Comfort Homes Across the Country Keep Military Families Close to Loved Ones
Everyone here at The Plan Collection is driven by the simple idea that great house design should be affordable and readily accessible to everyone. However, even more important than house design is the desire of each and every one of us to have a home.
Fisher House Foundation recognizes that basic human need. Founded in 1990 by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, their mission is to ensure families of service men and women have a "home away from home" on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers, enabling family members to be close when their loved one is hospitalized for an unexpected illness, disease or injury.
We at The Plan Collection have been so impressed with Fisher House Foundation that we partner with it during the months of April, May, October, and November by donating 5% of all sales of house plans.
Styled as “Home”
Each Fisher House typically reflects local or regional influences in style and architecture and are decorated to provide the most comfortable environment possible. The homes are usually between 5,000 and 16,800 square feet and have 8 to 21 suites. The houses can accommodate 16 to 42 family members, according to the foundation website, and “they feature a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room, and inviting living room.” They even provide toys and play areas for the little ones. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $282 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Here’s a look at the architectural styles of 5 selected Fisher Houses and examples of what a typical homeowner might build as a similar style:
1. California's Mediterranean Style: West Los Angeles Fisher House, California.
Built in a California, Spanish, or Mediterranean style, this Fisher House home has a tiled roof and arch porticos. Typically this style is seen in warm climates. (Photo courtesty of Fisher House Foundation)
Similar in style to the California Fisher House, this five-bedroom, five-bath home encompasses 6,095 square feet, tiled roof and arched windows. (plan #107-1020).
2. Colonial Tradition: St. Louis Fisher House, Missouri
Looking almost like a single-family residence, this Fisher House is built in the Traditional or Colonial style, with slightly wider eaves and larger portico. (Photo courtesty of Fisher House Foundation)
Though smaller at 1,422 square feet, this three-bedroom, two-bath Colonial home closely resembles the Missouri Fisher House, down to the portico, hip roof, and shutters (Plan #126-1341).
The front of this Fisher House has a beautiful two-story portico. Built in the Southern or Historic style, the house displays echos of a European heritage and resembles many a courthouse or grand mansion found in Texas. (Photo courtesty of Fisher House Foundation)
This three-bedroom, two-bath Historic-style home boasts similar features: a two-story portico, symmetrical window treatment around a central front door, and a hip roof. (Plan #178-1034).
4. Bungalow and Praire: West Palm Beach Fisher House, Florida
This large Bungalow/Prairie style looks like it could be a single family but is the Fisher House located in West Palm Beach. It is also reminiscent of the Cracker-style that is common to the Florida and the Keys. (Photo courtesty of Fisher House Foundation)
Very similar in style to the Florida Fisher House—down to the portico, hip roof, and symmetrical windows—this four-bedroom, two-bath Prairie-style bungalow even sports a chimney. (Plan # 116-1048)
5. Our Colonial Heritage: Joint Base Andrews Fisher House, Maryland
A Colonial structure, this Fisher House hosts families near the site of Andrews Air Force Base and is the epitome of a “home away from home.”
With the exception of its front-facing gable end on the left side, this center-hall Colonial home is an extremely close relative of the Maryland Fisher House. It’s a fairly large house, at 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, and has a three-car garage (Plan #146-1263).
Please join us in Supporting Fisher House Foundation for the great work it does in supporting the families of our military in their time of need!