Colonial House (Style Spotlight)

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By Bud Dietrich, AIA

From sea to shining sea, America's most enduring home style remains the New England Colonial. It conjures up images of small-town America, the village green, Fourth of July parades and that independent spirit that defines the American character. Even as other styles gain in popularity, this distinctive design continues to be a perennial favorite.

Read on to learn about the elements of Colonial-style architecture, both in historic homes and today's interpretations.

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Colonial House (Style Spotlight)

White clapboard siding, a simple gable roof, double-hung windows, shutters and a classically-inspired entry portico are the main characteristics of Colonial style.

This addition is designed to blend with the orignial Colonial-style house while still remaining distinct. Its scale and window pattern complement rather than exactly mimic the main structure.

This entrance portico showcases the typical colonial elements of classically-inspired columns and trim and a brick stoop.

A new home designed in the Colonial style looks as if it has been on this same site for centuries.

Though white siding is typical, sometimes a Colonial will sport another color on its exterior. Just think of it as the exception that proves the rule.

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