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.
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.
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.
- Low, sloping gable roof
- Front porch
- 1 to 1.5 stories
- Knee braces/eave brackets
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.
- Steep gabled roof
- Symmetrical facade
- Cozy size
- Central chimney
- Living areas typically on ground floor, with bedrooms upstairs
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.
- Symmetrical facade
- Centered front door
- Tell-tale columns
- Shuttered windows
- “Stately” look
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.
- Usually 2 stories
- Large, covered porch
- Exposed beams
- Natural materials
- Decorative brackets under eaves
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.
- “Boxy” square or rectangular exterior
- 2-3 stories
- Typically spacious inside with a consistent layout
- Generally little exterior adornment
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.
- Long, low-slung facade
- Flat planes
- Large glass windows
- Expansive floor plans
- Clean lines
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.
- Long, low roof lines
- Open concept
- Large front windows
- Full basement typically
- Simple architectural details
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.
- Steep-pitched roof
- Narrow windows
- Stucco facade or brick/ stone siding with decorative half-timbers
- Decorative chimney(s)
- Interior wood detailing
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.
- 2-3 stories
- Decorative trim and other features
- Steep multi-faceted roof
- Multiple colors
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.
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!