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archOver the last 250 years in and around Boston, we have seen the architectural styles of homes evolve. From simple to ornate you can see how these home designs were influenced by our society. Many homes have been renovated several times over. Each renovation undertaking a different architectural style. Home buyer’s especially first time home buyers, should be knowledgeable about the different styles that are available to them. This information will help your Realtor in your home search. Here is a quick guide to help buyers identify the different architectural styles.


CAPE – The cape cod style is a symmetrical box shape with a steep gable roof. Nowadays, capes have second floor dormers to expand the ceiling height to the upstairs rooms. Since this style is on the smaller side many capes have side additions as well.

COLONIAL – A colonial is a large two level home with a symmetrical style. It has four equal size rooms on the first floor. The second floor has four equal size rooms as well. All of the bedrooms are located upstairs. This home usually has one to two chimneys. This is one of the most popular styles today.

SALTBOX – Another interesting and distinctive roof is on a Saltbox. It’s a sharply sloping gable roof. It has two levels and the roof slopes down in the back to the first level.

TUDOR – The Tudor style has exposed framework on the exterior of the home. In between the framework it’s filled with white stucco or brickwork. The roof is sharply pitched with gables opening to the sides of the house. The window panes are in a diamond pattern. The front door is normally an arched wooden door with medieval looking hardware.

RANCH – A ranch style home is a one level of living. It has a basement that is normally the length of the house. Many people finish off this space to gain extra square footage. The width of the home is wider than the depth and it has a simple floor plan.

SPLIT LEVEL ­ A split level or split entry as it’s more commonly known is a two level home with a main entry located between the two levels on a landing. Once you walk through the door there is a small set of stairs leading up to the first level and another small set of stairs leading down to the basement. The first level is where the kitchen, dining and living room are located. Then there is a wing of three bedrooms and one full bathroom. The basement is mostly commonly used as a family room for extra living spaces. Some splits have a second bathroom downstairs and use the space as an inlaw apartment. Needless to say the floor plan possibilities are endless.

VICTORIAN ­ Last but certainly not least is a victorian style which refers to homes built during the era of Queen Victoria’s reign (1837 ­ 1901). This home has an asymmetrical facade, a steeply pitched roof normally with a front facing gable and a porch that’s one story high and either half or full length of the house. Some victorian styles include Queen Anne, stick, shingle, romanesque and second empire.

There certainly are other architectural styles that we can add to this list like french provincial, contemporary and greek revival. Also some homes can have one style for example a cape cod with greek revival facade. So pay attention to the architecture styles when your out house hunting.



jennifer-scali-newAbout the author: Jenn Scali is a certified buyers agent and her dedication to finding her clients the right home is her top priority.  Call Jenn at (617) 905-7211 to schedule a buyer’s consult with her or visit her at

No matter how outdated your bathroom, there is always a way to make it look fresh and fun. With the right color paint on the walls, the right accessories and — most important of all — the proper attitude, you can take your bathroom from outdated to outstanding. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on materials and labor to renovate your bathroom, spend a few hundred dollars for a simple transformation.

To make this transformation even easier I found a fantastic product! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®paint sticks to just about any surface… wood, concrete, metal, matt plastic, earthenware and much more, inside and outside the home. It dries fast too so you can add second or third coats quickly, and move on to the next project.  These kind of results have never been so simple and straightforward.  This paint takes no sanding, no primer, that’s right nothing needed before you paint any surface…. you can paint just about everything.  Could not get any easier, which is my perfect home project!


Below is a picture of an outdated bathroom given an inexpensive face lift!  With a can of Chalk paint and a can of spray paint (for the brass fixtures)   – in just a few hours the paints gives it that updated look. The added home value outweighs the total cost immensely.





Another example of a future yet easy project is the plain old wood stairs to the basement. Dress them up with paint!



Next Project… the Kitchen!!

Small changes like this can set your house apart of the others when you are ready to sell!


SarahAbout the author: Sarah Ferguson is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is excited to share her do it yourself project ideas.  You can contact her on her website





Seasoned Real Estate Agent Joins
RE/MAX Legacy in Woburn, MA

REALTOR Swayed by RE/MAX’s
Cutting Edge Technology and Support

Woburn, MA – February 5, 2014 RE/MAX Legacy, located at 65 Pleasant Street, is pleased to welcome 14 year real estate expert Patricia Lovett to its dynamic sales team. Lovett produced over $10 million in sales the past couple of years while working at a local real estate firm in Woburn, MA and has joined RE/MAX Legacy as a new Sales Associate.  Lovett was recently recruited to join the RE/MAX Legacy team by Broker/Owners Anthony Giglio, Roland Spadafora and Gale Spadafora.  Lovett is excited to be a RE/MAX Associate because of the brand’s global recognition and the advanced technology RE/MAX offers to their Agents.

“I am very excited to join RE/MAX Legacy,” said Lovett. “By aligning myself with the #1 real estate brand in the world, I will be able to provide superior service to my clients.”  “I’m extremely excited about the cutting edge technology, abundant education and superior support that I will have at my fingertips.”

“We are all thrilled that Patricia has joined the RE/MAX Legacy family,” said Anthony Giglio. “She brings a passion for real estate and is well respected in the real estate industry.”  “She is a great addition to the office and we look forward to working alongside her for years to come.”

Patricia grew up as an army brat and has moved all around the country but has been residing in Woburn for the past 28 years. Finding a home in Woburn to raise her own family was extremely important and the main reason she became a Realtor.  Patricia is interested in establishing relationships with her clients that last long after the sale. Her clients benefit from her strong work ethic, excellent knowledge of the area, savvy business sense, and high priority for excellent customer service. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog Sable.   Patricia can be contacted through her personal website

About RE/MAX Legacy

Located in Woburn, RE/MAX Legacy is among the fastest growing real estate companies in Woburn and is a local leader in marketing and technology.  They are committed to providing their clients with the most positive real estate experience. RE/MAX Legacy’s expert agents, cutting edge tools and outstanding resources ensures a smooth transaction from start to finish.

RE/MAX Legacy is located at the intersection of Pleasant and N. Warren Ave with easy street parking. The office is home to 9 professional real estate agents and specializes in homes sales and leasing for both sellers and buyers in Woburn and surrounding northern suburbs.  RE/MAX Legacy is committed to building personal relationships with customers.  The agency’s website has a database of available properties as well as helpful information for all your real estate needs.

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