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