Common types of House Styles
If you’re hunting for a new home, you may want to be familiar with current and common types of construction features to a home. Know what you’re looking at and what you could be buying. Here’s a breakdown of common features.
Types of Foundations
A crawlspace is where the living space has been elevated off the ground. This is more beneficial to termite-prone or damper regions. This sort of foundation is less expensive than a full basement.
A basement is typically built on a concrete slab. A footing foundation is poured with foundation walls and a concrete block is usually set on top.
A slab foundation is a concrete pad that can be reinforced with steel. This covers the area that the house sits on. Modern slab foundations are well insulated.
Pile and girder foundations are far less common than the other types of foundations. This essentially like a house on stilts, and is perfect for a climate where frequent flooding occurs.
Consider the environment that you’re buying a home in, and what sort of basement you want. A basement foundation isn’t very common in Central Oregon due to the rocky soil. Often times dynamite is needed in construction to blast out enough space for a basement.
Common House Styles in Bend
Bungalow – Bungalow styles coincide with craftsman in some similar ways. This style originated in California and slowly moved to the Midwest. Bungalow homes typically have low-pitched roofs, with a small covered porch at the entry of the home.
Craftsman – Craftsman styled homes have been referred to as the ‘California bungalow.’ Craftsman are also known for featuring rear entrance styles. Often featuring a garage in the back and a back alley entry. This is a really common style to see in Bend, with many neighborhoods built with back entry alleyways.
Duplexes – Duplexes are another common form of home in Bend. They have a great resale value, as they’re perfect for renting out. Owners commonly rent out half of the home to help cover a mortgage.
When you’re house hunting
If you’re looking at a certain style of home and want to know more about it, ask your realtor. They should be able to provide you with more information concerning where the design originated or why it continues to be popular. See why it might work for you as a home or rental property.