ARCHITECTURAL STYLES

Too many to count, too may to name, and no one can agree on consistent definitions.  But here is our best effort to guide you in selection the style of home you want.  Life-style, architectural style, and physical specifics.  These are the three elements that work with your budget to get you the home you want.  Don't get too caught up in the precise differences between "Craftsman" and "Prairie School", but you can start to get an idea of the general names for what you like.  Most of our floor plans can be designed in many different styles.
 
Mix and combine...have some fun!
And remember, if you just want to "get to the plans" go here.

modern

general

 

natural materials

but often rejection of nature

flat roofs

low-profile

rejection of tradition

steel, concrete, glass

experimenting with the limits of new construction

Modern architecture or modernist architecture is a term applied to an overarching movement, with its exact definition and scope varying widely (and at times contradictorily). The term is often applied to modernist movements at the turn of the 20th century, with efforts to reconcile the principles underlying architectural design with rapid technological advancement and the modernization of society (i.e. who needs beautiful materials when we have concrete!). 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_architecture

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modern

bauhaus

 

no ornamentation or color

form follows function

flat roofs

low-profile

industrial materials

steel, concrete, glass.  Then more concrete

harsh 

wouldn't the "function" of this patio be to sit on it?

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Bauhaus epitomized the modern movement's radically simplified forms, the rationality of functionality, and the idea that mass production was reconcilable with the individual artistic spirit. Perhaps unfairly maligned for a lot of the architectural brutality that followed, the Bauhaus movement was and is immensely influential.  But it can be really ugly. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fagus-Werke-01.jpg

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modern

mid-century

little ornamentation or color

but more than strictly modern

flat roofs

low-profile

industrial materials

steel, concrete, glass

light walls 

feel like glass

A slightly softer take American take on the early 20th century  modern movement. Designed for the middle-class and suburbs.  This house also described as "desert modern." Probably because its in the desert.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Miller_House,_Palm_Springs,_California.jpg

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art deco

 

geometric shapes

modern look

beautiful ornamentation

with a contemporary edge

vivid colors

rich and bright

rich, luxurious materials

exotic hardwoods, stones, and metals

Brooklyn Museum

intricate craftsmanship

much handmade

Art deco combined modernist (but not modern) styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Deco.

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craftsman

 

 

low-pitch, gable roofs

open eves(I know, there's a hip too)_.

intricate craftsmanship

much handmade

earthy colors

organic feel 

divided pane windows

with a contemporary edge

wide columns

often tapered

Brooklyn Museum

Porches

particularly front

A European response to industrialization of the 19th century.  Exuding warmth and quality, hand-made by the best craftsmen, using the finest materials, very inviting...and expensive.  The genius of American craftsman was the attempt to bring these features to middle-class by making it affordable.

 

https:https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Craftsmanhouse.jpg.

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Farmhouse

 

Simple materials

board and batten siding

earthy colors

organic feel 

Central Fireplace

for heating and cooking

Simple Designs

rectangle

Porches

particularly front

Varies considerably by area and available materials.  Simple, comfortable designs.  Local materials, non-ostentatious but well built. For a working family. 

 

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Functioning Farm

significant variation by region

Modern Farmhouse

 

 

Exposed Beams

structural or non-structural

Tongue-and-groove paneling 

or ship-lap, board_and_batten

divided pane windows

with a contemporary edge

plank floors

 

Industrial Lighting

or "barn lighting"

A redefinition of the traditional farmhouse.  Also known by the oxymoron "urban farmhouse" it is very contemporary and clean but warm. These are family oriented houses with simple designs but can incorporate bold modern elements.                          

 

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