Architectural Home Plans & Designs
There are several major floor plans or house plan
styles that are standard within the industry.
Colonial Style Floor Plans
The traditional Colonial or Early American styles
floor designs are normally rectangular in shape with two floors with exteriors
of wood lap siding and often have columns and shutters. The inside floor
plans of traditional Colonial style floor designs generally consist of a center
hallways with large square rooms on each side and two additional rooms in
Colonial homes often have chimneys on both ends of the house and commonly
have gambrel or a barn roofs. The upper floors generally have 4 large rooms
which follow a similar layout as the main level floor plan. Federal or Georgian
style home plans are often characterized by brick exteriors without front
porches and often feature gables and decorative dentils. While Southern
Colonial designs, often include heavy columns in the front of the home
often with an upper balcony supported by a large covered front porch.
Farmhouse floor plans
have a similar
boxy style as other traditional colonials with distinctive pitched roofs
and modest simple styling with large covered wrap around porches which extend
from the front and wrap around the side of the house, while
Country Colonial styles
have more modest covered front porches that only extend across the front
of the house and large "country" kitchens often situated near a family room.
In addition to the traditional colonials there are romantic
Victorian styled home plans
typically have decorative "fish-scale" shingles, bay windows, "gingerbread"
adornments on gabled roofs and large wrap around porches.
Also included in this group are Cape
which are generally smaller then their sister colonials with
only two bedrooms on the upper floor and are characterized by sloped ceilings
and roofs which normally have dormers built into to add additional space
and no porches or columns.
Conventional Ranch Style Designs
Typical Ranch floor plans
one story high with an "L" shaped floor plan with all the bedrooms grouped
in one wing or one side of the home. Commonly, the master bedroom is somewhat
separated from the other bedrooms on the main floor. Since Ranch styles
are only one story high there are limited possibilities for expansion unless
there is an attic.
Traditional Floor Designs
Traditional house plans
of the most popular floor plan styles in America . The roofs are generally
steep with front facing gables and the exteriors are often brick, stucco
or clapboard. The interior also often offer lofts or high interior ceilings
providing a very spacious interior. These homes strive for a grand appearance.
Contemporary Modern Floor Plans
Contemporary styled floor
are very popular through the U.S. Contemporary floor plans generally
have plain exteriors but also often have wood or stonework facades. Plans
can include large over hangs and often include split levels and very open
floor layouts. Contemporary styled floor plans can have either single pitched
or flat roof styles
Modern Contemporary styled floor plans
generally have very asymmetrical design with bold shapes and more angles
than traditional styled homes. Contemporary or modern plans distinctively make
use of a variety of glass from walls, windows, skylights and clerestories
which provide a great deal of sun light and combined with very open spacious
floor plan layouts with interesting angled walls, ceilings and roofs.
Florida Contemporary floor plans
generally only one story which often have stucco exteriors with Spanish/Mediterranean
touches and archways with less angles than other modern contemporary homes
giving them softer looks than their more modern sisters. Also in this group
are "Transitional Modern" designs which often merge several styles together
and incorporate elements from several styles both inside and out.
European Style Home Plans
European floor plans
encompass several different and distinct styles which
have been influenced by the architectural styles from England, France and
Spanish/Mediterranean styled house
offer low red tiled roofs, pastel stucco exteriors and spacious
interiors with clean lines and soft arches and columns which provide airy
space and spanish floor plans
flow easily from room to room.
acknowledge the design
elements from Medieval England with warm stucco, stone or wood exteriors
which are highlighted by dark angled wooden beams and planking for accents
as well as steep roofs and gables. The inside blueprints of Tudors have
visible divisions of rooms, arched interior and exterior doorways, and tall
narrow windows and often have immense decorative chimneys.
styling with exteriors of brick or stucco with accent quoins of distinctive
interlocking stones which often form unusual designs with the use of alternating
contrasting large and small stones on the exterior corners, multi-paned
windows often acceded with decorative shutters. The interiors offer distinct
formal living and dining rooms and charming floor designs.
For More Information
With so many styles to choose from how do you pick the style and design
that is right for you? See our information on
How to choose the Right Plan
We also have a great deal of information on
How to Read and Understand Blue Prints