Guide to Residential Styles

Every house has a style. Sometimes it has two or more; because of renovations and new, eclectic mixes, fitting a home into one specific category can be daunting or even impossible. Thankfully, there’s no need to memorize complicated architectural terminology. REALTOR® Magazine has compiled a convenient compendium of common styles. Delve in and learn to highlight the details that give a home character, history, and romance.

Residential Styles & Structural Elements

Saltbox

Saltbox roofs are typical of colonial architecture in New England. A saltbox house is two stories high in the front and has a low sloping...