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A Homeowner’s Guide to Home Design Styles

Pennsylvania is steeped in history, and many older homes mimic English styles. Of course, styles have evolved over the decades, and newer builds are inspired by American designs.

If you’re considering remodeling your home, it’s important to consider how you might incorporate changes that blend seamlessly with the existing character of your property.

Whether you’re looking to fully embrace a single style or mix elements from different eras, this guide to home design styles will help you make informed decisions for your remodel or addition.

American Bungalow

American bungalow style home exterior. Tan home with vertical siding, large front porch with wide brick-bottomed columns, two-car garage to the right. Small landscaped front yard.

The American bungalow style is known for its simplicity and craftsmanship. Originating in the early 20th century, this style exudes a cozy, homey aesthetic.

They commonly have low-pitched roofs, large front porches, exposed rafters, built-ins, and open interior layouts.

Bungalows are typically one-and-a-half stories, with natural materials and earthy colors throughout.


Victorian brick home exterior with wraparound porch, turret, and tall windows.

Victorian homes are all about asymmetry, ornate details, and rich colors. This style emerged during Queen Victoria’s reign in the mid-to-late 19th century.

This exuberant style is defined by complex designs, elaborate trim, stained glass panels, and an eclectic mix of textures and forms.

Mid-Century Modern

Mid-century modern house living room interior with two green chairs, wood-paneled wall, light wood floors, round gray shag rug, and large windows.

Mid-century modern design originated between the late 1940s through the 1960s. It’s characterized by clean horizontal lines and large windows that bring the outdoors in.

Furniture often features sleek shapes and radial symmetry for a retro yet timeless look.


Large Colonial-style home with white/tan brick on left, and several additions to the right with white stucco. Black shutters. Trees surrounding.

The Colonial style was prominent throughout the 1700s, offering a classic aesthetic that has remained popular through the centuries.

This style is distinguished by its symmetry and formal design. It features a centered front door flanked by multi-pane windows and traditionally showcases a wood or brick exterior.

Colonial homes also include decorative crown moldings and hardwood floors, making this style a longtime favorite in home design.

Colonial Revival

Colonial Revival style home exterior with many dormer windows across the top. Black shutters on first-floor windows. Large front yard and trees on either side.

Emerging in the late 19th century, Colonial Revival architecture celebrates elements from early American architecture.

These homes typically feature large porches, gabled roofs, and classical detailing at doors, windows, and cornices. The interior spaces are often arranged around a central hallway to maximize flow and usability.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod style home with light gray/white siding, gable roof with three dormer windows, two-car garage addition on the left. Red front door and small white fence bordering front yard.

Dating back to the 17th century, Cape Cod style homes are known for their charm and simplicity.

This style offers a cozy aesthetic with a practical, sturdy construction. Expect symmetrical designs, steep gabled roofs, dormers, a central fireplace and chimney, shingle siding, and double-hung windows with shutters.


A contemporary-style bathroom with white marble floors, black vanity with white stone countertop, and large white soaking tub to the right. Light gray walls.

Contemporary design is about the latest styles, which change over time. Today’s contemporary homes will look much different than those built 50 years from now.

Still, these homes share certain characteristics, including eco-friendly features, mixed materials like glass, steel, and wood, a neutral color palette, and open floor plans.


Georgian style home exterior. Large square two-story home with light tan brick and double-hung windows with grids. Curved gravel driveway in front, and trees on either side.

Georgian architecture, which originated in the 18th century, is influenced by the classical architecture of Greece and Rome.

Georgian homes feature prominent front doors, often with transom windows above. The grand, elegant style continues on the interior, with a symmetrical layout and spacious rooms with decorative moldings and multi-pane windows.


Cobalt blue sofa and other antique furniture on a wooden floor in a spacious living room interior of a federal style home

The Federal style builds on the Georgian foundation, emerging in the American post-Revolutionary War era. It symbolizes a desire for refinement and cultural identity.

It’s known for its simple forms, boasting less ornamentation than the Georgian style but enhanced with elements like elliptical and fan-shaped windows.


Tudor Home Exterior with red brick on first floor and white stucco with black/dark brown trim on second floor. Large double-hung windows and small covered front porch.

Tudor style is distinguished by its medieval roots and Old World charm. Homes in this style are easily recognizable by their steeply pitched gable roofs, ornate half-timbering façade, and tall, narrow windows.

Often featuring large chimneys and decorative brick or stonework, Tudor homes convey a romantic and rustic atmosphere.

Art Deco

Art deco kitchen with black ceiling and black tile walls, large woodgrain island with black countertop, woodgrain herringbone style flooring.

Art Deco architecture is synonymous with luxury and glamour. It emerged in the 1920s and 1930s as a symbol of modern sophistication.

This style features geometric shapes, clean lines, and extravagant materials like glass and chrome. Facades are often adorned with stylized motifs for a bold but streamlined look.


Small white ranch style home with black shutters, one small dormer window, one-car garage, and small front yard with wooden fence. Trees surrounding.

The ranch style, also known as American ranch, California ranch, or rambler, features single-story construction with large windows, a spacious backyard, an attached garage, and minimal exterior and interior decoration.

Originating in the 1950s, the simplicity and accessibility of the ranch design make it a popular choice for practical, relaxed living.

Bring Curated Design to Your Home Remodel With Meridian Construction

Meridian Construction proudly transforms homes to reflect our clients’ aesthetics and lifestyles.

Beyond those mentioned above, we also work with these design styles:

  • Farmhouse
  • Transitional
  • French Country
  • Craftsman
  • Greek Revival
  • Italianate
  • Second Empire
  • Shingle
  • Stick
  • Queen Anne

Our award-winning, family-owned design/build firm is recognized for our dependability, customer service, and timeless designs.

Let us manage the entire remodeling process to make updating your home a fun and exciting experience.

Browse our portfolio to inspire your remodel. Then, schedule a no-obligation consultation with Meridian. We’ll turn your dream home into a reality.

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