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1 Bedroom House Plans
Are you looking for a 1 bedroom house plan for a starter home? A getaway cottage? Or, maybe you’re working with a modest budget and would like to keep costs down. Whatever your situation is, be sure to check out the ePlans collection of one bedroom home plans.
1 Story House Plans
With unbeatable functionality and a tremendous array of styles and sizes to choose from, one-story homes are an excellent choice for now and years to come. What you're bound to notice while looking through this collection is that it encompasses a wide variety of architectural styles and an even wider range of square footages.
2 Bedroom House Plans
Two-bedroom house plans are an affordable option for families and individuals alike. Young couples will enjoy the flexibility of converting a study to a nursery as their family grows. Retired couples with limited mobility may find all they need in a one-story home, while the second bedroom provides the perfect quarters for visiting guests.
2 Story House Plans
2 story floor plans offer many advantages: they’re a cost-effective way to maximize your lot, provide privacy to bedrooms, and create an impressive exterior. Two-story homes come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, from simple farmhouse designs to opulent mansions.
3 Bedroom House Plans
By far our most popular plan configuration, three bedroom homes allow for a wide number of options and a broad range of functionality for any homeowner. A single professional may incorporate a home office into their 3 bedroom house plan, while still leaving space for a guest room. In another 3 bedroom floor plan a young couple can set up the perfect bedroom for their child while maintaining space for a study, for guests, or even for another addition to their family.
3 Story House Plans
Create amazing views and maximize your lot with a multi-story home design. In some of these plans, sweeping staircases take you all the way up to a third floor, where extra bedrooms, leisure space, and even viewing decks may await. Other designs devote the ground-floor level to garage and storage, with primary living and sleeping spaces on the floors above — a great way to take advantage of a hillside lot.
4 Bedroom House Plans
Four bedroom house plans offer flexibility and ample space. For a growing family, there is plenty of room for everyone, while empty-nesters may value extra bedrooms that can accommodate the whole family at holiday time, and double as home offices, craft rooms, or exercise studios.
5 Bedroom House Plans
Explore our grandest home plans with five bedrooms and more. Host multiple guests in style or turn an extra bedroom into a media room, a home office, or whatever you can dream of. Many of our five bedroom house plans fit compactly in under three thousand square feet, while others are spacious mansions.
A-Frame House Plans
Ski House Modern! A-Frame house plans suit rugged climates. A-Frame Houses look like three dimensional versions of the capital letter A. Or, as author Chad Randl puts it in his book A-Frame: "An A-frame is a triangular structure with a series of rafters or trusses that are joined at the peak and descend outward to the main floor level." Becoming popular in the 1950s, A-Frame home plans set a new standard for dramatic, contemporary vacation homes.
Adam/Federal House Plans
The popularity of Adam and Federal style architecture coincided with the end of Colonial America. Federal style house plans present a formal, rigorously balanced face to the street. Rooflines can be peaked with little overhang, although larger versions sometimes feature a flat roof flanked by a decorative balustrade. Architectural details are small but telling, providing a formal feel to the living areas inside.
Adaptable House Plans
Think beyond starter home, family-sized, and empty nester: these homes adapt to fit many stages of life. The plans feature flexible rooms like bonus spaces and basements that can serve a variety of purposes as your needs change, whether that means housing a returned college student or an aging parent. Many also have layouts that make growing older easier with master suites on the main level and easy-to-navigate hallways.
Affordable House Plans
Do you ever glance at your construction finances and then sit back and wonder, "What's the cheapest type of house I could build?" Guess what? You're not alone! Finding simple affordable floor plans becomes more important as land and building costs rise, which is why we put together this collection. By choosing to build from simple house plans you've already taken a big step toward achieving a great home at an affordable price.
Award Winning Plans
Thousands of Award Winning Architect Designs ePlans is a proud sponsor of the American Institute of Building Design’s annual American Residential Design Awards competition. Garnering entries from all over the world each year, ARDA honors the finest in residential and community design.
There's a reason these designs are so popular: fabulous curb appeal plus accommodating layouts. The best and most popular house plans for sale on ePlans.com often include flexible spaces, welcoming porches, island kitchens, and adaptability to neighborhoods across the country.
A big kitchen isn't just a luxury, it's the heart of the home. Parties, casual family meals, holidays, quick breakfasts, chatting with friends while preparing dinner — it all happens here. For maximum interaction, select a layout with the kitchen open to the main gathering room, so that people can walk in and out. Islands are especially useful, as they provide room for chopping and rinsing (especially in a separate vegetable sink), with a bar providing extra room for guests to sit and snack. A large kitchen might also provide a walk-in pantry, room for a wine fridge, a butler's pantry, and more.
Whether you're building in California or just want to bring some West Coast style to your neighborhood, you're sure to find your California dream home on Eplans.com. Modern ranch house plans could also be called "California house plans" because they were popularized in California, and are descendants of Craftsman house plans, Bungalow house plans, and Ranch house plans…all of which became identified with California living.
From Cottage Country cabins to everyday traditional homes, you'll find the best of Canadian house plans here. One-story, two-story, and multi-level homes come in a variety of layouts to suit your needs. Dreaming of a getaway home? Log cabin and lakefront house plans are affordable options for starting your vacation home. Need a walkout basement foundation? No problem, many plans have that option. You can also customize your plan to be exactly how you want it, whether that means changing the garage from front- to side-loading, adding a bathroom, or even altering the style of the facade.
Cape Cod House Plans
The Cape Cod house plan is designed for practicality and comfort in a harsh climate. Originally developed in New England in response to harsh winters and the need for simple construction techniques, Cape Cod houses can be found anywhere residents want clean, symmetrical lines.
Chalet House Plans
These charming house plans make perfect mountain getaway homes. Drawing on the rustic farmhouses of the European Alps, the romantic Chalet style gained popularity in America around the middle of the 19th century, where it was employed in snowy mountain settings where its storybook charm is complimented by spectacular scenery.
Chateau House Plans
For those who want to live like royalty, you’ll find your castle house plan in the Chateauesque style. Inspired by French Chateau house plans of the 16th century, the Chateauesque style is a popular choice for lavish homes designed to impress.
If you're looking for beautiful beach house designs or lakefront layouts for vacation or retirement, you've come to the right collection! Whether you want to build a small bungalow or a multi-level waterfront cottage, you'll find that outdoor living takes center stage in these coastal house plans.
Contemporary-Modern Floor Plans
Sleek designs with open floor plans and abundant daylight embody this style. Modern home plans have a long history that ranges from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style in the early 1900s to European Modernism of the 1920s to Mid-Century Modern homes to A-frame and geometric house plans of recent decades.
Cottage House Plans
Cottage homes and cottage style house plans combine efficiency, informality, and country character. Today's cottage home plans can be cozy without skimping on living space. Small cottage house plans and country cottage style house plan designs offer details like breakfast alcoves and dining porches, helping them live larger than their square footage.
If you’re planning to choose (or already have) a mountain or lakefront home plan, you should definitely browse the ePlans collection of deck design plans. Decks are a great addition that allow you to take advantage of the breezy and beautiful wilderness that surrounds you. Deck plans are also perfect for entertaining house guests.
We asked some of our most popular designers to identify their favorite home designs plans...the house plans they think have the the most curb appeal, the best layouts, and the best features and amenities for modern lifestyles. These were the designs that came to them in moments of genuine inspiration, and they want to share their inspiration with you.
Dutch Colonial House Plans
The Dutch Colonial house plan is very simple in nature and is suitable for families. The Dutch home plan is a variation of the Colonial style most popular in New York and New England. Though they typically exhibit the same one or one-and-a-half-story form and no-nonsense façade as the Cape Cod, the defining characteristic of a Dutch Colonial home is the flared eaves and/or gambrel roof form (think of a barn roof).
From small but fabulous homes with space-saving designs to spectacular dream estates, we've assembled our top picks in this collection. Hand-picked from the tens of thousands of house plans available on ePlans, these designs offer a wide range of sizes, architectural styles, and amenities.
Energy Saver Plus House Plans
Imagine your home as a mini power plant, generating its own energy while you pocket the money you'd otherwise pay the utility company. When built to specifications, Energy Saver Plus Home Plans use 40 to 50 percent less energy than a standard new home, without any renewable energy systems. Innovative design and building techniques account for impressive energy savings, but add a solar photovoltaic array, and your days of paying the power company could be over.
English Cottage House Plans
Romantic and full of unique character, English Country homes (also known as English cottages or cottage style) make charming in-law units or full-sized family homes. Clay or mud was used to fill the walls between the timber framing members, creating the familiar "half-timbered" appearance. Prominent chimneys are evidence of the fireplaces used to heat the home and cook food.
Estate House Plans
These estate homes deliver much more than just generous square footage. Luxury living is about exceeding conventional expectations and attaining a highly customized level of convenience. Look for homes that deliver thoughtful amenities designed for your lifestyle; for example, an office with built-in shelves if you work from home, a butler's pantry with a wet bar for the oenophile, or a home theater for the movie lover.
Exclusive House Plans
The magnificent plans in this collection come from four of the country's most talented designers, brought together here on ePlans. These design firms have more than 100 years of experience among them, and their award-winning plans have been used to build hundreds of thousands of homes nationwide and around the world.
Are you looking for a tropical retreat? Check out our collection of Florida home plans. Florida’s heritage is evident in its architecture. The Spanish colonial era lives on in Mediterranean mansions and more modest ramblers, while the region’s strong connection to the deep South is evoked by gracious Neoclassical homes and Cracker cottages.
French Country House Plans
French Country house plans recall simple but stately manor houses in the European countryside. French Country style became popular after World War I when soldiers returning from Europe settled down and began building homes inspired by the country cottages and manors they saw in France and other parts of Europe. French Country style house plans typically offer two stories of living space in a rectangular footprint under a hipped roof.
Whether you want more storage for cars or a flexible accessory dwelling unit with an apartment for an in-law upstairs, today's attached and detached 1, 2, or 3+ car garage plans provide way more than just parking. Perhaps you just need a simple, affordable, and easy-to-build structure with 1 or 2 car bays. Or maybe you need storage for the family RV or even a boat. Workshops give you space to tinker on vehicles, motorcycles, or lawnmowers. Want a studio, home office, or shed? How about a man cave? These flexible floor plans can do it all.
Garage Plans with Apartments
Perfect for boarders, independent teenagers or guests needing privacy, garage apartments offer a unique way to expand the number of bedrooms in a floor plan. Or, you could go the other direction and create a quiet and secluded home office. These plans all contain heated living space above a garage, often with full plumbing and even kitchen space. For more ways to create private space in a home, see our collection of house plans with inlaw suites.
Georgian House Plans
Popular in Colonial America, Georgian house plans imitate English architecture of the period. Imported from England during Colonial days, the Georgian style has maintained its position as one of the most popular residential architectural styles in the United States. Its stately stance often appeals to those seeking to make a statement of elegance and good taste.
Gothic Revival House Plans
Gothic Revival is a variation of the Victorian architectural style characterized by a church-like appearance. An eclectic Victorian style, Gothic Revival homes feature asymmetrical and unpredictable floor plans. Easily identified by the pointed arch shape which is repeated in windows, doorways, and other decorative features, Gothic Revival home plans are built with a steeply pitched cross-gable roof and a one-story porch.
Greek Revival House Plans
Stately and refined by design, Greek Revival house plans are ideal for large family homes sited on estate-sized properties, but they are also suited for sophisticated in-town homes and neo-urban cottages. Elegant, bold, and simple, neoclassical Greek Revival home designs started appearing in America in the early 19th century when tastes turned toward the ideals of the ancient world.
Green House Plans
Green is one of the hottest movements in house building today. Recycled-glass countertops, insulating wall systems, and non-toxic interior paint may have important roles to play in the building of your next home, but don't forget that every sustainable home begins with a green design. Choosing a home plan designed with green features, meaning with adequate natural lighting and ventilation, environmentally conscious materials, a modest size and footprint, is the foundational decision in the building of a comfortable, sustainable home.
Whether you're a movie buff or just need an extra room to use as bonus space, a house plan with home theater (sometimes written "theatre") could be your best bet.
House of the Week
The home plans in this collection have been featured in newspapers nationwide in the popular "House of the Week" feature. Showcasing a variety of styles, their broad appeal and up-to-date layouts make them fit right into most any neighborhood. Learn more about each one by perusing additional images, taking a closer look at the floor plans, and even leaving comments.
House Plans for Narrow Lots
Whether you already have a narrow lot to build on or you just want an affordable compact home, these slim plans maximize space. A narrow plan is ideal for building in a crowded city, or on a smaller lot anywhere. These blueprints by leading designers turn the restrictions of a narrow lot into an architectural plus by utilizing the space in imaginative ways. Some of the plans feature back-loading garages, with charming porches in front. Others have traditional front garages, while some have no garage at all, which may suit you just fine. A properly designed narrow-lot house plan "lives" just like any other quality home - and offers you more lot options, to boot.
House Plans with Courtyards
Courtyards provide a homeowner with the ability to enjoy scenic beauty while still maintaining a degree of privacy. They are also a symbol of luxury and can be utilized in many different ways, including: guest entertainment, family barbecues, sun-bathing and gardening.
House Plans with Elevators
A home elevator can provide unparalleled convenience in a wide variety of house designs, from simple country plans to luxurious Mediterraneans. Imagine carrying all the laundry from second floor bedrooms to the basement washing machine in a single trip. For those who need help getting up and down stairs, a home elevator can be an absolute necessity. Incorporating an elevator into a new home design doesn't have to be extravagant. Dozens of our house plans include room for elevators, and the cost may be less than you think.
House Plans with Fireplaces
One of the most popular amenities in a house plan is the fireplace. In fact, more than half of our floor plans have them. Besides having one in the great room, family room, or living room, some plans incorporate fireplaces outside on a screen porch, in a hearth room near the kitchen, or even in the master suite. Browse through all of our home plans with fireplaces here, or get more specific with a gas fireplace, a fireplace in the master bedroom, or an outdoor fireplace on the patio.
House Plans with Inlaw Suite
Privacy for your in-law and yourself. House plans with two master suites give you a ton of flexibility. Looking for mother in-law house plans, inlaw suites, or simply a flexible space? All of the plans in this collection contain bedrooms with private baths (in addition to the master suite). You can house an in-law, an elderly parent, a caregiver, an older child, short-term renters, or simply special guests.
House Plans with Patios
Nothing complements a new home and invites outdoor entertaining like a well-designed patio. All of the house plans in this collection include specially drawn patio plans that work seamlessly with their house plans, for a unified overall design.
House Plans with Pool
If you'd like your pool to reflect your individual aesthetic, you're in luck. Today's design trends are wide and varied. Once upon a time, when it came to pool design you had two choices: rectangular or kidney shaped. But these shapes suit few landscapes perfectly. Today's options including pond or beach-like designs and elegant, classical edge treatments, allow homeowners to match their pool to the landscape that will surround it and Eplans is here to help provide with that private oasis you have been yearning for.
House Plans with Porches
A porch adds flavor and class to any house by offering the homeowner attractive outdoor scenery 24/7, immense curb appeal and shaded refuge on a hot summer afternoon. If you’re thinking of building a house, be sure to check out ePlans.com’s collection of house plans with porches (and, while you’re at it, be sure to view our special collection of home plans with wraparound porches).
House Plans with Wraparound Porches
A Porch for Every Season Imagine relaxing evenings enjoying the summer breeze, or catching the morning sun on the other side of your house, with a porch that wraps all the way around. Wraparound porches help make the most of outdoor scenery by offering multiple vantage points. Often covered, they provide opportunities to entertain outside, rain or shine, and the additional shade helps cut down on summer cooling costs. The wraparound porch is a classic design, often accompanying Country, Farmhouse and Victorian styles.
Italianate House Plans
Breathtakingly beautiful on estate-size suburban property and strikingly sophisticated in smaller scale settings, Italianate house plans offer a fresh take on Old World style. First popularized in America in the 1830's and influenced by both the rural farmhouses of Italy and the classical architecture of Italian city houses, the Italianate style remained a staple in cities and towns through the end of the 19th century.
Lakefront house plans at eplans excel at bringing nature closer to the home with open layouts that easily access the outdoors, as well as plenty of decks, porches, and verandas for outdoor entertaining, and wide windows for viewing the wildlife and capturing the breeze. You'll find comfortable (and comforting) architectural details that aid and abet the informal and relaxing lifestyle embodied in a lakefront home plan. Love the relaxed look of these plans? Discover similar styles in our collection of mountain home plans.
Large House Plans
Looking for space? These large house plans have it, each of them totaling 3,000 square feet or more of finished living space. With expansive living areas for entertaining, charming nooks, sunrooms for relaxing afternoons, and extra bedrooms for a growing family, these floor plans let you spread out.
Low Country House Plans
The Low Country house plan is best suited for Southern climates and coastal locations. With abundant windows and doors and large shade porches, the distinctive features of Low Country style are designed to keep the home comfortable in marshy Southern marshy climates. A Low Country home is often raised and resting on piers to capture cooling breezes and prevent flooding.
Luxury House Plans
Just what is a 'luxury' home? While all homes should provide comfort and function, a luxury home surpasses these basic purposes and offers much more flair. In a crowded city, it could mean a compact yet comfortable three-level home in an exclusive neighborhood. In more spread-out areas of the country, it may have sizable square footage and sit on rolling acres of land. However you envision your new luxurious home to wind up, you've landed at the right place to start the process.
Mansion Floor Plans
These amazing designs will reflect your success and help you enjoy it! These magnificent mega mansion floor plans feature elegant touches and upscale amenities (like Ultimate Baths and Amazing Kitchens) that surround you with luxury and comfort.
Master Bedroom Downstairs
Master bedrooms on the first floor, and other universal design elements, mold a home to serve its homeowner at all stages of his or her life. First floor master bedrooms also allow the master(s) of the house to be separated from those who are dwelling on the upper floors.
Master Bedroom Upstairs
Master bedroom suites are normally found on an upper level of a home. "Master up" plans give a house a standard, classic layout. And really... why mess with a classic? ePlans’ collection of house plans featuring a master bedroom suite on an upper level is decorated with an assortment of styles – from intricate Craftsman houses, to imposing Victorians, to quaint Country abodes, and much more. You’ve waited long enough to build your dream house—it’s time to start making it a reality! Take the first step by searching for a home plan that is perfect for you on ePlans.com.
Mediterranean Modern House Plans
Take a fanciful Mediterranean villa and pare down the curlicues to more contemporary, streamlined forms and you’ll have a Mediterranean Modern style home.
If you’re building anywhere in the Midwest, check out our collection of Midwest home plans. Midwestern home design pays homage to the architectural style born in and of the region: the Prairie School. Developed in the early 20th century by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, Prairie style homes rely on low-pitched roofs, long horizontal lines, and earth-colored materials to evoke the landscape of the Midwest.
Mission House Plans
Remember the Alamo? Before it was a landmark it was a Spanish mission, and its distinctive parapet is the hallmark of Mission style architecture. Mission or Mission Revival house plans share the stucco walls and red tile roofs common to the other architectural styles indigenous to California and the American southwest, but they have one distinguishing feature: at least one curvaceous parapet adorning the façade.
If cozy, rustic charm, modern, open layouts, and chic outdoor living sound good to you, come explore our collection of mountain home plans! These rugged designs are perfect for vacations or living in the wilderness. If you love cabins, skiing, snowboarding, or outdoor activities, find your dream home plan here. These retreats usually feature open gathering spaces, walls of windows to take in views, and cozy fireplaces.
Mudroom House Plans
Mudrooms keep your family organized by taming clutter. Not just for cold or snowy climates, a mudroom house plan provides a transitional space between the outside and the inside, typically where the garage leads into the home.
Multifamily House Plans
Whether you're looking for a duplex, triplex, or a building with even more units, this collection of multifamily house plans has you covered.
Neoclassical House Plans
A Neoclassical house plan reflects the grace and beauty of classical architecture. Neoclassical home plans evoke a sense of grandeur by incorporating traditional elements drawn from Greek and Roman classical architecture. Graceful proportions are the hallmark of Neoclassical architecture, evident in the symmetrical façades and balanced arrays of windows.
New American House Plans
The New American house plan embodies expansive space and style. What is American house design? The New American home is big, inside and out. American house design represents a melting pot of architectural traditions, borrowing the asymmetrical massing of European country cottages and Victorian-era designs, and applying the formal architectural flourishes of Colonial and Neoclassical styles for a uniquely American house design.
This collection of New England house plans represents the nation’s architectural roots. The entire history of American architecture can be found in New England. The homes of the early Settlers reflected their European heritage, evolving into the Colonial styles that still enjoy countrywide popularity, like the ubiquitous Cape Cod. Colonial influences can even be seen in New England’s later contribution to American architecture, the Shingle style home.
Newest House Plans
Do you like to stay on the cutting edge, jumping on the latest design developments before they become the next popular trends? Explore our newest plans, just added to the eplans collection. You'll find plans with the best features of contemporary plan design: open layouts, island kitchens, great rooms, master suites on the main floor, mudrooms, e-spaces, flex rooms (which are increasingly taking the place of designated living and dining rooms). Check back here often, since these plans update frequently.
Northwest home plans convey a connection to the earth through rugged materials and sensitive design. Among the evergreens of the Pacific Northwest, rustic materials are right at home. Eplans.com’s collection of Northwest house plans reflects the character of the landscape with a selection of Craftsman, Bungalow, and lodge-like mountain homes.
Open Layout Floor Plans
Open layouts are modern must-haves, making up the majority of today's bestselling house plans. Whether you're building a tiny house, a small home, or a larger family-friendly residence, an open concept floor plan will maximize space and provide excellent flow from room to room. Open concept homes combine the kitchen and family room (or other living space) into a single great room that's perfect for relaxed entertaining and informal gatherings.
Outdoor Project Plans
Have you been talking about a project for a while, but haven’t gotten around to actually doing it? Don’t let the "Honey-Do" list get too long! The designs on ePlans.com will help you build whatever structure you have in mind. Our collection of project plans includes breezy, sun-filled gazebos, fun houses and several outdoor constructions that can be turned into anything you desire – from decorative covered patios to dog houses.
Plantation House Plans
Firmly rooted in Federal and Greek Revival architectural styles, Plantation home designs feature a medium-pitched gable or hipped roof, elaborate friezes, and breezy balconies that sometimes wrap around all four sides of the home. Although imposing, façades tend to be simple and symmetrical, with evenly spaced floor to ceiling windows that provide maximum natural light and ventilation to the gracious, well-proportioned rooms inside.
Queen Anne House Plans
Like the Victorian age, Queen Anne house plans are grandiose and opulent. Think about “Victorian architecture” and what probably comes to mind is a Queen Anne house plan. Queen Anne style is in fact one of the sub-styles of the Victorian school. Replete with towers, wings, wraparound porches, and intersecting gables, the multistory Queen Anne house plan presents an eccentric asymmetrical façade to the street.
Second Empire 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.
Shed House Plans
Shed house plans are a good choice for environmentally-minded homeowners who like modern contemporary style. A common variation in contemporary and modern architecture refers to the roof form. A shed roof slopes in only one direction, with no gable peak. A shed house plan may have multiple roof planes, each sloping a different direction. Shed home plans are particularly well suited for mounting solar panels, since they provide large expanses of roof space.
Shingle House Plans
The Shingle style evokes images of seaside towns and slower lifestyles. Shingle style house plans vary in form, but maintain a constant theme of irregular shapes and unadorned surfaces unified by rustic shingle cladding. Rooflines are complex, with multiple elements of varying shapes and heights.
Sloped Lot House Plans
Are you concerned about building your dream house on a lot that slopes? Don't be! Sloping lots can be a pain, but they don’t have to be when you shop on ePlans.com. Our sloping lot home designs were created with you (and your sloping lot) in mind. These plans use the sloping lot to their advantage and often feature a beautiful walkout basement.
Small House Plans
Small house designs (also known as small cottage plans) aren't just affordable and easy to build. They're smart. Whether you're downsizing into a cozy Craftsman bungalow or making the leap into a tiny home, small house designs / small cottage plans cost less to build and use fewer resources, making them friendlier to the environment and to your budget.
You don't have to live in the South to enjoy the gracious hospitality and outdoor living of a Southern house plan. Architectural details run the gamut from the narrow dimensions and layered porches of Charleston row homes to antebellum plantation homes that reflect Neoclassical influences with stately columns. Modern farmhouses are a contemporary choice. They all have one thing in common: a shady porch designed to enjoy balmy weather, capture breezes, and keep the inside cool.
The ePlans collection of Southwest style home designs are all about keepin’ it cool! The hot, sometimes scorching weather indigenous to the Southwest region makes it critical for houses to maintain temperate conditions. You’ll see re-occurring features in this collection that help these homes do just that. For instance – Southwest house designs generally have shaded areas as well as outdoor retreats, like courtyards, decks and porches, through which the homeowner can flirt with the sunshine drenched climate without being cooked by it.
Southwest House Plans
Southwestern house plans combine simple wood, brick, and stucco construction with decorative details evoking the desert southwest. Inspired by the residences and architecture of the desert southwest’s native inhabitants and its Spanish colonizers, the Southwest style utilizes wood, brick, and stucco to create homes that blend with the desert landscape.
Spanish Revival House Plans
Spanish or Spanish Revival house plans feature heavy ornamentation inspired by the Spanish and Moorish architectural traditions. Found primarily in the southwest, Texas, California, and Florida, Spanish Revival home designs draw on the heritage and architectural detail of America's Spanish colonial history. The red tile roofs and thick stuccoed walls serve to keep the interior cool in hot southern climates.
Split Level House Plans
The Split Level house plan is a variation on Ranch style, designed to maximize smaller lots. A relative of the Ranch home, the Split Level house plan features three levels of living space on a floor plan that makes economical use of the building lot. Split Level and similar Split Foyer house plans are particularly well-suited for sloping lots.
Starter House Plans
Starter homes mark the beginning of an exciting new phase in your life. This is your opportunity to pick a design that perfectly suits you. This collection features plenty of affordable small plans that have plenty of style and features you'll love, like kitchen islands and open floor plans.
Want a home with striking curb appeal and castle-like allure? Check out these designs with stone. Whether you opt for natural or manufactured product, even a little bit of stone adds a lot of interest to a home exterior.
If you’re building in Texas or Oklahoma, you’re sure to find your dream home in this diverse collection of Texas house plans. From the Gulf of Mexico to the Rio Grande, Texas homes are as diverse as the landscape. In the east you’ll find gracious residences similar to other Gulf Coast locales. The ratio of Spanish-inspired homes increases as the country turns to desert. In the middle is the Texas Hill Country, with Austin - the star of the green building movement - at its center. The result is a vast variety of traditional and innovative styles to choose from if you’re building in Texas or Oklahoma.
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The home plans in this collection have been designed by Certified Professional Members of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD). A nonprofit professional organization established in 1950, AIBD strives to protect and enhance its membership's ability to practice their profession.
Tiny House Plans
Tiny house plans offer small house living in multiple styles. The tiny house movement has been growing fast as homeowners look for ways to declutter or downsize, or simply want to live small. Mini homes, also called micro cottages – usually well under 1,000 sq. ft. -- are easier to maintain and more economical to run than typical family homes.
Here's where you get to add all those amenities you've been dreaming of. But, with so many options on the market, it helps to know what you're looking for before you head to the showroom or home center. We've compiled the basics on tubs, whirlpools, toilets, showers, and more.
These homes make splendid first impressions with stunning doorways, arched entryways, and more. When it comes to homes, realtors call this curb appeal — something that's critically important in today's volatile real estate market. Since the entry door is one of the first things guests and neighbors see, making the entry magnificent can go a long way in furthering your home's attractiveness and your pride of homeownership.
It's important to remember your kitchen isn't just where you cook but where you live. It's the heart and soul of your home. Many of today's home plans offer open layouts that eliminate barriers between the kitchen and the main gathering room so that you can interact with family and friends while you cook.
Universal design homes are crafted to be accessible to those with wheelchairs or limited mobility. But they are an easy-living choice for everyone. To accommodate special needs, universal design house plans offer wide hallways and easy access to bedrooms and bathrooms. Homes for the aging Baby Boomer population will require attention to their physical comforts, particularly with the "aging in place" movement gaining popularity.
Walkout Basement House Plans
Walkout basement house plans make the most of sloping lots and create unique indoor/outdoor space. Sloping lots are a fact of life in many parts of the country. Making the best use of the buildable space requires home plans that accommodate the slope — and walkout basement house plans are one of the best ways to do just that.