House Styles And You

Dated: September 13 2019

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How well do you know house styles?  Can you tell the difference between a Cape Cod and a Colonial?  A Bungalow and a Shed?  A Federal and a Georgian?  How about a Queen Anne versus a Victorian?

House styles can have definite profiles, but also include features that make it a hybrid.  Confusion can set in because of added nuances in the structure.  Additions can complicate the style even further.

Realtors have to be students of style in order to understand what a client really means when using a house style name.  By “Colonial” does she mean traditional, Dutch, Georgian, Greek Revival, or Neoclassical?  By “Ranch” does he mean Rambler, Split Level, or something else?

I recently showed a house that would clearly be called a “Victorian” style, built in 1903.  It boasted a lovely, bright exterior from a distance; blue siding, yellow window frames, burgundy shutters, topped by a clean slate roof.  As we entered, a beautifully carved balustrade invited us to walk up the grand staircase.  An earlier owner had painted over the oak, and restoration to its original wood grandeur was almost complete.  The fireplaces were adorned with similar oak mantel pieces, but could not be used as wood fireplaces without extensive renovations.  The basement contained a modern HVAC system, but it would take a motivated buyer to update the interior to its former glory.

Such are the joys and challenges of finding styles that please individual or family tastes.

Whatever the style(s) you are interested in, we can help by asking questions that reveal your architectural tastes and preferences. 

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Roger Franks

Roger has been a resident of Maryland for over 30 years. He brings a solid background in sales and customer service along with an expert knowledge of Frederick County and the local community. He is pa....

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