Architectural Styles

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.

Housing Trends – Lowcountry Home Designs

By Charles Richardson
Lowcountry Home Designs - The Palmetto House 737

The Palmetto House – Plan 737

Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: you don’t need to reside in a coastal setting to live in a Lowcountry home design. For the past decade, they have become an increasingly popular style in towns and cities all across America, particularly with homeowners who have an affinity for coastal architecture or nostalgic memories of a childhood summer beach house.

Farmhouse Home Design

By Charles Richardson

The farmhouse home design has been an increasingly popular trend  over the past few years. Americans, seemingly of every age and interest, have been drawn to the idyllic image and pastoral simplicity that it evokes. As for the term, farmhouse was derived originally as a description of location rather than style. A farmhouse was basically any home built on a vast expanse of land or large agricultural tract. Over time the simple, no-nonsense design elements typical of such a rural dwelling were exemplified by an unpretentiousness and functionality that city dwellers adopted as a matter of practical taste.

American Craftsman Home Style

By Charles Richardson
Craftsman Home Plan

Craftsman House Plan #1248 – The Wexler

When exploring the latest popular trends in the housing industry, homeowners sometimes overlook the style of the house itself. This is unfortunate because the type of home you build will largely set the tone for the type of interior and exterior designs that will be aesthetically optimal. “The style, or type, of house you select is the single most important thing to consider when building a home,” says Chuck Tripp of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. “It is important to select a style that not only reflects your particular taste, but is also suitable to your lifestyle.” After all, functionality is a key component to effective design.

Today we are going to discuss one of the most versatile house styles: American Craftsman Home style.