What Does Your House Style Say About You?

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What Does Your House Style Say About You?
Mon, 04-08-2013 - 11:09am

People across the United States long for and love their homes. And why not? It's their own little corner of the world! But it also might be a window into their personality! What messages are you sending if you're the owner of a colonial, Tudor or bungalow home? (16 Photos)http://www.ivillage.com/what-your-home-design-style-says-about-you/7-b-5...

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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 11:39am

We've lived in a lot of different house styles over the years but our current home is probably a cross between Colonial and French (we have the and steeply pitched complex roof of a French but the brick and shutters of a colonial) so we must be a blend of the following!

Colonial: Traditional and Iconic

Colonials are the iconic family home. One of the most popular styles in the United States, Colonials are square and stable. "People who live in Colonial homes are solid, grounded, successful, and sensible," says Nyman. "They like symmetry, formality and propriety, and they value tradition." The style of Colonials is light, airy, and clean, which is another reason people are drawn to this classic style.

French: Rustic and Restrained

The French style of home conveys a sense of rustic elegance and range from modest farmhouse designs to estate-like chateaus. “These homes have steeply pitched hip roofs and stone exterior, and are very restrained,” says Nyman. This style of home has been consistently popular, though never to the extent of the Colonial Revival or bungalow styles. People who desire these homes are drawn to their ability to pay homage to the past while forging ahead to the future. 

I have to admit, however, the favorite homes we have ever owned (one has recently been sold but we still have the other) were contemporary. The one we still own is a mid-century modern while the one we sold, a vacation home, was a little more rustic contemproary... It's just that this type of home isn't all that common in rural NW Ohio...

Contemporary: Nontraditional and Distinct

Contemporary homes represent an evolution of home design that came as city-dwellers made their way to the suburbs. The hallmark of a Contemporary home plan is its “simplistic distinctiveness," according to MonsterHousePlans.com. "Contemporary homes tend to be a little grander and more modern. They aren't quite so ground hugging as, for example, a Ranch style of home," says Nyman. People attracted to this type of home like newer construction and all that comes with it, including more energy and cost efficiency as well as more space.

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Mon, 04-08-2013 - 11:53am

Mine basically says I live in NY, want one than more storey in the house, and can't afford a newer house. ;)  Seriously, ours has a lot of "curb appeal" and when we refinished the outside, we went for a very classic look - white wooden siding, black wooden real shutters, red front door, etc.  It has a family room addition, larger rooms, and more sunshine than many capes.  We plan to live here until we're too old to go up and down the stairs any more.

Cape Cod: Quaint and Simple

The Cape Cod style of house is similar to the Colonial but it's a bit more casual. "It's a simple style of house. People who live in a Cape Cod house are unpretentious, more casual, probably a little more creative and not deadline-driven," says Nyman. Since Cape Cods can be efficient and economical, they can be the perfect starter home for young couples, creating a bit of a romantic quality to this type of home as well.

Where to find it: This home originated in Massachusetts (Cape Cod!) and continues to be a popular style of home in New England -- mostly in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. But it's also a style that has spread across the country.

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 11:13am

I love that classic look and there is a lat of charm in an older house, even if there are issues because of the age.

I know what you mean bout two stories. When we bought in Houston, we bought a one-story (Colonial/ranch) because that is what we had owned in California (mid-century modern) , but we found that no-one else in Texas likes one-story homes! Made it especially hard to resell, we found! When we were transferred to London, we ended up in an end-or-terrace three-story town home and we loved it. HAve been sold on the idea ever since!

Two-stories have a smaller footprint on the land and are easier to heat adn cool as well, in my experience. The house we own now is a two story (three if you count the basement) and we are sticking with it as we age, even though the stairs might become an issue... Who knows, we may take the route our neighbor has and add one of those chair lifts...ugly but useful!