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American Home Structures in History

American Home Structures in History
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No American home is the same, we can surely agree on that.  Every home has its unique style, design, and personality.  When it comes to home structures, though, there are several styles over the centuries that have been adapted from other parts of the world or designed right here in good’ole America.  Since there are so many styles we could cover, we will talk about the handful of them that have remained timeless and popular.  Let’s take a stroll into some American home style history, shall we?   


  • 1600s - 1740: Colonial. In its original form, this home was simple, rectangular, a chimney in the center of the roof and symmetrical windows. Over time the Colonial has inspired revivals, such as Dutch, German, French, Georgian, and so on, homes to include dormers, shutters and decorative crowns above the door. These homes are well known for their desired curb appeal and a warm welcome at the front door.  Depending on when the home was built or updated, the front door will either be a raised-panel or the original clinch-nailed plank.
  • 1600s - 1950s: Cape Cod.  Sounds cozy and charming already, right?  That’s a common appeal with this style home.  Often seen with wood shakes, siding, and decorative shutters.
  • 1830s-1900s: Victorian.  You can find many Victorian style homes locally in historical areas such as Ghent and Larchmont in Norfolk and Hilton Village in Newport News. This “style”, unlike the rest of them listed in this article, is more of a period of history based on the Victorian era when Queen Victoria ruled Britain.  These pronounced homes make quite an impact with complicated, asymmetrical shapes, decorative trim, steep gabled roof lines often covered in natural roofing slate, large wrap around porches and two or three stories.  Take a look a look at the Historical Victorian home The Roofing Company just finished restoring.  It’s quite an impressive transition! (link to article here - UPDATE article with new pictures or create a new article talking about the improvements and what skill it took to restore)
  • 1905s - 1930s: Craftsman.  Does this bring to mind a tool belt, rulers, and complicated measurements? Indeed! Between the intricate woodworking, detailed stonework and arched doorways, a skilled craftsman is sure to measure twice and cut once building this home.  Familiar to this home is its low-pitched gable roof with deep, bracketed overhangs and exposed rafters.  
  • 1930s - 1960s: Ranch.  The #1 ranked home sold home in America by Trulia, it’s understandable why this is a household name, often referred as “The Ranch”.  Single story, open floor plans, and L-or U-shaped layouts are a grand demand among American families.

There are more styles, such as the Cottage, Tudor, Modern, Farmhouse, and Contemporary that you can find in Hampton Roads and maybe you even own that style.  We’ll be more than happy for you to share your home style with us. Send us a picture of it and let us know what you love so much about it!

Can you guess which of the picture(s) below belong to the description above?  Just to throw a wrench into it, more than one picture may fit the same description.

The Roofing Company has worked on all style homes.  For a roof replacement, roof repairs and slate roofing, please call us for a free estimate at 757-903-0050

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