Mediterranean house plans echo the relaxed feel of the region from which they are inspired, notably France, Spain and Italy, which lends itself to design elements that have an elegant look and feel. Trademarks of these homes include a stucco exterior and tile roof and an open floor plan with archways and exposed wooden beams. The open, airy living spaces make it a perfect design for entertaining. You can view these trademark architectural features in our collection of Mediterranean house plans and in our latest issue of Dream Designs. Despite the economy, it is actually a great time for home building, since the cost of products is considerably lower and builders are willing to negotiate their rates.