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plan style Colonial
The Colonial home plan style was born with our country … that’s why the original examples are found in limited areas along the East coast. Since its first revival around the mid 1800's, this house style has always been popular. The Colonial house plan tradition still thrives today.
plan style Cottage
Many who think of the Cottage house plan as simply a small lake cabin or petite bungalow might be surprised to learn that the Cottage look translates easily to more generous dimensions. Cottage style home plans, large and small, have been credited with giving America the covered front porch. The Cottage house plans we offer have the picturesque details and inviting comforts of America’s storybook love affair with this style. The Cottage house plan can be of many architectural styles like Craftsman, Farm house, Mountain, French, English, ect. Cottage house plans will usually be built with warm material finishes like cedar shake, stone, wood lap siding and solid wood beams as well as brick and stucco finishes.
plan style Craftsman
Craftsman style house plans are some of the oldest in America. Craftsman house plans date back to the late 1800's and early 1900's. The Craftsman home plan evolved from the early Bungalow style and usually had low pitched roofs and wide overhangs. The Craftsman house plan got its tag from the Craftsmanship of the local carpenter. Many of the gingerbread details of the Craftsman style home were left up to the carpenter on the job who took great pride in what he was able to create. One of the most recognizable features of the Craftsman house plan is the tapered boxed columns commonly found on a very spacious covered front porch. The Craftsman home plan will often have stone accents and cedar shake siding and warm wood details both inside and out.
plan style European
European house plans are not necessarily a specific style but consist of an array of European house styles born out of the many countries in Europe and deeply rooted in their "Old World" traditions. European houses may consist of styles with a French influence such as French Country, French Chateauesque, French Provincial or many other French eclectic styles. European house styles also include designs with Mediterranean and Tuscany influences. Also included are designs with English influences such as English Tudor, English Country, English Manor as well a number of other eclectic English styles. European style houses also include Italian, Italianate and Spanish influences. Most European houses have design characteristics that were greatly influenced by the climate as well as materials such as stone and stucco which were indigenous to the specific region in which they originated. European houses also have a broad range of roof slopes with the steeper slopes being used on European houses that are exposed to large amounts of snow fall and colder climates, while the Mediterranean style house typically would have a much shallower roof slope and wide overhangs to control the hot sun since they are located in a much warmer climate with little rainfall. European houses are sometimes referred to as "Old World" houses. We at Living Concepts pride ourselves on borrowing from classic European "Old World" details and incorporating them into each specific European style that we are trying to create while taking advantage of all the current products and construction methods available today.
plan style Low Country
Our new “Low Country” house plan designs have grown from a tradition of coastal and resort homes, many of which were originally elevated off the ground, to be interesting and complete homes that promise satisfaction for everyday living. Once especially popular in the South, our Low Country home plan designs have been built – with exciting visual impact and full of relaxing comforts – all over America.
plan style Mediterranean
Mediterranean home plans are a delightful contemporary choice in home planning – they answer many homeowner desires. A Mediterranean style home plan is pleasing to the eye … strongly influenced by Spanish and Italian motifs with time-honored elements, generally in stucco and brick … contrasting in an exotic way with a brightly-tiled, low-pitched roof.
plan style Traditional
Traditional house plans can be of many different styles. Most people think of Traditional house plans to be American Colonial or Georgian in nature. Traditional home plans are any house plan that has its design based on the traditional detailing of that particular style. Your new Traditional home plan exhibits an elegant simplicity. Although simple in design, a Traditional home can also be striking in its understated elegance, which appeals to many people. Borrowing from the Traditional house plans of the past and introducing the new products and life styles of today is what makes good Traditional house plans today.
plan style Estate
Estate house plans are typically very large homes typically located on a large piece of property. Estate house plans or Estate home plans can be of any architectural style, but are usually of a style that has been around for hundreds of years. Estate house plans are often true to the architectural detailing of a specific style thus creating the true feeling of actually living on an estate.
plan style Luxury
Luxury house plans do not necessarily have to be large house plans. Luxury house plans are plans that are appointed with high end products and materials. Luxury house plans may have roofs of hard materials like slate, tile, shake or high end composition shingles. Luxury house plans often use more expensive exterior finishes of stone, cast concrete and other natural products. Luxury house plans often have gourmet style kitchen appliances and custom cabinetry throughout. Luxury house plans are plans where the emphasis is on the quality of materials and workmanship. Many people today such as the "Baby Boomer" generation are scaling back and moving into smaller homes, but still want all the "bells and whistles" of the former large homes they came from, settling for less square footage but still wanting the luxury life style.
plan style French Country
French Country house plans or French Country home plans are often referred to as Country French house plans or French Eclectic house plans. Unlike their counterparts of French Chateauesque or French Provincial, the Country French house plan is usually a very asymmetrical house design with wandering floor plans and varying roof lines. French Country house plans typically have steeply pitched roofs and very modest eave details with little or no overhang. The French country home will often use lots of stone and stucco finishes that blend in with the countryside. French Country house plans will commonly have arched window and opening shapes both inside and out providing a welcoming and casual feeling. The Country French home can be finished very formally with detailed fireplace mantels and trim or can be much more rustic depending on the taste of the individual home owner.
plan style English Country
English Country house plans are in many ways similar to the French Country house plans. English Country home plans do not have the rafter tail kick that its counterpart has. The English Country house plan will feature more squared off windows, diamond shaped window panes and squared off openings along with the use of timbers, stone, and stucco elements. The English Tudor style will feature the use of half timbers for many of the exterior walls.
plan style Mountain/Hillside
Mountain house plans are typically designed with a long and shallow footprint to take advantage of a hillside condition. Many of our Mountain house plans have what we refer to as an inverted floor plan where the secondary bedrooms are located in the daylight basement in order to take advantage of a lot that slopes off to the rear rather than designing a plan with bedrooms on a second floor. Mountain house plans often incorporate the use of heavy timbers and stone elements that are indigenous to the area in which they are built.
plan style Lake Front
Most lake front house plans are designed with a lot of windows on the lake side of the home. Lake front house plans can be of any architectural style but often will take on a specific angular shape to take advantage of prominent views of the water. Many lake front home plans will have walk-out daylight basements since most lake front lots will slope to the lake. Lake front house plans can be of all different sizes and shapes but will always maximize the owner's lake living experience.
plan style Golf Course
Golf Course house plans are plans that are designed with a lot of windows on the rear of the home to maximize views to the golf course. Golf Course house plans often have walk out basements since they are frequently located on lots that slope to the golf course on the back side.Golf Course house plans can be found in all architectural styles and can be small or large homes.
plan style Country
Country House plans or Country Home plans are plans that would fit in a country setting. The Country House plan can be of most any architectural style but would make use of the materials indigenous to the Country side.
plan style Farm House
Farm House plans are plans you would typically see along the country side of america. Farm House plans frequentlt have long and deep front porches, many would have a porch that wrapped around the sides or maybe even the back of the home.
plan style Accessible
Accessible House plans are plans that have been designed with the handicap or disabled person in mind. Accessible House plans usually have wider door openings for wheelchair passage. Many multilevel homes are designed with residential elevators to provide access to all levels for the disabled and handicapped. Accessible House plans can be found in all square foot ranges and all architectural styles.
plan style Affordable
Affordable House plans are often smaller house plans that are affordable to build. Affordable House plans are often simpler in design and use more cost saving materials that also helps with the overall final price.
plan style Bonus Room
Bonus Room House plans are plans that have some unfinished space that can be expanded into. This additional space can be located either upstairs or in the basement. It is common to have a walk-in space over a two or three car garage.
plan style Daylight Basement
Daylight Basement House plans are designed for sloping lots in golf course, lake and mountain settings and have basements that are open on three sides allowing for windows on the sides as well as the rear of the home.
plan style Drive Under
Drive Under House plans are plans where ther is a garage in the basement level to help take advantage of a sloping lot. A Drive Under House Plan can be the primary Garage but is most often additional garage space seperate from the garage on the main level.
plan style Empty Nester
Empty Nester House plans are typically a house plan where the Master Bedroom or Owners retreat is located on the first floor level and the secondary bedrooms are either up or down. The Empty nester House Plan is not always a small home. Many Empty nester homes are quite large. The primary purpose is to allow the home owner to live on one level and maybe scale down if desired.
plan style Narrow Lot
Narrow Lot House plans are often designed with front entry or courtyard entry garages. The Narrow Lot House is not always a small home and can be found in all architectural styles.
plan style Open Floor
Open Floor House plans can be of all Architectural styles and all square footage sizes. Open floor plans have very few walls seperating the living, kitchen and dining spaces.
plan style Bungalow
Bungalow House plans are the predecessor of the craftsman house plan, very popular in the early 1900s America. Normally smaller in square footage but with architectural detailing similar to the Craftsman house plan
plan style Ranch/One Story
Ranch house plans or One Story house plans are plans where all the bedrooms and living areas are on one floor level. Ranch house plans can be offered on slab foundations or crawlspace foundations,
plan style Multi level
Multi level house plans are plans that have more than one floor level. They can be plans with basements, second floors, walk-ups over garages etc.

Architectural Styles

Architectural Styles are determined by the exterior characteristics which are often influenced by the area of the world in which they originated. Architectural styles are influenced greatly by the materials indigenous to the region as well as the climate where they were created.

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