What’s Your Architectural Style

When you make the decision to build a custom home in Tennessee, you’ve probably already thought about what your architectural tastes lean toward, whether you prefer colonials or contemporary styles.

However, if you’re like most people, you don’t know what characterizes each architectural style – and that can make explaining what you want a little bit difficult.

Architectural Style


Common Architectural Styles

While you can blend styles and create something that’s all your own, it usually helps if you have an idea of what you like before you start discussing plans with your builder.


  • Clean lines
  • Little ornamentation
  • Oversized windows
  • Open floor plans
  • Indoor-outdoor living spaces


  • Symmetrical facades
  • Single windows at regular intervals
  • Decorative accents over front doors, sidelights on doors
  • Shutters or accents around windows
  • Rectangular shape
  • Gabled roofs

Cape Cod

  • Steep, gabled roofs
  • Symmetrical design
  • Multi-paned windows with shutters
  • One-and-a-half to two stories
  • Dormer windows


  • Large, covered porches
  • Proportional facades
  • Shutters
  • Gabled roofs


  • Symmetrical shape
  • Decorative pediment with columns
  • Paired chimneys
  • Three stories
  • Elaborate porticos


  • Complex roof lines
  • Architectural detail inside and out
  • Bay-shaped rooms
  • Bay windows
  • Repeating arches
  • Clay-tile roofs
  • Decorative stone

New American-Postmodern

  • Dominant garages
  • Irregular shapes, including complex roof lines
  • Large windows of varying sizes
  • Spacious, covered entryways
  • Multi-textured facades


  • Symmetrical shapes
  • Tall columns
  • Two-story porches
  • Side-gabled roofs
  • Large columns
  • Prominent porticos


  • Stucco exteriors
  • Decorative timber details
  • Steeply pitched, gabled roofs
  • Tall, narrow windows
  • Large chimneys
  • Arched entries


  • Complex roof lines
  • Towers
  • Ornamental spindles
  • Asymmetrical floor plans
  • Elaborate details

Are You Ready to Build a Custom Home in Middle Tennessee?

If you’re thinking about building a home in Nashville or any of the surrounding communities, Hughes Edwards Builders can help.

Call us at 615-824-6970 or contact us online. We build homes that our clients love – whether they’re a unique blend of styles or they’re a beautiful example of one specific style.

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