We Talk About House Styles #intheoffice

via 99percentvisible

Someone in the remote office was looking at houses for sale just last December.  We were having difficulty communicating the style and this chart from Pop Chart Lab came along.  Now we have a cheat sheet to talk through styles rather than the realty listing which is often mistaken, taking a single feature and claiming an entire architectural style.

This poster from Pop Chart Lab began as an ambitious attempt to document vernacular architecture around the world. “After diving into the research,” say the poster’s creators, “it quickly became apparent that this wasn’t going to be feasible due to the volume of data.” Instead, they ended up focusing on single-family homes in the United States, settling on 121 hand-drawn houses representing urban and rural residential styles, including: Colonial, Romantic, Victorian, Eclectic, Modern, Neo-Eclectic with subsections such as Italian Renaissance Revival and Ranch.


They also included an infographic from Part Select whhich goes in depth on key details.


Best ROI on Home Improvement Projects

From Northshore Fireplace

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes it’s also where a homeowner’s savings plan comes into account. Homeowners may have a long wish list of home renovations and projects, and sometimes the work is never done. While return on investment (ROI) may not be the biggest consideration in a homeowner’s mind when deciding which projects make it to the top of the list, knowing which projects see the highest returns may be helpful in the decision-making process.

It IS a fireplace shop.  And besides those actually living in the space, who notices the windows, especially when the house is sold during a Summer House Sale!

I always have to remind myself that thinking about a “bottom five” ranking on a short list is silly.  If the list was 25 items, then the bottom five might well be ones to avoid. No matter how large or small the list someone is always at the bottom and arguing that windows at 77% are not good ROI is a little strange.

So the infographic is fun and informative; however, make your own decisions.