America’s Favorite House Plan Styles

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When you drive down a street in a new town or neighborhood you may find a home that feels just about perfect for you. The United States is a place full of different styles and architecture so pinpointing the specific style that you like can be difficult. Dominant styles can change from region to region as well with some styles being more popular up north and some being found primarily in the south. Here are some examples of the most popular homes in the United States.

Victorian

Victorian house plans have a stately feel to them and are as beautiful as they are functional. Their exteriors are often beautifully ornate with gables, bay windows, towers, and overhangs. The Victorian style also includes a number of sub-styles including the Queen Anne and cottage house plans.

The Kensington house plan is a beautiful and ornate Victorian home that features a giant wraparound porch and ornate dormers.

The Kensington house plan is a beautiful and ornate Victorian home that features a giant wraparound porch and ornate dormers.

Cape Cod

With the appearance of a thatched cottage, Cape Cod house plans are built to withstand harsh Northeastern winters. They feature steep roofs and large chimneys but are often noted for their dormer windows.

The Banner Hall 3000 is one of our most popular Cape Cod house plans.

The Banner Hall 3000 is one of our most popular Cape Cod house plans.

Colonial

Human beings tend to gravitate towards symmetry so there is no surprise that colonial house plans are another one of our favorite styles. Colonial house plans rely heavily on symmetry with evenly spaced windows, dormers and columns.

The Berkshire house plan is a great example of the symmetry commonly found in the colonial style.

The Berkshire house plan is a great example of the symmetry commonly found in the colonial style.

Craftsman  

Simple and elegant design are the two words that best describe a Craftsman house plan. Craftsman house plans are one of the most popular styles in the United States and they are characterized by their large porches, low-pitched roofs, and exteriors that use wood, stone, or brick.

The Stoney Creek house plan is an inviting Craftsman inspired home with plenty of amenities.

The Stoney Creek house plan is an inviting Craftsman inspired home with plenty of amenities.

Spanish

Spanish house plans are popular in the southern states. Their exterior style fuses together European and Native American architecture. Many Spanish house plans include clay roof tiles, gorgeous outdoor living spaces, and stucco exteriors.  In many cases, these exteriors are often accented with wrought iron.

A beautiful small home, the Rosabella house plan comes in at just under 1,000 square feet, and has the charm of a Spanish style home.

A beautiful small home, the Rosabella house plan comes in at just under 1,000 square feet, and has the charm of a Spanish style home.

Contemporary

Contemporary homes have a futuristic feeling to them and many connect the indoors with the outdoors. Walls of windows typically play a part in the design that let in plenty of natural light.

The Mercer house plan features plenty of windows to let in natural light.

The Mercer house plan features plenty of windows to let in natural light.

Which of these house plan styles do you find yourself gravitating towards? Have you found something that inspires you? Let us know which style you like best in the comments below and be sure to check out our house plan collections at The House Designers.

 

 

House Plan of the Week: Tiny Cabin Getaway

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The Colina de Cobre House Plan 9040 is a brand new tiny cabin getaway that’s perfect for a lake, ocean or mountain property. It was recently created by one of our leading architects, who is known for homes with much larger footprints. This new #tinyhouseplan is the results of requests from prospective homeowners and builders for a luxury getaway that has all the trademark features and appeal of this architects current house plan collection.

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This tiny cabin house plan is perfect for a lake, beach or mountain property. Clocking in at just under 1,000 square feet, the first floor features a master suite and open two-story living/kitchen space. The 2nd floor has another bedroom and bath. A detached one-car garage is accented by a trellis.

 

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A two-story informal living area with kitchen island maximizes the front and rear views and outdoor living spaces. The master bedroom is compact but has magnificent views as well as a walk in closet and and washer/dryer.

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There’s is plenty of covered outdoor living space on the rear of House Plan 9040.

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The second floor of House Plan 9040 features a full bedroom and bath.

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Looking for extra space, look no further! This tiny house plan isn’t so tiny with an optional lower level. It’s designed to include a third bedroom and large game room with views/access at grade level.

House Plan of the Week: Small Cottage Home

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If you’re looking for the perfect small house plan with an open floor plan and plenty of amenities then you’ll want to check our newest design, the Gillis House Plan 8256. This brand new house plan is ideal for a vacation home, empty nester or someone looking to build their first starter home rather than rent. With just over 1,000 square feet, this two story cottage home is only 30′ wide and 34′ deep and features 2 bedrooms (one on the first floor) and two full bathrooms. If you’re looking to take advantage of the outdoors and have a great view, there’s a spacious wraparound porch and second story balcony. The dining room and kitchen feature an open living space making it easy for entertaining guests.

All of our house plans can be customized to ensure you have all your desired features. The House Designers offers free modification estimates making it easy to determine if the home you selected is perfect for your needs, budget and land. If you enjoy this design, you’ll want to check out our complete collection of small house plans, vacation house plans and cottage house plans.

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This brand new small, cottage house plan is perfect for a second home or vacation home. It’s also a great design if you’re looking to add a second home to your property for a rental or aging parents.

 

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The first floor of House Plan 8256 features 767 square feet with an open living space and large utility/mudroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The second floor of the Gillis Floor Plan 8256 features a covered balcony and a 290 square foot bedroom and bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Plan of the Week: Narrow Lot Beach Home

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The Veranda Bay House Plan – 3352 is a picture perfect waterfront house plan, particularly for a narrow lot (it’s 46′ wide). The majority of the home enjoys being wrapped in a covered porch featuring window and screens so that you can enjoy the outdoors all year long. A front two-car garage is connected to the veranda. A great feature to this home is the 2nd floor featuring two bunk rooms and a jack n jill bath, as well as a large game room with a kitchenette and bathroom. It’s the perfect set-up for the kids. To view more great photographs and plan details for this 2,900 square foot beach house plan, click here.

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The Veranda Bay House Plan is a perfect design for a narrow waterfront property. It’s 46′ wide and features a wrap around veranda, two car garage and large open living space.

 

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A side view of the Veranda Bay Beach House Plan from The House Designers, featuring 2,900 square feet of perfectly designed indoor/outdoor living spaces.

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A covered veranda with plenty of windows and screens so you can enjoy the outdoors year-round is a highlight to this 2,900 sq. ft. cottage house plan called the Veranda Bay House Plan 3352.

Another view of the covered veranda that opens from the kitchen.

 

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Explore the first floor plan of the Veranda Bay House Plan 3352, a well-designed narrow lot home, perfect for a waterfront property.

An open living space allows for plenty of room for entertaining.

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A large great room with fireplace and window seating is the highlight of this open floor plan called the Veranda Bay Beach House Plan.

A classic beach house plan kitchen featuring plenty of earth tone cabinets and rich wood floors.

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Kids will love their own private pad with two bunk rooms and a large game room with kitchenette.

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A view of the second story media room with kitchen and plenty of cozy nooks and built-ins from the Veranda Bay House Plan 3352.

 

Submit Your Halloween Photos and Win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card

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It’s time for Halloween and we want to see how you get into the Halloween spirit. We want you to submit photos of your entryways, windows, decks, and patios and show us just how goulish you get for October 31st. Do you decorate your front porch with pumpkins? Do you put spooky lights in your windows? Do the kids decorate jack-o-lanterns or are there some ghouls hanging around your entryway? We want to see them.

Decorated Halloween Home

HOW TO ENTER: Take a photo of your Halloween decorations in your doorway, window, deck, or patio and submit it  through Instagram (for mobile devices only) or Twitter with the hashtag #THDHauntedMansion for your entry into the contest. You can also enter by posting a photo to our Facebook wall.

WHEN: You have from October 3rd to October 31st.

CAN I EARN EXTRA ENTRIES?:  Yes, if your photo features a window from Integrity® by Marvin® Windows and Doors or a door from Therma-Tru® and you mention the name in the caption, you will earn an extra entry. (Remember to use the hashtag #THDHauntedMansion so that we can find your entry.)

HOW WILL THE WINNER BE SELECTED?: The winner will be selected by a random drawing. Additionally we will pick some of our favorites and feature them on our blog.

WHEN WILL YOU ANNOUNCE THE WINNER?: The winner of our Halloween Contest will be announced on November 3rd.

So start decorating and show us all of your fun holiday décor.

 

Fall in Love with These New England Homes

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Fall is starting to make itself known and as the weather gets chilly we are thinking about New England style homes.  New England architecture reflects an entire history of American architecture. From beautiful colonial homes inspired by historic designs to inviting farmhouses with sprawling porches New England homes have a charm all their own that is still enjoyed today. Here are a few of our new house plans that feature New England-inspired characteristics.

Maple View House Plan

The Maple View House Plan is a charming two-story farm house with a covered front porch and a cozy family room.  It fits New England perfectly with narrow eaves and little exterior ornamentation.

The Durham Drive

It is easy to image the Durham Drive house plan fitting into the New England landscape. The large wrap-around porch increases this home’s curb appeal and the cottage style allows for comfortable living with an efficient use of space.

Kohler Apron Front Sink

Of course, what would a New England home be without a gorgeous kitchen to entertain your guests and make those delicious seasonal apple pies. Apron-front sinks are commonly associated with the farmhouse style and Kohler® has a variety of sizes and configurations through

The Campbell House Plan

The Campbell house plan with its brick and mortar exterior and stick roof is another great example of the variety of homes you can find in New England.

What are some of the aspects of New England architecture that you love? Do you love the welcome farmhouse style or the traditional colonial designs inspired by history? Let us know in the comments below.

We Have a Winner! Introducing the Stoney Creek House Plan

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Just over a week ago, we asked you to submit names for our brand new house plan. We had many submissions come in through Facebook and our blog and our architect enjoyed reviewing the list of creative names.

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One name did stick out and that was Stoney Creek submitted by Lauren Riley Richardson.

Congratulations, Lauren. We will be contacting you shortly so you can claim your prize.

Stoney Creek Rear Elevation

Thank you to everyone for submitting your names to our first contest. For anyone interested in purchasing this new house plan.  Stoney Creek is now available for purchase.

6 Outdoor Cooking Products for Your Labor Day Bash

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Labor Day marks the end of summer, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t send the season out with a bang.  In the last few years everything from restaurant quality grills to outdoor pizza ovens have started to make a splash.

Take a look at some of these unique grills that these outdoor cooking companies offer and see if you can find the grill of your dreams.

1. Viking® Professional Outdoor 5 Series Grill

Viking Professional Outdoor 5 Series Grill
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Name Our New House Plan and Win a $100 Home Depot® Gift Card

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We need your help to name a new house plan that will be added to our collection soon. If you have browsed our collections you know that there are a wide variety of styles with a very diverse set of names.

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Front Elevation

The Game

Today we want you to try to creatively name one of our house plans.  We will give you the specs and features on a house plan from one of our new design partners. Submit a naming suggestion and our designer will pick her favorite.

Rear Elevation

Rear Elevation

This house plan is a two-story, traditional house plan that is built for a modern life style. Perfect for a growing family looking for a home that can grow with them or a professional who works from home, this is a home that is built to mix home, work, and life together.

The large porch opens into a foyer. To the left is a formal dining room and straight ahead is the staircase and the family room.  The heart of this house plan is a large kitchen with a butler’s pantry, a breakfast nook, and an eating bar.  Off the kitchen are two bedrooms that share a bathroom.

Floor Plan--First Floor

Floor Plan–First Floor

Straight ahead from the family room is a screened porch that leads out to a deck. Perfect for summer cookouts or cool fall nights under the stars.

On the other side of the family room is a master suite complete with a sitting area and a separate tub and shower.  Other key features you are sure to love are the dedicated laundry space and the home office on the second floor.

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Floor Plan – Second Floor

The Prize

The winner will receive a $100 Home Depot® Gift Card.

Deadline

You have from today until Wednesday September 3, 2014 to enter your name into the comments below. Comments are screened but will be visible after the contest ends. The winner will be announced no later than September 8, 2014.

Have fun and good luck!

5 Gorgeous Walkway Materials To Consider Before Building

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National Curb Appeal Month is coming to a close and we are looking at yet another aspect of a home’s curb appeal, the walkways and driveways. There are a variety of options to choose from and you can be sure that there is something for your project.

Here are some of the most popular walkway materials you can choose from before building your next walkway.

1. Brick

Cambridge Pavers
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