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Apr 22 2014

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Step Back in Time with Colonial House Plans – The House Plan Shop

Colonial House Plan 031H-0088Though 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

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