5 House Styles to Grab Inspiration for Your Next Home Renovation

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Architecture styles evolve and change, and finding inspiration in these styles can be the key to your next home renovations. These different styles of houses are among the most popular designs and represent a variety of popular eras and regions. 

House styles and preferences can change, and completing home improvements and renovations is the best way to build the home of your dreams. These five styles shine a light on classic house styles with signature aesthetics.

Ranch Style Homes

This style originated in the early 1930s and is one of the most classic house styles. This design is known for its efficiency, combination of living spaces, attached garages, and simple but effective floor plans. This style has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years for its classic elegance and single-floor design.

Most authentic ranch-style homes were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s, and they bear a striking esthetic that is immediately recognizable. Another compelling component of ranch-style homes is that additions can be easily built during a renovation or remodel—because of their thoughtful, mostly rectangular designs.

Craftsman Designs

These are generally smaller bungalows that have been making a huge comeback recently. Typified by their smaller footprint, single floor design, and focus on finishes like molding and interior woodwork, craftsman home flourishes can be added during a complete remodel or minor renovations.

Craftsman homes often feature built-in shelves or seating; porches framed with square, tapered columns; and decorative beams carved from wood. They also frequently have unfinished attic spaces that can be transformed into a loft, workspace, children’s play area, or entertainment center.

Original craftsman homes were constructed during the early part of the twentieth century. They were replaced by ranch-style homes in the 1930s but remain one of the most iconic home designs.


Tudor-style homes are inspired loosely by a variety of later medieval designs and styles in England and Europe. They are inspired by the sixteenth century Tudor dynasty and have undeniable curb appeal and ornate flourishes with tall, narrow windows, cross gables, and steeper roofs than traditional homes.

This style is becoming increasingly popular for homeowners looking to distinguish their space from other, less traditional styles or modern designs. 


This is among one of the most popular house styles across the United States, typically featuring brick or wooden facades and multiple stories. Colonials often even go as high as three stories and bear a distinctive style that is immediately recognizable. You will often find floor plans that keep the living room and kitchen on the ground floor but isolate bedrooms upstairs.

Colonial-style homes can be easily upgraded during a complete renovation, and materials can be matched with period-correct options. Their exteriors typically include a combination of brick and siding, which can make upkeep more efficient and save you money during a renovation or remodel.

Cape Cod

The house style is typically one or one and a half stories tall and features multi-pane windows with genuine hardwood floors. Original Cape Cod-style houses featured small footprints and dormer windows, which added much-needed ventilation, natural light, and extra space on the walls.

They also often feature unfinished attic spaces, which offer the opportunity for a renovation and transforming the space.

Each of these five house styles offers a unique flair and provide solutions for improving the space. Eakman Construction is ready to discuss your renovation and remodel options—no matter what style you are inspired by, and our team of experienced professionals can help you design the home of your dreams. Get in touch with us today.