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Know Your Houses: How to Tell a Bungalow From a Loft

February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

In the market for a new home? Whether you are buying brand-new or looking for a great deal by purchasing a short sale home or less-than-market-value foreclosed property, it helps to know how real estate homes are classified. This article covers the basic house types you are liable to find on the housing market.

Although housing styles have changed and evolved over the years depending on their origins and location, the basic types have remained the same.

A-frame -- A popular style that features a roof that begins at the foundations of the home, turning the silhouette of the home into an "A" shape.

Bungalow -- Any type of housing that does not feature a basement, although it may extend up to.5 or two stories. Many feature a porch or verandah on the second floor, or an enclosed porch.

Cape Cod Style -- This type of house usually is low-slung and features a pitched roof, gables, dormers and in some cases, bay windows. The house is normally 1.5 stories high, with very little decor save a single chimney running through the center.

Colonial - Colonial style houses are often classified into different subtypes such as French Colonial, depending on the region or flavor the house has. Many feature steep roofs, styled ornamentation specific to the period and large chimneys. Many are square-shaped and feature a second story as an overhang.

Cottage - Small summer residences often used as a second home and found in appropriate vacation locations. Many are single roomed or divided by the owner into multiple sections to maximize space. Multiple room cottages are common and are especially popular as primary residences in the Bay Area.

Duplex - Often two dwellings in the same building, either built right next to each other or on top of each other. These configurations are common in multi-family homes.

Federal - Usually a brick house with double chimneys, characterized by being primarily constructed of brick. These often feature two stories and a symmetrical design with emphasis on a central front door.

Four Square - This is typically a boxy home, often symmetrical and often with an open front porch.

Gothic Revival - Characterized by gables, pitched roofs and made to resemble castles or fortresses.

Greek Revival - Common in the South, these houses take their design inspiration from Grecian temples.

Normandy - These designs are inspired by French castles and often feature flared eaves, turrets, wings and in some cases, towers.

Prairie -- A low slung home that often features a flat roof and rows of windows.

Queen Anne - A simple version of a Victorian home featuring round romantic turrets, wrap around porches, bay windows and gables.

Ranch - An L-shaped home with rooms on one level. Variations include a raised basement, attic or extensions from the main house.

Split-Level -- Homes designed to make the most of space, often with living, kitchen and bedroom areas separated by floors.

Tudor - Old English house design, featuring gables, diamond shaped windows and multiple doorways.

Victorian - Extravagantly designed homes featuring turrets, gables, gingerbread trim, towers, tiers in the rooflines, porches and more. Often these homes feature a main, elaborate stairway in the foyer.

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