Georgian house plans are among the most common English Colonial styles in America, taking their name and characteristic features from British homes built during the reign of King George. These homes are often the embodiment of the concept of English properness and order, as they feature an overall highly symmetrical layout and design on the exterior and in the interior of the house. In terms of floor plans, Georgian style home designs are almost always built in a square or rectangular fashion and are two stories high, though some may include small additions on the sides and/or extensions for a front entrance.
It’s standard for these homes to feature somewhat grand entrances, which may include columns and almost always feature some form of adornment that sets the stage for the stately foyers into which they lead. The foyers are generally somewhat large and open – often two stories tall – typically leading into a grand staircase that is slightly shifted to one side (though some homes place the staircase in the center of this space). In either case, the stairways usually lead up to a balcony on the upper floor, which branches out to smaller hallways that allow access to the rooms on that level.
Back on the main floor, Georgian style house plans are known for their central hallways that divide the home into a symmetrical pattern, which brings a sense of balance to the living spaces inasmuch as each room is similarly sized and oriented around the surrounding locations. A Georgian home will typically also include a designated dining room and may include a parlor or other living space on the main floor, with the bedrooms relegated to the upper level.
The façade of the typical Georgian home plan is characterized by the same sense of order and balance found inside the home, with the front and sides including uniform windows that all feature shutters on each side. When not finished in brick, these homes are often painted white, giving them a clean and elegant look. Other features include hip or gable roofs, often with dormers to light attic spaces and impart a palatial look.