The Most Popular Home Styles in the Midwest

by Mahogany WaldonMay 24, 2018

Everyone wants to find their perfect home. Many home buyers know exactly what they want their home to look like, down to exterior and interior design details. Across the US, home styles become trends due to their popularity, geographic location, and other factors specific to an area. For instance, in somewhere that’s prone to flooding like New Orleans, you won’t typically find a lot of low-lying, ranch-style homes – this isn’t to say that they don’t exist in the Crescent City, but geographically speaking, it’s unrealistic. You may not know all the details of the effects that geography can have on a home’s design, but for that reason, we’ve compiled a series of graphics to help home buyers get a feel for which home styles are popular in various parts of the country.

An image of a map of the U.S. highlighting the Midwest in blue with three images of homes representing craftsman, farmhouse, and modern home styles. The heading reads "most popular home styles in the Midwestern U.S."

Midwest US

Known as the “Breadbasket of America,” the Midwest region of the nation has many characteristics. Parts of the Midwest have a rural feel, agriculture was once a major part of the area’s expansion. Today, this region is a leader in industrialized innovation with its key sectors being the automotive, steel, and manufacturing industries. Whether you call it the Midwest, Middle West or the Midwestern, these are the most popular homes in the 12 north-central states of the U.S.

Craftsman Style

Craftsman style homes focus on traditional design. Widely known for their bungalow feel, these homes are usually multi-level with attics. This style is popular in older neighborhoods in Midwestern states; the design is considered to be domestic, originating in the 19th century. When the Midwest entered into the Industrial Revolution period, the architecture of homes in the region was also revolutionized. Low pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, and hand-crafted stone or woodwork are all features of this style.

Farmhouse Style

The Midwest is a region rooted in agriculture, so it’s no wonder that a popular home style is the farmhouse. This style can range from large and spacious to gaudy and extravagant. Most homes are similar to the country style. These houses are usually multilevel with large family rooms and large porches. They tend to be roomy, perfect for airing out and cooling a home in the days before A.C. If you’ve ever visited one of these homesteads, you’d fall in love with their old-fashioned charm!

Modern Style

This contemporary floor plan gained popularity in the 1960s and has evolved into postmodern styles, minimalist styles, and more. Stainless steel, re-purposed wood, and unique asymmetrical design are some of the staples of this sort of architecture. Depending on where you live in the country, the style changes, allowing the designer to play into local designs or more contemporary aesthetics.

So there you have it. If you’ve got your looking to relocate to the Midwest consider moving into a home with one of these trends. Don’t forget to check out some of our listings that include your favorite. Need some inspiration on how to bring your favorite style to life? No worries, we’ve also compiled everything you need to know about home decor and how to accentuate your favorite style. Let us know in the comments below which one stands out to you the most!

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Mahogany Waldon
Mahogany is a Content Marketing Coordinator for In her spare time, Mahogany enjoys reading, writing poetry, blogging, traveling, and loves a good southern idiom. Mahogany is also a certified Reiki practitioner and enjoys all things supernatural.