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Colorado Architectural Guide

Here are some of the most common Architectural Styles in Colorado.

  • Contemporary

    Contemporary house plans have simple, clean lines with large windows generally without the use of decorative trim.  This style usually has flat or single pitched shed roofs, asymmetrical shapes, and open floor plans.  Solid colors and materials separate spaces and define rooms, and the use of reoccurring square lines characterize this new style.  New trendy materials often exemplify this style.

  • Colorado Rustic

    Incorporating elements of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Rustic homes feature natural mountain stone, wood timbers and logs, and rough-sawn trim to create a warm and rustic feel.  Aspects of its style are large fascia trims and soffits, large columns, and timber exposed structural trusses and beams. An abundance of rustic wood trim highlights the interior spaces as well, bringing the rustic outdoors inside.

  • Transitional

    The hallmark of Transitional style homes are their remarkable simplicity. Here, the absence of excessive ornamentation and intricate details serves as a testament to clean lines, modern aesthetics, and uncluttered spaces.  Steep roof slopes, round-top windows, and the use of contrasting light and dark colors are defining characteristics of Transitional homes.

  • Colorado Standard

    This is the classic approach to architectural style in Colorado.  Featured by the use of stucco or siding, with heavy accents of stone and arches.  Gable roofs and tall accented porches help classify this popular Colorado style.  This popular style often uses knotty and textured trims characterized by earth toned colors.  Interior spaces are generally very open with vaulted ceilings and varying ceiling heights.

  • Rustic Contemporary

    Combining traditional Colorado mountain rustic themes with modern contemporary elements, this new style gives the contemporary elements of single pitched roofs and straight planes a feeling of belonging in Colorado’s mountains. This style uses straight lines and vertical planes to separate and define rooms and materials within the design. Simple trims and smooth surfaces fill the interior.
  • Traditional Farmhouse

    Characterized by large wrap around porches, steep roof pitches, window shutters, and decorative vertical board and batten siding, this style is a popular style that features open functional floorplans with large Great Rooms and efficient layouts. This style stands out by its iconic white trim inside and out with brick accents, dark hardwood floors and railing, and layered door and window trim.

  • Acadian Farmhouse

    This European version of the familiar farmhouse includes full wall material facades and the incorporation of both steep and flat roofs.  Traditionally, Acadian Farmhouses have narrow eaves and white brick, with the incorporation of both light and dark textures.  Window walls connect different textures throughout the home.

  • Craftsman

    Embracing simplicity, handy work, and natural materials, Craftsman home are cozy and open with shingle siding and stone details.  Open porches with overhanging beams and rafters are common to Craftsman homes, as are projecting eaves and gable roofs.  Commonly seen in Colorado with the incorporation of vaulted ceilings and square trim details.  Interior spaces are efficient and functional with either painted or stained trim.

  • Mid-Century Modern

    Mid century modern house plans are characterized by flat planes, plentiful windows and sliding glass doors, and open spaces.  The homes tend to have a futuristic curb appeal.  Today’s designs use state-of-the-art sustainable building materials and finishes and combine indoor and outdoor spaces.  They’re set apart by their defining room-shaped exterior architecture and single-pitch roof planes.

  • European

    This style incorporates French tudor style dormers and roof flares with a clean stucco or solid exterior.  Steep roof slopes and arches highlight the home and give it a lot of vertical magnitude.  Shutters and dark exterior trim colors alongside courtyards and pergolas finish the traditional European feel with a modern twist.  Interior spaces generally finish with an abundance of white trim and cabinetry.

  • Modern Prairie

    This style is characterized by strong horizontal lines low-lying roof planes with large overhangs. Rectangular glass and defined separation in vertical planes is also a common theme in Prairie style architecture. This style can use several different materials and colors, but always incorporates defining lines between them. Interior layouts generally consist of varying ceiling heights and a continuation of horizontal lines.

  • New American

    Invoking a true sense of family living, New American house plans are welcoming, warm, and open.  Broadly defined, New American is not associated with a specific set of styles, rather, these homes showcase elements often seen in other designs to create an entirely new aesthetic.   They typically pull different design aspects of different styles and showcase them together in a way that separates and customizes the style altogether.

  • Modern Farmhouse

     This style is a modern twist on the traditional American farmhouse style.  Timber trims, slim window lines, and varying roof elevations lines separate this style from its traditional farmhouse origination.  The Modern Farmhouse is also characterized by black accents in
    the windows, vertical board and batten siding, and other variations of black trim.  The interior spaces generally have open floorplans and feature vaulted ceilings.

  • Mountain Victorian

    This is the Western version of the European architectural style made popular on the East Coast of America.  Large cathedral type rooms with window walls decorated heavily in layers of trim.  Rustic stone and arches along with earth toned colors bring a mountain element to this popular style.  Round ornate columns lining wrap-around porches top off this accentuated style.

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