Selecting the Perfect House Plan Style for Your Custom Home
By Mark J. Donovan
||When sifting through the thousands of house plans that are available online today it’s important to first have an idea of what type of house style you’re really interested in. House plan styles are numerous and it is wise to select a house plan style that is common in your region and neighborhood. Choosing a house plan style that doesn’t “fit in” is fraught with problems.
Often the construction materials for a house style that is not indigenous to your region may be difficult to find and/or be very expensive to obtain. Another major concern involves selling the home down the road some time. House plan styles that don’t fit in with the region or neighborhood can be very difficult to sell.
House plan styles are also constantly evolving so it’s important to look for house plans that are contemporary with the region you live in. New house plan styles incorporate many of the modern features and building materials that were not available even a few years ago in older house plans.
In other cases modern house plan styles incorporate the old with the new. With these types of house plans, the exterior of the home may retain an old world charm but the construction and interior of the home is completely modern with the materials and amenities in it.
Split Level House Plans – This type of house has a partially submerged lower level that is finished and a completed up stairs. When you walk into the front entrance of the home, there is a short flight of stairs down to the lower level and a short flight of stairs to the upper level. Split level house designs work well on pieces of property that have sloping grades and/or high water tables. Split level houses are also ideal for drive-under garages.
Country House Plans – Usually have large open area designs and include a large kitchen and family room. Typically they include two floors. The outside of the home has large amounts of exterior surfaces and there are often wrap around porches attached to the front and side of the home.
Ranch House Plan Styles – These types of houses are single story homes. They can vary in size from small to very large. They can be straight, L, or even square shaped with a center outdoor living area. They have a significant amount of roof due to the large footprint they require.
To conclude, there are many house plan styles to choose from, and the decision on which one you should go with should be based on a combination of your personal tastes and what is common for your region of the country.
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