People have constructed homes for tens of thousands of years using materials that are available. This has led to a large diversity when it comes to the number of types of homes people live in.
Thus, wherever you go in the world, you will see different homes and be amazed by human ability to adapt to the terrain, climate, access to tools, and other factors.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of homes found around the world that people still live in today.
1. Cape Cod
Cape Cod homes originated in the 17th century and can mostly be seen in the United States. They were inspired by British thatched cottages, but made even better. They were mostly built in the north where the temperatures would be much lower compared to other parts of the country. Because of that, they are characterized by large chimneys and steeper roofs which can withstand a lot of snowfall.
2. Log Home
Log homes, just like Cape Cod homes, originated in the 17th century. However, in the beginning, they were much smaller. Then, as people perfected their skills and created appropriate tools, their size significantly increased.
Originally, log homes had only one room and used to be built without using any nails. However, today, they are built as full-sized homes, with rooms, toilets, patios, and so on.
3. Art Deco
The art deco was the preferred design of homes during the middle of the 20th century. These homes usually have rounded edges, rounded windows, flat roofs, smooth walls, and bold colors. They are inspired by the flamboyant Hollywood style, ancient Egyptian homes, as well as the Miami Beach.
4. Tiny Houses
Today, many homeowners are giving up on the idea of owning a large home. Instead, they are opting for a more minimalist approach. Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular in urban areas where real estate prices are skyrocketing.
The epicenter of tiny housing is in Portland, Oregon, but these practical homes are appearing elsewhere as well. Many of them are also mobile, so they can be easily moved from one location to another.
Yurts are traditional homes often used in Central Asian countries, such as Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. They are basically easily portable tents made of animal skins. Yurts are used by nomadic tribes who often move, following their animal herds around vast steppes. A long time ago, these types of homes were considered temporary solutions, but today, modern materials allow them to be permanent.
6. Victorian and Edwardian Houses
Anyone who has ever been to San Francisco, California, must have noticed the long rows of similar houses stacked along the steep Californian streets. These are Victorian and Edwardian houses which can be found in Great Britain, as well as on the West Coast USA.
These houses feature ornate decorations and bay windows, so they are both practical and good looking. Most of them were built in the 19th and 20th century.