This is the second episode in our new three-part video series depicting architectural styles and roof types in California.

The prior episode discussed the first set of common architecture seen in our unique California market, such as Spanish Mission and ranch.

Dutch Colonial through craftsman

The Dutch Colonial, a style more colloquially known as “barn house,” traditionally features a gambrel roof as well as dormer windows. These terms will be illustrated more extensively in later sections.

Mediterranean properties typically feature stucco exteriors, warm tones, and ornamental detailing. These homes are inspired by the Mediterranean region, and are particularly popular in southern California, much like Spanish and Pueblo styles.

Victorian properties have a style which refers to the period in which the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria reigned, from 1837 to 1901. A Victorian property is traditionally multiple stories and features ornate wood external decorations and high ceilings. This enhanced degree of ornamentation is fundamental to the Victorian style.

The town house or row house is a style commonly seen in more densely packed urban areas, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Town houses frequently share one or multiple common walls with the neighboring property, and feature long, narrow lots.

English Tudor homes feature light-colored stucco, which is contrasted against its most distinctive feature, an exterior timber detailing. Many also have brick work. English Tudor homes traditionally feature a steep, gable roof.

The craftsman style is an architectural style that became popular in the early 20th century in tandem with the arts and crafts movement, which is where it gets its name. These homes prioritize motifs and materials that are inspired by the natural world, placing an emphasis on exposed rocks, naturally toned woodwork, and earthy tones.

Editor’s note – Stay tuned for the third episode releasing next week.