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January 25, 2013 at 3:53 AM

What Does Your House Style Say About You?

Bungalow: Natural and Adaptable

People who live in Bungalow homes appreciate things that are rugged, adaptable and economic in design. "For these people it's all about comfort that is organic and natural," says Rikki Nyman, editor of "Bungalow dwellers are practical and choose their home because it’s easy to live in and very efficient." Bungalows are designed to blend into the environment in which they're built and are all about ease between indoor and outdoor spaces. "Artists, architects, teachers, someone who has a more liberal approach to things, or even an outdoors person are the types you typically see living in a bungalow home," says Nyman. 

Where to find it: Bungalows can be found throughout the country, but are in abundance in California and across the Midwest.

Colonial: Traditional and Iconic

Colonial: Traditional and Iconic

Colonials are the iconic family home. One of the most popular styles in the United States, Colonials are square and stable. "People who live in Colonial homes are solid, grounded, successful, and sensible," says Nyman. "They like symmetry, formality and propriety, and they value tradition." The style of Colonials is light, airy, and clean, which is another reason people are drawn to this classic style. 

Where to find it: Colonial homes can be found across the country.
Cape Cod: Quaint and Simple

Cape Cod: Quaint and Simple

The Cape Cod style of house is similar to the Colonial but it's a bit more casual. "It's a simple style of house. People who live in a Cape Cod house are unpretentious, more casual, probably a little more creative and not deadline-driven," says Nyman. Since Cape Cods can be efficient and economical, they can be the perfect starter home for young couples, creating a bit of a romantic quality to this type of home as well. 

Where to find it: This home originated in Massachusetts (Cape Cod!) and continues to be a popular style of home in New England -- mostly in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. But it's also a style that has spread across the country.

Spanish: Colorful and Welcoming

Spanish: Colorful and Welcoming

Spanish style homes are spirited and are all about making entertaining comfortable and relaxed. "These homes are casual and pleasant to live in. They offer lots of color and a lot of different textures and often feature large patios or other uncovered outdoor spaces for socializing," says Nyman. People who have an appreciation for Mediterranean style and warm-weather architecture will gravitate toward the Spanish style of home, which can be sprawling and rambling or tiny and cozy. 

Where to find it: These houses are very popular in the southern tier of the United States, from Texas to California, and then again in Florida.

Ranch: Unpretentious and Practical

Ranch: Unpretentious and Practical

The Ranch style of home is long, low and asymmetrical in layout, with private space separated from living space. "Ranch type houses offer a more modern layout, with multipurpose spaces, very functional interiors and a logical, flowing layout," says Nyman. The ranch style of home is a great choice for those who are economical, practical and looking for easy living features. 

Where to find it: ranch style of house isn't concentrated in one area of the country. You can find them sprinkled throughout.

Cottage: Casual and Charming

Cottage: Casual and Charming

The Cottage style of home represents a completely different flavor of lifestyle. "Cottages are, by definition, all about comfort, right sizing, and scaling to conform with your real self and not the Joneses," says Nyman. "Cottages are on the small side with a high cuteness factor." People who choose to live in Cottages opt for a charming, easy way to live. 

Where to find it: Cottages are more prominent in areas of the Northeast.

Craftsman: Artistic and High-Quality 

Craftsman: Artistic and High-Quality

The Craftsman style of home is down-to-earth, with simple yet strong designs. "People drawn to these homes are often artistic individuals who appreciate handmade products, high quality craftsmanship, and slow design," says Nyman. These homes are not opulent - rather they're simple, clean, and well designed. Craftsman homes are all about the design principles, balance, harmony, contrasts and shaping everything in relationship to each other. Everything in the place has meaning. 

Where to find it: Craftsman homes can be found across the country.



  • Anonymous 2
    by Anonymous 2
    January 25, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    We are looking at several colonials to purchase right now.  Interesting.

  • little.worthen
    January 25, 2013 at 4:02 AM
    I like the Tudor and the French one, and the log cabin..
  • Jamie1972
    January 25, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    I dont live in a house I live in an apt.

  • Sassy762
    January 25, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Mine  isn't on the list...OOOPPPPSSSSS

    BUT I prefer the Spanish, French, Italian, Colonial and the Cape Cod , lol

    Let me see if I can find one  that matches my house

  • PepperWillow
    January 25, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    I like the Tudor but we live in an apartment right now.

  • Anonymous 3
    by Anonymous 3
    January 25, 2013 at 4:06 AM
    We live in a trailer and love it. It's 2000 sq feet three bedrooms 2 bath. On 2 acres. It's perfect for us.
  • cali_angel_girl
    January 25, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Right now we live in a duplex but if we were to purchase a house right now it would probably be colonial

  • horseap
    by horseap
    January 25, 2013 at 4:08 AM

     Ours doesnt really fit any of them.  =/

  • Sassy762
    January 25, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Mine either and I can't find it online, lol

    We are just shit out of luck, lol

    Quoting horseap:

     Ours doesnt really fit any of them.  =/

  • Neuro
    by Neuro
    January 25, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    I like the Ranch and the Bungalow... Natural, Adaptable, Unpretentious and Practical... yeah, that sounds like me.

    At the present, though, my apartment says that I can't afford a house nor do I like paying for furniture.

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