Porches and Patios On the Rise in the South

If you were to journey across the United States you would find that there is a clear pattern when it comes to a home’s exteriors. Clay tiles are prominent in the Southwest, more muted traditional colors are found in the Northeast, and in the south and countryside you will find a lot of patios and sprawling porches.

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One of many of our Southern house plans, the Raleigh house plan features a covered wrap-around porch and arched windows that give this home comfortable country style. This house plan also features amenities like a huge Great Room with an 18-ft vaulted ceiling, a dramatic wall of windows, a fireplace, and a media wall. Combine those amenities with generous counter space and you have a home that you are sure to love.

In a blog post, the NAHB reported a rise in the appearance of porches, patios, and decks on new homes built in three Southern states. The data comes from the Survey of Construction and centers the phenomenon in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.  In those four states, known as East South Central, 90 percent of new house plans started in 2012 had porches. On the other extreme, new house plans with porches in the Middle Atlantic region of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have been under 50 percent this year.

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With an elegant blend of siding and stone, the Clairmont house plan is a work of art. This stunning Southern colonial house plan oozes curb appeal with a classic farmhouse feel.

For house plans with sprawling porches you can take a look at the Southern house plan collection from The House Designers. All the homes in our Southern house plan collection capture the spirit of the south and range from simple cottage house plans to luxurious Southern estates.  The designs tend to feature certain keystones of Southern house plans, including high ceilings and covered porches.

One thing is for sure, purchasing a Southern house plan will give your home’s exterior a warm and inviting style. Take a look through the Southern collection and see what charms you.

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