As we slide into a post-postmodern world where many architectural styles have been altered and hodgepodged to such a degree as to become unrecognizable, there are nevertheless a handful of identifiable styles visible among new-build homes popping up across the country. Although architectural styles used to signify something of their region—think Craftsman homes in the Northwest, Colonial in the Northeast, or the sprawling California ranch house—today’s architectural styles are less locationally driven and more about the individual lifestyles being framed within them. Modern and contemporary styles still have a stronghold on new construction, but as we found, they have spawned many offshoots, each of which has bloomed into a distinct aesthetic in its own right. Below, we’ve compiled an overview of 10 popular residential architectural styles in the US today.
1. Modern farmhouse
From coast to coast, over the last several years the modern farmhouse style has become ubiquitous in architectural and interior design. Modern farmhouses take the simple gabled roof forms of farmhouses and barns, and apply more modern touches—like vertical board-and-batten siding and restrained black-and-white color palettes—to give a contemporary spin on its more rustic roots. Many modern farmhouses draw on classic American typologies such as Georgian or Colonial, and even though some forecasters predict this style might be past its prime, architects across the country are still seeing clients request it today. Nathan Kipnis, of Kipnis Architecture and Planning, attributes its popularity to the hectic pace of modern life. “The modern farmhouse evokes a calm and peaceful interior, hearkening back to a simpler time,” he reflects. Brandon Ingram, of C. Brandon Ingram Design, agrees: “Our lives are more hectic and busier than ever. Homes that provide a sense of familiarity and tradition feel more comfortable and grounded.”