Understanding the origin and details that define a style as well as how it has evolved over time are the first steps in determining “Design (Style).” Let’s begin with the home pictured below.
It would be surprising if this home’s style is unfamiliar. Why? Because there are thousands of similar styles like this all over America. This specific style is a Cape Cod. But did you know that a Cape Cod is a type of Colonial architectural style? So identifying it in the Design (Style) data field as “Colonial” is as appropriate as describing it as a “Cape Cod.”
As stated in the above example, either Cape Cod or Colonial is appropriate, but have you ever thought about the characteristics that define the Cape Cod style? Why can you recognize it as a Cape Cod and not a Georgian Colonial or Dutch Colonial? Cape Cod homes get their “style” from key features and characteristics such as:
- Steep roof with side gables
- Small roof overhang
- Symmetrical front appearance with the entry door in the center and windows to each side
- Formal, center-hall floor plan
- Exterior shutters and dormers – either useful or ornamental
Understanding its origin, which dates back to English colonists, further establishes the Cape Cod style. For example, the home was commonly positioned on the site in order to resist the prevailing winds so the steep roof allowed rain, snow, and ice to easily slide off during storms.
Distinguishing architectural styles and applying them accurately in an appraisal report will take some studying, but it can be a fun and useful learning experience. Our job in the latest UAD webinar “UAD with Style,” is to give you the tools to determine what recognized styles are in your market.
Webinar three in the UAD series addresses the issues related to the “Design (Style)” data field. These sessions are courtesy of ACI to enhance your UAD knowledge and efficiency on these challenging topics.