Architectural Styles

Dream Home Plans: The Classic Cape Cod

The Cape Cod Dream Home: Learn the history, influences and features of this popular home plan style.

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The Hatfield #1136

History of the Cape Cod

The Cape Cod dream home made its American debut in the early 18th century and is characterized by its sloped roof, symmetrical design, shingles, dormers, and ornate window shutters. Favored in colder climates with lots of snow, this classic New England-style home was modeled after the half-timbered houses of England and over hundreds of years has become known for its modest one-to-one-and-a-half-story floorplan. Former Yale University President Reverend Timothy Dwight is credited with coining the term “Cape Cod.”

Dream House Plans: Southwestern Home Design

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The Sedona Ridge #986

When searching Dream House Plans, Southwestern house plans are one of the most easily recognizable designs in the United States.

By Charles Richardson and Chuck Tripp

With an architectural history that dates back to the Spanish Colonial era,

Southwestern home designs are especially prevalent in warmer, arid climates, such as Arizona, California, and New Mexico, among others. Southwestern dream home plans have evolved over the course of several centuries and have incorporated a range of influences, in particular classic Spanish Colonial, Mission, and Mediterranean.

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.”

THE CHARLTON HOME PLAN 1322 IS NOW AVAILABLE

This one-story European home plan is as functional as it is beautiful.

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The roomy kitchen includes a versatile e-space, opens to both the great room and single dining area, and accesses an ideal service area with pantry, mud room with storage and large utility room with sink. A lavish master suite is tucked away privately at the rear, and separated from two secondary bedrooms and a bedroom/study with unique box tray ceiling. Check out all the great details you will find in this new home plan from Donald A. Gardner Architects!

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The Charlton #1322