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Bungalow - These narrow, rectangular one and one-half story houses originated in California during the 1880s as a response to the elaborate decoration of Victorian homes. Typical bungalow style homes have low-pitched gabled or hipped roofs and small covered porches at the entry. Once inside the home, the open floor plan maximizes efficiency and flow from room to room with minimal space wasted on hallways – generally the entry way opens directly into the living room. Fun Fact-The style was once so popular that you could order a bungalow kit from Sears and Roebuck catalog!
Cape Cod - Some of the first houses built in the United States were Cape Cods. The original colonial Cape Cod homes were shingle-sided, one-story cottages with no dormers. During the mid-20th century, the small, uncomplicated Cape Cod shape became popular in suburban developments. A 20th-century Cape Cod is square or rectangular with one-and-a-half stories and steeply pitched, gabled roofs. A centered entrance with a paneled door, occasionally accented with pilasters or columns is common.
Colonial- Though America’s colonial period encompassed a number of housing types and styles, the most commonly recognized version is the rectangular, symmetrical home with bedrooms on the second floor. The double-hung windows usually have many small, equally sized square panes and are surrounded by shutters. Unlike the original Colonials, Colonial Revival homes are often sided in white clapboard and trimmed with black or green shutters.
Contemporary- These homes are easily distinguishable by their odd-sized and often tall windows, lack of ornamentation, and their unusual mixtures of wall materials- stone, brick, and wood, for instance. Architects designed Contemporary-style homes between 1950 and 1970, and created two types: the flat-roof and gabled types. Both styles were designed to incorporate the surrounding landscape into their overall look with extensive use of natural light.
Craftsman- Popularized at the turn of the 20th century by architect and furniture designer Gustav Stickley in his magazine, The Craftsman, the Craftsman-style bungalow reflected, said Stickley, “a house reduced to it’s simplest form … it’s low, broad proportions and absolute lack of ornamentation give it character so natural and unaffected that is seems to … blend with any landscape”. The style features overhanging eaves, a low-slung gabled roof, and wide front porches framed by pedestal-like tapered columns. Many homes have wide front porches across part of the front, supported by columns.
Dutch Colonial- This American style originated in homes built by German settlers in Pennsylvania as early as the 1600s. Distinguished mostly by its broad gambrel roof with flaring eaves that extend over the porches, Dutch Colonials have a barn-like effect. Double-hung sash windows, dormers with shed-like overhangs, and a central dutch double doorway are also common. Fun Fact- The double door, which is divided horizontally, was once used to keep livestock out of the home while allowing light and air to filter through the open top
IN LAST YEAR IN LAST 5 YEARS
New roof Hardwood floors throughout
New gutters with Leaf Guard Tiled floor kitchen and washer/dryer room
New heating and air conditioning Replaced kitchen appliances
New double pane windows New washer and dryer
New paint inside and outside Upgraded bathroom #2 fixtures and floor
Granite kitchen counters and new sink New front porch
Painted kitchen cabinets New 12×16 storage building
Replaced master bathroom and vanity Replaced interior light fixtures
Sealed rear deck Replaced crown molding throughout
Landscaped front yard with turf and retention wall
Experience…5 years preferable, Full-time rather than part-time agent
Personality…people who you like and can work well together
Interests and hobbies similar to your own
Integrity…do you trust them?
What Real estate company they are with
The brand of smartphone they use
What their social media presence is like
How many transactions they’ve closed in the last year
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