Architectural Styles in Home Remodeling

Architectural Styles in Home Remodeling
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    Building or remodeling a home requires constant communication between architects, contractors and homeowners.


It can be a daunting prospect for everyone with hundreds of decisions to be made beginning with the most basic: what style of house do we want to live in? The process is often muddled with miscommunication.

The solution: Andersen Windows new Home Style Library. Through careful research aimed at simplifying and enhancing the experience, Andersen Windows introduced the Andersen Home Style Library for Andersen A-Series windows and patio doors. (

The Home Style Library provides architects and contractos with a common language to best understand their customers’ desires and make them a reality. The Home Style Library is made possible by the flexibility of the A-Series windows and doors, which help homeowners achieve their vision of home – from window style, placement and proportion, to grille styles, colors, interior finishes and hardware options.

The Home Style Library is made possibly by the flexibility of Andersen® A-Series windows and patio doors. This upper premium product line is based on the principal that style should and can be attainable. With A-Series products, it’s easy to dream, easy to design and easy to install.

A-Series windows and doors are also the best performing products Andersen has ever produced. A-Series includes a full line of window and door styles from casement to awning to double-hung, as well as gliding, hinged and folding patio doors. Each style has common sight lines, glass setbacks and matching profiles. The A-Series line includes common, simple sizing, with custom sizing available, and compatible hardware and grille options, which work together to give free rein to any style without the limitations of incompatible product design.

Whether it’s new construction or remodeling an existing house to achieve a desired style, the Home Style Library gives homeowners the tools to help them discuss and communicate their vision of home. It gives contractors and architects a common language to best understand their customer’s desires and make it a reality.

The Home Style Library will expand in time. To begin, Andersen offers illustrations and descriptions of the ten most popular residential building styles found across the country, including:

Craftsman Bungalow –The bungalow is one of the most common home styles that emerged from that movement and remains among the most popular styles in the U.S. today. It features double-hung or casement windows, exterior trim that contrasts with window frame colors and grille patterns that create vertical proportions.

American Farmhouse – The American Farmhouse home style is influenced by Colonial and Victorian styles. It features tall, narrow double-hung windows, bay windows and window groupings.


Georgian/Federal – This style marked a time of reformation in American homes from utilitarian and functional to stylized, stately, spacious and comfortable. It features tall double-hung windows and multiple divided lights with rectangular grilles.

Prairie – The Prairie style is considered the first architectural style of American origin. Its bold lines and open multifunctional spaces are a direct reaction to the ornate, compartmentalized Victorian style.

French Eclectic – This home style is inspired by French architecture that found its way to America after World War I. It features steeply pitched, hipped or gabled roofs and vertically oriented windows and grilles.

Modern – The Modern home style features flat roofs and simple horizontal and perpendicular lines.


Queen Anne – This home style emerged during the Victorian era (1880–1910). The Queen Anne style uses exterior surfaces as decorative elements. It features gables, bay windows towers and overhangs.

Ranch – The ranch or rambler style is a single-story, with a low-pitched roof and typically deep eaves. It features casement or double-hung windows flanking a large picture window and horizontal grilles.

Spanish Colonial –Thick walls, shaded loggias and prominent sculpted stone features proved to be an ideal response to the climate and were well-suited to incorporating the architectural details from Spanish and Mexican homes.

Tudor – The Tudor home style is based loosely on early English building traditions common during that country’s Tudor era from 1485-1603. It features asymmetrical-style architecture.


Find information on the Andersen Architectural Collection at and the Home Style Library at



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