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House Types

An Index


Evolution / Interconnection of House Type Families
Age and evolutionary level are indicated by colors. An example type for each is illustrated and listed.

Typology of Houses

Houses are classified into Types based on their floorplan and story height. Those types can be grouped into my suggestion of "Type Families" based on their basic form and how similar types are related. A quick list to the type families and key types below is detailed following:


form vs. type (vs. style)

  • House form is a general label, describing the overall shape of the building.
  • House type is a specific species, identified by a combination of floorplan, form, and story height.
  • House style is the decorative elements of the building, which sometime include the type or form, but not always.