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Traditional homes are some of the most common styles found throughout the United States. Designed to accommodate the American way of life, traditional homes are a mix of several styles and vary by region. A few consistent basics including: simple hipped or gabled rooflines and brick, stucco or clapboard exterior. Floor plans can be either one or two stories and windows are usually spaced symmetrically in a Traditional home. Other prevalent features are covered porches and open foyers.

For the purposes of this index, Traditional style includes the sub-categories: Classical, Cottage, Victorian and Gothic.

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Classical architecture was inspired by the structures of ancient Greece and Rome and is more common in churches and government buildings than in residential dwellings. In the U.S., you’re most likely to see examples of Classical architecture in places like Williamsburg, VA or Washington, DC. The term Neoclassical is more likely to be used when discussing residential construction. This genre includes styles inspired by Classical architecture, such as Federal, Greek Revival, Georgian, Antebellum and Beaux Arts. A few characteristics found in these styles are symmetry, columns and various classical ornamentations.

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Cottage style is a broad term that ranges from small, country bungalows to larger, seaside homes. True cottages are smaller with simple architectural features often highlighted by inviting porches, pathways and gardens. Exteriors range from stonework to wood siding to stucco in lighter, more muted colors to cedar shakes, common on beach cottages. Other examples of Cottage style are a classic Craftsman-style or arched top front door. A welcoming bay window, arched windows or a shutter theme throughout are also possible. No matter which defining features are present, a Cottage-style home most always feels casual, cozy, welcoming and warm.

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Victorian encompasses such styles as Italianate, Second Empire and Queen Anne, among others. The Victorian trend began in the 19th century as America was moving into the Machine Age. This allowed for mass-produced ornamentation such as brackets, spindles and patterned shingles for the development of new looks in building and design. Other details of this style include gabled roofs, curved towers, spindled porches and bay windows.

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Classic Gothic-style homes include such defining features as steeply pitched gabled roofs, fish-scale wooden shingles, angled chimneys and porches. Rural Gothic style is based loosely on English country cottages, while more castle-like Gothic style is generally better suited for urban settings. Gothic-style homes are often trimmed with wooden scrollwork bargeboard and tend to be more conducive to casement windows versus standard double hungs. This style is more common in the Northeast versus the Midwest.

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