Category: Architectural Styles

The American Dream Home: Its evolution over the centuries

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The Jasper Hill #5020

As our life styles change, so does our criteria for the American Dream Home!

By Chuck Tripp

In a recent Washington Post article written by Emily Badger, the single-family home in America was the topic of discussion—in particular, how radically it has evolved over the years. What was in vogue a century or more ago certainly isn’t so today. In fact, upon even a cursory glance, it becomes quite clear that Americans today like their homes bigger, bigger, and BIGGER. In fact, according to the article, “new homes built today are about a thousand square feet larger than single-family homes completed just 40 years ago.”

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The Charlton #1322

Dream House Plans: French Country Home Designs

By Charles Richardson and The Plan Man
Home Designs House Plan 1178 - The Carrera

French Country Home Designs – Plan 1178 The Carrera

French Country home designs are to many the dream house plan.The mere name conjures up images of the lush, rolling French countryside in northern and southern France that is sprinkled with estate-like chateaus and idyllic farmhouses. Also known as French Provincial, the French Country style has become quite popular in upscale suburban neighborhoods. The majestic lines and impressive facades make a great first impression from the street and evoke a sense of elegance and refinement.

HOME PLAN TRENDS: Georgian Home Designs

By Charles Richardson
Georgian Home Plan - 868 The Wedgewood

Home Plan Exterior of the Wedgewood

Georgian architecture conjures up images of stately houses on vast, sweeping estates, where the privileged would mingle amid champagne, music, and starlit skies. In actuality, a Georgian home plan is simply a colonial design, albeit, it originated among wealthy New Englanders and genteel Southern land owners. The influences that make the Georgian home “stately” can be traced to the classical influences of the Italian Renaissance. The impressive facades, multi-storied composition, symmetrically aligned windows, and regal entrances were designed to create a feeling of grandeur as well as balance.