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Arches, stucco, and projecting bay windows are just a few of the architectural elements that modern day architects and designers incorporate from Europe's and Spain's original architectural trail blazers. We hope you find that our collection of luxury house plans provides a selection that can satisfy your living and aesthetic desires. Our luxury house plan assortment includes styles with many of the design elements for which European and Mediterranean architecture is recognized.
We showcase luxury house plans with European flair that range from Tudor style mansions know for heavy chimneys and medieval flavor, to the Mediterranean style homes which draw more design elements from the talian and Spanish influences. The purpose of this article is to describe the distinctions between these two prominent European House Plans.
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There are nearly 50 sovereign countries in Europe, making it a continent of diverse culture and architecture. One of the most well known and mimicked European house plans is the Tudor style house, which comes from the Tudor dynasty, an English medieval dynasty that lasted from 1485-1603.
Modern day Tudor style homes are most often recognized for their "half timbered" appearance, which is created through the application of decorative wood framing and often has a dark brown or wood effect finish. Tudor homes can also be recognized for steeply pitched roofs, tall narrow windows, and high chimneys. Also, these luxury house plans often include post and beam framing with plaster and some fancy brickwork.
Whereas the Tudor style finds inspiration from England's medieval architecture, Mediterranean house plans find their inspiration from warm climates and building materials found closer to the sea. This all reinforces why Mediterranean house plans are so popular in locations that maintain a warm climate year-round or are close to the coast. Some characteristics of a Mediterranean home that maximize energy effciency include, stucco and red tiled roofs.
Mediterranean house plans often use colorfully patterned tiles, carved doors and spiral columns to add flair. Moreover, these homes generally have open floor plans with large kitchens and dining areas which are great for entertaining. The dining-centric layout of the home is influenced by Tuscan and Spanish tradition, where much emphasis is placed on family dining and cooking.