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Dutch Colonial Homes: Practical, Beautiful, Rich in History

It ain’t much if it ain’t Dutch! Here’s an inside look at Dutch Colonial and Dutch Colonial Revival style homes. An American favorite in residential architecture since they first appeared in New England in the early 1600s, these homes are spacious, typically symmetrical, and very, very livable.


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ADDITIONAL STORIES ON House Plans

Welcome to the four-bedroom house plan, with its wide array of architectural styles, sizes, and configurations! While not an opulent McMansion, the four-bedroom plan provides families with a comfortable and well-designed space complete with special features and amenities. Here, TPC focuses on the increasingly popular four-bedroom house plan.

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Looking for a home with more privacy, more livability, and more functionality? What about a home that feels as though it has plenty of space and seems to be larger than it actually might be? You’re looking for a home with a split bedroom layout. Here’s why . . .

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This eponymous architectural style has been adapted to the gorgeous natural beauty, sub-tropical climate, and weather conditions of the Lowcountry region along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia. Just as historic and diverse as New England architecture, Lowcountry homes can be cottages, contemporary Farmhouses, modern Country, Coastal, and more.

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Few – if any – parts of the country have a more historic collection of architectural styles than New England. From Colonial to Cape Cod, Farmhouse, Georgian, Shingle, and others, New England plans are pure Americana. Here’s a descriptive guide to five iconic New England house styles that date to the original 13 Colonies.

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Definitely not a rowdy Man Cave or a tree house, the “She” Shed is a retreat like no other. It is a haven in the backyard where women can spend some peaceful “alone” time, take a respite from their hectic schedules at home and at work, or immerse themselves in creative activities.

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Houses are getting larger, and homes north of 3000 square feet are not unusual. But they’re not the poorly designed McMansions of the past. Detailed trimwork, expansive kitchens, grand staircases, multiple suites, and 3- or 4-car garages are only some of the features you’ll find in 4000 to 4500 square foot houses.

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From the basic classics to infinity pools, hot tubs, and indoor structures with relaxing spas, swimming pools are beautiful additions to a dream home that give it an even more attractive look. And, pools that are appropriately designed and situated connect indoor and outdoor designs better than other features can.

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From traditional to modern and contemporary homes, quaint cottages, and bungalows, there are architectural styles for everyone’s wish list. But there’s nothing like the L-shaped house when you want to combine functionality, flexibility, and style. Here’s a look at plans designed in an L-shape – and they’re not necessarily Ranch homes.

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Whether in a farm country setting or a sophisticated urban environment, barn style architecture is emerging as an exciting residential design option. The rustic look of a barn, with its open spaces, is fascinating and capturing the fancy of Americans who are looking for a different aesthetic for their family homes.

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The fireplace used to be the heart of the home. It was the gathering spot for the family and a necessity to life. Without one, you wouldn’t be able to cook, bake, or survive harsh winters. This isn’t the case today. What’s keeping the fireplace trend alive is nostalgia. But even that’s on the decline.

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