10 Most Common Types of Houses in the USA

Americans like a variety of houses. But there are certain types of houses in America that are more popular than others. From Victorian-style homes to bungalows, here are the most popular house styles in the USA.


The rural areas of the southwest and west feature some of the most beautiful ranch style homes in the United States. It is also known as the American ranchCalifornia ranchrambler, or rancher. It was introduced in 1920 and quickly went on to become very popular.

Mediterranean Homes

Mediterranean style homes are more typical in the warmer climate regions like California. They are a fork of Spanish, French, and Italian styled houses. So, they feature patios, courtyards, and verandas.

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Cape Cod

A Cape Cod house is a low, broad, single-story frame building with a moderately steep pitched gabled roof, a large central chimney, and very little ornamentation.


Colonial Homes

Colonial houses date back to the 1600s. These beautiful houses are symmetrical, or square, and feature an entry door in the middle of the front of the home. Colonial-style homes usually have two or three stories, fireplaces, and brick or wood facades.

Log Homes

A log house, or log building, is a structure built with horizontal logs interlocked at the corners by notching.


A farmhouse is usually any home built on agricultural lands. They typically use common components from traditional rural homes often with large porches and tall narrow windows.

Tiny Home

These are small houses that are usually between 300-600 sq. ft. Tiny houses are ideal for persons looking to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. They are usually portable homes. The adoption of these home types is growing in popularity, however, the laws vary by state.


These houses use natural materials such as stone, brick, and wood. Craftsman homes have low pitched roofing and wide front porches.  They are one of the most popular home styles in America and they come in varying sizes and shapes.