Architecture Tuesday: Exterior House Styles

Architecture Tuesday: Exterior House Styles

For the next few weeks on Architecture Tuesday, we are going to look at some popular house exterior styles.

Today we will look briefly at Cape Cod, Ranch, and Bungalows.

  1. Cape Cod
  • First built-in the 1600’s
  • Inspired by British thatched cottages
  • Most Cape Cod’s today was built after WWII; used in modestly priced housing developments

Key Features:

  • Windows flanking the front door which is centered
  • Dormer windows on top
  • Multi-pane tall windows
  • Steep roof
  • Cedar shingles or wood siding
  • Usually one or one and a half stories
  • Massive central fireplace and chimney
  • Low ceiling rooms to conserve heat
  • Shutters on windows
  • No porch
  • Hardwood floors
  • Neutral color scheme

  1. Ranch
  • First built-in the 1920’s-1930’s
  • Originally modeled after rural Western with modern ideas

Key Features:

  • Open floor plan (layout) which lead to a more informal/casual living style
  • Easy connections to the outdoors
  • Focused on practicality
  • Attached garages
  • Varying roof lines
  • Single floor or split floor plan
  • Long
  • Close-to-the-ground profile
  • Cathedral or vaulted ceilings
  • Sunken living rooms
  • Large windows

  1. Bungalow
  • First built-in the early 1900’s
  • Can be combined with a variety of other styles

Key Features:

  • Verandas/wide front porch
  • Low-rise
  • Single story or second story with a sloping roof
  • Outdoor decks
  • Exposed beams
  • May contain a loft
  • Dormer windows
  • Bedrooms on one side and public areas are on the other side
  • Open floor plan


Popular Architectural Styles

House styles

Ranch style


Cape Cod

House plans

House Styles

Bungalow Style


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