Many Millennials have come to a point in their lives when it's time to stop renting and start exploring the real estate market for their first home. When buying your first home, you will likely not know what to expect or what type of house best suits you. Growing up, I always saw myself in a fancy Victorian house, with huge bay windows and sideways sliding wooden doors. Now that I have started a family, done my research, and weighed my options, I'm thinking about a nice, homey farmhouse. There's something about a farmhouse that reminds me of biscuits, gravy, and family–not to mention there would be lots of open space to play hide-and-seek with my babies. While I personally love farmhouses, everyone is different. Do your realtor and yourself a favor, and make a list decide on the best type of house for you. You will have enough things to worry about–inspections, neighborhoods, closings, etc.–once you actually find a house. Whether you want tons of space or a cozy cottage, here are some options for you to explore!
Lots of Space
The iconic home of the Brady Brunch, a ranch is ideal for families. Ranches are either single-level or split-level homes which feature a simple, open floor plan. They usually come equipped with an attached garage and attractive vaulted ceilings. From the outside, a ranch can be identified by its long, low roofline; large usually shuttered windows; and overhanging eaves.
Inspired by the Swiss chalet in the Alps, chalets can be found throughout America and Europe. These beautiful homes are often made of wood and boast upward sloping roofs. Previously, most American chalets were used as resorts or vacation homes because of their inviting appearance. Even though many chalets are now residential, they maintain their charming vacation home feel.
The defining features of a postmodern home are less definable. Filled with juxtaposition and diverse geometric architecture, each postmodern home boasts distinctive style and invokes a devil-may-care feeling from outside observers. If you are searching for something completely unique, this is the style of home for you.
Traditionally, a farmhouse was the main home on the farm; modern farmhouses carry a style no longer limited to agricultural settings. Originating in a time when big families were the norm, farmhouses' modern version is perfect for a family that desires space and a homey feel. Farmhouses usually have many windows, two floors, and a porch–perfect for watching the sunset!
Quiet and Cozy
This home is perfect for a couple or small family that enjoys close relations. The A-frame is named such after it's triangular or “A” shaped structure. They usually have many large windows, as well as an upstairs loft. Exterior maintenance is minimal for A-frames, as their roofs slope close to the ground. Consider an A-frame if you like unique design guaranteed to turn heads, or if you simply enjoy a quiet loft and cozy living.
These homes can accommodate small to large families. They are typically rectangular, and may display gabled roofs. This space is usually broken up inside, giving the home a sense of coziness even in larger variations. This style is perfect for families of any size who desire a sense of closeness.
These are just a few of the countless styles on the market, waiting to inhabit you and your family. Don't search for a home blindly; educate yourself first to get a sense of not just what you want, but what your family needs and can afford.