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Honing in on Home Styles

Whether you’re searching for a new home, thinking about building one, or just interested in architecture, let’s dive into some of the most popular styles in the Decatur, IL area. You might gain some more appreciation for the way homes are designed and built!


One of the most popular styles of homes in this area is the Ranch-style home. These one-level homes are good for a variety of buyers and are easy to upgrade. In general, the living spaces – bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. are all on one level. Some Ranch homes are raised with a walk-out basement, while others have a regular underground basement. Depending on the age of the home, some have more open-concept designs and some are more divided throughout. 


The Colonial-style is another common home here. Most people relate to these as two- and three-story homes. Often in these homes the kitchen, family room, and living room are on the main floor, while the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the second floor. They often have fireplaces and brick or wood facades. One feature of Colonial homes is that they are relatively easy to add to the side or back.


A third home that is frequently seen in the historic West-End is the Victorian-style home. This is a very romantic, distinctive, and detailed style of home. They were primarily built in the late 1800s to early 1900s and feature a steep roof, patterned shingles, cutaway bay windows, and a front porch. Victorian homes are typically for those who know they want to live in that style and actively search for it.

A few other common homes in the area are Cape Cod, Tudor, and Cottage. While these are not the only styles you might see, and there are many variations of them, they are the most common in the Decatur, IL area. I hope this information was helpful. Whether you’re searching for the perfect home or want to appeal to the right buyers to sell yours, let me know how I can help!

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