Adobe-style homes were first built with adobe (bricks of tightly compacted earth, clay and straw). These houses borrow architectural details from the earthen homes of early Native Americans and feature massive, round-edge walls, flat roofs, stepped levels, heavy timbers extending through the walls to support the roof, deep window and door openings, and simple windows. They often feature a corner beehive fireplace, benches that are attached to the walls, niches for display of religious items, heavy wooden doors, and enclosed courtyards. They are most popular in the southwestern United States and are also called Santa Fe or Pueblo houses. Walls are massive, with round edges Flat roof with no overhang Roof supported by heavy timbers extending through walls
Like Craftsman house plans? A bungalow floor plan is like a more narrow and compact version of a Craftsman home. Due to this kinship, these designs are sometimes referred to as Craftsman bungalow house plans. Bungalow floor plans are a subset within the Arts and Crafts movement (1895 to 1935), which grew from a reaction to the ornate Victorian architecture of 1870 to 1900. Embracing simplicity, handiwork, and natural materials, bungalows are the definition of coziness. Bungalow house plans are often one-and-a-half stories, with low-pitched roofs, shallow "shed" dormers and deep porches. Heavy stone porch supports, columns that taper as they ascend, and wide projecting eaves are all typical appointments of bungalows, as are exposed eave brackets. Exterior materials include natural siding, stone, and/or stucco. Restrained details Low-pitched roof Front porch with heavy column supports
Size and simplicity define Cabin home plans. These appealing designs make affordable vacation homes, their rustic simplicity perfectly suited for mountain, lakeside, and even beach settings. Cabins have a woodsy vibe, thanks to their log or wood siding. Porches and decks are common, along with simple gable or cross-gable roofs. Other decorative features are spare if present at all. Inside, you’re sure to find a fireplace or woodstove, a cozy kitchen, and one or two bedrooms. Cabins also make great tiny houses for those wishing to seriously downsize. Their timeless character give them a charm that will welcome you home any day of the year. One- or two-bedrooms Fireplace or woodstove Porches or decks
If timeless appeal appeals to you, choose a Colonial house plan! The quintessential Colonial style floor plan includes a symmetrical facade, regularly-spaced single windows, and some decorative accent over the front door. The size and complexity of that decoration is one of the features that differentiate the Colonial sub-styles. Historically speaking, this style developed in the original thirteen American colonies, as settlers adapted European building techniques to the materials available and the climates in their New World colonies. The Colonial home plans being built in America today are more accurately called "Colonial Revival," which was first seen around 1880, and grew rapidly after World War I. Examples range from the simple, square shape of a saltbox design to a grand estate, such as Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Rectangular, with a symmetrical façade 2-3 stories, with a gable roof Front door with sidelights and topped by transom windows
One of the most popular styles of home design in the United States right now is the traditional country house. Typically, country home plans combine several traditional architectural details on their well-proportioned, cozy facades. Look for porches, gables, lap siding, shuttered windows, and dormer windows on country home plans. Their famous nostalgic look lends them their enduring appeal. Picture a home in a Norman Rockwell painting and, inevitably, you'll be imagining a country home plan. Perfect examples of country home plans are also found in New England and the South. Front porch Shutters Lap siding
Embracing simplicity, handiwork, and natural materials, Craftsman home plans are cozy, often with shingle siding and stone details. Open porches with overhanging beams and rafters are common to Craftsman homes, as are projecting eaves and a low-pitched gable roof. The structural components are often visible, especially around the corners of the home and the gables, which often feature decorative trim. Bungalows, which are often one-and-a-half stories with low-pitched roofs, shallow "shed" dormers and deep porches, are a common form of Craftsman homes. Wide eaves with brackets or exposed rafters Porch with square or round columns and stone supports Low-pitched roof
European-style homes borrow materials and exterior details that are common to the French, English, and Mediterranean architectural traditions. The style is very popular today because of the sense of luxury conveyed by multi-peaked rooflines, bay-shaped rooms and windows, and architectural details such as repeating arches, wrought-iron balconies, clay-tile roofs, and decorative stone. Exterior cladding is usually stucco, stone or brick. Complex rooflines Irregular massing Architectural details
A warm sense of welcome characterize farmhouse house plans, often by way of cute dormers and grand wraparound porches. In modern farmhouse floor plan designs, look for open layouts and innovative amenities.
Evolving from the necessity to build a basic dwelling from the abundant trees available to New World settlers, Log home plans have become the go-to choice for mountain and lakeside vacation homes. Their hewn log walls evoke rustic simplicity, but their features range from basic necessities to lodge-like grandeur, with vaulted ceilings, timber trusses, and massive stone hearths. Open floor plans make the most of small spaces or expand to accommodate multi-generational getaways, walls of windows capture the views offered by vacation settings, and cozy porches and decks almost always make an appearance. Walls built of stacked logs, or stick-built and faced with log siding Lots of windows Outdoor living spaces
Also known as Florida Style, the quintessential coastal Mediterranean Modern home plan has its roots in Spanish and/or Mediterranean styles. The massing in Mediterranean Modern home plans is bold and noble, and often includes a two-story entry flanked by columns. Low-slung rooflines clad with red-clay tiles are common, as is a stucco exterior. The interior is open and unhindered by walls, which allows for good air circulation. The "footprint" of Mediterranean Modern home plans often focuses on the backyard area, which usually includes a terrace, lanai, deck or patio that borders a pool. Exotic, elegant and energy-wise, coastal Floridian home plans boast a popularity that hasn't waned for decades.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright introduced a distinct new architecture, expressing the flat, sweeping prairie of his native Midwest. The architecture of the Prairie house was created to meet Wright's objectives of a simplicity and integrity that combined comfort, utility and beauty but did not imitate past styles. Prairie home plans have broad, gently sloping, sheltering roofs with prominent low chimneys. Balconies and terraces extend in several directions beyond the basic house, creating protected outdoor spaces and rhythms of vertical and horizontal planes. Low-pitched roof Overhanging eaves Horizontal lines
Ranch houses make great starter homes due to their cost-effective construction and open layout concept. Ranch home plans, or ramblers as they are sometimes called, are usually one story, though they may have a finished basement, and they are wider then they are deep. Simple floor plans are usually divided into a living wing and a sleeping wing. Exterior ornamentation is limited. Raised ranches, also known as split-foyer and split-level home plans, are variations of ranch style design. Single story Low-pitched roof Horizontal layout Simple, open floor plan
Traditional home plans may have characteristics of one or more historical architectural styles, without being easily classified as any particular style. They may be eclectic (displaying multiple stylistic influences) or simply pared-down, modern-day interpretations of historic styles. As such, they fit in well in any number of settings, from established neighborhoods to rural lots. As their name suggests, they tend to feature “traditional” floor plans, with a formal living and dining room, along with traditional comforts like welcoming front porches and cozy fireplaces. Traditional house plans come in all sizes, with one or more stories. Browse our Traditional Home Plan collection to find the perfect home plan for your modern family, wrapped in good old-fashioned charm. Architectural details borrowed from any historical style Front porches Formal living and dining rooms
Tudor house plans are drawn loosely from late medieval English homes. The term "Tudor Revival" in American architecture generally covers the blend of a variety of elements of late English medieval styles, including Elizabethan and Jacobean. Most Tudor house plans have stucco or masonry exteriors that are accented by ornamental half-timbering, massive chimneys and steep gable roofs. Other common features include arched entries and tall, narrow window groups. Stucco exterior Decorative half-timber details Steeply pitched roof Tall, narrow, multi-paned windows
Victorian home plans feature elaborate detail inside and out, with asymmetrical floor plans, grand towers and turrets, and distinctive gingerbread trim. Owners of Victorian style homes often paint them in whimsical colors, reflecting the freedom afforded by the industrial revolution, which spawned the building techniques required to create such elaborate homes. Complex massing and rooflines Round or square towers Ornamental spindles and brackets