it’s a good idea to be armed with as much knowledge as possible. Some home style are pricier than others, largely due to the age of the homes. While there is a revival of older styles, like Victorian going on, if you want something authentic, be prepared to pay for it one way or another. Sometimes that expense comes out of your pocket to update the homes heating or electrical, rather than in the purchase price.