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Tucked into a lakeside, sheltered by towering trees, or clinging to mountainous terrain, A-frame homes are arguably the ubiquitous style for rustic vacation homes. They come by their moniker naturally; the gable roof extends down the sides of the home, practically to ground level. The A-frame's look is eye-catching, yet extremely practical: The steep roof pitch helps to shed heavy snows. Oh, so practical, but let's face it: The A-frame style endures because of its ties to our past, and its unflagging promise to keep us safe and cozy after a long day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Adam/Federal Home Plans
Categorized under the Colonial umbrella, the gracefully proportioned Adam and closely-related Federal style were based on the work of the Scottish architect Robert Adam, prominent in England in the 1760s and 1770s. Federal-style homes became popular in the United States between 1780 and 1830. They are typically symmetrical, two-story designs embellished with a modest pediment over the front door, curved wrought-iron stair railings, and Palladian windows (a three-part window with a fan-shaped light above).
Affordable Floor Plans
By choosing to build from a pre-drawn plan — as opposed to hiring a residential architect to create a custom home — you've already taken a big step toward building a great home at the right price. But not all pre-drawn plans cost the same to build. You can still keep costs down and have a beautiful home by keeping several principles in mind. First, and most obviously, a larger home costs more to build and more to heat, cool, and maintain. That's why you'll find many smaller homes in this collection. You'll also notice homes that have relatively simple footprints, meaning that aren't complicated by lots of unnecessary protrusions like dormers. This can help to keep materials and labor costs down — but keep in mind that selective usage of decorative features like bump-outs can create a stunningly beautiful effect, so there's no need to write them out entirely.
Cape Cod Home Plans
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.
Chalet Home Plans
When it comes to stylish vacation homes, Chalet house plans reign supreme in the eyes of most.Chalet house plans are reminiscent of homes on alpine ski slopes; indeed, most versions look as though they've been plucked from a mountainous backdrop. Typical exterior details include exposed beams, distinctive "wiggle-board" treatments on the eaves and/or decks, and fanciful rails that frame the porch(es) and/or deck(s). Interiors are usually voluminous, with high ceilings and open floor plans that allow for large gatherings. The best chalet-style home plans include an area for ski and winter-clothing storage.
Chateau Home Plans
French Chateau, or Chateauesque, is a style based on the monumental French country homes built in the Loire Valley from the 1400s to 1600s. Typically built in an asymmetrical plan, these homes feature complex rooflines and facades with many recessing and protruding planes. Roofs are steeply pitched and hipped, sometimes with cast-iron crests. Architectural details are elaborate and feature quoins and keystones, as well as other architectural details. Stone, brick, and stucco are common exterior materials.
Contemporary Cottage Home Plans
It might seem like a contradiction in terms, but contemporary cottage house plans not only exist but also present you with the best of both worlds. Traditional cottage styling includes elements like porches, dormers, and often an asymmetric footprint. Meanwhile, contemporary influences reveal themselves with clean lines, vertical siding, metal roofs, and a general simplicity that feels fresh and modern.
Contemporary Craftsman Home Plans
Tradition gets updated with these contemporary Craftsman house plans. The Craftsman style has enjoyed popularity for many decades, but what if you want to go a little bolder by introducing some modern elements? These striking designs combine clean lines and modern open layouts with warm and elegant Craftsman details. Many of the home plans in this collection could be considered Prairie style, a variation of Craftsman style that features some of the details that we consider modern, like simple horizontal lines and large windows.
Contemporary-Modern House Plans
Contemporary-Modern style runs the gamut from mid-century modern to the latest designs representing current trends towards sleek, contemporary design. Contemporary-Modern design is characterized by clean, simple lines, a minimum of decoration, lots of glass, and flat or shed rooflines. Many feature unusual open floor plans and Indoor/outdoor living spaces.
Cottage Home Plans
Cute details, cozy fireplaces, and tons of storybook charm abound in cottage house plans. Cottage plans look as if they just stepped out of a fairy tale. Often built as vacation homes, cottage home plans are more sophisticated than cabins and feature lots of detail, like window boxes, arched doors, and gingerbread trim. They are often one or one-and-a-half stories, and may display a range of traditional architectural influences. Many cottage floor plans feature fireplaces and some outdoor living space.
There are a lot of home plans to choose from. If you're looking for a place to start, consider this collection of picks from our top designers. These outstanding home plans represent each designer's favorite plans, in styles ranging from country to ranch to contemporary.
Duplex Home Plans
If you’re searching for a duplex house plan, that probably means one of two things: either you’re interested in acquiring rental income, or you need a nearby space in which to house a friend or family member, like an elderly parent or grown child. The duplex house plans in the collection below work for both of these scenarios.
Dutch Colonial Home Plans
Gambrel rooflines, reminiscent of classic barns, set Dutch Colonial homes apart. Other characteristics of Dutch Colonial architecture include side entrances, central double Dutch doorways (upper and lower halves can be opened separately), asymmetrical layouts, ground-level porches, double-hung sash windows, and a chimney at one or both ends. Shed dormers often are built to allow windows and more headroom on the second floor. While original Dutch Colonial homes were built of stone or brick, any exterior material may be used today.
Our editors spend their days looking at home designs, from tiny house plans to luxury estates. Carefully selected for their appealing facades, smart layouts, and modern amenities, these home plans offer a variety of sizes and architectural styles. You’re sure to find a favorite among our favorites!
English Cottage Home Plans
English cottage house plans offer fun, whimsy, comfort, and beauty. Whether you're looking for a primary residence, a delightful vacation retreat, or a charming guest house, an English cottage plan is sure to please. Though traditionally defined as small or having only one room, the English Cottage has inspired larger and more elaborate homes, yet maintains the cozy comfort that we identify with the cottage style. On the exterior, the English Cottage commonly features half-hip roofs, reminiscent of thatched roofs of Shakespeare's time. The home's sides may be finished in shingles or stucco. Elements of Tudor styling may also be evident.
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Thanks to our exclusive relationships with top designers, you'll find more than 2,500 home plans here that aren't available on other sites. These are award-winning home designs in a wide variety of styles. Leading design firms represented here include Frank Betz Associates; Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.; the Sater Design Collection; and Visbeen Architects. You can find their home plans all in one place here on HomePlans.com.
French Country Home Plans
French country house plans pair unique, visually alluring, European-esque facades with flexible interior living spaces. Decorative shutters and arches with accenting keystones above the windows and doors are all features commonly found in French Country home plans.
Georgian Home Plans
Georgian-style homes, which were originally popular during the reigns of the first three Kings George of England (1700-1776), are similar in massing to Adam and Federal style designs, but have a more dominating, formal appearance. They are symmetrical, with a central entrance surmounted by an elaborate portico. They often have a third story, or at least the appearance of one. Additional features include a hip or gable roof, dormer windows, and decoative cornices beneath the eaves.
Gothic Revival Home Plans
The Gothic Revival style was a popular home style in the United States from 1840 through 1880. It imitated the great cathedrals and castles of Europe. The availability of lumber and factory-made architectural trim led to an American version of wood-framed Gothic Revival homes. Features include a steeply pitched roof, steep cross-gables, windows with pointed arches, vertical siding, gingerbread trim and deep porches.
Greek Revival Home Plans
Greek Revival architecture began with public buildings and the style spread to home design via carpenter's guides and pattern books. Greek Revival mansions (sometimes called Southern Colonial) sprang up throughout the South from 1825 to 1860. Features include pediments, symmetrical shape, heavy cornice, wide frieze, and bold, simple moldings. Many Greek Revival houses also have an entry porch with columns, decorative pilasters and narrow windows around the front door.
Green Home Plans
Green building is a hot trend in residential construction. It considers the home's environmental impact from perspective of its design, construction, maintenance, and use. Factors include site-specific positioning, use of sustainable and renewable materials, energy-efficient building techniques, water conservation, indoor environmental air quality, and self-generation of energy. If you are looking to build green, look for elements such as open spaces, modest ceiling heights, and plenty of natural light sources. Also, be sure to consider 2x6 framing or other alternative building systems.
Hillside Home Plans
Home plans with a walkout, or daylight, basement are designed for a sloping lot, whether front-to-back or front corner-to-back corner. Simply put, a daylight basement sits at ground level and opens to a side yard and/or the backyard. The big advantage of a hillside design is that it allows outdoor access from the basement level, often through French or sliding glass doors. This collection of homes features plans originally drawn to be built with a daylight basement, but any plan in our library can be modified to use this type of foundation.
Italianate Home Plans
Italianate-style homes were among the most popular built in the United States between 1840 and 1885. They feature a low-pitched or flat roof, symmetrical rectangular shape, tall appearance (2, 3 or 4 stories), wide eaves with brackets and cornices, square cupola, porches topped with balconies, side bay windows and heavy double doors. Roman or segmented arches are common above windows and doors and the windows are tall, narrow and double-paned. Italianate is also known as Tuscan, Lombard, or simply, bracketed style.
Low Country Home 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.
Luxury Floor Plans
What defines a luxury home? Size, yes, but also amenities and a level of detail that goes above and beyond. You can find it in designs of any scale, from grand estates to cozy cottages. Our Luxury collection brings you the opportunity to live the lifestyle of your dreams.
Mid Century Home Plans
Mid Century home plans bring retro flair, but also provide contemporary open layouts and up-to-date amenities.
Mission Home Plans
Historic mission churches built by Spanish colonists inspired this house style. The first Mission-style homes were built in California, but by the late 1800s, the style began to move eastward and began incorporating elements of the Prairie and Arts & Crafts styles. Mission-style houses have many of these features: smooth stucco siding, roof parapets, large square pillars, twisted columns, arcaded entry porch, round or quatrefoil window and red tile roof.
Multifamily Home Plans
Townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, and condos all count as multifamily housing, though the reasons for choosing to build an attached home vary quite a bit. Perhaps you want to live very near extended family, but not necessarily in the same home. Maybe you'd like to generate income by renting out one or more units. Or you simply want to use expensive land in the most efficient way possible, especially in a busy city with limited lot supply.
Narrow Lot Home Plans
Have a narrow lot? Meet the narrow house plans collection! Each narrow lot design in the collection below is 40 feet wide or less. Narrow width in a home's design does not necessarily mean narrow choice or narrow appeal.
Neoclassical Home Plans
Neoclassical homes are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. These homes are large (usually two or two-and-a-half stories) and often feature a prominent portico supported by large columns, which are often the full height of the facade. Roofs are most often side gabled, with an elegant triangular pediment over the front entrance. Neoclassical elements can be found in antebellum architecture, Greek revival and federal style homes.
New American Plans
Popular from 1980 to the present, this is a style often seen in American suburbs. It is not strongly associated with any given style, but borrows elements from a variety of styles to create an entirely new look. Soaring entryways, a mix of materials, and prominent garages are all common on the exterior. This style is also called Postmodern.
Newest Home Plans
Updated weekly with the latest house plans, this collection features a sneak peek at new home designs destined to become favorites. Stay ahead of the trend and browse home plans boasting open floor plans, outdoor living rooms, spa-like master retreats, mud rooms, pet stations, and more of what makes today’s house a home.
Plantation Home Plans
Plantation-style homes are modeled after those built across the American South prior to the Civil War. The features of these grand homes were introduced to the American South by landowners who moved into the area after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. They are often in the Greek Revival, Neoclassical or Federal style and feature symmetry, with center entrances, deep porches, balconies and columns.
Queen Anne Home Plans
The Queen Anne home style from the late Victorian period (1870-1900) is named after Queen Anne of England because builders of the time associated the historical queen with elegance and grandeur. Because of industrial developments and the advent of mass production, home design broke away from the simple, symmetrical, box-shaped home designs that had been popular. Victorian home plans reflected the new ability and freedom to add elaborate detail and decoration to a home plan's facade. Features of Queen Anne home plans may include asymmetrical massing, "gingerbread" ornamentation, fish-scale shingles, turrets and/or towers at the corners, oval glass in the front door, elaborate and intricately decorated porches, and varieties of patterns and sometimes quite vibrant colors.
Second Empire Home Plans
Second Empire style homes share the characteristic mansard roof, a steeply sloping roof with slightly flared eaves. The dormer windows that penetrate the roof reveal its secret: the mansard roof disguises an additional story of living space. The steep pitch of the roof yields more usable space beneath it than a traditional gable roof. French and Italian influences dominate Second Empire designs, which tend to be more classical than other Victorian substyles, but they share the elaborate decoration of Victorian homes and were popular during the same era. Second Empire designs are generally boxy in plan, though not always symmetrical, as a tower or bay may be a prominent feature. Formal rooms dominate traditional designs, but modern Second Empire home plans will offer up-to-date open floor plans wrapped in an elegant continental exterior.
Shed Home Plans
A sub-style of Contemporary-Modern design, Shed homes were particular favorites of architects in the 1960s and 1970s. They feature multiple single-plane roofs, often sloping in different directions, creating unique geometric shapes. Wood shingles or vertical board siding typically covers the exterior, and front doorways are recessed and downplayed. Large windows are arranged for views to the outside.
Shingle Home Plans
Shingle-style homes arose in the Eastern United States as seaside vacation homes for the wealthy and were popular from 1880 to 1910. Other than the shingle siding, the homes are similar to the American Victorian style, with their curved porches and turrets. Unlike Victorian-style homes, though, Shingle-style homes often feature gambrel roofs. The shingle siding lends these homes a very natural, rich look. We have extended our definition to include many homes with shingle siding.
Southwest Home Plans
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
Spanish Revival Home Plans
Also called Spanish Revival, this style was very popular in the United States from 1915 to 1945. The Spanish style has a stucco exterior, a clay-tile roof, exposed beams, wrought-iron details and repeated arches around an entry walkway. Front doors are of heavy carved wood and porches sometimes feature spiral columns. Walls and floors are often covered with patterned tiles. The floor plan may also include an enclosed courtyard.
Split Level Home Plans
Split-level house plans and their sisters split-entry house plans rose to popularity during the 1950s as a multi-story modification of the then-dominant one-story ranch house. Split-level house plans retain the horizontal lines, low-pitched roofs, and overhanging eaves of ranch home plans, but feature a two-story unit divided at mid-height to a one-story wing to create three floor levels of interior space. Three levels make it possible to locate and accommodate three types of living spaces: the main living and service spaces, sleeping spaces, and a rec room or retreat below. Each of these areas has its own separate level.
Starter Home Plans
Perfect for singles, couples, or families who are just starting out, our starter home plan collection features designs that are easy to build. Most are smaller home plans without budget-inflating extras. Floor plans are straightforward, with open designs providing smart use of space. Styles range from traditional to contemporary.
Top Selling Home Plans
Our top selling home plans run the gamut in terms of size and architectural style. You'll find a variety of great home plans from traditional to contemporary, one-story to two-plus. Regardless of its square footage, each best-selling design features the modern amenities that today's families crave. Just browse through and you'll see why they're our most popular plans!
Vacation Home Plans
Our vacation home plans include cabin, chalet, A-frame, and the sort of view-gathering home you see here. Often of smaller square footage, vacation home plans usually use traditional architectural details, and often include a large deck at the rear. Prow-shaped exterior wall lines with large windows are common, too. Hundreds of vacation house plans that cater to your need to get away from it all are available.
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