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House Styles in the Valley

When you think of big cities, like New Orleans or Chicago, you think Architecture, but maybe you should consider where we live too when it comes to all things beautifully built!


Custom built colonial in Elkton

Think about it:

Modern barnhouses.
Log cabins.
Cape cods.
Cottages.
Brick ranches.
Colonials.
Victorians.
The list goes on and on.

So, I guess, if you so desire, you could conclude that the Shenandoah Valley is home to many styles of homes. See what I did there? :) There are plenty of options. I can tell you that much! But what exactly are the different styles? I wasn't sure, so to Google I went.



Better Homes and Garden says, "Whether remodeling, adding on, or just giving your home some extra curb appeal, knowing the style of your house can help you develop a successful plan. You'll also gain a greater appreciation of the way your house was designed and built." To learn more about house styles, click here. They profile 12 different types of homes, from Colonials to Cape Cods.

Personally, my favorite style of home is a Cape Cod. I love the dormers and how they break up of a Cape Cod's steep roofline. The storage that comes along with the dormers is an added benefit, too! I like clothes...a lot.

I asked some of my co-workers what their favorite type of house was, and we were all over the map!

Realtor and Stager, Cathi Beighe of the Harrisonburg Homes Team, loves Bungalows because they're cozy! She said, "There's just something about a front porch that makes those types of houses so welcoming."

Realtor Michelle Scafidi loves Modern Barnhouses: "I love the open structure and the sense of history that grounds that type of plan. Love the juxtaposition of vintage & modern. I think when mixed with newer materials, the older materials bring a needed warmth."

Karl Waizecker, our principal broker, fancies split three level design: "I think it generally makes for a great use of space and super functional floorplan." I didn't know about this type of design, and Karl gave me a great explanation "You know the kind of house where you walk in to the main level, living room, kitchen, etc. then at one end of the main floor you can go up half a level to the bedrooms and down half a level to the rec room, garage, etc.? That's a split three level."

And Keith May, the company owner, champions Log Cabins. "I live in a log cabin built in 1842. I love living in a place that has so much history of the community where I live. My great grandfather purchased the log home and farm around 1911, and it has been in my family ever since."

No matter what type of home you prefer, we can help you find the right style of home for you and your needs. Call us today at 540-437-3500.

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