There are several factors that contribute to the classification or style of a house. These factors include: roof shape and pitch; building size and number of stories; window size, shape, and placement; door shape and placement; decorative details such as brackets and cornice trim, construction materials such as brick, stucco, or wood; footprint and floor plan, and historic period it was built during.
Often, houses are difficult to identify specific styles because they aren't just one style, but a blend of several styles. This is usually called Neo-eclectic. For a house to be considered Neo-eclectic, it must be constructed in the 1960s or later, have historic styles imitated using modern materials like vinyl or imitation stone, details from several historic styles combined, and use of brick, stone, vinyl, and composite materials combined.
Some of the styles residential homes include:
- Art Deco
- Cape Cod
- Dutch Colonial
- French Provincial
- Gotic Revival
- Greek Revival
- Queen Anne
- Second Empire
- Spanish Eclectic
- Split Level
Dramatic Houses Links for you to Explore!
Architecture.About.com - What is Style?
Architecture.About.com - House Styles Gallery
ResidentialArchitect.com - A magazine of The American Institute of Architects
HomePlans.com - 26,000+ home designs from 350 of the most renowned residential architects and designers.
Realtormag.Realtor.org - Guide to Residential Styles
ArchitectFinder.aia.org - The American Institute of Architects - Find an Architect
Houzz.com - 133,564 Architects & Building Designers
HomeAdvisor.com - Hiring a Home and Residential Architect