August 2018 The WBS Connection

Aug 17, 2018


Five Popular Home Architectural Styles

As trends evolve and the “in” style changes every few years, one thing is certain in exterior home design — every home built today has origins in the past.

Whether it’s a towering brick home or a functional ranch, today’s residential architecture is influenced by everything from political movements to immigration in our nation’s history. Here is a rundown of five top architectural styles and why they became so popular.


Farmhouse architecture dates back to Colonial America when homes were built on agricultural land using whatever local materials were available. They were unpretentious, straightforward, and functional. Today’s popular modern farmhouse often combines metal gable roofs, white lap or board and batten siding, windows trimmed in black, and large porches.


A 2017 poll by real estate website Trulia named the Craftsman America’s favorite home style. This design was first made popular in the early 1900s and was a response to the Industrial Revolution and its perceived devaluation of handmade items. It is distinguished by its low pitched roof, front porch, wide interior moldings and built-in cabinets, and tapered pillars.


Modern home design was a response to the ornate, fancy architecture of the 19th century. Architects who focused on modern design used a strong horizontal composition with large open floor plans, intentional asymmetry, and large expanses of glass windows or glass walls. The focus was to create a simplified home — usually in the ranch style — with an emphasis on function, removing unnecessary details and frills.


Originating in the eastern U.S. in the 1700s, the Colonial is one of the most common home styles in this country. It is characterized by its rectangular shape, having two windows on each side of the front door and five on the second floor, brick or wood siding, and a medium-sloped roof.

The Mediterranean style home originated in the 1920s and 1930s in Florida and California, and they were modeled after the types of homes found in Italy, Spain, and France. They typically feature red tile roofs, stucco exteriors, and arches over windows and doors.


WBS Visualizer

If you’re not using our free Visualizer, you’re missing out — on a great product, and on clients who might seek out the expertise of a contractor who does provide an online visualizer tool.

Color renderings and elevation plans are simply not enough in the homebuilding world. Today’s homeowner wants to see exactly what their home will look like once it’s finished, and we have the tools to make that happen.

Our Visualizer technology allows us to give you, the builder, direct access to your own Visualizer account. This helps your clients choose finishes like siding and windows, so they get a real feel for what their home will look like before the design phase is even complete.

The Visualizer can help your clients see how changing something simple like windows could take their home design from one style category to the next. For example, using a rectangular-shaped transom window would fit well with a Craftsman style home, but putting in a window with a rounded or pointed top could give a more Victorian feel.

Use of our Visualizer will result in happier clients and fewer change orders, which saves time and keeps your building schedule on track. Take it for a spin here [link to:] and reach out to your sales rep if you have questions!


Andersen Patio Doors

Their large amounts of glass have the ability to remove barriers and bring the outside world in, and this month we’re highlighting the different lines of Andersen patio doors.

With three lines of patio doors and 15 different style options, Andersen has a door that will provide superior performance, low-maintenance exteriors, and long-lasting durability your clients deserve.

Big Glass Doors

Truly remove the boundary between indoors and outdoors with Andersen Big Doors, part of the company’s Architectural Collection. These doors are designed to create spectacular spaces for relaxing, entertaining or just being. There are four styles of Big Glass Doors, including the popular MultiGlide sliding door, which creates a beautiful wall of movable glass.

Gliding Patio Doors

Also called sliding glass doors, these doors are designed to glide horizontally with one operating panel and one stationary panel. They fit into tighter spaces than hinged doors because their panels don't interfere with your room or patio. Andersen has seven styles of gliding patio doors.

French Doors and Hinged Patio Doors

Designed to open into a room or out onto a patio, these doors make a dramatic statement and add great ventilation. Their French door styling goes well with any home style. Andersen has four French and hinged patio door options.