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Morris Plains Home Styles.. Which Dwelling Style is Right For You? {part 1}

What Style of Housing Meets Your Needs?

Houses still have the greatest appeal (over Co-Ops and Apartments) and are a good option for individuals who want a place for the kids and/or animals to be able to run and play, for those who love to garden and create their own landscaping masterpiece, and for people who want a little elbow room between themselves and their neighbors.

Houses come in all shapes and sizes: ranch, two-story, split and Bi- level, modern, traditional, Victorian, Colonial, Cape Cod,  large mansions or estates and Condominiums. 

Not sure which style is for you or maybe you do not know what each dwelling style looks like... you are in luck, we will show you!

{Part 1}  
Let Us Introduce you to the Cape Cod and The Ranch

The 'Cape'

A Cape Cod cottage is a style of house originating in New England in the 17th century. It is traditionally characterized by a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high, with a steep, pitched roof with end gables, a large central chimney and very little ornamentation. Traditional Cape Cod houses were very simple: symmetrically designed with a central front door surrounded by two multi-paned windows on each side. Homes were designed to withstand the stormy, stark weather of the Massachusetts coast. Modern Cape Cod architecture still draws from colonial designs. {via wikipedia}

As families realized they could expand into the attic, gabled dormers were often added to offer 1½ stories of living space. Today’s Cape Cod houses may include 2 to 2½ stories or added wings, but still maintain the historic characteristics of simple beauty.

The 'Ranch'

Ranch-style housing is a domestic architectural style originating in the United States. First built in the 1920s, the ranch style was extremely popular amongst the booming post-war middle class of the 1940s to 1970s. The style was exported to other nations and so is found in other countries.

The style is often associated with tract housing built during this period, particularly in the western United States, which experienced a population explosion during this period, with a corresponding demand for housing. The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style. {via wikipedia}

The formal definition of the style couldn't get more basic. The American Heritage® Dictionary defines the Ranch as a "rectangular, one-story house with a low-pitched roof."  

Which dwelling style defines you and your needs for a home?  You can always contact LouAnn to take your tour of 'the Cape' or the 'Ranch' style homes here in Morris Plains!

**stay tuned for Which Dwelling Style is Right For You {parts 2 & 3} **

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