Five Architectural Homes

From log homes to contemporary, here’s a list of the most popular architectural home styles and the history behind the elements of each style.

Log Home

Log homes have been around for centuries. They were originally built with one room and they were small, but now log homes can be considered as large luxurious getaways. They can be built in any location, but are most often found in a rural setting. However, the climate of the surrounding area dictates the type of wood that should be used to build the home.


Craftsman style homes emphasis using natural materials such as wood and stone. They are known to have wide front porches and low roofs.  The interior’s open floor plan features built-in furniture, big fireplaces and exposed beams.


Contemporary homes are very popular now. They refer to today’s building style and they focus on connecting indoors and outdoors while emphasizing energy efficency and a lot of natural light, making the home look wide and open to the outside. Large windows are also one of the elements of this type of home.

Mid-Century Modern

Modern homes flourished in the 1980s. Flat planes, large glass windows and an open space (similar to contemporary designs) gives this home a simplistic design. World War II brought new materials, such as steel and plywood, to the forefront of architecture and design, and helped to enlighten new ways of thinking about residential living.


Influenced by the area from which it’s named, this style became extremely popular in the U.S. from 1918 to 1940. The homes were modeled after the hacienda style, with red tile roofs, arches and plaster surfaces. It features a lot of the original design elements, including porticos, balconies and ornamental details such as heavy wooden doors and multicolored tiles.