Contrary to popular belief the type and size of a house is not always an attempt by the homeowner to show off. Typically, house plans are chosen due to personal taste and functionality and not based on what a person wants to show as their ability to pay.Â
Although a personâ€™s budget will dictate how much house they can afford to build, many build the house they want, independent of the price tag. For example, a couple downsizing once the children move away may be able to afford that five-bedroom three-story they have been living in, but they may prefer a smaller, two-bedroom cape cod in which to retire.Â
Many early American style homes or colonial homes have a square layout and typically, a second floor will follow the same floor plan as the first floor. These house plans usually have a center hall with rooms off of it, some open, such as kitchen or dining room and upstairs rooms traditionally closed such as bedrooms or dens.Â
These floor plans will often offer no porches or exterior accoutrements except for perhaps a bay window. Simplicity in home design is one of the marks of colonial style homes. While some may have high-pitched roofs with dormers in the upper rooms allowing more headroom, others may have a slightly less pitch to the roof line. Windows are typically similar in size and placement is close to the same on all floors.Â
Gables are common on colonial and early American house plans beyond the traditional two. Of course each dormer will have a gable, often times a portion of the central part of the roof will also be raised with a gable to add to the usable living space of the upper floor. In some instances, the house plans will call for that addition in the front of the house as well as in the back.