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Portland Home Styles Guide

Portland is home to a wide and varied range of residential architecture styles. From Mid-Century Modern to Tudor to Victorian — and several in between, you’re bound to find one that fits your taste. Our Portland Home Styles guide takes a look at some of the city’s most popular.

Portland home styles: Midcentury modern
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Many Portland neighborhoods may be most famous for their Craftsman-style homes, but many other architecture types dot its landscape. Here are 9 of the most common Portland home styles — along with some remodel design ideas to complement each one. 

Bungalow

Popular throughout Portland, bungalows come in different shapes and sizes, but generally they’re small, have one or one and a half stories, a sloped roof, and smaller rooms. 

Portland home styles: Bungalow
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Common characteristics

  • Low, sloping gable roof 
  • Front porch 
  • 1 to 1.5 stories 
  • Columns 
  • Knee braces/eave brackets 

Remodeling Ideas

Bungalows are ideal for mixing old with new. Complement a modern kitchen or bathroom remodel with some existing materials like original hardwoods to retain charm and character.

Cape Cod

Originating in New England during the 17th century, the Cape Cod style house is a small, cozy home modeled after thatched cottages in Britain that were designed to keep out cold weather. 

Portland home styles: Cape Cod
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Common characteristics

  • Steep gabled roof 
  • Dormers 
  • Symmetrical facade 
  • Cozy size 
  • Central chimney 
  • Living areas typically on ground floor, with bedrooms upstairs 

Remodeling Ideas

The gables on these houses tend to be small. Adding a gable on the back side of the house can increase space and provide more usable square footage in your home.

Colonial

Dating back to the 18th century, these started as modest two-story homes and eventually grew into more stately four-over-four designs, with four rooms on each floor of the home. 

Portland home styles: Colonial
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Common characteristics

  • Symmetrical facade 
  • Centered front door 
  • Tell-tale columns 
  • Shuttered windows 
  • “Stately” look 

Remodeling Ideas

For these stately homes, consider statement features such as a grand staircase, featured fireplace with woodwork, or a show-stopping kitchen.

Craftsman

This popular Portland home style derives its name from the 19th century Arts and Crafts architectural movement, featuring handcrafted details, like custom built-ins and exposed beams. 

Portland home styles: Craftsman

Common characteristics

  • Usually 2 stories 
  • Large, covered porch 
  • Exposed beams 
  • Natural materials 
  • Decorative brackets under eaves 

Remodeling Ideas

Craftsman homes typically are packed with traditional features. Don’t be afraid to upgrade your home with a new kitchen, white cabinetry, or increased lighting to complement and accentuate them.

Foursquare

The Foursquare was a popular style in the late 19th century due to simplicity and low cost. It used a basic four-sided layout to maximize the floor plan and the existing space. 

Foursquare home

Common characteristics

  • “Boxy” square or rectangular exterior 
  • 2-3 stories 
  • Typically spacious inside with a consistent layout 
  • Generally little exterior adornment 

Remodeling Ideas

A common remodel here is to open the kitchen/dining room to create a semi-open floor plan. Consider highlighting traditional features like wooden archways and fireplace surrounds to add a glamorous touch.

Mid-Century Modern

This style signifies a throwback to the design motifs of the mid 20th century. They feature spread-out floor plans that highlight space efficiency and design simplicity. 

Portland home styles: Mid-century modern
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Common characteristics

  • Long, low-slung facade 
  • Flat planes 
  • Large glass windows 
  • Expansive floor plans 
  • Clean lines 

Remodeling Ideas

The large windows on these homes are meant to help bring the outside in. Use natural materials in your remodel to further integrate your home into its environment.

Ranch

These single-story homes surged in popularity in the 1950s and ‘60s. The single level allows for easier access throughout the home, which complements their open-concept layouts. 

Ranch home
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Common characteristics

  • Long, low roof lines 
  • Open concept 
  • Large front windows 
  • Full basement typically 
  • Simple architectural details 

Remodeling Ideas

We often get asked to add second story additions to ranch homes. If you’re thinking of doing an addition, we recommend adding horizontally rather than vertically to retain the home’s original character.

Tudor

Dating back to 16th century England, Tudor style homes, or Tudor Revivals, have at least two floors with tall, distinctive windows, and are generally asymmetrical in their appearance. 

Portland home styles: Tudor

Common characteristics

  • Steep-pitched roof 
  • Narrow windows 
  • Stucco facade or brick/ stone siding with decorative half-timbers 
  • Decorative chimney(s) 
  • Interior wood detailing 

Remodeling Ideas

Tudor interiors can often be dark and heavy. Transform the space with a white, bright kitchen. You can also turn more narrow upstairs rooms into a modern bathroom oasis or a home gym.

Victorian

Victorian homes are hard to miss. They emphasize verticality, decoration, and a mix of materials and colors. They often have up to three stories and feature lots of detailed ornamentation. 

Portland home styles: Victorian

Common characteristics

  • 2-3 stories 
  • Decorative trim and other features 
  • Steep multi-faceted roof 
  • Towers 
  • Multiple colors 

Remodeling Ideas

Add a modern kitchen or bathroom to your Victorian home without sacrificing character by retaining or refurbishing original features such as hardware, moldings, or an existing claw foot tub.

Your home reflects you and your lifestyle

Regardless of your style of home, at Lamont Bros. one of our jobs is to understand how you want your home to feel for you and your guests, and how you want to interact with your home after a remodel. 

Do you want it to exude cozyness? Maybe sophisticated is more your style. Perhaps it’s something in between. Your preferences can have dramatic effects on the architecture and the end result of your remodel. 

Use this Portland home styles guide to help you discuss with one of our designers key style elements to help you create those feelings. 

Then we’ll work with you to design and build a space that you’re going to love for a long time — as well as one that everyone else who interacts with your home will appreciate. 

Wrap up

To help you plan for your next home project, download our complete home remodeling toolkit. It includes a home renovation checklist, a contractor interview guide, and a step-by-step guide on how to apply for financing.

Are you planning a home remodel and aren’t sure where to start? We’re happy to discuss your project. Simply schedule a conversation with us!

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