5 Popular Architectural Styles for Your Home – Tallen Builders LLC : Tallen Builders LLC

Building a custom home is a surefire way to get all the features and amenities you want. You also have the liberty of choosing practically any architectural style you can think of! As a general contractor in Ocala, FL, we at Tallen Builders can offer you some advice on popular architectural styles in addition to building your dream home.

Ranch-Style Home

Ocala is horse country, so we know a thing or two about the Ranch-style home. Originating in the 1930s, this became one of the most popular styles in America in the 1950s and 60s. This is likely because of the expansion into the suburbs, where larger lots allowed for the sprawling style of the Ranch home. Ranch-style homes also include a large attached garage, as the 50s and 60s were when the automobile industry was in its prime. One of the most notable features of this architectural style is its openness. With minimal interior walls, large windows and sliding glass doors that lead to patios, this type of home is great for families that need lots of light and space.

Colonial Home


The Colonial-style home is an architectural style steeped in tradition. It has a classic floor plan, with a central front door leading to a welcoming entryway. Usually, a living room and dining room reside at the front of the house, a kitchen and family room in the back and bedrooms are placed upstairs. Uniform rectangular windows are plentiful, with each divided into many small square panes. A Colonial home is ideal for a warm and cozy feel.

Victorian Home


When we think of Victorian homes, the word whimsical comes to mind. While true Victorians are no longer built, many builders take inspiration from Victorian home design to create what are now called “neo-Victorian” homes. Popular during the second half of the 19th century, builders now had access to mass-produced ornamentation. Eaves, gables, spindles and patterned shingles are popular features for Victorian homes.

Art Deco

Popularized in the 1920s, Art Deco was a style that symbolized the future. This style of home is characterized by its geometric ornamentation and tendency to be built up instead of out. This vertical emphasis makes Art Deco a very popular urban design, where plots of land tend to be limited in size. Zigzag facades, flat roofs and stucco walls are other characteristics of this design.

Mediterranean-Style Home

Mediterranean-style homes are some of the most elegant. With design elements pulled from Italian and Spanish architecture, these houses are popular in coastal areas, particularly in Florida and California. Terra cotta roofs and large windows are two of the most popular features for the Mediterranean style, with some windows practically taking up the entire wall. And what would go better with all those windows than a balcony or two? Add lush tropical landscaping and a Mediterranean-style home is fit for a vacation getaway.

Like any of these architectural styles? Still looking for more? At Tallen Builders we have the expertise in custom home building to figure out the exact style that will suit your needs. Give us a call or reach us on our contact form for help building your new home.

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