In the market for Dallas property and wondering what home styles DFW is known for? DFW’s varied architectural offerings have something for everyone’s taste. So what are the most common designs, the typical home styles you’ll find when you start your property search?
There are a variety of architectural designs considered as typical of the DFW area that are repeated around the Metroplex. Although the Dallas area and its adjacent suburbs vary in age, home styles include older homes with period charm as well as new builds that combine modern design with traditional elements.
One of the first American home designs of the twentieth century was the Craftsman Bungalow, embracing a simpler aesthetic after the fussy excesses of the Victorian era.
Craftsman homes relied on natural materials, utilizing simplified moldings and stained wood while interiors included fireplace inglenooks and built-in cabinets. The overall design reflected contemporary ideas like open floor plans, economy of function, and use of non-traditional materials.
Typical Craftsman home styles are one story with gabled roofs, wide porches, extended overhangs, and heavy wood corbels. Houses from this period have fireplaces located on an exterior wall, exposed rafter tails and multiple gables define the roofline. Front columns are masonry with wood box columns, usually extending from the ground up with brick approximately half the total height.
The Prairie School arose from the same Art & Crafts viewpoint but from Chicago and the American mid-west. This home style was defined by Frank Lloyd Wright with a design based on a cross axial plan and center fireplace, a low pitched hipped roof and extended eaves. Prairie School exteriors are predominately brick with simple masonry columns and large, wide entry porches. In hot, humid Texas, large double hung windows were installed in groups of three to five in a row and homes often featured sleeping porches.
As a counterpoint to the simplicity of the Craftsman Style and the Prairie School movements, the Romantic Movement was influencing home style in the form of Tudor Style. Embracing architectural styles of the past, Tudor houses borrowed from a romanticized view of rural England and were a backlash to electricity and automobiles, the new technologies of the day.
Texas Tudor style exteriors are brick with stucco and stone trim with the use of blond and light colored bricks being unique to Dallas. Roofs are steeply pitched broken with multiple gables and the chimney often includes elaborate brick patterns as a striking design element.
A notable feature is the asymmetric gable at the entry while optional porches can have round or two point brick Tudor arches. Front doors frequently turn sideways to the street and the street windows are vertical and independent.
Colonial Revival Style
The principal versions of Colonial Revival Style in Dallas are based on southern colonial examples. This home style is usually symmetric, making the central emphasis on the front door with a small porch featuring slender turned wood columns.
The roof is characteristically a side gabled roof, which solidifies the entry as the dominate design element. The eaves are shallow and the fireplace is always set on the side of the house, never on the front. Windows are double hung and usually ganged.
Ranch Style Homes
The Ranch Style house is a popular home style common in the DFW area. These are one story, with very low roofs, usually no gable and deep overhangs. They are normally two rooms deep and as many as four to five rooms wide with high windows, set horizontally. The garage, or carport, is attached to the house.
Mediterranean Style includes Spanish Eclectic, Monterey, and the Classical Italianate. Shared elements of these home styles are low-pitched roofs, shingled with red clay tiles and stucco exteriors.