Homes in the 1990s
Effort was being made to construct affordable homes in several areas of certain locations in the United States. People either rented these homes or purchased them.
Types of 1990s Homes Built
Some of the types of homes most popular starting in the early 1990s included two story, split-level, and condominium homes. Ranch homes were also placed on the market quite frequently during this time. Numerous new home owners also purchased homes which were designed in a style representative of the old colonial homes-a design that is never outdated.
Sizes of homes
Various medium-sized homes were typically built. These often ranged in measurements from a little over 1,200 square feet to over 2,800 square feet. Some of the larger homes were built on lots that covered an area of as much as 8,500 square feet.
Options
Fireplaces, wet bars, basements, and air conditioning are some of the most common additional features that were offered with a home for sale during this time period. Many homes on the market during this time also came with intercom systems or garden windows.
Many homes also came with garages with space for up to four cars. It was more typical for the garages to have two to three stalls, however.
Important Design Features of 1990s Homes
A trend that continued from 1980s (or even late 1970s) was that of designing homes with vaulted, or volume ceilings. Skylights were often built into homes during the 1990s, or were already included in used homes sold on the market.
Sometimes a home was built with a loft, sitting room, bay window, or private deck. Sometimes the wood trim around windows was made from a type of oak or other strong wood.
Two sidelights on the outside of a home. Patios with a golf-course view were often built on the outside of large homes, and smaller patios were sometimes added to homes that covered less of a land area.
The Landscape of 1990s Homes
Estate homes were often placed on acreage land that was well-maintained. Smaller yards for city homes were often well-landscaped with sodded lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowers.
Automated sprinkler systems were often placed in yards to help making the watering of yards and plants much easier. Sometimes homes were located in a wooded area-acreage where quite a bit of trees stood.
Outdoor Courtyard or Social Areas
Sometimes a courtyard area was designed for social occasions, either with or without an outside rain shelter such as a gazebo. Often the front door of a home overlooked this courtyard.
Additionally, a look of elegance on the outside of homes was achieved in many ways. For instance, the entry ways of homes were often trellised and flower gardens were planted around the outer perimeter of houses.
The Rooms
They usually came with at least one full bathroom, but more often two full bathrooms and one half bathroom. Additional rooms of homes that were built during this time included first-floor laundry rooms (as opposed to basement laundry rooms), formal living rooms and elegant dining rooms.
Several different sized homes were also designed during this time-some two, three, and four bedrooms. Some of these bedrooms were regular rooms for members of the households and sometimes one or more of these rooms was built in the home as a guest room. Master bedrooms for the head of the house were often added to these homes as well.


Appliances, Furnishings, and Decor
Vanity areas, glass front doors, walk-in closets, electric garage door openers, garbage disposals, dishwashers, and microwaves were all installed in most newer 1990s homes. Additionally, newer sound and television systems were installed in living rooms, with components of such sitting in cabinets or on a shelving unit called an "entertainment center" (used quite a bit in the 1970s and 1980s as well).
Living room entertainment systems of the 1990s usually included CD players, tape decks, stereos, amplifier, speakers, and television. Shelves that these entertainment units sat upon usually were made from mad-made materials such as plastic laminated pressed particle board-versus the solid wood used to make these shelving unit in earlier decades.
Tame colors of carpeting such as tan, ivory, light blue, or soft green covered floor in quite a bit of homes during this period in history. However, as always there are plenty of homes that were are designed with hardwood floors which during this time to the present were and still are often coated with a special sealant to help reduce chance of damage from liquids such as water or soda.
Furniture in all rooms of the home could have also been made of solid wood during these times. However, these were apt to cost much more than the contemporary furniture made from man-made materials.
Water beds were placed in homes more often as well, started actually before the 1990s (even as early as the mid 1970s). These along with other newer types of comfort furniture were greatly improved over the years. For instance, it was during this time when 75% waveless water beds were built.
A newer type of bed was introduced to the public towards the end of the 1990s. This was the adjustable bed, which allowed sleepers to use an electronic switch to prop their heads and/or feet at a level fitting for them. Chairs were made this way as well.
Classic Exceptions
Homes in the 1990s were designed with many of the attributes described in this article. However, there were the obvious exceptions. For example, some people had wood burning stoves, especially in mobile homes or cottage homes. Furthermore, there were still some old country homes or barns that still use well water. Some of these homes are still standing today, in the year 2007 as well.
Additionally, many homes contain decor and furnishings from different eras in history and/or from different cultures. For instance, many homes are designed in the Victorian, or Renaissance styles. As mentioned earlier, many homes were built in the Colonial style, and these types of homes often have pieces of vintage furniture and/or appliances displayed in them.
Also, there are a large number of people who own homes that were built in the 1990s that prefer to live simply. These are people who do not even own dishwashers, coffee makers, or even microwaves.