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Homeowners today want everything as low-maintenance as possible, Mr. Libby said. Modern technology enables manufacturers to create high-performance materials that replicate the look of older materials.

“Homeowners want the performance of the newest technology along with a historic look,” said Stacy Einck, manager of brand public relations for Andersen Windows. “With our pattern books, we’re trying to make architectural style attainable so that homeowners can see the details that come together to make a style. For instance, painting a Craftsman-style home all white would look very different than the quintessential earth tones these homes usually have.”

Mr. Libby said many homeowners are interested in restoring a particular style to their home while upgrading to low-maintenance materials.

“Back in the 1960s and 1970s, homeowners who remodeled may have compromised the visual integrity of their homes with what I call a ‘re-muddle,’” Mr. Libby said. “Homeowners today want to get back that original charm and historic integrity.”

For example, a Craftsman-style home typically has dormer windows on the second floor, groups of double-hung windows, windows flanking the fireplace and special feature windows, such as a picture window with a decorative panel and flanking windows.

“The name of the style of home you have doesn’t matter nearly as much as listening to the house and what it’s telling you,” Mr. Millholland said. “You need to pay attention to what looks right with brick or stone, what fits with the current roofline and the cadence for the windows. Details like whether the windows have shutters or mullions or not matter, too.”

Mr. Millholland said homeowners and their remodeling contractors can pick up cues from neighboring homes, too, to blend in rather than contrast with the community.

“You need to think of the property as a whole, including its relationship to the surrounding trees and landscape,” Mr. Rill said. “If an addition ties into the grade, it can become part of the garden, which makes it easier to transition from one style to another.”

Mr. Millholland said the vast majority of homeowners are using synthetic materials instead of “real” materials these days.

“Synthetic used to mean cheap vinyl, but now fake materials are more expensive than natural ones,” he said. “Things like trim made of PVC for moldings and corner boards feel, sound and look like wood but never rot or warp. They look totally natural but are low-maintenance.

“The key is to pay attention to the details like the front door and the light fixture outside your door. You have to choose the details carefully if you want to reinforce the architectural style of your home.”