Various House Types
Let’s take a quick look at the surface of real estate for how many are familiar with it. When asked, “What is real estate?” People usually respond by simply saying, land, or you know, houses.
The truth is, that’s just it. Real estate refers to real property (land) and the house/ building that’s on it. However, it gets interesting when you take a road trip or travel the world and notice not all houses are built equally. Geography plays a tremendous part on the proper selection of a house’s exterior facades and finishings. Depending on a house’s location, Earth’s seasonal elements take a serious toll on a house’s exterior over time.
There are certain components of a house that require to be updated over the course of a few years. You can imagine the roof being one of the most vital components of a house that takes a rough beating day in and day out, year after year. But let’s save that more detailed info for a later date. Let’s talk about the various house types there are.
When considering this planet’s myriad of geographical locations and their partnering weather patterns, we as humans have had to become strategic when it comes to building houses that’ll stand the test of time. With that being said, there are approximately 15+ house types all over the world.
Starting from the bottom, first (1) on the list is an Apartment (known as a Flat in the UK). Apartments are typically found in densely populated cities all over the world. They’re partitioned living spaces within a multiple unit building. The purpose of apartment buildings is to save space (land mass) in order to accommodate many people.
Second (2) on the list is the commonly known Ranch. A ranch style house is a house that typically has one floor with all of the house’s rooms on the one floor. Some ranch homes include a basement.
Following up after a ranch house is the (3) Colonial home. Upon entering a colonial house you’ll find the living room, dining room, kitchen and sometimes a mudroom on the first floor ground level. The bedrooms are located on the second floor. In addition, colonial homes typically have a basement.
Venturing back into cozy living, (4) Condominiums, similar to apartments are connected to multiple unit buildings, but unlike an apartment, you own the living space and must pay a maintenance fee in addition to the mortgage.
(5) A Cottage house is known to be a smaller home with older fashioned attributes. Usually, they’re made of bricks or stone.
(6) A Bungalow is a low-lying single level house. Often small in size, a bungalows has a veranda (porch) that serves as place to chill out and relax.
Taking a nostalgic trip back to the Caribbean, (7) Chattel houses are abundantly displayed within the villages of Barbados and Trinidad. The term “Chattel” is a Barbadian word that means small moveable house. Chattel homes are small board (wooden) houses the working class occupy.
Years ago, Chattel houses were designed in the aforementioned fashion, moveable, because the homeowner didn’t usually own the land the house was on. Unfortunately, their unsturdy design doesn’t fair well against violent tropical storms and other treacherous weather patterns despite Barbados and Trinidad being located outside of the hurricane belt.
Moving along, (8) Centuries ago, kings and queens had Castles built to accommodate their expansive lifestyles. Entry pathways of cobblestone, walls made of stone and the central building usually surrounded by a moat (trench filled with water) are all elements of a true castle which provide security.
(9) A duplex is a type of living space, or house, that consists of two levels on one floor.
(10) The Brownstone is Brooklyn, New York’s bread & butter when it comes to architecture. Nowadays a brownstone easily fetches between $3M- $6M and more depending on condition and location
(11) An Art deco house is Miami, Florida’s Ocean Drive real estate gem. Artsy in design and splashed in bright colors, the Art Deco is nothing short of style and character.
(12) Popularly known to be found on the interior of forestry and woodland areas is the Log Cabin house. Log cabins are houses made solely of wooden logs. Plain and simple.
(13) If you’re thinking there aren’t people still living out in the frozen tundra, think again. Although today technology has made it convenient to build different types of living enclosures throughout the world in ideal climates, there are people who use Igloos as temporary living enclosures for hunting. Many years ago indigenous people of Alaska, Canada and Greenland built igloos to have a place to sleep. Despite the use of ice to construct and frigid temperatures, Igloos retain the body heat of it’s occupant in order to keep them warm.
(14) The Townhouse is best known for dense city living. Nestled between other townhouses or commercial property buildings, townhouses don’t feature much surrounding land other than a backyard that accommodates a garden and a few feet of walking space. Small in yard space, but generous on interior space townhouses today are costly properties.
(15) Trailer/ Mobile Houses are all “tiny” houses in the sense that they’re a consolidated living enclosure that are manufactured and shipped to a destination. They’re typically available in three sizes, Single Wide, Double Wide and Triple Wide. The house’s measurements come in at 14’, 16’ and 18’ widths respectfully and entail all of a home’s necessities all within a cozy layout.
Bringing this article to a close will be our three favorite styles of homes. The (16) Mediterranean is a style of house that we find more likely in warmer states like Arizona and Florida. They’re found in many other parts of the States and other parts of the world too. Mediterranean homes are regularly adorned by earth-toned facades and multicolored pathways tiles and topped off with traditional burnt sienna clay roofing. Med. houses definitely portray lots of character and warmth.
(17) Tudor style homes are a classic and are found in abundance throughout Queens and Long Island, NY. Commonly known to have brown colored wooden proportioned roof framings and landings, Tudor’s will always give that lil’ Red Riding hood vibe especially on perfectly tree lined block.
Lastly, we saved the best for last. As Flat Arq suggests, we have much respect to classic feel, but we passionately love modern/ contemporary appointments. That leads us to this post’s closer, (18) Modern/ Contemporary Houses. A modern house’s “Flat” lines pay homage to “Architecture” from a pragmatic standpoint. To be a bit more descriptive and elaborate, think of a blueprint. A series of lines, many parallel and some perpendicular, displayed in a cohesive manner which present a simplistic yet complete design. A contemporary/ modern home’s landscaping may be the only array of contour and just the way we love it!