Styles of Homes

As a custom home builder, we love being able to construct our client’s dream home from scratch. Pregio Homes takes your vision of style, detail, and interior design, and turns it into reality. That’s the beauty of custom homes—you get to craft everything from start to finish. Our clients often come to us with a dream of coming home to their Modern Farmhouse, their Transitional Contemporary home, or their Colorado Mountain Lodge, and we do everything in our power to make that happen.

We can build any style of home that you have always dreamed of, whether it is a Cape Cod style or a Cottage Bungalow style, an Industrial style or a Mediterranean home. Often times, we combine different architectural styles and make a house unique to you. For example, one of our most prized custom homes was an Ultra-Modern Mountain Home. We were able to combine the sleek, minimalist designs of the traditional modern house and placed it on the side of a Colorado Mountain. Take a look at these common styles of houses that have been built all across the United States and start dreaming of what your house could look like.

Barndominium

These types of homes have only begun to appear as a popular house style in the past few years. A barndominium begins with the exterior of a large barn, but is built so that the interior is a full functioning home. Many of these styles started as renovation projects, where home builders demolished the interior of a barn and transformed the once empty space into living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, and more. Today, custom home builders can replicate this look starting from scratch. With this style, you can immerse yourself in country life by having a home that looks like a barn, but will all the full upgrades and features of a 21st century house.

Characteristics

  • Barn-styled exterior
  • Large doors
  • Wood or Metal siding
  • High-Vaulted ceilings

 

Bungalow

These comfortable, cottage-like homes have become an American staple, characterized by dramatic, low-hanging roof eaves, and that classic front porch that wraps all the way around the front of the house. Bungalows were popular in the early 1900s through the 1920s, and were known for the simple, functional layout—typically lain out in one story. In today’s time, the exterior of the bungalow is such a classic style that makes your home feel like it has character, like it came out of the 1920s. Bungalows have been remastered to have open-concept layouts and even an additional story, all the while maintaining the picturesque architecture.

Characteristics

  • Wood, Brick or Stone Exterior
  • Rectangular shaped building
  • Dramatic front porch, usually accompanied by columns and a projected overhead roof above it
  • Low-hanging eaves

 

Cape Cod

If you’ve found yourself walking along the coast of the north-eastern states and have found yourself in front of beautiful, historic homes with dramatic roof lines, weathered shingle panels, and wide white porches, you have discovered a Cape Cod styled home. These homes were built from the time the first English settlers came across the ocean, and have continued to be built and replicated up until today. We can construct a beautiful replica of the Cape Cod architecture that the historic style is known for.

Characteristics

  • Steep Roof: Often with multiple points and windows
  • Large Chimney
  • Windows on both sides of the front door
  • Dormers on both sides of the chimney
  • Shingle Siding: This is the iconic symbol of the Cape Cod style. The siding can be replicated with gray stained shingles, or it can be crafted with brick, stucco, or stone.

 

Colonial

Drawing largely on European influences, colonial homes have been in the United States since its early origins. The iconic architecture has lasted centuries and is a very popular style to replicate. With its rectangular shape, dramatic roof lines, and brick accents, colonial style homes are an American favorite. These homes usually have two to three stories, have a large center fireplace, and usually have a brick or wood façade that makes up the exterior.

Characteristics

  • Front porch that leads up to the front door—occasionally the porch extends upwards to the second floor where it becomes a walk-out deck
  • Brick or wood exterior
  • Symmetrical exterior: Has the same amount of windows on each side of the front door on the house
  • Rectangular shape
  • Two-three stories
  • Steep roof pitch
  • Living area on the bottom floor and bedrooms on the upper floor

 

Colorado Mountain

Our state has coined an entire style of home building throughout the US. This style is known primarily because of the location that it is built on—in the midst of pine trees and wildlife. However, there are many architectural elements that make this a popular style of house. Mountain styled homes are known for their vast amount of windows, often reaching from floor to ceiling. There is usually a large fireplace, multiple stories, and wood and stone accents on the exterior. Colorado is known for its beautiful plots of land, ranging all the way from Woodland Park to Durango. This style of home is not a log cabin, however, as it has less wood and more modern architecture.

Characteristics

  • Wood exterior with stone accents on pillars and foundational facades
  • Multiple large windows, especially in the living areas
  • Large deck-often wraps around the house
  • High ceilings
  • Multiple stories

 

Craftsman

The Craftsman styled home evolved from a combination of the Arts and Crafts architecture movement, combined with the Foursquare design. The house is traditionally a rectangular shape with 1-2 stories. While the shape is very traditional, the Craftsman is known for its small details on the exterior that make it incredibly unique. When you build, you can expect to have multiple windows—often times having a unique design with stained glass, artsy framing, and an asymmetrical placement—dramatic roof lines, and a front porch. These homes are known for their practical flow from room to room in the interior of the home, and were usually built for small families.

Characteristics

  • Asymmetric exterior design
  • Exposed joists or rafters that stick out in order to support the roof eaves
  • Large front porch, often covered by an extension of the roof
  • Columns on both sides of the porch
  • Stone and wood accents for the exterior
  • Stained glass windows
  • Built-in cabinetry, desks, and nooks, inside

 

Farmhouse

This type of house has been around for centuries, first being known for its location—on a plot of agricultural land in the countryside—and then for its architecture in today’s time. Farmhouses are popping up all over Colorado’s planes and mountainsides as a popular trend and love for the country feel of these homes. Farmhouses are built with plenty of square footage to accommodate a spacious entryway, kitchen, and living space for entertainment purposes, then there are informal bedrooms in the back of the house or on the second level. Farmhouses are also loved for the beautiful porches that are adorned so elegantly with white pillar columns and front porch swings. If you are looking for a builder who builds custom farmhouses in Colorado, look no further!

Characters

  • Have a square or rectangular shape
  • Pitched Gable roofs
  • Large porches that either wrap around the house or are extended the full-width of the front of the house
  • Plenty of shiplap
  • Farmhouse sinks
  • Wood burning fireplaces

 

Hill Country

Imagine yourself on a vineyard in the rolling hills of Texas or Georgia with this style of home. The Hill Country home takes an elegant, upscale approach from the traditional farmhouse, making it a luxurious oasis on a few acres. These homes are known for elaborate stone exterior, tall ceilings, wide windows, and spacious interiors.

Characteristics

  • Stone exterior with wood or metal accents
  • Grand front entrance
  • Asymmetric design
  • Metal roof
  • Large kitchen and living space

 

Industrial

If you love sharp edges, concrete walls, and glass accents in the most unique places, then you will love the industrial styled home. These houses come with a raw, modern feel and are known for their dark color schemes. Often times, these homes have concrete walls or countertops, and are paired with glass floors, walls, or doors. There is plenty of natural lighting that flows through these homes, and are often decorated with reclaimed metal or exposed wood.

Characteristics

  • Multiple stories
  • Metal roof
  • Concrete walls
  • Dark stained or exposed wood for the floors, trim, or other accents throughout the home
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Metal fixtures

 

Mediterranean/Spanish

Place your family in the center of Spain with a Mediterranean styled house. These homes are characterized for their Spanish/European elements: stucco siding, a red, low-pitched roof, and plenty of windows. The exterior resembles a Spanish mansion, with arched windows, balconies and columns. These houses also tend to have a landscaped front porch or court yard.

Characteristics

  • Red tile roof—traditionally low-pitched
  • Arched walkways, windows, and doors
  • Stucco exterior
  • Patio or courtyard
  • Mosaic tile is popular for the interior of the home

 

Modern

Modern style homes, or contemporary style, are known for their edgy appearance, with sharp lines for the windows and roof eaves, and their mixing of materials like wood, concrete, metal, and glass. The exterior is almost always asymmetric, as it plays on geometric shapes. There are plenty of windows in these houses, along with a large, open floor plan that is mean to entertain. Inside a modern house, you might find concrete floors or countertops, wooden cabinetry, metal fixtures, and even glass doors. The possibilities are endless with custom modern homes.

Characteristics

  • Tall windows, often in different heights
  • Shed roof that has a steep slope and multiple edges
  • Exposed beams in the interior
  • Utilizes multiple materials including stone, concrete, wood, metal, or glass
  • Open concept floor plan

 

Ranch

Ranch style homes are an American staple, having originated in the US around 1960. This type of house was built to be practical and low-maintenance, and has become a traditional favorite for homeowners across the decades. These homes are long and close to the ground. Being only one story, everything is laid out on an open concept layout, with functional living spaces.

Characteristics

  • Single story
  • Low-pitched roof
  • Attached garage
  • Shutters along the windows
  • Stucco exterior
  • Open floor plan

 

Southwestern

Drawing largely on Southern and Spanish Colonial architecture, Southwestern houses are a beautiful blend of the Wild West and the Spanish Revival. These homes resemble both the Mediterranean and Spanish style home, as they all share the low-pitched, red tile roof. Southwestern homes rely more on brick and stucco exterior to separate its look, as well as the decorative use of wrought-iron fencing and gates.

Characteristics

  • Stucco exterior with brick accents
  • Low to the ground
  • Low-pitched, red tiled roof
  • Front patio
  • Arched front door
  • Tile and wood interior

 

Tuscan

Build your custom home among the vineyards of Tuscany. With stucco exterior and plenty of beautifully arched windows, these homes will remind you of the countryside of Italy. These homes are known for their terracotta roof tiles, their arched doorways, and their circular rooms that resemble a European castle. Inside Tuscan styled houses, you’ll find a mixture of stone, granite, and marble for the floors and countertops, as well as wood accents.

Characteristics

  • Terracotta roof tiles
  • Large, arched windows and doorways
  • Asymmetric exterior design
  • Stucco siding
  • Stone, granite, and marble interior materials

 

Victorian

If you have spent any time in the Old Historic Downtown district of Colorado Springs, you have probably seen a number of Victorian styled houses. These homes are from the Queen-Victorian age, and are identified through their multi-level stories, their complicated architecture, and their decorative, “gingerbread” trim. A lot of detail goes into the exterior of Victorian homes, and they are loved for their historic appeal. These homes can be emulated by custom home builders like Pregio Homes, to make it feel as if you were living in the English 1800s.

Characteristics

  • Multiple stories—two or three
  • Wood or stone exterior
  • Complex architecture—the exterior of the house has many turns, rounded edges, and layered heights
  • Textured Interior Walls
  • Decorative exterior and interior trim
  • Front porch