House designs & styles


Bungalows can typically be identified by their single story and spacious design. The use of a veranda, or large, open yet covered porch, is another significant identifying feature.

Californian Bungalow

California bungalows are almost always single story. Usually equipped with large pillars supporting a veranda. Often this is complemented with a brick chimney on a low pitch roof and tied together with a gable.


The craftsman is a modern version of the Californian bungalow. An elegant, sturdy structure built using a large variety of materials and decorative features. The roof is low pitched, and gabled with a porch under the projection of the roof.

Bay Villa

Bay villas are extravagantly designed 3-4 bedroom homes with at least one bay window at the front of the house with a gable roof above. Bay villas have high ceilings and a front veranda often decorated with detailed fretwork.

Bay Villa House Design

The Bay Villa was one of New Zealand’s most popular house designs of the early 1900’s


A cottage is a small modest home. Cottages are designed to be cozy and will usually have a simple rectangular shape.


The Bach is a basic structure built for holiday accommodation. They are typically constructed of local, inexpensive materials and have a mono pitch roof.


Colonial style refers to many styles of homes built during that period. They are known for being symmetrical with slimmer side windows on either side of the door. Usually a pair of chimneys will accent these homes.


Victorian homes are another style of home named for the period of time in which the style began. They will have steep roofs with textured shingles and a partial asymmetrical porch.

Art Deco

Art Deco designs have stucco walls and stylized facades. The style originated in the nineteen twenties and the houses are known for their geometric vertical design.


A contemporary home will generally have over-sized windows and modern shapes. Contemporary style houses are modern and constructed of modern materials.

Town House

The Town House style of architecture describes a row of very similar or identical houses immediately adjacent to each other. They typically share interior walls.


Commonly recognized for its lancet, or pointed arch, the English style of architecture is very elegant. Easily recognizable by its lack of massive pillars and use of groups of smaller shafts around a central pillar.


Features found on a Tudor style home are quite distinctive. Stone and brick construction, exposed timbers, and steep cross gables are used in this type of house.


Spanish-style homes are marked by their prodigious use of stucco, chimneys, and tile roofs. The interiors of these homes feature arched passageways and exposed beams.


Mediterranean-style architecture features multi-story, massive design with symmetrical facades. Typically these structures have a rectangular floor-plan, low pitched roofs, and stuccoed walls and are accented around the doors.


The Ranch-style home originated in the US and was first seen in 1920’s. Unique styles of the architecture are single story, low profile, and easily adaptable floor plans.


Modern architecture refers to the absence of historical forms or styles. Most often these homes are unadorned with decoration, and are almost mechanical in their aesthetics.

Modern traditional

Modern traditional design is an updated version of ranch style houses from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Typically built with brick walls and a hip or gable tiled roof.


This style is molded from modern materials: steel, concrete, and glass. These houses are often dramatic, with smooth façades and ground to ceiling plate glass windows.


Italian-style architecture can be classified by the low pitched or flat, often hipped, roof. Generally it will consist of angled bay windows and glazed doors. Attics with a row of windows between the eave brackets are a notable characteristic.


Usually constructed using a heavy timber frame of logs, vertically aligned on a sill the French-style will generally have a raised basement and exterior stairs, leading to a full-length porch on the front façade.

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