Farmhouse, Modern, Traditional, Craftsman, and more

March 9, 2021

Ideal Homes and Neighborhoods has long concentrated on creating the best possible living experience, from family-friendly communities to energy efficient, quality construction. But we’ve never stopped there. In addition to offering extremely livable and inviting floor plans, we also build a variety of highly popular exterior elevation styles to make sure we provide the exact home — both inside and out — that our customers desire. There are currently more than TWO HUNDRED elevation designs available to home buyers and we’re here to talk about the style options you can choose from the outside of your home.

Our elevation styles include:

Farmhouse – Enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity, courtesy of Chip and Joanna Gaines and their hit HGTV series Fixer Upper, Farmhouse style traces its roots in America to frontier settlers. A trending aesthetic at Ideal Homes and Neighborhoods, this style includes vertical board-and-batten siding, hinge details on the garage door, rustic post and beam porch detail, roof brackets and vintage lighting fixtures, as well as painted siding, all of which results in a warm, inviting and fresh design.

Mountain Cottage – Well-designed mountain style homes have always utilized natural materials and typically provide a strong sense of shelter from the elements. Ideal’s Mountain Cottage homes emphasize a wilderness cabin aesthetic with stained rustic wooden accents. These homes also feature whitewashed brick and stone, an open roofline with exposed rafters, boxed columns, plus knee braces at columns and on the garage overhang and gable detail.

Kendall A mountain cottage

Traditional – A timeless design that takes its cues from the 18th and 19th century, Traditional style often includes such elements as covered entryways or front porches with columns and at least one front-facing dormer. The traditional style has come to include architectural elements from European styles, as well as American colonial. Ideal’s Traditional style homes are made of stone or brick with a timeless design. Options include stained siding, shutters and painted front doors.

traditional style elevation

Modern – Gaining popularity in the first-half of the 20th century, Modern style includes elements of Scandinavian and German design. Ideal’s Modern homes include angles, horizontal lines and a contemporary aesthetic. These homes also feature asymmetrical interest and full-height brick column accents. Some of our modern style homes use vertical stained cedar. These homes include modern lighting fixtures, a wraparound porch with open eave detail, painted brick, vertical knotty pine siding, and a modern, painted front door.

modern home elevation style

Craftsman – Evolving from both the Shingle style and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style, Craftsman homes were initially built from around 1901 through the 1930’s. Many of these homes have been restored and are popular to this day. Ideal’s Craftsman style homes feature tapered columns, porches and a comfortable aesthetic. Always a popular option, these Craftsman homes have exposed rafter tails, roof brackets, paired and stained box columns, and shingle detail in its gables.

craftsman elevation style

Whatever your preferred style, Ideal Homes and Neighborhoods can help you build the home of your dreams.

Erin Yarbrough

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