Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Also referred to as plantation homes, southern homes are easily identified with some basic design applications. To accommodate the warm, humid weather of the south, plantation homes are spacious and airy with tall ceilings, large front porches with a series of round or square columns. Porches sometimes surround the home (sometimes called a veranda) to provide shade throughout the heat of the day. Porches are built of some type of decking material rather than concrete. Roofs are pitched or gabled of usually a medium to shallow pitch. Southern homes are single or two stories in height and sometimes are adorned with dormers. These types of plans became popular in the 1700's as plantation owners commonly built them. There are many plantation homes preserved throughout the south, usually built on large pieces of land.