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.
Just imagine coming home to this welcoming country house plan. An inviting wrap-around porch greets guests and offers a great place for a pair of rockers or a porch swing. The foyer features double closets and introduces the peaceful study behind double doors, just right for a home office. Or finish this space as a bedroom is you choose. Across the foyer, corner cabinets enhance the formal dining room where family and friends are sure to gather and share food and drink. At the back of the home, the spacious two-story living room reveals a cracking fireplace and it connects with the kitchen and breakfast nook. This open gathering area accommodates everyday happenings and special get-togethers. The kitchen island boasts an eating bar, ideal for meals and the go and a great place for the kids to do homework while you prepare dinner. The nook overlooks the rear, covered porch and don’t miss the screened porch, just right for dining alfresco on pleasant evenings. Keeping things tidy and organized, the laundry room and 3-car garage polish off the right side of the home. Positioned for privacy, your master bedroom is tucked in the back corner of the home. Special features here include a walk-in closet, deluxe bath and private covered porch. On the second floor, a handsome balcony gazes down on the living room and connects with two family bedrooms. Large closets and sunny windows complement these rooms while a full bath accommodates the children’s needs. Pay attention to the optional game room. Finish this space giving the whole family a place to kick back and relax. A splendid mix of comfort and functionality, this country house plan is second to none!
You’ll find more design’s like this one in The House Plan Shop’s complete country home plan collection.
Country house plans are designed to deliver an informal and relaxed way of life. At first glance, it is easy to see a country home plan and think of a rural lifestyle. And with some country homes, we may be reminded us of days gone past due to their old-fashioned farmhouse styling reminiscent of yesteryear. But, most present day country home designs are far from it! In fact, these designs incorporate many of today’s most up-to-date floor plan features and amenities suiting the needs of modern families.
Country house plans are available in a broad range of shapes and sizes. They can range from a cozy country cottage, offering just the basics, to a sprawling luxury estate filled with state-of-the-art appointments. In addition, they can offer a one-story or two-story floor plan. Some even provide additional living square footage when built on a finished basement.
Country house designs are one of North America’s most popular architectural styles. So what makes them so special? Below is a list of some of the typically, noteworthy characteristics of these highly sought-after homes:
- Work well in a suburban setting or along a quiet county road
- Have a simplistic nature and deliver functionality, practicality and comfort
- Designed to appear much larger than they actually are
- Exterior is warm and inviting
- Recognizable exterior features include a gable roofline running parallel to the road, covered porches, wrap-around porches, shuttered windows and dormers
- Floor plans take advantage of covered porches extending the living areas outdoors
- Have large and spacious gathering areas such as a county kitchen or open floor plan
- Living areas flow together providing flexible space to accommodate a variety of activities
- A fireplace anchors the living areas adding a cozy feel
- Bedrooms are clustered together and separated from the living areas or are positioned on the second floor for privacy
In many instances, country styling is blended with other architectural styles such as European, Southern and Craftsman. And let’s not forget the country house plan’s more elegant cousin, the Victorian design which features many country characteristics and is complemented with ornate details and trim. So if you’re looking for relaxed living in a pure country design or a blended style such as Country French, you’re sure to find the right home plan in The House Plan Shop’s extensive county house plan collection that will deliver the comfortable and practical family living you are looking for.