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Types of Home Styles Around the World

Have you ever wondered what houses look like in other countries? Regardless of the culture or country, the idea of home has always been important. Whether it’s a place or a feeling, humans are always redefining what a home means.


Chalet (Alpine Region in Europe)

This type of home is made of wood, with a heavy, gently sloping roof. Wide, well-supported eaves are set at right angles to the front of the house. Today, the chalet now refers to any skiing/hiking holiday home.

Geodesic Dome Homes (Norway & Austria)

Based on a geodesic polyhedron, these types of homes have a hemispherical thin-shell structure (lattice-shell). The structure originated during WWI and R. Buckminster Fuller developed it 20 years later. In 2001 the first fully sustainable geodesic dome hotel was opened.

Hall House (UK)

Most commonly a timber-framed house with wattle and daub or clay infill, these were typical for a yeoman and are most common in Kent and the east of Sussex, although they have been built elsewhere. Kent has one of the highest concentrations of such surviving medieval timber framed buildings in Europe.

Round House (British Isles)

Originally built in Western Europe, these houses have circular planning. In the later part of the 20th century, modern designs of Round Houses started being constructed.

Trullo (Italy)

Trullo style homes are dry stone huts with a conical roofing. These were normally built as temporary field shelters and/or storehouses. These were also sometimes built as permanent residences by small landowners or agricultural workers. Trullo homes are not popular with tourists and are often purchased for renovation.



These are traditional Russian countryside home dwellings. Most commonly made of log, these formed the living quarters of a typical Russian farmstead. Izba homes are usually built near the road and inside a yard, which often also encloses a kitchen garden, hay shed, and barn.