Nov 03 2010
European house plans are exemplary reminders of the splendid style and history that our ancestors brought with them from the Old World. Today, they continue to display touches of elegance and refined style reminiscent of the past. Showcasing a variety of European influences, these Old World home designs encompass a broad range of architectural styles including English, Italian, Tudor, Spanish, French and Mediterranean. Ranging in size from cozy chalet home plans to majestic chateau floor plans, most European house plans have a few common characteristics.
- Though some European home plans are small, most are grand in size making them a perfect fit for large lots.
- Swooping rooflines with flared corners at the eaves are often one of the most recognizable characteristics of these designs.
- The exterior of these houses commonly features a façade of two or more materials such as stone, brick, stucco or siding.
- European house plans are often recognized for the exquisite ornamental detailing highlighting the façade such as copper roofs topping bayed windows, stylish quoins accenting corners, decorative keystones, turrets and towers.
- Varied rooflines frequently portray the look and feel of a storybook castle.
- Many of these houses have steep rooflines which provide space “in the roof” for a second story living area that cannot easily be noticed or seen from the exterior.
- European house plans with an upper level may offer a full second story or just a bonus room.
- The floor plans of these homes are often as grand and luxurious inside as their exteriors appear.
- European floor plans frequently incorporate rooms of large proportions, spacious gathering areas and volume ceilings.
- Other interior design elements include rich detailing, decorative trim and fanciful ceiling treatments.
- Due to numerous design styles and varying exterior looks, these homes are found throughout the United States and Canada.
- Small European home plans offer the same notable design elements as the more generously sized luxury homes.
Large or small, one-story or two, European designs deliver a striking combination of comfort and refinement making them popular among a wide range of home buyers. Visit The House Plan Shop to view a grand collection of European floor plans, many with photos.
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