Boom and Bust and New Home Ownership

Where the home is concerned, we have come through periods of simple functionality to opulence and grandeur all the way to mass-production of the cookie-cutter home. Soon followed the rise of DIY shows delivering the message of how easy it is to create your own spaces. To prove the point, some shows chose a woman who strapped on a tool belt and went to town, or the townhouse, as it were. This movement gave rise to the big-box hardware store where modern craftsmen could get everything needed to fashion the home makeover in a one-stop shop.

All About Style

With regard to style, the dream of home ownership has never been as advantageous as it is today. Aside from building companies responding to the changing desires the DIY movement prompted in many buyers, there is the traditional bent toward maintaining a sense of standards where we can recognize the dictates of style and even mix and match some of the best qualities to come up with our own penultimate dream home. While it could take volumes to depict the many styles of homes that exist in the world today, it is helpful to define prominent architecture styles available for potential new homeowners in the USA.

The Ranch-Style Home

ranch style home

It is possibly wisest to start with the Ranch-style home as it befits a majority of single-story designs. Originating in California as early as the 1920s, the ranch house is possibly the most popular American home for its lower building cost, practicality and amenability to a variety of weather patterns. Many new homeowners will find they are pleased with this prolific style of home. It came along when there were larger plots of land that could accommodate its spaciousness as well as the advances in transportation. Characterized by its open floor plan, the common living spaces are typically encompassed by private rooms and integrated garages.
Ranch houses have pitched-roof construction with wood, brick or stone siding broken up by picture windows and sliding-glass patio doors. Customizing wooden garage doors is a popular trend as it is the one feature with the greatest curb appeal.


split level home

Architects expanded on the Ranch-Style in the 1950s offering a bi-level alternative known as the Split-Level House. It may seem odd to refer to them this way as they are so common today. It hardly seems worthy of distinction. Whether expanding from side to side or front to back, these multi-level homes relegated the common living spaces to the first level, such as entertainment and the garages. The mid-level contained the bedrooms and bathrooms. In some designs, the area directly above the garage could be for another bedroom or the classic rumpus room, which could also be accommodated in those designs that allowed for a basement. These modified Ranch houses are ubiquitous throughout the United States.

The Mediterranean

Mediterranean style home

You would know the Mediterranean-Style home by its red-tiled roof and frame stucco walls embellished by arched windows. As it is in a Mediterranean climate that you find in both California and Florida, this design style allows for combining outdoor spaces with the indoor experience and tends to feature patios, courtyards and balconies. You often see elaborate gardens that make the most of these spaces while engendering a sense of belonging in the open outdoors.

Where the size of your domestic footprint is a factor, the Mediterranean style of architecture presents a grand design within limited square footage. The best example might be among beach towns where homes are neatly sandwiched together. These homes have gone up instead of spreading out with a minimum of three stories. The resplendent grandeur can be felt throughout the dwelling as interior spaces ascend leaving open elevated air space that may expose beams while it ties in the open patio concept.

hether inside a bustling city with high-rise apartments or getting out into the wide open spaces of the suburbs, there is a growing appeal for simpler accommodation in the concept of the tiny home. Builders are making the most of utility that converts from day to night in the form of a desk that might turn into a bed while homeowners are exploring the concept of housing a series of tiny homes on a single lot. The whole movement seems to be one of communal and social gathering. The economic downturn may have affected homes the way the gas crunch of the 1970s encouraged the compact car. Whether it catches on with a fervor or fizzles out in time, the choice of home style is a personal one. The homeowner simply know it when he or she sees it.

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