When you hear the word “mullet,” you smirk, right? Business in the front, party in the back. The Oxford English Dictionary asserts that the mullet hairstyle was “apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys,” who used it as epithets in their 1994 song “Mullet Head.”

The mullet may have had its peak in the 1980s, but it has never completely gone away. You can actually trace it back to the 6th century, when Byzantine scholar Procopius wrote that some factions of young males wore their hair long at the back and cut it short over the forehead, though it was termed the “Hunnic” look at that time.

So what does any of this have to do with homes? And what’s a house mullet, you ask? It’s a home where the front facade and the back of the house look entirely different — just like a hair mullet.

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With a house mullet, you’ll find more traditional architecture in the front, while the rear facade is bolder and far more modern. As for the explanation of this phenomena, home-buyers sometimes purchase old houses that have little natural light, and then update the back, sometimes with third-floor additions with wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

Many people might also want to keep the integrity of an older home, so they will keep a gabled roof in the front but build a modern, open flat-roof addition in the back.


Happy to see this pop up in our feed - a beauty house which is also home to one of our Babylon Lights 🌿💡 #Repost @dwellmagazine ・・・ This 1930s bungalow in Sydney was preserved in the front and updated in the back. In the 1930s in Australia, bungalows that were built in the Arts and Crafts style were often designed to have their decorative “face” looking toward the street. But New South Wales practice @tribestudio_, who was commissioned to renovate this house for a family of four, decided to try something different. Instead of focusing on reworking the street-facing front wall of the house, they turned their attention to the back wall, and found a better way to connect the interiors with the beautiful garden. This allowed them to stay true to the suburban vernacular of gabled brick walls and a terra-cotta roof, while modernizing the back section of the house quite dramatically. To peek inside the home, head to the link in bio. - Photography by @_katlu

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At its simplest, a house mullet is all about leaving the street-facing front of the house traditional and turning the attention to the back, specifically because more windows means more light, nature and connection to the outdoors without sacrificing privacy.

Forward-facing, the house is formal and private. The party is in the back!