Second Empire Style House Plans

The characteristic mansard roofs gives Second Empire house plans a full level of attic or living space under the roof.

Looking like a crown atop the stately home, a mansard roof is not really a roof at all. Dressed in shingles with dormers peeking through, it appears to be a roof, but it is actually the angled, flared, or curved wall of the house’s uppermost story. A Second Empire home plan offers attic or living space on the top floor. Second Empire floor plans tend to be formal, with adaptations for modern lifestyles.

Thoroughly European in flavor, Second Empire designs are classified as variations of Victorian style primarily because they were popular during Queen Victoria’s reign, though they are based on French and Italian precedents instead of English. Though generally boxy in plan, a tower or bay may provide some asymmetry. Classical proportions and tall windows characterize the exterior. Embellishments may include brackets under the eaves and balconies (similar to Italianate homes) and elaborate cresting along the roofline.

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Architectural features:

  • Mansard roof with projecting dormers enabling light to penetrate upper story
  • Decorative elements may include wrought iron cresting, brackets, and elaborate detailing and trim
  • Graceful proportions and symmetry

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  • Plan#: HWEPL12150

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    3
    Story
    3
    Gar
    3
    Width
    38'
    Depth
    82'
    Area: 5,306 sq. ft. Style: Second Empire
    Price: $1,100 - $1,845
    Cost to Build: $477,540 - $902,020
  • Plan#: HWEPL12152

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    3
    Gar
    3
    Width
    34'
    Depth
    75'
    Area: 6,150 sq. ft. Style: Second Empire
    Price: $1,100 - $1,845
    Cost to Build: $626,940 - $1,184,220
  • Plan#: HWEPL05474

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    1
    Story
    2
    Gar
    0
    Width
    26'
    Depth
    26'
    Area: 1,365 sq. ft. Style: Second Empire
    Price: $729 - $1,479
    Cost to Build: $122,850 - $232,050
  • Plan#: HWEPL12147

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    3
    Story
    3
    Gar
    3
    Width
    35'
    Depth
    72'
    Area: 4,823 sq. ft. Style: Second Empire
    Price: $950 - $1,645
    Cost to Build: $434,070 - $819,910
  • Plan#: HWEPL01977

    Bed
    4
    Bath
    2
    Story
    2
    Gar
    2
    Width
    44'
    Depth
    36'
    Area: 2,042 sq. ft. Style: Second Empire
    Price: $979 - $1,729
    Cost to Build: $183,780 - $347,140
  • Plan#: HWEPL64131

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    1
    Gar
    0
    Width
    79'
    Depth
    65'
    Area: 2,477 sq. ft. Style: French Country
    Price: $665 - $1,000
    Cost to Build: $222,930 - $421,090
  • Plan#: HWEPL10266

    Bed
    4
    Bath
    4
    Story
    2
    Gar
    3
    Width
    84'
    Depth
    70'
    Area: 5,452 sq. ft. Style: N/A
    Price: $2,420 - $3,630
    Cost to Build: $490,680 - $926,840
  • Plan#: HWEPL14600

    Bed
    4
    Bath
    3
    Story
    0
    Gar
    2
    Width
    45'
    Depth
    39'
    Area: 2,241 sq. ft. Style: Second Empire
    Price: $1,900 - $2,400
    Cost to Build: $201,690 - $380,970
  • Plan#: HWEPL07864

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    1
    Gar
    2
    Width
    56'
    Depth
    50'
    Area: 1,875 sq. ft. Style: New American
    Price: $885 - $1,840
    Cost to Build: $168,750 - $318,750
  • Plan#: HWEPL02020

    Bed
    3
    Bath
    2
    Story
    2
    Gar
    1
    Width
    32'
    Depth
    32'
    Area: 1,630 sq. ft. Style: Second Empire
    Price: $849 - $1,599
    Cost to Build: $146,700 - $277,100
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