Colonial Style Homes
Listing information last updated on September 21, 2021 at 6:15 AM EST.
About The Colonial Home Style
Originally evolved from European architectural styles, the colonial home style originated in the 1600s and has remained one of the more enduring styles in the U.S. The design is fairly consistent, a square style with an equal amount of windows and a central door, along with two, three, or four stories.
The design itself can be traced back to England, and can be seen today, mainly in New England and the southern area of the U.S.
Common Characteristics Of The Colonial Style Home
- Symmetrical, rectangular shaped floor plan
- Entry door that can be found in the middle of the front of the home
- Two or more windows on either side of the entry door
- Typically five windows on the second floor, with one directly above the entry door
- An entry to a center foyer, which typically has a hall leading back to the kitchen and a stairway leading to the second floor
- Upon entry, a living room off to one side, usually with a fireplace, and a dining room off to the other side
- To the back of the house is a kitchen and another room adjacent to the kitchen, such as a den or family room
- On the second floor, usually three bedrooms and two baths
- A two-car garage and deck or patio
More About The Colonial House Style
Colonial style floor plans were designed with both simplicity and efficiency in mind. There are many colonial styles, including the federal, saltbox, and the garrison. Of all the styles, the center hall colonial is considered by many as the true colonial and is universally marketed the most. Although there have been some stylistic changes to the colonial house, the main theme of the house remains the same. Though the center hall colonial is getting bigger and has more variations, it will never go out of fashion with homeowners.
Pricing & Renovations
Depending on the geographic area and finishes, center hall colonials can vary greatly in price. They still remain very appealing to home buyers, especially families because of the bedrooms tucked away upstairs with the living space all on the first floor. Another appeal of the colonial is the ability to easily renovate and add additions for more living space.
Very often you’ll find that the rear of the home has been expanded for a larger kitchen and great room, which then supports an upstairs master bedroom suite. The attic level can also sometimes be made into a finished third floor with dormers, provided adequate ceiling height is present.