Home Styles From Cottages To Castles And Everything In Between

Home Styles From Cottages To Castles And Everything In Between

When you read the home type in the MLS listings what exactly are the definitions of the style of the Outer Banks Beach home? Here are some guidelines to help you navigate through it. 
Beach Box – This is a popular style home on the Outer Banks beach. It is a simple construction usually a rectangular one-story home on pilings.  The ground level may be enclosed or left open for parking.
Bungalow -   Usually an older style Outer Banks home that sits one to one and a half stories high with a charming verandah on the front of the home.
Salt Box – This OBX home style incorporates a pitched roof that slopes down in the back with two stories in the front of the home and one story in the back. The roof line is short and high in the front of the home and long and low in the rear of the house.
Flat Roof – Most homes found in this style are older Outer Banks homes built in the 60’s. They incorporate a flat roof line usually one story and a concrete block frame.
Old Nags Head Style Home – A local Outer Banks architectural treasure. This style home encompasses a wide wrap around porch with cedar shake siding and sometimes green shutters and asphalt shingle roofs.
Beach Contemporary Style – These are newer homes on the beaches of the Outer Banks usually two or more stories with a reverse floor plan located oceanfront or between- the- highways. The living area on a reverse floor plan is on the top floor maximize the view of the ocean. Bedrooms can be found on the lower levels. These homes also incorporate the use of decks and porches.
Modern Oceanfront Estate – also locally known as McMansions.   They are Oceanfront Outer Banks beach homes usually eight bedrooms or more that have at least 5,500 square feet with movie rooms , sports bars and other fabulous amenities.
Modular vs. Manufactured Homes:   Modular homes are fully constructed in factories and transported to a lot on the Outer Banks. They arrive in segments and are assembled on the site. They are sturdy homes and in fact in a report done by FEMA   "Building Performance: Hurricane Andrew in Florida," assessment teams from FEMA concluded that modular homes withstood the 131-155 mph winds of the Category 4 storm in August of '92 far better than site built housing. They cost less and are usually more energy efficient and must be structurally approved by inspectors. Manufactured homes are also referred to as “mobile homes” or “trailers”. The chassis is are never removed and the homes do not have a permanent typical foundation. They are held to less strict standards than modular or site built homes. They do not have to be structurally approved by an inspector and conform only to the code set by HUD.  They come in three sizes – single wide, double wide and triple wide. Be sure to consult with your Buy the Beach Realtor to determine the size.  A Single wide with additions could resemble a double wide. Single wide homes are more difficult to finance and manufactured homes as a whole are put in a separate lending category by banks due to their depreciation value.

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