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In the world of architecture and design, there are always “go to” designs people select from, especially when choosing how to design their home. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular designs for homes.

Cape Cod

This home design was actually first popularized in the 1600s. The inspiration for them came from Britain’s thatched cottages. They differ in that they were built with steeper roofs and larger chimneys to combat the nasty Northeastern winters. The windows are typically dormer windows and the shingles are cedar. Most of the Cape Cod style houses we see today were built after World War II.


Though contemporary and modern styles are often considered to be the same, contemporary simply references today’s style of building. This allows for variance in both design and appearance. While both contemporary and modern styles seek to connect the indoors and outdoors, contemporary homes lean towards energy efficiency, sustainable materials, and a lot of natural light.


Another 1600s inspired design, the Colonial style had many variations because of how diverse the early American settlers were. The Colonial style is known for its symmetry and is characterized by evenly spaced shuttered windows. The dormers, columns, and chimneys are also evenly spaced.

Greek Revival

This style of house building flourished greatly in American from the 1830s to the 1940s. It’s inspired by Greek architecture and democracy and utilizes tall columns and pediments. Painted plaster, symmetrical shape, bold moldings, and embellishments are key components to this style. Typically, this home style can be found on large estates and plantations.


This home style is one that just screams wealth when you see it. It reflects the architecture of Greece and Rome. The key components of this style are symmetry, tall columns, elaborate doorways, and evenly spaced windows. A great example of this style house would be Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.