Trends in Canadian Home Architecture
Canadian home architectural designs vary widely between different types of architecture but usually revolve around the colonial, cottage and farmhouse styles, which are the common architectural designs in North America.
Canadian homes are designed with the varying Canadian landscapes in mind, and in consideration of all the four seasons. They are ideal for relatively flat pieces of land, uneven terrain, and are built to withstand the cold snowy weather as well.
These popular Canadian house designs sell like hot cakes in the Canadian real estate market. Every real estate expert is talking about how they are an embodiment of beauty combined with the comfort of modern homes.
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1. Cottage Country Cabins
These rustic cabin designs make for perfect vacation homes on the beachside, lakefront, or a mountainous lodge, but are also ideal for year-round all-weather homes if designed properly. In fact, Canadian homeowners are increasingly going for their captivating allure when seeking a well-fitting piece of residential architecture.
Cabin homes usually have very simple floor and house plans. Their quite inexpensive to build and easy to maintain, thanks to their simple forms. A small cabin house floor plan may accommodate just a bedroom or two. Of course, you can get more bedrooms with a larger floor plan, though this is not common.
Some cabin house plans provide a loft. Porches and decks are also common cabin home features, allowing for expansion when the weather allows it.
In a nutshell, these are the common cabin home feature you’re likely to get with a cabin house plan:
- A rustic style with minimal decorative features
- Porches and decks that allow for expansion during good weather
- Simple form and floor plan
- A simple roof design, often single or cross-gable roof
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2. Traditional Homes
Some homeowners and architectural designers have stuck to old-fashioned residential architecture but have gone ahead to charmingly combine it with modern housing innovations. These traditional homes assume the American historical styles, combining elements of country, colonial and European design styles.
Notably, the most commonly built home plan style in Canada, traditional residential architecture, is more popular for its functional floor plans compared to its architectural details.
There are no specific guidelines for traditional home designs in terms of size, shape or specific architectural forms. Their floor plans are designed to satisfy the preferences, architectural needs and lifestyle of the homeowner and their family.
Traditional homes could have walls made of bricks, stones, stucco, or even wood, and any practical combination thereof. Traditional home designs often offer a combination of welcoming front porches, well-positioned fireplaces, proportionate kitchen spaces and family rooms.
Common architectural features:
- Traditional floor plans with an incorporation of modern design elements
- Architectural design style drawn from any historical style
- Low-pitched roofs
- A combination of various construction materials
If you’re looking for residential architecture with an old-fashioned charm combined with modern housing innovations, look no further.
3. Contemporary-Modern Homes
Is there a difference between contemporary home plans and modern house plans? Well, there is, and Canadian builders and homebuyers are well aware of this difference.
Contemporary home plans are simply present-day homes. Any architectural style that is popular among homeowners today can be considered a contemporary architectural style. It’s what is trending today. Contemporary homes are typically a combination of various residential architectural styles.
The resultant homes of modern house plans, on the other hand, are an embodiment of modern house styles whose most notable features include a monochromatic color theme, sufficiently naturally-light rooms, large windows, open floor plans and minimal architectural details.
Since most homebuyers like keeping up with the trend and modernity, it is difficult to talk of a contemporary home plan devoid of modern architectural styles, hence the name contemporary-modern homes.
Contemporary-modern home plans keep up with construction innovation, taking advantage of technological advancement and resulting in unique home designs.
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Contemporary-modern house and floor plans include:
- Elegant outdoor living spaces
- Flat roof
- Monochromatic color theme
- A combination of styles
- Open flexible floor plan
- Modern mixed building materials
- Extensive glazing for natural lighting and amazing views
4. Craftsman Style Homes
Are you wondering, “what is a craftsman’s style home?” Be rest assured that you have seen one. You just didn’t know it was a craftsman home. These types of homes are especially common in Ontario and British Columbia. They can, however, be spotted in other parts of Canada as well. We will highlight for you the craftsman features that will help you spot one the next time you come across one of these homes.
Craftsman homes are almost always constructed using locally available materials. More specifically, Canadian craftsman homes are mostly made of solid wood and stone. They are typically not more than a story high. Those built on the Canadian mountainous terrains or flood plains are usually hoisted over a platform erected on rafters. Most craftsman homes have gable roofing systems which prevent snow during winter and stagnant water after a downpour from accumulating on them.
Internally, craftsman houses are decorated using organic and environmentally-sustainable materials such as wood and stone. These materials are usually sourced locally. It’s not uncommon to find materials sourced from other parts of the globe for a Canadian craftsman style dwelling though. These homes often have large windows and embody a simple rustic charm.
Common architectural features of craftsman style dwellings:
- Typically, not more than a story high
- Gable roof
- Internally decorated using organic and sustainable materials such as wood and stone
- Simple rustic design
- Large windows
One Last Word
Whether you’re thinking of building a craftsman bungalow in British Columbia, or a cabin country gateway house in Ontario, or even a Prairie home in Alberta, there are several Canadian architectural home designs you can choose from.
You can pick from the relatively inexpensive rugged craftsman-inspired designs and cottage country cabins to the more elegant contemporary-modern homes that incorporate the latest building construction technology. If you’re not yet sure if investing in a home in Canada is a good idea, find out if moving to Canada is a good idea.
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This post was written by Derek Timmons