America’s Favorite House Plan Styles

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.

 

 

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