If you’re building or remodeling a home in 2020, these 8 trends are the best place to start to ensure that your home is eco-friendly and stylish – and comes in under budget. We’ve even included bonus home style trends with classic design attributes that are making their comebacks.
Can you tell the difference between Coastal and Beachfront, Modern and Contemporary, or Traditional and Transitional? While these home styles have similarities, they’re distinct architectural plans with defining features. Here’s a guide to popular and trending styles that may not be top-of-mind for most Americans.
The Old World meets New in Carpenter Gothic! Inspired by the grandeur of the towering cathedrals of Europe, this American home style is present nearly nationwide and can be adapted to suit local building materials and preferences. If you like a modern twist on a classic style — this is for you!
An icon of a bygone era, the carriage house recalls the romantic appeal of stately manor homes. Before the automobile and garage, the carriage, or coach, house sheltered carriages and sometimes horses, hay, and a tack room. Larger ones also housed servants. Today, there are several adaptations of the original carriage house. Let’s explore them.
A simple, economic, and adaptable alternative for a population that had no interest in the ornate Victorian-era designs, the American Foursquare or “Prairie Box,” came into its own in the mid-1890s. Here’s a close look at the Foursquare, its elements, and “borrowed” features from other architectural styles that add to its appeal.
Symmetry is a popular architectural element for a reason. Because of the visual harmony of symmetrical homes, they tend to be one of the most popular and appealing options on the market. However, even if a home isn’t perfectly symmetrical, elemental balance is still essential. Here’s what you need to know.
Taking off in 1840 as “Federal” style faded into the background, the Italianate Style – with its decorative brackets and square towers – became the most popular architectural design in the U.S. until 1885. The style was primarily seen in grand country mansions and urban townhouses around the U.S.
Described as a “triumph of simplicity and classically refined ornament,” the Federal style was influenced by Robert Adam, the British architect who was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman forms. Considered America’s first national style, Federal architecture dominated the landscape from 1780 to 1840, an exciting time when the fledging American Republic was forging its identity.
Buildings should look to the nature that surrounds them and partner with it, enhance it, in order to create spaces for human dwelling. Or so said American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. His Organic Architecture movement was (and is) all about combining form and function to create harmonious homes.
Just as stunning as the homes of the wealthy in the Hamptons, Cape Cod, and Martha’s Vineyard, the 19th century Great Camps of upstate New York are spectacular sprawling family cabins built in the rustic and primitive-looking design of Adirondack Architecture. We explore their elements, characteristics, and origins.