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Aug 17 2011

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Characteristics of Elegant European House Plans

European House Plans 029H-0078Reminders of the splendid style and history of the Old World, today’s European house plans blend the original designs of our ancestors with the elegance and style of today. Generally well suited for large pieces of property, they are grand in size and can be one or two levels. European home plans often showcase an exterior featuring two or more materials such as stone, brick, siding or stucco accentuated by ornamental detailing such as wing-tipped shutters, gentle arches and planter boxes. Other noticeable characteristics like copper atop bayed windows, stylish keystones and decorative quoins lend a touch of beauty and splendor. Furthermore, varied rooflines deliver the look and feel of a storybook castle. European house plans are often recognized for their swooping rooflines with flared corners at the eaves and occasional turrets. Additionally, they are known for steeply sloped roofs providing space for a second story “hidden in the roof.” This type of design delivers extra finished living area not easily recognized from the home’s exterior. In some cases, the additional living space can be a full second story, while other times it may be simply a bonus room. The interior and floor plan of a European house is often as grand as the exterior appears revealing rooms of large proportions and volume ceilings in some or most of the gathering areas lending spaciousness. Decorative elements may include stylish columns defining the living spaces, special ceiling treatments and arched openings and doorways. While most European floor plans are generously sized, small home plans can display some of the same noteworthy design elements.

 

These Old World home designs showcase many European influences and encompass a vast array of architectural elements and details including European sub-styles such as English homes, Tudor style designs, Mediterranean floor plans, Italian house plans, Spanish home designs and French style floor plans. In addition to the varied architectural styles, European house plans range in size from grandiose chateau homes to simple chalets, with most enjoying at least a few common characteristics. Because of their wide variety of styles and sizes, these special homes are found throughout all regions of the United States and Canada. Whether large or small, European house plans deliver a unique blend of comfort and refinement making them popular among all types of home buyers.

 

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Jan 26 2011

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European House Plan: An Old World Castle with Modern Amenities

029H-0101 European House PlanStylish details, reminiscent of the Old World, grace the exterior of this modern day, European house plan. The exterior showcases an electric mix of stucco and stone complimented with a swooping roofline, wood trim, decorative windows and a turret-like element for extra flair. Furthermore, from the exterior, the second floor is not noticeable as it is hidden in the roof. While all these elements compose a stunning two-story home with elegant street appeal, the impressive exterior hides a thoughtful floor plan showcasing many of today’s most requested features for family living.

 

Stepping in from the covered entry, the foyer quickly introduces the galleria with open stair and views to the handsome balcony above.  The galleria directs traffic to the great room anchored by a crackling fireplace flanked with built-ins. This comfortable space is ideal for everyday happenings and formal gatherings. Double doors open to the terrace extending the living areas outdoors. A huge island is the centerpiece of the kitchen which teams up with the breakfast room and overlooks the great room. This open arrangement encourages conversation and family time well spent, allowing the chef to prepare meals while being involved in other things going on in the living spaces. Strategically positioned, the kitchen serves both the breakfast room and formal dining room with equal ease. Don’t miss the walk-in pantry providing storage for bulk foods and small kitchen appliances. Double doors open to reveal the peaceful study, perfect for a home office. Closets provide plenty of storage and with the full bath nearby, this space easily converts to a guest suite when overnight visitors arrive. Organization is at hand with the mud room, laundry room and 3-car garage joining forces to keep things neat and tidy.

 

Designed for the home owner, the master suite is a secluded, pampering retreat decked with everything you’ll love and nothing you won’t want. You’ll appreciate private access to the terrace, ideal for stargazing with your loved one on a clear night. The master bath is brimming with fine appointments like dual vanities, a window soaking tub, roomy shower, compartmented toilet and walk-in closet made for two.

 

On the second floor, the balcony connects with three bedrooms suites. Each designed with its own bathroom, these bedrooms are perfect for teenagers and guests. The media room and game room are special retreats the whole family is sure to love. Create your own home theater in the media room or take part in a billiards game with friends in the game room. Notice the handy wet bar, just right for serving drinks and snacks. Finally, pay attention to the balcony gazing down on the kitchen. The tall ceiling here adds a sense of spaciousness.

 

Exquisite and stylish, this luxury European house plan will shine in any neighborhood.

 

For more designs like this one, please browse The HousePlanShop’s collection of European house plans.

 

 

 

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Nov 03 2010

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The Splendor of European House Plans

002H-0080 European House PlanEuropean 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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