Custom Home Design Styles

Some customers have dreams of a quaint farmhouse, while others want a more contemporary home. Whatever the customers’ vision, a custom home builder like American Heritage Homes can capture it. While categorizing homes into styles can sometimes create confusion, we’ve frequently incorporated our floor plans into the following design styles.  

Cottage

Originating in England, Cottage-style homes feature steep roof pitches, decorative gables and give attention to window shapes and trim. These cozy, comfortable designs come with loads of curb appeal. But don’t let the name cottage fool you into thinking these homes are limited to a small footprint. Larger cottage-style homes rely on elements such as spacious front porches or dormers like the Delaware Bay.

Craftsman 

Born out of the Arts and Crafts movement, Craftsman-style homes often have low-pitched roofs with wide eave overhangs and decorative beams under the gables. Tapered or square columns typically frame large, covered porches. With loads of curb appeal, craftsman home designs blend turn of the century nostalgia with today’s large, open living spaces. Floor plans like the Barrington and Mannington are great examples of Craftsman designs.

Farmhouse

With the rural areas and agricultural history throughout Ohio, it’s no surprise that the farmhouse style is so popular. Today’s farmhouse designs are often seen with white exteriors

complemented by a pop of color – a dark roof, black windows, or other dark-colored accents. In addition, farmhouse-style designs feature a mixture of building materials similar to the Meadowbrook with its mix of horizontal and vertical siding and metal and shingle roof.

New American 

New American home designs blend architectural features from various home styles, creating an entirely new look. These uniquely “American” designs feature a welcoming, open, uninterrupted floor plan that helps with effortless entertaining. An owner’s suite with a private bath and walk-in closet(s) and large kitchen pantries are just a few features that encompass the New American style of homes. You can find over fifteen New American designs in our portfolio.

Formal 

Sometimes referred to as Neoclassical, Formal style homes focus on symmetry. Evenly spaced windows, a brick exterior, and a formal entry are critical elements of this style. Reflecting the beauty of classic architecture, Formal home designs evoke a sense of grandeur. The Piedmont, designed to be reminiscent of Jefferson’s Monticello estate, is the perfect representation of a Neoclassical /Formal style.

Victorian 

Victorian-style homes were initially constructed more for beauty than functionality with ornate trim, large porches, and multi-faceted rooflines. Inspired by the Industrial Revolution, steep, gabled roofs and towers or turrets can be found in Victorian home designs. The Charlevoix encompasses these elements with its two-story, 2,852 square foot design.

Even though our floor plans are categorized into these exterior styles, as a custom home builder, all of our designs can be personalized to ensure you get the home of your dreams. Click here to see all of our floor plans.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TRACEE RIBAR, DESIGNER / SALES CONSULTANT
With over 18 years of real estate and interior design experience, Tracee thrives on helping customers design and build their dream homes. Committed to listening to customer needs, Tracee exceeds expectations by assisting clients in creating the best home solutions for their families.  She is known for her calm reassurance and expert advice.  Having built an American Heritage Home herself, Tracee understands the pros of building a new home far outweigh the cons.  She received a BA in PR/Journalism from Northern Illinois University, Real Estate Licenses from Hondros College, and an Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design from Sinclair College.   Outside the office, Tracee is actively involved in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative, a 501(C) 3 fine arts organization located in downtown Columbus.