North American House types are influenced by time and the inhabitants. Craftsman, Prairie, Foursquare, Bungalow, Ranch, Colonial, Contemporary, Hogan, Florida Cracker, Flounder, Pacific Lodge, Rustic, Shingle, Stick Style, Cape Cod and Conch are most common types among others.

Each variety of North American Houses has its distinct characteristics. Suppose I use certain materials to build a contemporary house. In that case, I can’t just call it a craftsman house simply because I want to.

A good analogy would be the Origami. If I folded the paper and made a rose, Can’t call it a swan, right? Today I want to share what I know about north American house types.

  • The American Craftsman Houses
  • The Prairie House
  • The American Foursquare Houses
  • The California Bungalow Houses
  • The Ranch-Style Houses
  • The Colonial-Style Houses
  • The Contemporary-Style Houses
  • The Hogan Houses
  • The Florida Cracker Houses
  • The Flounder Houses
  • The Pacific Lodge Houses
  • The Rustic Houses
  • The Shingle Style Houses
  • The Stick Style Houses
  • The Cape Cod Houses
  • The Conch Houses

Did you know that more than 40 percent of home seekers in the US favor the craftsman type?

It’s interesting for a typical craftsman house to have an average price of more than 300 grand. Of course, that is subject to change due to other factors. Still, it’s easy to understand why I would spend thousands of dollars just for the home’s decor alone. You might feel the same if you see one for yourself.


A typical craftsman house can be spacious and usually has a minimum size of 1,200 to 1,300 sqft. I don’t know about you, but that’s already plenty for someone like me. The materials of american craftsman house inspires imagination and art. Anyone wanting to have a craftsman style house will need an average of $120 to 150 grand for the materials alone.

Purchasing a lot of wood is also a concern since that’s the primary material to build a beautiful craftsman house. However, wood has become expensive lately. You also have to choose between bricks or stones for the walls and pillars and add stucco, a fine plaster, for the decor’s aesthetic touch.

Different factors may affect the craftsman house structure’s overall weight, materials and foundation are significant ones. The estimated weight of a 40 by 32 craftsman home is roughly more than 74,000 lbs.

Key Features of The American Craftsman

  • It has a well-designed and covered front porch. A covered front porch is like a multipurpose hall for my home. Even when it’s raining, I can enjoy some light reading on it.
  • I can choose to have stone pillars at the entrance. Aside from the aesthetic touch, they help support the structure of the front porch. Also, you can hang some plant pots on them and add more to the natural beauty.
  • The overhanging eaves design is also my preference. Saves me the need to worry about the walls and windows getting stained during foul weather.
  • I get to enjoy the natural colors that come from the materials and customize most of the woodworks. This way, I can have a distinct design that stands out in the neighborhood!

Pros of The American Craftsman Houses

  • Beautiful design
  • Easy renovation
  • Expansion is rarely an issue
  • Plans are easy to find online
  • Affordable options
  • Extensive customization

Cons of The American Craftsman Houses

  • Can be expensive depending on the materials to be used
  • Expert planning is needed to build one

The American Craftsman is one of a kind design. Naturally, the Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th century influenced the first craftsman houses’ construction.

It’s a symbol of improvement against the dwindling quality of housing in the face of industrial progress. Due to its poetic origin, it is a wanted design by many home seekers in the US. California is usually the location when it comes to seeking a craftsman house.

The American actor and writer Fred Armisen also chose to have a craftsman house with a rather lovely front porch.

Although its popularity faded in the US after 1915, the Prairie style exists in modern housing these days. After all, it has ideas incorporated from the Arts and Craft movement. Frank Lloyd Wright was the one who came up with the original design of the Prairie style.

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As the name implies, a Prairie house has the intention of melding with the prairie landscape. While its design is somewhat similar to a craftsman house, I know some points that make the Prairie house distinct.

You’ll have to worry again about buying more expensive wood to build a house. However, building a Prairie house means that you’ll be using more bricks instead. Naturally, you’ll have to use fine plaster or stucco to stitch them together. As for the estimated building cost, I’d say about $200k if you plan to build on a 1,500 sqft land. Depending on the type of wood and bricks that you’ll use, the Prairie house’s total mass should be around 170,000 lbs.

Key Features of The Prairie Houses

  • Prairie houses connect outdoor and indoor spaces. I’d say that a door can put a stop to that, but it’s more than just an ease of access feature. Transition is the focus. It works well with the Prairie house’s aim to meld with the surrounding environment.
  • It usually has asymmetric floor plans that can be openly adjusted. You won’t have a problem when it comes to planning restrictions or room access.
  • The distinct horizontal line theme has a uniform aesthetic touch. A great help when it comes to geometric interior plans.
  • You can choose to build a section with two stories and one with just a single-story. Useful for specific room plans, such as the kitchen.

Pros of The Prairie Houses

  • No need to focus on ornamentation
  • Materials are common and easy to procure
  • Huge asymmetric spaces
  • Garage plans

Cons of The Prairie Houses

  • Looking for a construction location can be a challenge
  • Design is highly dependent on the surrounding area

Although only roughly 30 percent of home seekers are knowledgeable about the Prairie style, it doesn’t mean that this design is irrelevant. It blows my mind that there are celebrity Prairie houses that exist today. The best example is probably the one called Fallingwater. The Kaufmann family owns it.

Also known as the Prairie Box, this type of home has similarities with the Prairie style. Interestingly, Wright designed his variants for the Foursquare. I can see why. Although, Fourquare’s prominence was only significant from the 1890s up to the 1930s.


The Foursquare house also has similarities with the craftsman style. That makes it easier for us to know what kind of materials you’ll need to build one, namely wood and bricks. As for the average cost, you probably have to spend around 200 to 300 grand. It’s easy to have an estimate since you’ll be using similar materials from the Craftsman style.

Using the Foursquare floor plan usually means that you’ll end up with a box house with a second floor. I estimate having the total weight of the Foursquare house would be close to 100,000 lbs. That’s with the 30 by 50 in a 1,700 sqft land.

Key Features of the American Foursquare Houses

  • It has a lot of interior space. With its symmetry, I won’t have to worry about the distribution of space between rooms.
  • I also like this design’s sizeable front porch. Perfect for welcoming guests and the family.
  • It’s also easy to have built-in cabinetry in a Foursquare house. That’s already a lot of storage that I can use.

Pros of American Foursquare Houses

  • Design is easy to understand
  • Economical and practical design
  • Can be built using catalog plans

Cons of American Foursquare Houses

  • Limited renovation possibilities
  • Can be a bit plain and unremarkable

A lot of people in the US choose to have a Foursquare house. Still, only a small percentage of home seekers are determined to have this type of home. Nevertheless, the Foursquare style manages to stay relevant due to some celebrity influence. I just learned that former president Bill Clinton’s home in Arkansas is a Foursquare.

Known as an alternative style to the craftsman house, the California Bungalow gained its popularity back in the early 19th century. Also, This type of home was prominent in the suburban areas in the US. It’s also worth noting that this style stems from Indian design and then got influenced by the British.

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Like most house designs, there are many variations of the California bungalow. However, I managed to find out the principle features that make it distinct from other styles.

For the materials of a California Bungalow, you need bricks in general. You also need to get timber to make a weatherboard exterior. Depending on the timber material price, You’re looking to spend an average of $200k for a 1,800 sqft house. I always cut down on the needed budget if I can settle for a smaller one. I also estimate the weight to be at least less than 120,000 lbs.

Key Features of the California Bungalow Houses

  • The low sloping roof design is standard for this style. It can either be gabled or hipped. Naturally, this will help keep the California bungalow have better temperature modulation.
  • It has a humble front porch. I can always use this for more exterior decor. More than that, it’s still a lovely entrance.
  • The design includes an elaborate fireplace plan. Perfect for keeping things cozy in the living room.

Pros of California Bungalow Houses

  • Simple materials
  • Excellent temperature modulation
  • More protection from harsh weather
  • Can be combined with the craftsman style element

Cons of California Bungalow Houses

  • Hard to renovate the exterior
  • Smaller bedrooms
  • Repairs can lower the initial value of the home

Although the California bungalow isn’t as popular as the other designs, it’s still a favorite for many Americans. Did you know that actress Melissa McCarthy has a bungalow style house in LA? This house style is a good fit for my cozy tastes.

This house type is the second-favorite in the US. More than 40 percent of home seekers favor having a Ranch type home. I’ve looked into it and found that building a Ranch house costs almost the same as a craftsman house when it comes to average cost. What’s worth noting is that you can have a Ranch house for as low as a 180 grand. That said, you have to settle for cheaper materials.


Of course, with a $300,000 price range, you can have a decent 1,700 sqft Ranch house. It looks great already! As for the materials, the primary is wood. You’ll need both softwood and hardwood materials if you want to make a decent Ranch house. Still, due to its increasing price lately, you should consider allocating more budget for this. As for the exterior, it’s standard to use bricks, especially for the fireplace and the chimney. I’ve also discovered that the Ranch style works best with a foundation made of concrete instead of other materials.

As for the weight, it will depend on the materials. However, a lot of it will come from the concrete and bricks. For the average size, it should be close to about 200,000 lbs.

Key Features of the Ranch-style Houses

  • It is a single-story home. A lot of houses today have been planned for at least two stories. But I can see the charm of just having a single-story Ranch house. It’s one of the reasons why the elderly prefer to live in this type of homes.
  • This home has a garage plan.
  • It comes with the L or U shape. You can use the extra space outside for decor or outdoor activities. Also great for kids’ play area.
  • The Ranch house always has a patio. I’ll say that it’s perfect for different kinds of activities, such as dining and even recreation!

Pros of Ranch-style Houses

  • Floor plans are flexible
  • No need to worry about a second floor
  • Materials come from a local supplier
  • The driveway won’t be giving me a headache
  • The exterior decor is easy to arrange
  • Can have a basement plan
  • Less risk against high winds due to low profile design

Cons of Ranch-style Houses

  • Need learger space to build
  • Heavier than most house designs
  • Insulation value is less due to concrete material
  • Materials can be expensive

Overall, a Ranch house has its charms, especially for older people who want to relax and enjoy their retirement. This design is popular with the elderly since it originated from West America after the Second World War. Back then, they came up with the Ranch as a variant of tract housing (building houses with the same design). Debbie Reynolds, rest her soul, had a Ranch house. I admire the serene pond it has.

As the name implies, Colonial-style housing originated in the colonial era of the US. It became more prominent in the 19th century. I admire the versatility that comes with this design, as do many Americans.

The Colonial type is a runner-up when it comes to the favorite designs in the US. More than 30 percent of home seekers wish to have it. I would very much like to live in a Colonial house. It is imposing on several factors. First of all, this type of home needs more bedrooms. Having a master bedroom spikes the cost of the construction. On average, you can get a plan ranging from 200 to 400 grand. That’s for a 1,800 sqft size. If you want to go all-in, a $600k floor plan is what you’d choose.

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That said, I should know better than to disregard the material cost. For a Colonial house, you need wood and a lot of it. It needs to have symmetry, especially when it comes to window frames. Colonial houses must be at least two stories tall. Even if the land size is average, the Colonial house structure’s weight will increase based on the foundation. I should also mention that bricks are part of this design. For a 39 by 66 Colonial house, it should weight more or less 180,000 lbs.

Key Features of the Colonial-style Houses

  • It has two or three stories. It’s an elegant way of showing how you can afford sufficient housing for my family. Besides, I like it when my home has a guest room.
  • This design incorporates a central stairway. While this is for ease of access to the second floor, it’s an elegant design for the symmetrical touch of a Colonial house.
  • You can have multiple bedrooms on the second floor. If you have a family of three, the Colonial design will be your first choice!
  • This house design has a central fireplace. Naturally, it’s a gathering spot. Also, more symmetry!

Pros of Colonial-style Houses

  • Very spacious
  • Imposing exterior elegance
  • Furnished interior
  • Materials are common
  • Access between floors is easy
  • Symmetry!

Cons of Colonial-style Houses

  • Need a good floor plan for different rooms
  • Large rooms make temperature modulation an obstacle
  • The formal design can be overkill sometimes
  • Challenging renovations

I’d be overjoyed to live in a Colonial house. You’ll need a sizeable budget to have one. Still, it’s an achievable goal. You have to keep in mind that Colonial houses can come in variations due to its versatility. For example, Renee Zellweger’s “Cotton Tavern” comes close to the principle.

This house design is what I’d call a hybrid elegance. It’s because you can have it as a part craftsman and part colonial. The possibilities are quite limitless. I should let you know that “Modern” and Contemporary homes are different from one another. Houses that became prominent in the mid-20th century belong to the Modern category.

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As for the building cost and materials, the amount can vary in a Contemporary design. However, glass and concrete are necessary to follow the principle behind the design. Fortunately, you can have this type of home for as low as 100 grand. A decent and affordable Contemporary house should weigh less than 70,000 lbs.

Key Features of the Contemporary-style Houses

  • We must save energy. Since the home design uses natural elements, you won’t have to worry about the bills that much.
  • Incredible aesthetics is another advantage. Living in a contemporary house is a sight to behold.
  • The flexible building materials will let me customize whatever I want

Pros of Contemporary-style Houses

  • Affordable
  • Easy to grasp design
  • Sustainable

Cons of Contemporary-style Houses

  • Can have expensive materials

In any case, a contemporary house is a preferred choice these days, especially when it comes to celebrities.

The Hogan is the traditional dwelling for the Navajo people. This house style is significant in America’s history. I also can’t believe that Hogans are still preferred by some Americans today. Of course, there’s only a small percentage of them. Nevertheless, building a Hogan is easy.


Naturally, you’ll need logs and wood for the entire Hogan house. It’s not so hard to find. The price of the materials will be my primary concern. You also have to get mud or something similar. As of today, building a Hogan fit for four people can cost around $80k. That includes the septic system. Depending on the materials, the overall weight of the should be at 50,000 lbs.

Key Features of the Hogan Houses

  • I can use stone for exterior reinforcement. Useful for more protection against the weather.
  • It has a single entrance that faces the sunrise. I don’t have to be worried when it comes to waking up in the morning.
  • Its design is energy-efficient. That means I don’t have to spend on additional cooling or heating.

Pros of Hogan Houses

  • Excellent for temperature modulation
  • Easy to build
  • Great for survival camps

Cons of Hogan Houses

  • Limited comforts
  • No interior divisions

This house type is perfect for anyone who wants to experience an aspect of the Navajo culture. It’s not popular enough to have a celebrity influence, but it will always be significant to American culture and history.

One of the things that I like about the Florida Cracker is that it’s a vernacular architecture type. That means I don’t have to seek a professional to get a proper floor plan. This type of became widespread in the 19th century. Still, it’s a popular pick for many house builders in the US.

If you are to build one, you’ll have to get wood or timber as the primary material. For a 1,200 sqft Florida Cracker house, you’ll likely spend about a hundred grand. Depending on the type of wood or timber that you can use, I’d say the entire cracker house would weigh at least 140,000 lbs at that size.

Key Features of the Florida Cracker Houses

  • The most common one would be the metal roof. I believe this protects well against the weather, especially in Florida.
  • It has raised floors. I find this feature ingenious. I won’t have to worry about minor flooding.
  • The furniture is handcrafted or sculpted. I have to keep in mind that it’s best to use stone or wood.
  • Colors are natural and predictable. I like natural colors. This design saves me the hassle of doing all the decor myself.

Pros of Florida Cracker Houses

  • Easy to build
  • Little to zero professional advise for the floor plans
  • Excellent interior airflow
  • Great against harsh weather conditions

Cons of Florida Cracker Houses

  • Standard designs lack exterior aesthetics
  • Can be prone to pest infestations due to wood as the primary material

Although the Florida Cracker isn’t celebrity material, its design has inspired many houses with the principle. Also, a lot of celebrity houses in Florida are similar to the Florida Cracker.

No. It’s not for the fish. A Flounder house is a simple design that originated in the 18th century. Some call it the half-house due to its overall structure. I find myself agreeing to that.

As for the materials, the first choice would be cement. Of course, you can use bricks and blocks if you have the budget. As for using wood, save it for the interior. Building a flounder house is cheap. Given the opportunity, you can have a Flounder house for just $80k. A 20 by 50 Flounder house can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. Luckily, you can offset that if your plan is only for an 800 sqft land.

Key Features of the Flounder Houses

  • One of the things that make the Flounder house stand out is its single-slope roof. I mean, a roof is a roof. As long as it keeps out the rain, can’t complain.
  • It has tall walls. Honestly, I find it charming. It also looks like a medieval watchtower.
  • There are no windows on the tall walls. Of course, you can have windows on it. However, the design usually only allows them on the front side of the Flounder house.

Pros of Flounder Houses

  • Cheap and simple to build
  • Can be built on a small land
  • Can usually fit between built home structures
  • Shed style roof significantly lower construction expenses

Cons of Flounder Houses

  • Not that appealing
  • Need to be on a very stable surface
  • Can ruin the aesthetics of a neighborhood

Flounder houses don’t stand out when it comes to the choice of American home seekers. There aren’t a lot of them to start. Still, the flounder design has inspired modern houses today. As I said, it has its charm. Of course, some celebrity houses can be flounder house elements as an acquired choice.

The Pacific Lodge has its roots beneath log cabins or cedar lodges. The inspiration came from the early inhabitants of the US’ Pacific Northwest region. Naturally, the idea of log cabins is to use nearby materials. As such, they will primarily consist of stone and logs. For a nature lover like myself, I find log cabins beautiful. The National Park log cabins in the US also helped with the conception of the Pacific Lodge.

What makes the Pacific Lodge unique is its potential for expansion. You can build a small log cabin then expand it to a Pacific Lodge. That means you can start building one if you get a $40k kit. You can even go lower if you want to. For a decent Pacific Lodge, you can construct it on an 800 sqft land. With the materials you’ll use, I estimate the weight would be at 10,000 lbs provided that it doesn’t have a second floor yet.

Key Features of the Pacific Lodge Houses

  • It has wooden interiors and exteriors. I prefer the Pacific Lodge because of the patterns that come with the logs. Besides, it helps with the interior’s airflow.
  • It typically has a foundation made of stones. It’s perfect for protecting my home from snow or groundwater.
  • The Pacific Lodge always touch the wilderness. I like the idea of being close to nature, as do many Americans.

Pros of Pacific Lodge Houses

  • Affordable to build
  • Cozy interior
  • Great for vacations
  • Versatile expansion

Cons of Pacific Lodge Houses

  • Fire hazard issues
  • Renovation can be expensive
  • Maintenance can be demanding

A lot of people in the US wish to have a beautiful Pacific Lodge. I’m among them. The luxury and simplicity of the Pacific Lodge is unmistakable. There’s also the fact that Bill Gates’ mansion has this style.

The Rustic American home has different variations. It emphasizes on the promotion of the natural element. It’s similar to the Pacific Lodge in some ways. That said, you shouldn’t have a modern emphasis in my Rustic home.

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It’s easy to choose what materials to use. You only have to keep in mind the natural emphasis. That means no synthetic fibers or any other modern material. Wood and stone is my primary choice. You are also looking to have a budget of $200k if you plan on having a 30 by 50 Rustic home in a 1,300 sqft lot.

Key Features of the Rustic Houses

  • There are no modern furnishings. It falls into my preference as it gives a cozy feeling to my home.
  • The furniture is handcrafted or sculpted. I have to keep in mind that it’s best to use stone or wood.
  • Colors are natural and predictable. I like natural colors. This design saves me the hassle of doing all the decor myself.

Pros of Rustic Houses

  • Easy to grasp design
  • Convenient material selection
  • Welcoming atmosphere

Cons of Rustic Houses

  • Limited options when it comes to modern furnishings
  • Expensive furniture

There aren’t a lot of pure Rustic homes left in the US. Robert Pattinson’s current home has a rustic touch, but it has modern furnishings. I’d love a Rustic home for a peaceful and zen life.

I keep thinking about how the Shingle house style evokes an atmosphere of romance. Also, the rather geometrical shapes of its roof design make it one of a kind home. It also surprised me how the use of Victorian-style made it possible to come up with the Shingle house style. Also, it borrows some ideas from the Colonial house design. Still, the asymmetric structure makes the Shingle house distinct.

As the name implies, you will need shingles to build this kind of home. You can use wood for the interior, but it’s best to keep it at a minimum. You must find the best stone material for the foundation. For a 1,000 sqft Shingle house, you may need 300 to 400 grand. Covering the roof and walls with shingles makes it a bit expensive. As for the weight, you should expect it to be around 100,000 lbs provided that you don’t build a second floor.

Key Features of the Shingle Style Houses

  • Asymmetry. I don’t have to limit myself to a uniform design. Also, this helps with future expansions.
  • The roof design is intricate. I believe this would help make things easier when adding a second floor to one section of the Shingle house.
  • A Shingle house has a lot of windows. I can even put a pair of windows in the attic. I find this energy-efficient.
  • It has a tower. Naturally, adding one would make the cost higher. Still, I find it elegant to have one in my home.

Pros of Shingle Style Houses

  • Very spacious
  • Flexible expansion
  • Freedom of design

Cons of Shingle Style Houses

  • Expensive construction process
  • Professional advice required for the entire design

The Shingle house style will always be a cut above the rest. Of course, you have to be willing to afford the expense and time to build one. It’s also a popular house design for many celebrities. The renowned TV personality Dick Cavett lives in a Shingle-style house.

Despite the rather primitive implication of the name, the American Stick house wasn’t a thing until the late 19th century. Also, this isn’t to be confused with the Stickley style. It’s surprising that such a type of American architecture exists.

It’s easy to grasp the construction language of the Stick house. Of course, you won’t be using just about any stick. As a standard, you need wooden board strips. That’s for the foundation for the stick style overlay of the Stick house. If you want to build one on a 1,000 sqft land, you’ll likely need at least a $100k simply because wood is a lot more expensive these days. However, since you’ll be using board strips for most of the Stick house, the weight should only be around 50,000 lbs for a 30 by 40 stick house.

Key Features of the Stick Style Houses

  • It has a modest layout. I find it easy to build this type of home since I don’t have to worry about intricacy.
  • The walls only need planks as decor. It’s easy to do. Also, I can add the planks on a diagonal arrangement to add some variance to the exterior.
  • It’s common to have decorative shingles for the stick house. Thankfully, the accents that I can make on the roof shingles will offset the dull exterior.
  • A raised floor. Just like with the Florida cracker, I don’t have to worry about minor floods.

Pros of Stick Style Houses

  • Not that hard to build
  • Materials are easy to procure
  • Minimal decor
  • Easy renovation

Cons of Stick Style Houses

  • Aesthetic improvement can be demanding

Even though the stick house was a bit unpopular in its time, it is a preferred design for many Americans today. It may not be celebrity preference, but I find the stick house perfect as a family home.

The Cape Cod house is rather simplistic in its design. It’s like the home I used to draw when I was in the elementary school. Other than that, the Cape Cod house’s origins come from 17th century England. The Puritan carpenters were the ones who brought the idea to America.

Building a Cape Cod house is simple compared to other types of homes. Primarily, you need wood for the exterior. As for the foundation, stone is suitable for my preference. For a 500 sqft Cape Cod house, you’ll likely need around $120k. The overall weight of the cape cod house should be at 35,000 lbs.

Key Features of the Cape Cod Houses

  • It is often rectangular. It’s perfect for maximizing interior space.
  • The standard design includes a central chimney. I prefer to have practical heating on the cold days of winter.
  • It has a single window and door on the front. It makes it easier to watch my home’s entrance.

Pros of Cape Cod Houses

  • Building plans are easy
  • Can withstand harsh weather despite its simple looks
  • Easy expansion
  • Affordable variants

Cons of Cape Cod Houses

  • Adding a second floor can be a challenge
  • Expansion can be expensive depending on the plans

I like the Cape Cod house because of its simplicity. I’m sure many Americans feel the same. Also, the Cape Cod house is synonymous with former president John F. Kennedy’s history.

The Conch house style is part of Florida’s vernacular architecture. Originally, Bahamian immigrants in Key West developed this style. The earliest constructions began in the late 18th century. Revival projects have improved and modified many of the existing Conch houses.

Did you know the term “Conch” is slang for the Bahamian people?

Building a standard Conch house is relatively easy since you will be using timber as the primary material. You can use shingles or metal for roofing. For a Conch house, I find it ideal to have a 30 by 40 design on a 1,000 sqft land. I estimate the total cost of around 200 grand. As for the weight, it should be a bit close to 70,000 lbs.

Key Features of the Conch Houses

  • The Conch Houses are highly distinct due to their fully-covered front porch. It spans the whole width of the home’s front area. Perfect for a coffee table and maybe a rocking chair.
  • It has a raised foundation. Since the Bahamian immigrants were also boatbuilders and resided near the shores of Key West, this feature was a necessity. Minor flooding won’t be a problem in a Conch house.
  • The standard design usually has two sash windows on the front. Making it energy-efficient, especially in a seaside area.
  • It can have a second floor. Perfect to do a bit of expansion in future.

Pros of Conch Houses

  • Little to no professional advice for floor plans
  • Materials are easy to procure
  • Substantial protection against harsh weather

Cons of Conch Houses

  • Limited ornamentations
  • Front area renovation can be inconvenient

Overall, the Conch House is a piece of history for Florida. It’s also significant for the Bahamians in Key West. Certain celebrities also prefer having one in Key West. As a fact, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt has a pirate-themed Conch house.

Last Words

American houses have different origins and variants. In the end, they shape the history of the US’ housing journey. From simple homes to high-fashioned ones, hard to believe that a lot of variants exist. Somehow, knowing the different types of houses in America makes it easier for me to inspect different houses.


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