Beach House Plans
Beach or seaside houses are often raised houses suitable for the shoreline sites. They are adaptable for use as a vacation house near water or even in mountain areas. The Tidewater house is typical and features wide porches, constructed of wood with the main living area raised one level. If interested in beach houses you may find something that suits your tastes by looking at our vacation home or our small house plans.
Canadian House Plans
Our Canadian house plans come from our various Canada-based designers and architects. They are designed to the same standards as our U.S.-based designs and represent the full spectrum of home plan styles you’ll find in our home plan portfolio. If you are looking to build in Canada and have to contend with Bill 124, our Canadian house plans are a great place to start. If you are building in the U.S., you’ll also find some great designs that are ready-to-build when you are.
Cape Cod House Plans
The Cape Cod originated in the early 18th century as early settlers used half-timbered English houses with a hall and parlor as a model, and adapted it to New England’s stormy weather and natural resources. Cape house plans are generally one to one-and-a-half story dormered homes featuring steep roofs with side gables and a small overhang. They are typically covered in clapboard or shingles and are symmetrical in appearance with a central door, multi-paned, double-hung windows, shutters, a formal, center-hall floor plan, hardwood floors and little exterior ornamentation. Some cottage house plans share Cape-inspired elements.
Carriage House Plans
Carriage houses get their name from the out buildings of large manors where owners stored their carriages. Today, carriage houses generally refer to detached garage designs with living space above them. Our carriage house plans generally store two to three cars and have one bedroom and bath. These plans make an interesting alternative to a vacation home plan or a cottage house plan.
Colonial House Plans
Colonial revival house plans are typically two to three story home designs with symmetrical facades and gable roofs. Pillars and columns are common, often expressed in temple-like entrances with porticos topped by pediments. Multi-pane, double-hung windows with shutters, dormers, and paneled doors with sidelights topped with rectangular transoms or fanlights help dress up the exteriors which are generally wood or brick. Additional common features include center entry-hall floor plan, fireplaces, and simple, classical detailing.
Contemporary House Plans
The common characteristic of this style includes simple, clean lines with large windows devoid of decorative trim. The exteriors are a mixture of siding, stucco, stone, brick and wood. The roof can be flat or shallow pitched, often with great overhangs. Many ranch house plans are made with this contemporary aesthetic.
Corner Lot House Plans
Our Corner Lot House Plan Collection is where you’ll homes with garages entered from the side, making them perfect for your corner lot. Some enter from the left, others the right, and some a combination of front and side. Whichever you choose, these home plans will suit your corner lot just great.
Cottage House Plans
A cottage is typically a smaller design that may remind you of picturesque storybook charm. It can also be a vacation house plan or a beach house plan fit for a lake or in a mountain setting. Sometimes these homes are referred to as bungalows. A look at our small house plans will reveal additional home designs related to the cottage theme.
Country House Plans
Overall, our most popular style, a country house embraces a front porch or a wrap-around porch and is topped with a gabled roof. It can be one or two stories high. While everyone is different, people who look at Country home plans also may want to consider ranch house plans, cape cod house plans or craftsman home designs.
Craftsman Home Plans
A backlash against the elaborate Victorian style of the turn of the 20th century, the Craftsman house displays the honesty and simplicity of a truly American house. Its main features are a low-pitched, gabled roof (often hipped) with a wide overhang and exposed roof rafters. Its porches are either full or partial width, with tapered columns or pedestals that extend to the ground level. A combination of natural materials are used, such as wood and stone, and often a combination of more than one type.
European House Plans
European houses usually have steep roofs, subtly flared curves at the eaves and are faced with stucco and stone. Typically, the roof comes down to the windows. The second floor often is in the roof or, as we know it, the attic. Also look at our French Country, Spanish home plans, Mediterranean and Tudor house plans.
Going back in time, the American farmhouse reflects a simpler era when families gathered in the open kitchen and living room. This version of the country home usually has bedrooms clustered together and features the friendly porch or porches. Its lines are simple. They are often faced with wood siding.
Florida House Plans
A Florida house plan embraces the elements of many styles that allow comfort during the heat of the day. It is especially reminiscent of the Mediterranean house with its shallow, sloping tile roof and verandas. It also includes the Tidewater or raised Key West house, faced with wood, one or more porches and verandas and windows that provide the cooling breezes to freely flow throughout. These homes make great vacation homes in southern latitudes.
French Country House Plans
Rooted in the rural French countryside, the French Country style includes both modest farmhouse designs as well as estate-like chateaus. At its roots, the style exudes a rustic warmth and comfortable designs. Typical design elements include curved arches, soft lines and stonework. Inside, you’ll find wood beams, plaster walls and stone floors as common thematic features. For a broader selection, enjoy our European house plans.
Georgian Home Plans
Georgian home plans are characterized by their proportion and balance. They typically have square symmetrical shapes with paneled doors centered in the front facade. Paired chimneys are common features that add to the symmetry. The most common building materials used are brick or stone with red, tan, or white being frequently used colors. Stately and elegant, fans of Georgian home plans should look at our European house plan collection.
Green House Plans
Green house plans are growing in popularity and represent a design philosophy bent on creating energy-savings beginning with the home design. Through the use of passive solar, smart material choices and cutting-edge design, these homes will help you cut down on utility bills and leave a lighter footprint as you build your new home.
Hill Country House Plans
Texas Hill Country style is a regional historical style with its roots in the European immigrants who settled the area, available building materials and lean economic times.
The settlers to the hills of central Texas brought their carpentry and stone mason skills to their buildings. The locally available white limestone and later brown sandstone were used with the local cedar to construct these well-crafted attractive homes.
The more rustic simple nature of Texas Hill Country style is also due to the lean times when the area was being settled, resulting in a simple and authentic style. The Hill Country style has a modern elegance because of simplicity, materials and detail in construction.
Log Home Plans
The log home of today adapts to modern times by using squared logs with carefully hewn corner notching on the exterior. The interior is reflective of the needs of today’s family with open living areas. The log home started as population pushed west into heavily wooded areas. Today’s log house is often spacious and elegant. Also look for log-inspired plans in our vacation house plan section.
Low Country House Plans
Low country house plans are perfectly suited for coastal areas, especially the coastal plains of the Carolinas and Georgia. A sub-category of our southern house plan section, these designs are typically elevated and have welcoming porches to enjoy the outdoors in the shade.
Luxury House Plans
Our luxury house plans combine size and style into a single design. We’re sure you’ll recognize something special in these hand-picked home designs. As your budget increases, so do the options, which you’ll find expressed in each of these quality home plans. For added luxury and lots of photos, see our Premium Collection.
Mediterranean House Plans
This house is usually a one-story design with shallow roofs that slope, making a wide overhang, to provide needed shade is warm climates. Courtyards and open arches allow for breezes to flow freely through the house and verandas. There are open, big windows throughout. Verandas can be found on the second floor. Typically, the Mediterranean house is constructed with a stucco exterior and has a tile roof. These homes make great vacation homes in southern latitudes and overlap with our Florida plans and Spanish home plans.
Metric House Plans
Our metric house plans come ready-to-build for your metric-based construction projects. No English-to-metric conversions needed. Save time and money with our CAD home plans and choose from a wide selection of categories including everything from vacation home plans to luxury house plans. And ask us about converting any non-metric plan to metric as well.
Mountain Home Plans
Mountain home plans are designed to take advantage of your special mountain setting lot. Common features include huge windows and large decks to help take in the views as well as rugged exteriors and exposed wood beams. Prow-shaped great rooms are also quite common. There is some crossover between these designs and vacation home plans.
Narrow Lot House Plans
Our narrow lot house plans are designed for those lots 50′ wide and narrower. They come in many different styles all suited to your narrower lot.
Net Zero Ready Home Plans
Homes built from Net-Zero Ready Home Plans can produce as much energy as they use. When equipped with a photovoltaic solar array, a Net-Zero Energy Home’s electricity meter spins one way while consuming power, and spins the other way when producing power. The net result is a zero or near zero electricity bill.
These home plans have super energy efficiency “designed-in’, so even without the addition of a solar array, our home plans routinely save between 40%-50% power costs over a comparably sized new home.
Northwest House Plans
Designed by architects from the Northwest, this home is usually simple in design, devoid of excessive exterior details and is made mostly of wood. The roof is usually medium to low-pitched with deep overhangs. Windows can be large bringing light to the interiors. These houses are applicable to any region in the country and can serve as a primary home or vacation home. They also share traits with our Craftsman home plans.
Photo Gallery House Plans
“What will your design look like when built?” The answer to that question is revealed with our house plan photo search. In addition to revealing photos of the exterior of many of our home plans, you’ll find extensive galleries of photos for some of our classic designs.
Plantation Style House Plans
Plantation home plans typically boast stately white pillars, a symmetrical shape and sprawling porches associated with the South, although they can be found all over the country. The grand features and spacious scale suggest the charm and genteel lifestyle of the South.
Prairie Style Home Plans
Prairie-style home plans came of age around the turn of the twentieth century. Often associated with one of the giants in design, Frank Lloyd Wright, prairie-style houses were designed to blend in with the flat prairie landscape. The typical prairie-style house plan has sweeping horizontal lines and wide open floor plans. Other common features of this style include overhanging eaves, rows of small windows, one-story projections and in many cases a central chimney. Our prairie-style home plan collection represents work from a number of designers. You’ll find designs featuring many different exteriors and shapes. All of them will share some similarities of the original prairie-style home designs from the early and mid-twentieth century with upgrades we’ve all come to enjoy today.
Premium Collection Plans
These exciting home designs offer something above and beyond our luxury house plans. The photo galleries of each premium design show the fine detail given to each home design.
Ranch House Plans
A ranch typically is a one-story house, but becomes a raised ranch or split level with room for expansion. Asymmetrical shapes are common with low-pitched roofs and a built-in garage (in rambling ranches). The exterior is faced with wood and bricks, or a combination of both. Many of our ranch homes can be also be found in our contemporary house plan and traditional house plan sections.
Shingle Style Home Plans
Born in New England and popular through to the West Coast, shingle style home plans are informal and highly imaginative – a summer “cottage” style often built for wealthy clients. Called the the architecture of the American summer, these house plans are known for their casual style and their ability to blend into their surroundings with wood shakes in natural colors. Wide porches are quite common and invite you to spend time outdoors. People interested in shingle style house plans will want to see our Craftsman home plans.
Sloping Lot House Plans
Our sloping lot house plans are designed for lots that slope either to the back, the sides or to the front. Many of our Mountain Home Plans are designed for downsloping lots and we have a number of front and side sloping lot house plans with drive-under garages .
Southern House Plans
To accommodate the warm, humid air of Southern climates, houses of the south are sprawling and airy with tall ceilings, large front porches, usually built of wood. A wrap-around porch provides shade during the heat of the day. Pitched or gabled roofs are usually medium or shallow in height, often with dormers. Many Southern home plans are closely related to our country house plans and low country house plans.
Southwest Home Plans
Southwest home plans embody the aesthetics of adobe homes. They can either be built out of massive adobe walls which stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter or in the adobe style. True adobe walls make the inside of an adobe home quiet, as they absorb and insulate from sounds both inside and outside of the home. A well-designed adobe home will need no cooling system, whereas stick construction probably will. The combination of adobe with natural plasters, wood ceilings, exposed exterior beams and other traditional finishes results in a rich blend of tradition, comfort, and elegance.
Spanish Home Plans
Characterized by stucco walls, red clay tile roofs with a low pitch, sweeping archways, courtyards and wrought-iron railings, Spanish house plans are most common in the Southwest, California, Florida and Texas but can be built in most temperate climates. Their charm adds a romantic appeal that blends Mediterranean, Moorish and Spanish Colonial elements into a single stunning house plan.
Split Level House Plans
Split level homes offer living space on multiple levels separated by short flights of stairs up or down. Frequently you will find living and dining areas on the main level with bedrooms located on an upper level. A finished basement area provides room to grow.
Traditional House Plans
A traditional home is the most common style in the United States. It is a mix of many classic, simple designs typical of the country’s many regions. Common features include little ornamentation, simple rooflines, symmetrically spaced windows. A typical traditional home is Colonial, Georgian, Cape Cod saltbox, some ranches. Building materials are either wood or brick.
Tudor House Plans
Considered a step up from the English cottage, a Tudor home is made from brick and/or stucco with decorative half timbers exposed on the exterior and interior of the home. Steeply pitched roofs, rubblework masonry and long rows of casement windows give these homes drama. Also look at our European house plans and French country house plans.
Tuscan Home Plans
Our Tuscan Home Plans combine modern elements with classic Italian design, resulting in attractive Old World European charm. Similar in flavor to our Mediterranean House Plans, the Tuscan designs have their own flavor and typically feature stucco exteriors with stone accents, terracotta roof tiles,narrow, tall windows with shutters and enclosed courtyards. Additionally, this style often features decorative ceilings with wood beams.
USDA Approved house Plans
The Rural Housing Service (RHS) was created in 1994 as a result of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act to meet housing and community development needs of rural America. Our USDA Approved house plans are approved for use in their very popular rural housing loan. The program has become an increasingly popular way for families and individuals to become homeowners with the help of the various loan programs that are available to aid rural area residents to build a new home.
Vacation Home Plans
Vacation homes have central, open living areas, few or many bedrooms suitable for a couple or family with lots of friends. Many of our styles are represented in this category, i.e. cottage house plans, beach house plans, Florida house plans, southern house plans, mountain home plans, contemporary home plans, and country house plans.