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. Today Italianate home plans are enjoying a revival among romantics who are drawn to these inviting two-to-four story homes featuring picturesque cupolas and low pitched roofs with wide, elaborately bracketed eaves. Typically constructed of smooth stone, stucco, or brick, these elegant home designs welcome sunlight inside through tall pairs of double-hung windows or expansive bays. Italianate floor plans typically feature spacious rooms with soaring ceilings, warming fireplaces, and spacious kitchens.
- Low-pitched hipped or flat roof
- Wide, overhanging eaves with brackets and cornices
- Square cupolas or towers are not uncommon
- Porches and balconies characterized by balustrades
- Tall, narrow, double-paned windows with rounded hood moldings