Houses can be classified on the basis of the style of architecture or construction designs. Different styles of architecture have developed during different eras. Geography or location has also had an impact on the housing designs. Some of the popular architectural styles include colonial house style. Colonial house styles are still very popular designs in today’s housing market as they are stately and evoke an old-world charm. While colonial styles originated in European countries, the American colonial style sprang from an architectural movement in the 1700s to represent the improving economic situation of the settled American colonists in their new land. Various cultures ranging from French to ancient Roman contributed to what we now think of as a colonial house. A colonial house style have a distinct rectangular or square shape, are often large and stately, feature a large, decorative crown over and around the front door and often have long, symmetrical windows on both sides of the door. Many also have a staircase grand or small leading up to the front door as well.
Generally, colonial house styles are two-story structures. The main differences in Colonial style architecture are found in the construction materials. Where the traditional salt box colonial home is a clapboard home with wood siding and a flat front, the typical Dutch colonial is stone and has an overhang in front, often covering a porch.