There are so many beautiful types of exterior designs for homes these days.  Some of the two most popular are Colonial and Craftsmen style homes.  Did you ever wonder what exactly they are and how they came to be? As part of this week’s installment of this or that, I’m explaining these two style of homes.

Colonial Style

The Colonial style dates back to 1876.  It is one of the most popular styles in the United States. Colonial homes usually have two or three stories, fireplaces, and brick or wood facades. The classic Colonial house floor plan has the kitchen and family room on the first floor and the bedrooms on the second floor.  The most obvious attribute of a colonial home is its symmetry. Colonial-style homes normally have a square or rectangle shape, with the door located in the exact center and the same number of windows reflected perfectly on either side. They traditionally have two to three stories with similar, traditional room layouts.

Craftsman Style

The American Craftsman style, or the American Arts and Crafts movement, is an American domestic architectural, interior design, landscape design, applied arts, and decorative arts style and lifestyle philosophy that began in the last years of the 19th century. As a comprehensive design and art movement, it remained popular into the 1930s. However, in decorative arts and architectural design, it has continued with numerous revivals and restoration projects through present times. (Source).

So which one do you prefer?