Informal yet elegant, country home plans are designed to give a rustic and cozy feel. These homes typically include gabled roofs, dormer windows, and abundant outdoor living space. This style reigns as America’s single most popular house design style.
Country house plans are a broad architectural genre that reflects many other style influences such as farmhouse, rustic, cottage, and cabin and even low country. Whether it’s a primary residence in a suburban environment or a vacation home hidden away in the rural countryside, country style houses are the architectural embodiment of the American Dream.
Features of Country Home Designs
Merging design principles of utility and beauty, country homes in the United States evolved as their own take on English and Old World rural estates.
A few more characteristics typical of this style include:
- Generous front porch. The most iconic of country-style homes have elaborate front porches — serving as a functional transition space between outdoors and indoors and adding beautiful woodworking detail to the home’s appearance. Often also included are wraparound porches, screened-in rear porches, and covered doorways.
- Fireplace as the home centerpiece. Before modern conveniences of central heating and electricity, the home’s fireplace provided coziness in a common space. Still, families that live in country-style homes are naturally drawn to the fireplace as it provides warmth and comfort.
- Ample square footage. Country style floor plans embrace size and space. The majority of our plans that fall in this category boast square footage of at least 1,500 square feet.
- Rustic finishes and decor. Traditionally, this style of home was built with materials that were available locally like simple stones, bricks, and wood. Today country living house plans still preserve that original vernacular look with exposed wood beams and rough textures. Owners often opt to decorate with folksy decor that reflects a complementary style.
- Big country kitchens including a walk-in pantry. Open floor plans are a modern addition to this style. This makes the kitchen space even larger, and the perfect spot for entertaining. Oftentimes the traditional formal dining room is now a part of the open-concept kitchen and living area.
- Mud rooms. The ideal space to kick the dirt off your shoes and hang up your coat after spending time outdoors.
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