House Plan Styles
There are many different styles when it comes to home design. The type of house plan that you choose can affect your comfort and the cost to build the house. Certain types of home plans can also affect heating and cooling costs and land needs. Home designs you choose are affected by your lifestyle, your needs, and your budget. Below you will find the descriptions of different types of house plans.
Contemporary House Plans
– These house plans have a more modern look. It is sometimes called modern architecture and tends to use more modern materials such as glass, steel, concrete and iron. The philosophy is "less is more" and "form follows function." Contemporary floor plans also tend to have uniquely shaped windows that are rounded or angled. Another distinction is that windows may be found in corners. These types of plans will also have roofs that are not as symmetrical as traditional homes.
Bungalow House Plans
– A bungalow house plan usually is one or one and one half stories and has a low pitch roof. Large amounts of woodwork are used a lot on the inside. It is also very popular to used stain glass.
Prairie House Plans
– Frank Lloyd Wright originally created this type of house plan. The chimney and fireplace are usually centrally located. The roof tends to be flat with overhanging eaves and the interior is very open. These home plans are mostly one story.
Victorian House Plans
– These houses are characterized by their large wrap around porches and ornate exteriors. Some have octagonal shaped rooms and most are two story.
Log Home House Plans
– Wood logs are the primary building material for these house plans. Many house plans can be converted into log homes. They are often used as cottages, vacation homes or log cabins.
Country House Plans
– These house plans are characterized by large porches, some which wrap around. This is the most common type of house plan found in the United States. Steep gable roofs and dormers most commonly characterize it.
Southern House Plans
– Southern house plans are usually characterized by symmetrical decorative elements, large front porches and tall ceilings. They most commonly have a brick or stucco finish.
Georgian House Plans
– These floor plans are usually large and rectangular. It usually contains contrasting brick colors, elaborate entryways and crown molding.
Federal House Plans
– These are usually two-story and focus on symmetry. The front door is elegant and the windows are uniform on the front and sides. The plan also features two tall matching chimneys on each end of the house.
Plantation House Plans
– Plantation house plans have large front porches with columns. They are often adorned with dormers. These plans have shuttered window and a medium to shallow pitched roof.
New England House Plans
– These plans are most often found in the Northeastern United States and contain a variety of architectural styles.
Cape Cod House Plans
– They are typically one or one and one half story house plans. Cape Cod plans are characterized by steep gable roofs with dormers and shutters. The door is typically in the center and the exterior is usually brick.
Colonial House Plans
– Usually, colonial houses are two stories with bedrooms on the second floor. The exterior is typically siding and has shutters. The upper floor is sometimes cantilevered.
Dutch House Plans
– Dutch settlers originally built this style of home design. They have a gambrel roof with linear floor plans.
Salt Box House Plans
– Salt box houses usually have a gable roof that goes from a two-story roof down to a one-story in the back of the home. They typically have a central chimney and fireplace. Traditionally, the lower part of the home was facing the north to be used as a windbreak. The lower roof area was also used as a shed or workshop.