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What architectural style is my house

Lisa Schneider Last reply on Sep 22, 2014

I am beginning to think about outdoor lighting and landscaping and I am having a very difficult time determining what style my house is so that I can treat it appropriately. In looking at web resources, I think it may be craftsman or bungalow but I'm still not convinced. It was built in 2003 and is on a road with mostly ranch style homes.

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  • Laura James
    Laura James Dawsonville, GA
    on Jul 18, 2013

    Definitely a Ranch on a crawlspace or slab. Before I do anything I would run 4" black corrugated pipe underground from all of your downspouts and get that water away from your house and foundation before you start having problems or erosion issues. Georgia clay can hold water underground for years and years. If you're on city or county water I would consider putting in an underground cistern and direct all of your roof water to it for a second and backup water source. Not too sure about the wood enclosing the bottom of the porch that goes right to the ground. This is an invitation to termites and rotting. Especially if you don't get the water away from the house. I like the trellis above the garage door idea someone suggested but only if that's Hardy Plank siding. If it's vinyl I would say forget it. Need a feature tree/shrub at the corner of the drive and walkway and also at the front outside corner with some nice landscape beds with good curves to soften up the hard lines and angles of the house. Large rock or boulders are nice to use in your landscaping also. Lots of potential.

  • Shirleyhouston
    Shirleyhouston Goodland, KS
    on Jul 18, 2013


    on Jul 18, 2013

    Rancher for sure.....I would use white lights http://smartbuildingdesigns.blogspot.com

    on Jul 18, 2013

    We don't have many houses like yours in Philly , but I like it http://showcaseremodeling.blogspot.com

  • Better Outdoor Living at Home
    Better Outdoor Living at Home Columbus, OH
    on Jul 18, 2013

    It looks a bit eclectic in style, but I don't see the architectural features that you'd see on the craftsman or bungalow styles. I see a ranch (lower pitched roof, one story) that was designed with traditional features - it sort of has a one story farmhouse look to me. A true ranch style typically has modern (in terms of style) building components, but your double hung windows are traditional in style - a true ranch style house doesn't have double hung windows. The steeper garage roof is definitely in the traditional style - maybe it was an addition, added after the house was built (?). ~M

  • Avery Crain
    Avery Crain Chesapeake, VA
    on Jul 18, 2013

    The property is really quite nice, and indicative of Ranch/country style...but the overwhelming garage really throws the visual weight off.  Continuing the rock around the front of garage, midway up would soften the look.  A small rock corner round-wall on the right side of house would look nice too...with a 9' blue spruce would compliment the rock facade.  Nice house!!!

  • Paula Bedard
    Paula Bedard Sunderland, MD
    on Jul 18, 2013

    What style?  All yours. =)  I love the open floor plans of ranch style homes.  I grew up in a raised ranch with a basement.  Large open rooms even with a LR, DR, eat in kitchen and 3 bedrooms upstairs, large FR, large laundry, and 2 bedrooms downstairs.  Lots of wonderful memories in a Ranch. =)

  • Kathleen Glasscock
    Kathleen Glasscock Enid, OK
    on Jul 19, 2013

    The deep porch and low roof lend itself to a Craftsman but it's really more of a ranch/country style.  As far as lighting goes, simple is best...like the Mission style...clean lines...Your front yard has all the beginnings of something beautiful....You're lucky to be in GA were the climate gives you so many options, camellias, tea trees, gardenias, magnolias...

  • Marion Nesbitt
    Marion Nesbitt Canada
    on Mar 31, 2014

    Garage overwhelms very nice, cosy-looking home. If you have $, I'd lower the garage roof. Otherwise, I agree with A. Crain about breaking up garage's visual mass. I'd continue the dark grey from house across the garage at the same level. I'd also put in a fake window to right of garage door to help visual balance and help unify it with the house. Think I'd curve the walk and keep it a bit out from the garage. Laura J had a good point drainage while landscaping. I'd plant a tree or two to right of house to help balance height of garage. I'd curve a bed from the right side of house from around the tree(s) to the walk, and plant bushes to hide bottom part of the porch with plants in front. What about a post lamp in black aluminum to left of the garage with some more bushes/plants to help draw the eye downward. Ah, advice is cheap!!!

  • Lisa Schneider
    Lisa Schneider Adrian, MI
    on Sep 22, 2014

    Here in Michigan it would be called and L ranch.

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