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There are many popular housing styles in America — contemporary, ranch, bungalow, English Tudor, Victorian, log house, and so on. But no style has stood the test of time quite like a colonial house. Due to its iconic symmetry and enduring appeal, colonial houses include other architectural types, including German Colonial, Dutch Colonial, and Georgian colonial. Check out the typical features of this colonial-style house and learn what makes this style of housing so popular today.
The history of colonial houses
To find the American origins of this colonial-style house, you have to go back to when Europeans first set foot on the east coast. In the fall of 1620, Europeans arrived on Massachusetts shores, bringing with them the styles and designs of their past. Colonial architecture was common in the 17th and 18th centuries. If you plan to go back east, you can see some of the original houses still standing.
Features of an American colonial style house
When describing an American colonial style house, as with any other architectural style, it is important to remember that two houses of the same style built at the same time can still be different. These differences may be due to the availability of specific building materials and the location of homes in urban, suburban or rural areas.
American colonial style houses were usually two stories, rectangular and symmetrical. The roof is steep with side gables. The front door is in the middle and there are usually Windows on either side. On the second floor, above the entrance, there are five Windows. All the Windows have matching shutters, and the color contrasts with the house itself.