What style is my house?

tiffanycrossJune 27, 2008

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right forum, but I was wondering if anyone can possibly tell from these pictures what style my house is?




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Your links only go to the main page of Photobucket. Can you post direct links to your house?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 12:40PM
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Looks ranch style to me. Could be a split level, although since the windows in pics are all the same height that seems unlikely (wondering why one end is taller than other--more attic?)

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 12:59PM
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I think that house predates the 'ranch home' era. It strikes me as thirtyish. Looks like it may have been a built-onto cottage or bungalow. I've linked on of her pictures.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 7:08PM
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The porch & roof line remind me of a friend's house in Birmingham that was built in the twenties or early thirties. I'd bet the picture window was added the same time as the addition.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 1:12AM
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I would say its a bungalow. But not one of the "true" Arts and Crafts bungalows found most often in California but a modification of that type that is pretty common everywhere. Bungalow gets used a lot for just about any small house but there are some common features that a house should have to be one.


Here is a link that might be useful: Bungalow

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 11:34AM
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Try checking with a local historical society -- they may have a wealth of info on your housing style.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 10:46PM
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Camel back shotgun house?

Here is a link that might be useful: Wikipedia article on shotgun houses

    Bookmark   July 2, 2008 at 8:33AM
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The front of your house looks like a simple vernacular house, with a porch that has battened columns (ones that slope in, a little bit like pyramids), a popular detail of bungalow porches.
The floor plan would determine whether or not it is a shotgun. The back addition and the picture window would have been popular updates in the 1950's and '60's.

You can tell more about the age and style of your house by looking at the window and door casings and the baseboards. The carpenter usually used whatever was available and popular at the moment, so you can read a house's changes by knowing what moulding would have been used when. If you can post a picture, we may be able to give you a good idea.
Door styles and door knobs also change and can help with dating.

See if you can find a book on the Sears mail order houses. Your library should be able to help. Sears, and other companies, designed and sold many very simple bungalow inspired houses that came by box car to your railroad station. Sears did not set the style, it copied what others were building. So you may find something close to yours that helps you understand how your house was originally laid out and lived in. And you may be able to date your house more closely.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2008 at 11:31AM
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for their information. I know this response is a long time coming, I didn't have internet access for a little while!
The house was built at least a hundred years ago, between 1870 and 1900.
The pictures that I posted from photobucket are dated, from the property records online. There is no longer a picture window, it is now two seperate windows.
Here are some links to a few more pictures, hope they work!





    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 10:29AM
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