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Colonial House Plans

Picture of a Colonial House

Homes built from Colonial house plans evoke memories of America’s original east coast settlements. These homes ranged from the rocky New England coastline to the swamps of Georgia. Colonial home plans cover a range of classic styles, including saltbox, Georgian, Garrison, and Dutch, and they are influenced by English, French, and Dutch architecture.

Colonial house plans in general, and homes built from them in the South in particular, are often symmetrical in nature, including the placement of the front door and all the windows. Homes built from these plans are typically rectangular in shape, and the second floor square footage usually matches that of the main level. The exteriors are often composed of brick and/or clapboard.

Colonial-style homes combine simple elegance with a touch of history. While different from one east coast region to another, most have multi-pane windows and pillars or columns, and are two-story homes.

Common Characteristics of Colonial House Plans:

  • Most universal feature is symmetrical, multi-paned windows
  • Typically with symmetrical facades of brick or clapboard, and gable roofs
  • Often have a centrally located entry hall, fireplace(s), and simple yet elegant design elements, like dentil molding, shutters, fanlights, and pilasters
  • Entrances are often accentuated with columns rising to the second floor
  • Pillars and columns are quite common
  • Usually two and sometimes three stories, with a rectangular shape

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