Architectural Styles 2
These "casual" houses are usually sheathed in redwood or stained hardwood and come in many sizes and shapes. Usually found in resort or second-home development areas, contemporary style houses are becoming more evident in typical suburban areas. The most familiar and popular contemporary style house is the A frame. These houses are designed to fit into a rustic landscape. Many times, this style features cathedral ceilings, large expanse of glass and decks surrounding one to three sides of the house.
Bi-Level, Raised Ranch, High Ranch
This style of house is also referred to as a split ranch. The bi-level house is a modified version of the ranch house, with the major difference being that the lower level is more out of the ground than in the ground. Seldom is there a basement. Entry is often to the center of the house, with the foyer being split between the lower and upper levels. The lower area will frequently consist of a built-in garage and a storage area. Many bi-levels are featured in housing developments completed during the 50's .
The Victorian style of house was built in various models during the turn of the last century. Home buyers appreciate the architectural nuances of Victorian houses including large porches and interesting bay windows. As with most older houses, conditions and selling prices vary greatly. Those which have been mechanically updated through the years and have been well maintained may command premium prices, while those which have received less annual attention often offer classic charm at reasonable prices.
Tudors and other English style houses were built during the period of the late 1800's through the 1920's. The combination of stucco and distinctive wood trim exterior provides the Tudor style house with a uniqueness which is most appealing. Tudors are also noted for their gables,. large angular chimney's and slate roofs. Tudors are particularly appealing to families with large space needs. Like the Victorian, the condition of a Tudor will vary greatly depending upon its upgrading and maintenance over the years..