Tag: Style spotlight

  • Prairie House (Style Spotlight)

    Style Spotlight: Prairie School's Lessons for Modernism

    By Bud Dietrich, AIA As the 19th century waned and the 20th century was dawning, a group of architects and designers in the Upper Midwest banded together to form the Prairie School. An entirely new approach to domestic design, the Prairie School featured a new language. Rooms made of four walls and small... Continue Reading

  • Kit House (Style Spotlight)

    Style Spotlight: A House Design to Build On

    Kit houses were America's first mass-produced, prefab homes, and originally were designed for low budgets, but their attention to detail continues to make them attractive to own and rehab. Continue Reading

  • Victorian Home (Style Spotlight)

    Style Spotlight: How Victorian Houses Ruled Architecture

    The Victorian house style reigned in the 19th century with good reason, and remains one of the most distinctive architectural designs. Continue Reading

  • The Row House (Style Spotlight)

    The Row House: Century Later, Still Going Strong

    As American cities began to grow at a rapid pace, the row house became the structure of the day to accommodate the new urban population. Continue Reading

  • Mountain Home (Style Spotlight)

    Mountain Style Homes: The Height of Simple Magnificence

    These homes situated in the wild have given up the refined elegance, gentility and constraints of the city. They are raw, natural and massive. See more about what makes a mountain style home stand out. Continue Reading

  • Bungalow Style House (Style Spotlight)

    Style Spotlight: What Makes a Bungalow a Bungalow?

    Bungalows have an enduring quality that make them enviable homes for today's family. Continue Reading

  • Colonial House (Style Spotlight)

    The Colonial, America's Home Style

    This classic elements of colonial design are still at home in today's architectural landscape. Continue Reading

  • The Shingle House (Style Spotlight)

    The Shingle House (Style Spotlight)

    Simple forms and a minimum of ornamentation made the Shingle style America's first "modern" style. Continue Reading

  • White Clapboard House (Style Spotlight)

    White Clapboard House (Style Spotlight)

    By Beth Woodson and Kristy Harvey From the Kennedy compound to FDR's Little White House, white clapboard houses are part of America's history. The classic style and design of these charming homes may have originated in a different time, but thankfully, they're far from outdated. Take a look to see for... Continue Reading

  • Modern Gable House (Style Spotlight)

    Modern Gable House (Style Spotlight)

    By John Hill At its root, modern architecture is a break from the past, and in terms of the roof, that break is most explicit. Pitched roofs that traditionally serve to shed rain and snow are commonly eschewed in modernism for flat roofs, which sometimes serve as terraces for reclaiming the land the building... Continue Reading

  • Modern vs. Contemporary Houses (Style Spotlight)

    Modern vs. Contemporary Houses (Style Spotlight)

    By John Hill What's the difference between modern and contemporary architecture? Why the distinction? At its most literal, "contemporary" is the architecture being produced now, the architecture of the moment. "Modern" architecture breaks with the past -- specifically the traditional styles pre-dating the... Continue Reading

  • Ranch House (Style Spotlight)

    Ranch House (Style Spotlight)

    By Amy Renea In a world of 5,000-square-foot suburban homes, charming bungalows and soaring loft space, my little ranch sometimes seems to pale in comparison. I have often stared at the front of my home, wondering how to make it look more like the beautiful Colonial down the street or how to give it a... Continue Reading

  • Federal House (Style Spotlight)

    Federal House (Style Spotlight)

    By Steele Marcoux Federal home design style comes with another confusing name. In design, the word "federal" simply indicates the time period (1780–1820) when the style, known among architecture aficionados as the American phase of the "Adam" style, prevailed in the fledgling United States. The style... Continue Reading

  • Craftsman House (Style Spotlight)

    Craftsman House (Style Spotlight)

    By Steele Marcoux What it is: Craftsman homes were primarily inspired by the work of two architect brothers - Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene -- who worked together in Pasadena, Calif., at the turn of the 20th century. The Greene brothers were influenced by Asian architecture as well as the... Continue Reading

  • Tudor House (Style Spotlight)

    Tudor House (Style Spotlight)

    By Steele Marcoux What it is: First, let's clear up this confusing moniker. When referring to the architectural style, the term "Tudor" is actually historically imprecise. It refers not to typical buildings of Tudor England (early 16th century) but instead to a style popularized in the United States during... Continue Reading

  • Cape Cod House (Style Spotlight)

    Cape Cod House (Style Spotlight)

    By Bud Dietrich Cape Cod homes can be seen all across America in differing variations to suit differing climates and norms. This is because the Cape Cod is, in its soul, the one house style that conjures for us dreams of seaside holidays, flower gardens, white picket fences and a simpler, more relaxed... Continue Reading

  • Queen Anne House: A Turreted, Transitional Design (PHOTOS)

    Queen Anne House: A Turreted, Transitional Design (PHOTOS)

    By Bud Dietrich At the end of the 19th century and early into the 20th, a popular home style in the United States was the Queen Anne. The Queen Anne was clearly a transitional style, creating a bridge between the exuberant Victorian and the restrained Colonial revival styles. The Queen Anne home is... Continue Reading