Country house plans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but most have a few common and recognizable features. Consider the features of these country home designs.
Covered porch with rail – One of the most easily recognizable features of a country house plan is a welcoming covered front porch lined with a decorative porch rail like the one that dresses up the exterior of plan 047H-0016. A covered porch offers a relaxing space for conversation, sipping lemonade with neighbors, and a peaceful place to sit in your rocker and watch the sun set.
Metal roof – Nothing says country like a metal roof. Take a look at plan 063H-0208. A metal roof takes you back in time, while giving your country home plenty of character and charm.
Wrap-around porch – For those who enjoy outdoor living, a country-style wrap-around porch provides plenty of outdoor space to read, visit with friends and neighbors and watch the kids play in the yard. A wrap-round porch extends the living areas outdoors and gives everyone room to relax. Just imagine your very own porch swing! Check out the wrap-around porch on plan 054H-0010.
Roofline parallel to the road – Many country house plans feature a roofline that runs parallel to the road. Design 021H-0134 offers a perfect example.
Country kitchen – Country home plans are known for their country kitchens or eat-in kitchens. When the dining space is situated within or adjoining to the kitchen, it easy to serve an entire family with little effort. Consider the step-saver layout of plan 006H-0074.
Farmhouse style – Speaking of going back in time, some country home plans exude farmhouse styling. While reminiscent of yesteryear, farmhouses deliver modern floor plans with many of today’s most requested features. Consider farmhouse plan 059H-0039.
Victorian house plans are commonly recognized for their elaborately detailed exteriors. They showcase elements of craftsmanship that aren’t always found among other architectural styles. Some of their most notable features include:
- Turrets and towers
- Covered, wrap-around porches
- Turned posts
- Gingerbread detailing
- Detailed scrollwork
- Fish-scale siding
- Miscellaneous ornamental decorations
Beyond their striking exteriors, Victorian home plans generally feature an asymmetrical floor plan and casual gathering spaces. While elegantly graceful on the outside, most are comfortable and family friendly on the inside. View our collection of Victorian house plans to find the design that is right for your family!
Though Colonial styling originated in Europe in the 1600s, it sprang to life in the 1700s when colonists began settling the land that is now America’s Eastern Seaboard. Colonial houses started as two-story homes with one room on each floor. Today’s designs are far from the originals, but they still showcase some features that were prevalent when colonists first settled the New World. Today’s Colonial home plans are known for the following:
- Distinct rectangular or square shape
- Typically designed at two-story homes
- Featured a strong use of symmetry
- Front door is centrally located and flanked with windows on either side
- Doors are accented with flattened columns on each side
- Stairway is located directly behind the entry/front door
- Incorporate heavy wooded or wood-paneled doors
- Offer a pair of chimneys (one on either side/end of the home) or one chimney on one end of the home
- A hallway/foyer bisects each floor into left and right sides
- Pitched roofs have a minimal overhang
- Exterior is finished with clapboard siding (or siding that looks like clapboard)
- Dormer windows are sometimes included in the second floor
- Some or all rooms showcase hardwood floors
- Exterior decoration is kept to a minimum
If you’ve dreamed about living by the sea, you might have envisioned oceanfront property with waves crashing on the beach. Or maybe you prefer living by a picturesque river. Either way, coastal house plans are well suited for living at the water’s edge. These homes can be one or more levels and can range in size from a simple vacation house to luxurious beach home. Below is a list of some of the typical characteristics of coastal house plans. If you’d like to build near the ocean, along a river or canal, next to some other body of water, you’ll want to look for house plans that offer most or all of these features:
- Coastal home plans are often built on piers or pilings raising the main living areas above the ground by one level and positioning the parking area below the home. This arrangement accommodates rising tides or flood waters and prevents flooding inside the home. The water is able to flow underneath the home without any risk to the structure or damage to the personal belongings and furnishings inside it.
- Coastal house plans often enjoy an open floor plan with the living areas coming together as one. This allows gentle breezes circulate and flow throughout the home.
- Floor plans of coastal homes generally incorporate large windows which are strategically placed to maximize the beach our shoreline view.
- One or more large decks and/or porches deliver outdoor living spaces further enhancing the livability of coastal homes. They provide another opportunity to enjoy the view of the surrounding landscape and waterscape while delivering a relaxing place to entertain guests, dine outdoors and soak up the sights and sounds of nature.
- Coastal house plans often incorporate specialized materials, construction practices and design elements necessary to meet local building codes and specifications related to regional climates, geographic factors and/or marine environments.
Take some time to browse or collection of coastal home plans. For more possibilities, check out our waterfront homes, too!
With summer fast approaching, our minds start drifting to dreams of building a beach house for our summer retreat or maybe as a permanent residence where we can enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean each day. For others, a beach house is a great place to spend long weekends with friends and family, but it can also serve as source of income if used as rental property. Below are seven things to know about beach houses that might help you decide if building a beach home is right for you:
- Designed for shoreline living with the main living areas typically raised one level above the ground to accommodate rising tides and prevent flooding. This is achieved by building on a pier foundation (or pilings).
- Usually, the parking area is located beneath the home and made possible by the pier foundation.
- Floor plans feature large, strategically placed windows to maximize the coastal or shoreline view.
- Floor plans incorporate large decks and porches for outdoor living space and provide an opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of coastal living.
- Often feature an open floor plan to allow gentle sea breezes to flow throughout the home.
- Often incorporate specialized design elements, materials and construction methods to meet building requirements and specifications related to marine/coastal environments, geographic factors and regional climates.
- Floor plans range in size and style offering everything from a simple beach vacation bungalow to a luxurious oceanfront home.
Browse or beach house plan collection to find the design that will satisfy your needs and lifestyle.