Wednesday, March 13, 2019

What is the Right Home Style for You?

Home styles are important because we want to live in a house that suits who we are. We want it to suit our likes, our dislikes, and our personality. Here is a list of home styles and a little bit about them.

Split Entry Homes
There are several types of split entry homes:

A split entry home is a style of house in which the floor levels are staggered. There are typically two short sets of stairs, one running upward to a bedroom level, and one going downward toward a basement area.  

Side Split
A side split is a split level home where the levels are visible from the front elevation. The garage is on one side while the other half of the house is the main living area. The kitchen and living room are on the main level. The split happens on the main level with a few steps going down to the lower level and a few going up to the bedroom area. Part of a story above the garage level and part of a story below the bedroom level. Grading or steps connect the exterior street to the front door on the main level.

Side splits separate bedrooms from living space without the need for a full flight of stairs. It is less land-efficient than a two-story house but more efficient than a bungalow

Most side splits have a crawlspace
 that is half the size of the house. Which means the foundation is the same for both halves of the "split" house. Some others may have a split foundation with a full basement below even the lower main living area.

Back Split
Another split-level home but the split level is only visible from the side elevation. The front elevations shows only a single story and the two stories are in the back.

In a bungalow, all living areas are on a single-story and there are no stairs between living areas. A bungalow is a great fit for the disabled and the elderly as there are no stairs. Bungalows are one or one and a half stories, housing a loft. Planted trees and shrubs are usually used to block the view of neighbors. They provide cost-effective residences.

Ranch style homes are one-story houses with an open and casual layout. The shape of the house is either rectangular or an "L" or "U" shape. Many ranch homes sit on a concrete slab, though some have a basement or crawl space.

Cape Cod
A Cape Cod house is a low, broad, single-story frame building. It has a steep pitched gabled roof, a large central chimney, and very little ornamentation.

Salt Box
A saltbox house is generally a wooden frame house with lots of space.

I hope this post has been useful to you and there is a style you've found that feels like "home" to you.

Thanks for reading - until next time...Keep it "REAL"

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