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From timeless to trendy, a short drive through the suburbs will confirm that there is plenty of variation in home styles across the United States. Each of these styles brings something different to the table and is as unique as the people that live inside. 

Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or simply browse the market, it helps to know which home styles are in vogue. Read on for 7 of the most popular home styles in the U.S. in 2021.

1. Ranch

Ranch-style homes first emerged in the 1930’s, gaining popularity in the 50’s and 60’s. They are single-story dwellings, sometimes including a basement. Low-pitched roofs, plenty of windows and sliding glass doors are characteristic of this style. The ranch-style home may also be regionally known as a “rambler”.

2. Craftsman

Influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement’s value for hand-worked furniture and buildings, the craftsman has been popular in America since the early 1900’s. These homes often feature intentionally exposed rafters, open front porches supported by wide beams, and shingles. Inside, thick trim and ceiling beams are characteristic of the style.

3. Contemporary

Contrary to the common misconception, contemporary and modern are two distinct forms of architecture. Contemporary-style homes emerged in the 1970’s and focus on the popular trends of the time in which they are built. They often incorporate open floor plans, natural light and eco-friendly materials.

4. Modern

Modern-style architecture was created in the early 20th century and prioritized function over form. This led to a minimalist approach, with open floor plans, clean, geometric lines, and stark exteriors with little trim or ornamentation.

5. Cape Cod

The Cape-Cod style originated in England before moving to the United States. It is prevalent in the New-England region and features a prominent chimney and symmetrical design. These homes are incredibly practical, with steep roofs to avoid accumulating snow, clapboard or shingle exteriors to trap heat, and large windows for plenty of natural light.

6. Colonial

Colonial-style homes share many similarities with the Cape-Cod style, such as symmetry and side-gabled roofs. Colonials, however, tend to have two to three stories while the Cape-Cod style usually has only one. These beautiful homes frequently feature brick exteriors and decorative doorways.

7. Tudor

The Tudor is one of the most instantly recognizable styles, even to the untrained eye. These homes are usually primarily brick, with decorative half-timbering on the upper stories creating the classic striped look that so many know and love. These homes usually have steeply pitched roofs with front-facing gables and many-paned windows.

These are just a few of the unique styles that add personality to neighborhoods around the country. Which of these styles is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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