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What is your house plan style?
     How do I know what house plan style I want?  This is a question that I get very often here in the customer service department.  Sometimes it is not an easy decision.  Most people like a variety of house plan styles.  I myself being one of those people. I think a lot of the time we just don't know what makes a certain home fit into a category.  Some homes will have different styles that make up their architecture and design.  Here at The Plan Collection we offer a huge array of house plan styles from Bungalow to Luxury.  If you would like to better understand, and find a house plan style you like, go to our architecture description page.  It is highlighted in the Read more
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Published On : 09-09-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Modern House Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. The "Modern" architectural style became popular in the 1920's and 30's and is similar and often referred to as "Art-Deco". The rural housing market never really embraced this styling, as did commercial development. This plan style generally consists of very simplistic and modern geometrical designs. Usually walls are smooth texture stucco, or stone and roof systems are a very shallow pitch or flat. Modernized designs avoid multiple design elements that other styles use. For example a Victorian style home may have fish scale in the gables, lap siding, as well as brick or stone enhanced with decorative accents in the gables, on railing etc. Modern and Art Deco ornamentation is generally subtle pa Read more
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Published On : 11-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
10675 Views
 
Arts and Crafts Home Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Arts and crafts style homeplans are sometimes referred to as craftsman. Some of the features that identify these homes are: · Exposed rafters, beams or rafter ends in the eaves. · Corbels or triangular shaped trim pieces in the gables. · Dormers. Generally shed dormers were the most common however these plans were also designed with gable and hipped dormers. · Foundations that slope outward as they get closer to the ground. These foundations were often constructed of rock. · Generally the exteriors were a wood siding or stone with masonry chimneys. · Large porches along the front of the home. · Bungalow style homes were often of Arts and Crafts styling. · Read more
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Published On : 11-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2687 Views
Bungalow House Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Bungalows are some of the most common homes found in older neighborhoods of America. These homes became very popular from the 1910's to the 1930's. Bungalows are generally narrow but deep homes often with detached or no garages. These homes are usually one story but sometimes 1-½ stories high. Bungalows usually have a small porch with columns set in large brick bases. These porches are often enclosed with screens to keep the bugs away on the summer nights on the porch. Sears and Roebuck sold many Bungalow home plans and materials kits through their mail order catalog. Read more
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Published On : 11-23-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6823 Views
Cape Cod House Plans: Smart Home Design
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Many of us may have had a Cape Cod style home as our fist home since they are generally smaller in size and more affordable. These smaller homes became very popular in the 1920's and allowed thousands of people the opportunity to own a home. Many of these homes were left unfinished in the attic and later finished as families could afford it. Some of the most prominent features of Cape Cod style homes are: · Small rectangular sizes designed for small families. · 1.5 story structures with gables roofs and usually two or more small dormers. · The exteriors vary from brick, wide clapboard siding and sometime stucco. · Usually the garages on Cape Cod style homes are Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6366 Views
Colonial House Plans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Colonial style home plans are generally two to two and one half story homes with a very simple and efficient design. This architectural style is very identifiable with its very simplistic rectangular shape and the large columns. These homes are also very symmetrical with equally sized windows generally spaced in a uniform fashion across the front of the home with decorative shutters. Colonial plans usually have one gabled roof from side to side or a hipped roof. Entrances are often accentuated with tall columns extending up both stories. Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6655 Views
Contemporary Homeplans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Throughout the late 1960's and 70's contemporary plans became quite popular. Contemporary styling is a combination of several styles and are often multi level homes. Some of the characteristics are: · Garage placement on the front of the home for cost effectiveness. · Shallower pitched roofs that often extend from a higher level down over the lower level. · Simple, clean lines that are cost effective to build but attractive. · Windows are large and sometimes trapezoidal following the roof pitch in gables. · Exteriors are a mix of materials like wood, brick, rock, siding and stucco. · Vertical ornamentation in simple patterns. Contemporary homes are still being buil Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3944 Views
Feng Shui House Plans
Many different types of architectural styles may incorporate Feng Shui principles, as they are mainly a focus on floor plan layouts or room placement. Though the popularity of Feng Shui has recently increased, design techniques originated in have been around for thousands of years. This is an ancient eastern art that carefully considers the environment in which we live and the relationship between the objects in that environment. Interior designers and architects implement these techniques to improve the overall flow of home design. Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
5281 Views
French Houseplans
Click on the Image to view this floor plan. French architecture is a unique style that offers a lot of charm with its distinctive characteristics. These house plans generally have asymmetrical exteriors with a combination of ornamental attributes that complete the design. Some of the common characteristics of this design are: · Stucco and brick exterior. · Steep roof pitches at varying heights. Curved roof pitches are sometimes incorporated in one or two locations. · These homes are usually two stories in height with high rooflines. · Chimneys are usually large and sloped at the base, As with many other styles, there are variations to French architecture. Some plans are symmetrical with steep hipped roofs and exterio Read more
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Published On : 11-24-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
2863 Views
Georgian House Plans
Georgian house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. The Georgian plan style originated in Great Britain named after King George. This style has been popular throughout the United States and incorporates attributes shared with Colonial designs. Georgian homes sometimes have raised basements and are two stories in height. Other features include hipped or gables roofs often with dormers to light attic spaces and a palatial look. Floor plans usually have a large central corridor from the entry. Stairs are usually placed in the entry with a room on either side of the foyer. Tall two story entries are common with balconies at the top of the stairs. Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6189 Views
Passive Solar Homeplans
Passive Solar house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Hopefully, as occupants of this gigantic place we call earth; we are becoming more and more aware of our surroundings and how to preserve them. At times the housing industry gets a lot of heat from environmentalists that argue the earth natural resources are being depleted. The preservation of the earth's resources is of great concern and will continue to become more and more of a concern to the coming generations. We are proud to be affiliated with Architects and Designers that take minimal impact into consideration when designing residences. We now have a Passive Solar category of home plans that exhibit plans of various styles that are designed for optimal positioni Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3103 Views
Praire Style House Plans
Prairie Style house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Early in the 1920's a group of architects developed the Prairie style of architecture. The most popular among them was the well-known Frank Lloyd Wright. Prairie style homes are simplistic in their square design. Boxed shapes at varying heights and depths give the home a unique form. One of the characteristics that are most obvious with the Prairie style house plans are the shallow pitched hip roofs with large overhangs. The large overhangs protect the home's interior from direct sunlight; large casement windows however provide plenty of daylight for a comfortable interior. Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6989 Views
Ranch Style House Plans
Ranch Style house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Ranch style homes (originally known as the California Ranch) were quite popular plans in the 50's and 60's. Their styling is very simple and rectangular in shape. Ranch style homes generally have shallow pitched hipped roofs that extended across a single or double car garage. The draw back to the ranch style home is that is requires a large lot because of the width. Ranch style plans are most popular with three bedrooms and two baths. This plan style has evolved over the years. You can now find a ranch style plan with various architectural styles such as Traditional, Georgian, Country and more. The ranch style home plan is popular because it generally provides all that y Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
5228 Views
Southern Homeplans
Southern house plans 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 Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3900 Views
Southwestern House Plans
Southwestern house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Southwestern homes are the predominant style in, as you may have guessed, the southwestern United States. Southwestern design takes the environment in which it is built into great consideration, as the architectural themes tend to blend into the landscape. There are two basic categorizations that fit into the Southwestern style: Monterey and Pueblo. The Monterey style was quite popular in Northern California from the 1930's to the 50's. These house plans were a combination of Colonial plans of New England and Spanish architecture. These homes are usually two stories in height with shallow pitched gable or hipped roofs. Roofs are generally covered with wood shakes and so Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4205 Views
Spanish or Mediterranean House Plans
Spanish or Mediterranean house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Spanish or Mediterranean style house plans are most commonly found in warm climates where the clay tile roofs assist in keeping them cool during the hot summer months. The Spanish and Mediterranean style homes are usually finished with a stucco (usually white or pastel in color) exterior and often feature architectural accents like arched openings in the stucco or wood beams. This style is similar but different than the southwest style of architecture, which also originated in the southwest areas of the country. Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6693 Views
Split or multi-level houseplans
Split Level house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. The split-level style home plan began as a variation of a ranch style home (sometimes known as a multi-level). They often maintained the shallow pitched roof and architectural styling however rather than one level floor plan split-levels have various levels at varying heights. Generally split-levels are a one level portion attached to a two-story section. Garages on split-level homes are often tucked beneath living space. Basements in split-level floor plans are generally very shallow thus the windows are just above the ground level providing a lot of sunlight through the windows into the lower level. These types of house plans are often described as having "daylight b Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
6878 Views
Traditional Homeplans: What to Look for in this Architectural Style
What are traditional house plans?   Click on the Image to view this floor plan.   Traditional homes are some of the most common styles built throughout the United States. These floor plans are designed to accommodate the American way of life. Traditional homes are kind of a mix of several other styles but there are some basics that are usually consistent throughout traditional designs: Simple, often hipped rooflines. Brick or stucco exteriors are most common. Traditional plans are often single level floor plans with steeper roof pitches though lofts or bonus rooms are quite common. Covered porches. Open foyers. Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3101 Views
Transitional Homeplans
Transitional house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. There are several categories on our site that describe certain types of homes that aren't necessarily architectural styles but deserve to be set apart in a category of their own. Some of these include, cabins, vacation homes, Feng Shui designed homes and as we will explain as you read further, transitional homes. Transitional homes are sometimes described as the empty nester plans. The plans that we have in this category are house plans that have been popular for couples that have raised their children and are now living alone (well, together-but without kids). These types of plans often have fewer bedrooms and larger spaces, spoiling the parents for their hard work r Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3738 Views
Tudor Style Homeplans
Tudor house plans have a lot of architectural features that evolved from medieval times when large buildings were built in a post and beam fashion. The spaces between the large framing members were then filled with plaster to close off the building from the outside. This technique provided a lot of architectural appeal as half of the rough sawn framing members were visible from the outside. These days most Tudor style homes are not actually built in the post and beam fashion. The look however is achieved by fastening rough sawn lumber on the outside of the home to create the post and beam look. The space between them is then filled with plaster or stucco. Other features of Tudor style homes are complex and steep roof lines with various gab Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
4620 Views
Vacation House Plans
Vacation house plansClick on the Image to view this floor plan. There are several categories on our site that describe certain types of homes that aren't necessarily architectural styles but deserve to be set apart in a category of their own. Some of these include, cabins, vacation homes, Feng Shui designed homes and as we will explain as you read further, transitional homes. Transitional homes are sometimes described as the empty nester plans. The plans that we have in this category are house plans that have been popular for couples that have raised their children and are now living alone (well, together-but without kids). These types of plans often have less bedrooms and larger spaces, spoiling the parents for their hard work raising chil Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
3320 Views
Victorian House Plans
Victorian house plans Click on the Image to view this floor plan. Victorian style developed and was quite popular from about 1820 to the early 1900's. Victorian homes are most commonly two stories with steep roof pitches, turrets and dormers. Porches are often large with turned posts and decorative railing. Decorative gable trim, corbels, and a variation of exterior finishes. This style actually is a combination of several other main styles like Italianate, Second Empire and Queen Anne. Designers began to implement characteristics of several styles to create what is most commonly known as Victorian. This style is sometimes viewed by critics as cluttered or overpowered with trim work and ornamentation, however these are the attributes t Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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Luxury House Plans
  Our goal is to bring you the best designs from the greatest designers at roughly a tenth of the price of a custom design. With close to 20,000 plans, you’re sure to find one that suites your needs and gratifies your wants. With close to 15 years of experience in the creation of fine homes, we’re sure to handle all of your questions and concerns with the professionalism and expertise you deserve. Feel confident in your search for the perfect house plans. If you run into any road blocks, we’re here to get you the information you need in the fastest possible way.   As part of our continuous search for amazing house plans, we’ve uncover Read more
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Published On : 10-08-2007
Author : Steve Donegan
8459 Views
Mountain Home Plans – Stylish Ingenuity
  Mountain Home Plans, like almost any other style of architecture, were developed foremost for function. While settling fertile mountain valleys overlooked by the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, people needed homes that could withstand the long harsh winters. The result of the settlers' ingenuity is known today as Mountain style home design. Mountain house plans are a hybrid of several stylish and functional types of home design. They often combine the rough-cut quality of Craftsman House Plans with the rustic appeal found in Log Cabins. Mountain houseplans also borrow design principles from Swiss chalets in order to provide you with a stylish home that was made to adapt.   This is R3102b. Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
8189 Views
House Plans of Every Style!
quaint [kweynt] -adjective, -er, -est. Having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque: a quaint old house. Strange or unusual in an interesting, pleasing, or amusing way. Skillfully or cleverly made. (Dictionary.com) If you're looking for a house plan that epitomizes the word quaint, then you might just want to check out NDG-1292. NDG-1292 is one of The Plan Collection's newest additions, and it is wonderful! You get a very rustic Craftsman exterior that just seems to exude quality and coziness. But don't forget -- it's what's inside that really matters! You're sure to love the great room; this open living area is well lit with plenty of natural sunlight, due to the 2nd story dormers and the large Read more
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Published On : 02-05-2010
Author : Steve Donegan
4208 Views
Craftsman House Plans from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Awhile ago, we featured this craftsman-inspired home plan on our homepage. Plan #149-1454 is a really great 1 1/2 story home, but what made it unique was the fact that it had been built on national television.     For those of you who are unfamiliar with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", it is ABC's Emmy Award-winning reality TV series that brings entire communities together in service to provide a deserving family with a new home and a new chance at life. Since early 2004, the Extreme Makeover Team has been traveling the country in search of families that are in serious need of a new home. The family is then given a week-long, all-expense-paid vacation, meanwhile, the Extreme Makeover Team jo Read more
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Published On : 03-02-2012
Author :Brian Toolan
12751 Views

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