Contemporary 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.