Sometimes called a Minimal Modern style, these cottage homes are more "squat" than the steep-roofed Tudor or Tudor Cottage that came before it, and more "cramped" than the open-air Ranch Style that came after. The Minimal Traditional house style expresses a modern tradition with minimal decoration.
Minimal Traditional houses have many of these features:
- small with minimal decorations
- low or moderately pitched roof
- minimal eaves and roof overhang
- side gable, often with one front-facing cross gable
- front door entrance under the front cross gable
- one story, with an attic story
- shutters are common
- exterior siding of wood, brick, or a mix of sidings
- small fireplace and chimney
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Source: McAlester, Virginia and Lee. Field Guide to American Houses. New York. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1984.