Picture Dictionary of Architecture & Building Type & Component Identification
ARCHITECTURE DICTIONARY of BUILDINGS & COMPONENTS - CONTENTS: Photos & sketches of architectural building types. Photo guide to chimney styles & architecture. Photo guide to mobile homes, trailers, modular homes. Identification photos & drawings of other building features
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Photos & sketches show how to recognize residential building architectural styles, chimney types and styles, deck & porch designs, and the differences among mobile homes, factory built homes, modular homes, and other structures.
Here we present a series of key articles providing drawings and photographs to assist in recognition and naming of building architectural styles, roof shapes, window types, and other building components or features.
Picture Dictionary of Building Components, Features, Types
As the Georgian style Daniel Vose house (today called the Suffolk Resolves house) (1774) in our page-top photograph shows, in actual practice the architecture of even important, historic homes may be complicated than the archetype illustrations of architectural types below. Details including photographs of the home cut apart and being relocated are in Milton Architecture.
Chimneys & Their Architectural Styles - Photo Guide
Mobile Homes Contrasted with Modular Constructed Homes & Factory-Built Housing
MOBILE HOMES, DOUBLEWIDES, TRAILERS - Mobile Home photos (above) demonstrate the wide range of condition, innovation, and sophistication that may be encountered with mobile homes, trailers, doublewides.
MODULAR HOME CONSTRUCTION - Modular Home photo shows the home under construction. It's not difficult to spot modular construction by various building details.
"Factory built" housing can be an ambiguous term since it is sometimes claimed by mobile home manufacturers, modular home manufacturers, panelized construction manufacturers, and even some log home manufacturers.
The US DOE provides succinct definitions to help sort out these manufactured housing terms:
Modules are transported to the site and installed. See MODULAR HOME CONSTRUCTION for a detailed look at modern modular home construction.
Panels—a whole wall with windows, doors, wiring and outside siding—are transported to the site and assembled. See Panelized Construction for a detailed look at a 1950's panelized construction home that was war surplus (Fishkill NY).
Building materials are factory-cut to design specifications, transported to the site, and then assembled. Pre-cut homes include kit, dome, and log homes. LOG HOME GUIDE - provides an example of pre-cut homes, how to inspect, diagnose, and repair problems on log houses; how to identify and determine the age of different types of log homes: traditional log homes, manufactured log homes, slab-sided log homes, and alternative log homes using concrete logs and fiberglass logs. How to Identify Sears Kit Houses provides the most famous example of pre-cut home construction.
This is the term used for factory-built homes produced prior to when the HUD Code went into effect . See MOBILE HOMES, DOUBLEWIDES, TRAILERS for a detailed look at the wide range of quality and condition of these homes.
For details about these different types of manufactured homes, see
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Field Guides to North American House Architecture
A Field Guide to American Houses, Virginia & Lee McAlester (1984) ISBN-10: 0394739698 ISBN-13: 978-0394739694 includes a pictorial key and glossary to these architectural styles: Folk Houses, Native American Houses (U.S.), Pre-Railroad houses, National Architectural Styles (U.S.), Colonial Houses (1600-1820),
Postmedieval English, Dutch Colonial, French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Georgian, Adam, Early Classical Revival, Romantic Houses (1820-1880),
Greek Revival style architecture, Gothic Revival style architecture, Italianate style architecture, Exotic Revivals style architecture, Octagon houses, Victorian style architecture Houses (1860-1900), Second Empire style architecture, Stick style architecture,
Queen Anne style architecture, Shingle style architecture, Richardsonian Romanesque style architecture, Folk Victorian style architecture, Eclectic Houses (1880-1940), Anglo-American style architecture, English style architecture, and French Period Houses,
Colonial Revival style architecture, Neoclassical style architecture, Tudor style architecture, Chateauesque style architecture, Beaux Arts style architecture, French Eclectic style architecture, Mediterranean Period Houses style architecture, Italian Renaissance style architecture,
Mission style architecture, Spanish Eclectic style architecture, Monterey style architecture, Pueblo Revival style architecture, Modern Houses including Prairie style architecture, Craftsman style architecture, Modernistic style architecture, International style architecture, and
American Houses Since 1940: Modern style architecture & Neoeclectic style architecture
The American House, Mary Mix Foley, Harper Colophon Books, ISBN-0-060090831-9, ISBN-10: 0060112964 ISBN-13: 978-0060112967 1980, has been a guide we have found useful for recognizing house architectural styles
Manufactured Housing: types, US DOE - see original source:
The HUD codes for manufactured homes are at
Characteristics of manufactured homes built before 1976, and retrofit suggestions
Renewable energy applications for manufactured homes are at
Milton Architecture (MA) (Images of America)(Paperback), Anthony M. Sammarco (Author), Paul Buchanan (Author), Arcadia Publishing (December 2, 2000) ISBN-10: 0738504963 ISBN-13: 978-0738504964 discusses the history of the Suffolk Resolves house and other historic homes in the Milton Massachusetts area
Mongolian Cloud Houses, How to Make a Yurt and Live Comfortably, Dan Frank Kuehn, Shelter Publications 2006 ISBN-10: 0936070390 ISBN-13: 978-0936070391 "Written for those interested in alternative lifestyles, outdoor living, camping, and do-it-yourself projects, this lively, informative book recounts the author's experiences building his first yurt. Dan Frank Kuehn carefully guides readers through every step of the creation of a 13' round by 10' tall model. He covers everything — from the poles and lattice that form the basic structure, to the plusses and minuses of various materials, to the distinctive willow smokehole. This updated edition highlights new building techniques and contains detailed lists of commercial yurt manufacturers, tools, and materials."
Underground Houses, How to Build A Low-Cost Home, Robert L. Roy, Sterling; illustrated edition edition (December 31, 1994), ISBN-10: 0806907282 ISBN-13: 978-0806907284 "According to Roy, underground or `earth-sheltered' houses are unexpectedly livable. Judging by his book's attractive pictures, that's easy to believe. The house he bases his point-by-point guide on is indeed a showplace. Its homey touches are just that, though, and Roy's main concern is creating such a house, from drawing up the plans to surveying the site to the actual building. Roy's instruction is insightful and comprehensive....Throughout, he covers construction and installation details that are extremely important for nonprofessionals brave enough to undertake building their own homes."
Books & Articles on Building & Environmental Inspection, Testing, Diagnosis, & Repair
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