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Those unacquainted with the American South might not be privy to the knowledge that Southerners enjoy some of America's most stunning architecture. The European history of the South - which has roots in England, France, and Spain - shows through many architectural structures, including homes. Today, many still choose to build with Southern home plans.
What is it that gives special class to Southern house plans? One reason, undoubtedly, is the historical imagination evoked by the antique charm of Southern home plans' exteriors. Many styles of Southern living plans contain features reminiscent of times before the American Civil War. However, this is not to say that this architectural style would be insignificant if it were not for the U.S. history it leads us to reflect upon. Even apart from their historical context, Southern living designs impress and engage the imagination.
What does it mean to have a modern, historical home? It means owning a timeless work of art that not only represents American architectural history, but also embraces modern day technologies and floor plans. Essentially, Southern living designs allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds – classic architectural design and the comforts of contemporary living. The modern practicality of the interiors of Southern house plans and the historical beauty of the exteriors bridge the gap between the past and present.
Here are some architectural characteristics typical of Southern living:
- Column-lined porches
- Grand entries
- Grand/Dual staircases
- Two-story porches or piazzas
- Shuttered windows
- Gabled rooflines
Similar to our selection of colonial and country house plans, these designs have broad appeal. Who could not appreciate houses of historical looks and modern functionality? Choose a charming Southern model for very traditional appeal and up-to-date comforts.