From cozy bungalows to tile-roofed Spanish haciendas to sprawling modern ramblers, California home styles have influenced homes across the country. Most popular from 1900 to 1920, the California bungalow is characterized by its Craftsman charm, few material details, an offset entry and a projecting front porch. Spanish-influenced houses take their cue from the missions of the early Spanish missionaries and feature low-pitched tiled roofs, stucco walls, rounded windows and grillwork. The movie stars of the 1950s and 1960s built sprawling contemporary homes that caught the attention of America. These designs were often one-story and feature low-slung roofs, lots of windows, little ornamentation and use of unusual mixtures of exterior wall materials.
With designs suitable for any purpose from lake retreats to executive luxury homes, our Canadian house plans collection includes homes designed by Canadian home designers and architects. Featuring every modern amenity, these homes will fit in anywhere, but were designed with Canadian weather extremes in mind. They are energy efficient and take advantage of light from efficient window arrangements. Many feature natural materials, outdoor living spaces and open gathering rooms. The plans in this collection were drawn to meet the Council of American Building Officials One and Two Family Dwelling Code or the International Residential Code, making it easier to build the home in Canada or the United States.
Cape Cod-style homes cropped up on the eastern seaboard between 1710 and 1850. Abundant timber resources in the New World encouraged the expansion of these traditional, one-room cottages and marked them forever as the quintessential New England style. Cape Cod homes are simple and symmetrical, usually one-and-a-half stories, without a porch. A dominant roofline extends down to the first floor ceiling level, and often incorporates dormer windows indicating living space under the roof.
Coastal home plans, also referred to as "beach house plans" or "beach house floor plans," have a distinctive look that's both unique and refreshing. Coastal house plans borrow from a variety of styles, including Spanish, Mediterranean and even Victorian home plans. In Florida, coastal house plans tend to be perched on stilts to provide a measure of defense against the hurricanes that move ashore. Many of our beach house plans use wood (pole) or cement (pier) posts as foundations, and usually include panoramic windows and outdoor living spaces oriented to the rear to capitalize on the fabulous water views. Exterior material choices for coastal house plans need to respond well to the elements and be able to weather salt air, so many homeowners choose synthetic materials, which are less prone to degradation from salt mist.
Florida House Plans
Want to build a home in Florida? Love outdoor living? If so, a design from our Florida house plans collection could be just what the doctor ordered! Florida attracts a variety of house plan styles. Due to much of the state's proximity to water, you'll find many coastal/Tidewater designs, which may include island basements. Mediterranean and Spanish plans are also prevalent, often sporting chic red tile roofs and stucco. That said, if you're a Craftsman house plan lover or a modern farmhouse floor plan type of person, you needn't worry, as our collection of Florida house plans features these beloved styles too!
Will your new home be built in Kentucky? If so, come check out the below collection of Kentucky house plans and find a design that speaks to you. Multiple architectural styles are represented below, as different "looks and feels" work well in different areas of the state. As you shop, consider two main things: 1) what kind of architecture do you like? and 2) what kind of architecture is supported in the area you plan to build in? If both answers are the same--hurray! You know what to look for! On the other hand, if these two answers are at odds with each other, try to find a way to compromise. For instance, if the area you love only showcases farmhouse style homes, but you personally love a more modern-looking house, consider a modern farmhouse plan which typically presents farmhouse curb appeal while also boasting smart, modern interior details, like an open layout, or a spacious main level master suite. **Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
Whether simple or more extravagant, our lakeside house designs offer the perfect place to get away from the bustle of everyday life to the quiet and relaxation of the lakeshore. With designs that range from A-frames and chalets to cottages or cabins, our lakeside homes all have several features in common. They have vast windows that overlook the lake views at the rear of the home and outdoor areas that expand their living space. Many feature fireplaces, while other features include lofts, walkout basements and open floor plans.
Built in coastal areas of the South, these homes were designed for hot, humid climates. Tidewater homes have extensive porches sheltered by a broad gable or hipped roof. The main roof may extend over the porches without interruption. A crawlspace foundation allows for air circulation and protects the home from low-level flooding.
Mountain House Plans
Seeking a rustic abode that perfectly complements a mountainous or wilderness lot? Look no further than our collection of mountain house plans!
If you're planning to build your home in North Carolina, be sure to take a look at our collection of North Carolina house plans below. Farmhouse, country, colonial and classical architecture tends to dominate the majority of North Carolina. That said, like any state, different areas support different aesthetics. For instance, if you're planning to build along the coast, a beach cottage will probably look right at home. What all North Carolina house plans tend to have in common is a love for outdoor living space. As you browse the below collection, you'll discover many floor plans that sport posh porches, beautiful balconies, and much more. As you shop, remember to think about your daily routine and what makes you happy. For example, if you love throwing summer BBQs, make sure the house plan you choose offers a deck or patio on which to cook and entertain. Likewise, if you do a lot of indoor entertaining, an open floor plan usually works best so the chef of the house isn't closed off from the main living spaces as he or she prepares dinner. Furthermore, if you know your living room will boast beautiful white carpet, make sure the plan you select features a mudroom between at least one entrance and the main living space so carpet crises do not erupt every time it rains! **Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
This style of home is patterned after homes found in the Northwestern United States. Usually simple in design and constructed mostly of wood, they feature low-pitched roofs with deep overhangs and large windows. The design and materials are natural, to blend into the environment. The interiors are informal, with open layouts and plenty of windows to take in the views.
Southern home plans have a warmth and a historical connection that few other styles can mirror. The exterior design elements of Southern home plans can include inviting stacked porches, verandas, shuttered windows, arched transom windows, and dormers, which lend themselves to nostalgia and lasting appeal. The Louisiana Creole and Tidewater (South Carolina and vicinity) styles are often topped by a metal roof, giving them a distinctive appearance. Large classical and colonial style estate house plans also belong in the Southern home plans category.
Southwestern house plans are typical of those found in southern California, Nevada or Arizona, but are not necessarily representative of Spanish home plans. Many Southwestern house plans offer stucco walls and tile roofs to buffer the sun and heat of the Southwestern climate. Stucco exterior Low-pitched tile roof Courtyard, patio or other outdoor living area
If Tennessee is the place you call (or will call) home, come take a look at the HomePlans.com collection of Tennessee house plans. As you might expect, different areas of TN tend to showcase different styles of architecture. While you might be able to get away with a more modern house plan in an urban area, a country or farmhouse design would likely work better in a more rural setting. To determine which architectural style is best for you, talk to home builders who are familiar with building homes in your specific area. Ask them what they would recommend. You can also browse the neighborhood yourself and see what kinds of homes have already been built there. If the area has an HOA--talk to the HOA as well. And, of course, check in with yourself! What look and feel do *you* want your new home to exude? If, for example, you really love edgy contemporary/modern architecture, then be sure to buy your lot in an area of Tennessee that supports this aesthetic. **Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
Texas house plans are as diverse as the state itself. As you browse the below collection, consider where within Texas you plan to build your home. ** As noted by Janet Hobbs, one of HomePlans.com's Texas-based house plan designers, Houston and Dallas tend to embrace traditional architecture. That means that an all red brick Colonial floor plan, for instance, would probably fit well in most neighborhoods, while a modern farmhouse design would likely feel out of place. That said, if traditional architecture is not your thing, don't despair. Why? Because it all depends on where you're building. For example, Texas Hill Country usually presents more casual and modern designs, while Austin is known to embrace especially edgy contemporary/modern home plans, explains Hobbs. One thing to keep in mind if you're planning to build in Texas is the problem with basements. In most cases, a house plan with a basement isn't going to work in Texas, warns Hobbs. Why? Because most of the ground in Texas is limestone-rich, which makes digging and maintaining a basement problematic. ** Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
If you're a Virginian, or plan to become one soon, the HomePlans.com collection of Virginia house plans is sure to please. As is the case with many states, Virginia floor plan designs are diverse, as different areas embrace different styles of architecture. For example, if you're planning to build your home in Northern Virginia (sometimes called "NoVa"), several options are possible, including but not limited to ranch, colonial, and traditional. That said, if you're planning to retire to a coastal area, like Newport News or Virginia Beach, a beach cottage with a pier (piling) foundation might work well. On the other hand, if you're planning to build in Western or Southern VA, consider a country or farmhouse home plan, or even a rustic cabin. **Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
If you're planning to build a home in Washington State, a Washington floor plan from the collection below could be your best bet. As you explore the house plans in this collection, you'll notice many Craftsman and Bungalow designs that sport a lot of natural elements, like stone, wood, etc. Contemporary/modern floor plans are also relatively common in this area, as Washington State (and the pacific northwest in general) tends to embrace sustainable design. As you shop, remember that almost every house plan on HomePlans.com can be customized to meet your exact requirements. Furthermore, take comfort in the fact that there's always an exception to "the rules." Just because the Northwest is known for the aforementioned styles doesn't mean that building, say, a Victorian or colonial house plan is out of the question. It all depends on the neighborhood you're building within--what it allows--and what your personal tastes are. ** Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.