House styles should be chosen carefully so as to blend with other homes in the neighbourhood while reflecting the home owner’s creativity.
The most popular house styles in Kenya include Country, Victorian, Colonial, Mediterranean, Traditional and Contemporary.
1.) Country style
Country style is easily the most popular style worldwide. It is usually characterised by a large front or wrap-around porch that is topped with a gabled roof. A country house’s roof-line runs lengthwise with a steep slope – giving a casual and informal appearance.
Victorian houses are commonly referred to as Victorian style but this ‘style’ is a period in history when Queen Victoria reigned (1837—1901). Victorian homes are usually characterised by steeply pitched roofs of irregular shapes with dominant front facing gable, asymmetrical porch and textured devices to avoid smooth-walled look. They are designed to be both unique and high-class.
3.) Colonial style
Colonial house styles are usually two or three storey house plans with gable roofs and symmetrical façades. Common features of this style are columns and pillars often placed at the entrances of the homes. Double hung windows with shutters and huge panelled doors with sidelights topped with fanlights help beautify the exteriors which are usually brick or wood.
4.) Mediterranean style
Mediterranean style homes resemble homes traditionally found in Mediterranean countries especially Italy, France and Spain. Common features of these houses are low-pitched tile roof (often red), stucco siding, courtyard, patio or deck as well as arched windows and doors.
5.) Traditional style
Traditional style homes are a mixture of many classic, simple design styles including colonial, country, Victorian and more. It is therefore hard to define a traditional home, but traditional generally refers to any style that is remindful of a design of a certain era.
Common features of this style include simple roofs, little decoration and symmetrically spaced windows. Their exteriors are usually brick or wood.
6.) Contemporary style
Contemporary style is a modern house plan with no style rules. These houses have audacious geometrical shapes, huge amounts of glass, large windows and roofs that are either flat or very steep often with great overhangs. The exteriors are a mixture of brick, siding, wood, stucco and stone.