Different Types of House Styles for Your New Build

Planning the style you want in your house is hard, unless you have knowledge in architectural and interior designing. So in this blog, we’ll make it easier for you by introducing several house styles that may suit your preference.


Cape Cod Homes

The term “Cape Cod House” was named after The Reverend Timothy Dwight IV, President of Yale University, after he visited the Cape Cod House and observed this type of design to be a popular choice during the 1920’s to 1930’s.


Types of Cape Cod Homes

Cape Cod-style homes were originally quite small, and dormer windows were frequently used to give it more space, light, and ventilation. There are 3 variations for you to choose from:

Half Cape/Single Cape: has two multi-paned glass windows

Three-quarter Cape: has Two multi-paned windows on one side of the house and one multi-paned window on the other

Full Cape/Double Cape: has a central front door and two multi-paned windows that are symmetrical to each other.

Cape Cod Homes


Colonial Style Homes

In this style, the kitchen and family room are located on the first floor of the house while the bedrooms are on the second floor.


Types of Colonial Style Homes

Spanish Colonial: This is the ancestor of the ranch style houses.

German Colonial: This has a steeply pitched gable roof, usually with a kick at the bottom, a central chimney, and a two-story attic.

British Colonial Style: The British colonial forms tended to be quite formal and rational, with pitched roofs, shutters, and symmetrical designs.

Georgian Style: This has stone or brick walls, side-gabled or hipped roof, and multi-pane windows with 6-20 panes in each sash.

Colonial Style Homes


Victorian Homes

This house design uses modern fabrics and colours, but with the same traditional characteristics of the past era. It is characterised by its steeply pitched roof, a dominant front-facing gable, patterned shingles, cutaway bay windows, and an asymmetrical façade.

Victorian Homes


Federation Style Homes

This features verandah posts with fretwork, corner brackets and gable pitched roofs.

Federation Style Homes


Cottage Style Homes

This exhibits a warm, storybook charm, steep roof pitches and cross gables, arched doors, casement windows with small panes, and brick, stone, or stucco siding.

Cottage Style Homes


Bungalow Homes

This is a classic favourite in Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley, probably because of its unique, charming yet striking appeal. It features gabled roofs, weatherboard walls and a small porch or verandah at the front. They can also include bay windows or stain glass windows as a feature at the front.

Bungalow Homes


Craftsman House

The main features of a Craftsman House are its front porch, low-pitched, gabled roof, tapered columns, and double hanging windows.

Craftsman House


Traditional Ranch Homes

Large windows and sliding glass doors, as well as a low-pitched roofline with wide eaves, are some of the features of this home.

Traditional Ranch Homes


Contemporary Style Homes

Many modern homes include a lot of glass, open floor plans, and unique features, as well as exposed roof beams and flat or low-pitched roofs.

Contemporary Style Homes



Choosing the right house style for your new home may be challenging. But to help you narrow down your choices, it’s always best to look into the future. Start asking these questions:

  • How long am I planning to live in it?
  • What are the common activities I will hold in it?
  • How many members of the family will live in it?

Knowing the reason behind your house building project will give you a guide on how to decide on your house style. Otherwise, you can schedule an appointment with us so we can help sort this out. We’re here to help. Let’s talk.

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