First gaining major popularity in 1940, the Traditional Architectural Style dominated through the decade and all through the 1950s. The traditional classification applies to a broad range of home building styles, expressed by any home design which draws influence from historic and time honoured styles, such as Victorian, Colonial, Craftsman, or Neoclassical architecture. As such, the traditional home style will carry elements of other styles, yet it is set apart with some identifiable features.

Exterior of Traditional home style / Victorian architectural style

Distinctive characteristics of the traditional architectural style include large, open porches with overhanging beams, rafters & columns. A gabled roof design with one or more dormers are aesthetically pleasing and add the artistry to the look of the home’s exterior. At a glance, the front gables of the roof and prominent chimney may look like the tudor style home, yet the hipped roof pitch is less dramatic. Design details in a traditional home are scaled back, making this architectural style a good fit for many tastes and budgets. While stucco exteriors in custom colors define the style’s exterior, building materials in the home may also include brick, wood, plaster, and stone.

Traditional homes have a larger footprint than other styles, yet the space is typically divided into a number of small, single-purpose rooms rather than a few large ones. This is because the style was originally designed for households of the past with families often double that of modern households. Single level floor plans are common in traditional styles and these often come with a steeper roof pitch, lofts, covered porches and open foyers. Two story house plans are popular for their distinct separation of living spaces that are ideal for families with children.

Kitchen with stained glass, beautiful lighting, livingroom with traditional fireplace mantel and coffered ceilings

Because traditional homes often have smaller, symmetrically-placed windows of a similar shape and size, they usually require more artificial lighting. Inside, thoughtful details like stained glass windows, hand-carved woodworking, and antique interior lighting not only create a beautiful aesthetic, but also compensate for the lack of natural light. The main floor of a traditional style home will often feature a central living or family room. Replete with a classic fireplace & mantel, coffered ceilings, crown moldings and wall trims, these living spaces create a cozy, social atmosphere. Freedom from clutter and help with organization is critical to a home that caters to larger households. Consider enhanced features such as custom built-in office storage and shelving, functional mud rooms and kitchens with custom cabinetry and tall pantries.

Mudroom with storage and Office with built-in desk, shelving & drawers

Traditional architecture requires a high level of ethical commitment to local communities, location, cultures & traditions. A builder of this style seeks to use locally available resources and materials to reduce building costs, making traditional design an economical option. Yet, it is important that the builder balance the use of modern machinery to meet the challenge for higher energy efficiency and increased comfort in the home required by today’s homeowners.

The traditional style is all about embracing construction design & techniques that have stood the test of time. The traditional home remains popular for it’s attractive presentation and functional reliability, while accommodating the living requirements of your family. An experienced home builder can construct a traditional home that reflects a modern twist or includes custom features from your wish list.

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