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Saltbox Homes

Search our Saltbox House Plans collection As a variation on the Colonial home, the Saltbox style came about as colonists added more living space to their homes.  Simply stated, the Saltbox home is a typical Colonial home with the roof extended down the back side of the home, covering a one-story addition at the rear.  As a [...]

Ranch House Plans

Search our Ranch Home Plans collection Many, who hear the words "one-story home," instinctively think of the "Ranch" home.  A Ranch home is a particular style of one-story home that is simpler in appearance and layout.   Sometimes referred to a "Rambler," the Ranch style home became extremely popular following WWII due to its uncomplicated, cost-effective design. Evolution [...]

Narrow Lot Home Plans

Search our Narrow Lot House Plans collection As homebuilding sites have gotten smaller, Narrow Lot homes have become the design of choice for many.  Sometimes referred to as Zero-Lot Line homes, shotgun house plans, or Patio Homes, Narrow Lot homes are commonly found in new high-density subdivisions, as well as in older communities' in-fill sites.  The majority [...]

Hillside Home Plans for Sloping Lots

Search our Hillside Home Plans collection Hillside homes are specifically designed to adapt to sloping or rugged building sites.  Whether the terrain slopes from front to back, back to front, or side to side, a Hillside home design often provides buildable solutions for even the most challenging lot.  One common benefit of a Hillside home is [...]

Luxury Home Floor Plans

Search our Luxury House Plans collection Luxurious living is not defined by the size of a home, but rather, the home's enhancement of one's luxurious lifestyle.   From smaller, well appointed "jewel box" designs, to sprawling mansions, Luxury homes provide refined settings in which to entertain, relax and enjoy life.  No matter the size, a Luxury home is [...]

Mediterranean and Spanish Style Homes

Search our Mediterranean Home Plans collection The Mediterranean style house casts an immediate impression of warm sea breezes, bright sunshine, and relaxed lifestyles.   Shallow, broad rooflines are commonly covered with curved tiles, and exterior walls are clad in stucco or stucco-like materials - often vibrantly colored.  Arches, columns and wrought iron accents are often incorporated into [...]

Florida Home Plans

Search our Florida Home Plans collection The design of the Florida style home is directly related to the rigorous climate of that sultry southeastern state.  With a nearly year-round dose of heat, humidity and termites - not to mention an infamous hurricane season - this region has all but done away with wood frame construction and [...]

Farmhouse Style Home Plans

Search our Farmhouse House Plans collection Farmhouse style homes are most commonly identified by deep, sprawling covered wrap-around porches that often shade more than just the front of the home.  These homes are closely related to Country style homes, but generally give the impression of having a higher physical profile.  Farmhouse homes are warm and [...]

European Home Plans

Search our online European Style Homes Plans collection European style homes do not usually mirror a specific architectural style from a specific European country.  Rather, these homes generally embody a blend of architectural "flavors" that cast an overall look and feel that says "European."  The appearance of these homes can range from quaint and cottage-like, to [...]

Earth Sheltered or Earth Berm House Plans

Search our Earth Sheltered House Plans collection Earth Sheltered homes are certainly nothing new.  People have been using the earth to provide shelter since...well...remember the caveman?  Today's Earth Berm or underground home is anything but a cave, but it is usually found nestled into the side of a hill or large berm of earth.  The environmental movement [...]

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