Also referred to as plantation home plans, Southern house plans are easily identified with some basic design applications. To accommodate the warm, humid weather of the South, plantation home plans are spacious and airy with tall ceilings and 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 using a decking material rather than concrete. Roofs are pitched or gabled, usually at a medium to shallow pitch. Southern home plans are single or two stories in height and sometimes are adorned with dormers. These types of Southern house plans became popular in the 1700s as plantation owners commonly built them. There are many plantation homes preserved throughout the South, usually built on large pieces of land.