How Old is My House? A Greater Chicagoland Home Inspection Primer Pt 5, St Charles, IL

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Home Inspector with Greater Chicagoland Home Inspection

Greater Chicagoland Home Inspection's new blog, "Life at the OLD Homestead" is meant as a primer for those interested in intricacies of old homes. I love old homes...I love inspecting them, I love restoring them, I love living in them. This is dedicated to that passion, and hopefully will shed some light on some of the finer points of these time capsules.

Determining the Age of your Home:  Popular Home Styles

Another method to dating your home is to determine when the popular styles were constructed.  One the style is determined, typically it is possible to find similar homes in the area that may have construction dates recorded with the township.  In the next few blogs, I will develop a historical timeline and other information associated with specific details of each style of home. 

Over the next few blogs I will cover, American Four Square, Bungalows, Greek Revival, Cape Cod, Carpenter Gothic, Cracker Farmhouses, English Cottage, False Front, Georgian, Prairie, Queen Anne, Saltbox, Vernacular Farm Houses, Victorians, and Sears, Robuck and Company Homes.

 

American Foursquare, 1890-1930

The American Foursquare is probably the most common style in North America.  Most homes are built in the style of the Foursquare.  It is economical and makes us of every inch of area.  Due to its simplicity it fits a variety of lot sizes, especially smaller lot sizes that are prevalent in urban areas.   

 

Chicago Home Inspection: American Four Square

Chicago Home Inspector:  American Foursquare Plan

While many homes have utilized this simple layout, the most common time period of building is between 1890 and 1930.

 

 

Bungalow, 1910-1930

The bungalow is an American Tradition.  From 1910 to 1930, it emerged as a popular architectural style.  The bungalow was a much simpler and less ostentatious construction than the Victorians, which preceded them. 

 Chicago Home Inspector:  Craftsman Bungalow

The charge to develop a simpler design to keep up with production in the city and suburbs made the bungalow choice among home builders.  Its sturdy construction, and optional walk up unfinished attic, made the bungalow a perfect choice for young families who would naturally need room to grow.

 

Chicago Home Inspector: Chicago Bungalow

While bungalows had many styles, (California, craftsman, Chicago, and Spanish to name a few) the interior layout is uniquely similar to one another, simplifying the building process.  The common attributes were as follows:

•·         One and a half stories

•·         Most of the living spaces on the ground floor

•·         Low-pitched roof and horizontal shape

•·         Living room at the center

•·         Connecting rooms without hallways

•·         Efficient floor plan

•·         Built-in cabinets, shelves, and seats

Chicago Home Inspector:  Bungalow Floor Plan

Determining the Age of your Home is written by Greater Chicagoland Home Inspection, a St Charles, Illlinois Home Inspection Company.  If you are in the market to purchase a home in the Kane, Cook , DuPage, or Dekalb counties of Illinois, contact us for your inspection needs.

 

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Halina Kraszewski
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Hi Rich: Great post.

I love bungalows: especially the octagons . There is much to it even though they seem to be so similar.

Having said that, I once had a client from New York area looking for a single family house in Chicago.

I went over the market with them and described the styles of the homes.

When I was talking about bungalow I noticed that they looked at each other with a grim on their faces.

I asked "Did I said something wrong?"

The lady looked at her husband and said: "You want us to live in a shack?"

Later on I learned that in their area "bungalow" was equivalent to a substandard type of housing.

 

 

May 26, 2010 02:56 PM #1
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Rich Edgley
Greater Chicagoland Home Inspection - Saint Charles, IL

Having owned an Octagon in Oak Park, I can tell you it is one of the best built and coolest houses I can think of.  Thanks for the comment.

Rich

May 26, 2010 02:58 PM #2
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Halina Kraszewski
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Am also a former Octagon owner of Chicago style bungalow...

 

May 26, 2010 03:16 PM #3
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Rich Edgley
Greater Chicagoland Home Inspection - Saint Charles, IL

Residents of New York think Chicago is a cow-town... I am sure that did not help the situation.  Great Story Halina. 

We handle your neck of the woods. Let me know if I can be of assistance.  I will send our client information out to you.


Rich

 

 

May 26, 2010 04:09 PM #4
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Thanks.

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