Unique Southern Style

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Total Above-ground living area 3801
  Main Level 2267
  Upper Level 1534
Lower level living area  1572
The dimensions shown are for the house only (indicating the smallest area needed to build). They do not include the garage, porches, or decks, unless they are an integral part of the design.
59 W x 56 D


Above-ground bedrooms 5
Above-ground bathrooms 4.5
Master suite Main
Lower-level bedrooms 0
Lower-level bathrooms 0


Stories 2
Parking garage
Number of stalls 2
House height    
Traditionally, the overall height of a house is determined by measuring from the top of the finished floor on the main level, to the highest peak of the roof.
Ceiling heights    
Raising or lowering the height of the ceilings on one or more floors of a house is often a simple change that can be made by your builder. However, if you want to raise the ceiling of the main floor of a two-story home, there has to be room to add steps to the existing staircase.
  Main level 10
  Upper level 9
Vaulted ceilings    
We consider a room to be vaulted if the ceiling - whether flat, angled, or curved - is above 10 feet at its highest point. If you prefer that one or more rooms not be vaulted in your new home, this is a very simple change that your builder can make for you.


LR = Living Room/Great Room
DR = Dining Room
FAM = Family Room
FOY = Foyer
STU = Study/Library/Den
KIT = Kitchen
SUN = Sunroom
MBR = Master Bedroom
MB = Master Bath
LOF = Loft
OFF = Office/Guest Room
REC = Recreation/Game Room
ALL = Entire Level
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Main Level Floor Plans For Unique Southern Style

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Upper Level Floor Plans For Unique Southern Style

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Lower Level Floor Plans For Unique Southern Style
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This lovely house retains the beauty and elegance of southern–style homes while projecting a truly unique and carefully composed appearance. The upper portion of the house was clad in staggered shingles, which work beautifully with the architectural shingles on the roof, while the lower level employs contrasting materials along with handsome wood trim details and stone. The abundant glazing has an upper multi–pane window above clear glass, with a lattice design that complements and adds to the unique exterior textures while providing lots of light and views from the interior. This home features an upper cupola room, a porte–cochere that is integrated with the front facade of the house, and a lovely detached two–car garage with an upper bonus room.

The long covered entry porch is accessed by the front steps as well as side steps from the porte–cochere. After entering the foyer, you are immediately greeted with a wooden structure housing a warm wooden fireplace hearth to the left and an elegant stairwell with an ornate railing to the right. The two–sided fireplace warms the foyer and the open living room on the other side, and this structure includes built–in bookcases on either side. Just to the right of the entry, a pair of doors open into a bedroom suite with a walk–in closet and a private full bath. Straight ahead past the fireplace an elegant arched opening looks into a formal dining room that has a dramatic wooden coffered ceiling with a circular centerpiece, and two pairs of half–glass doors that look out to the rear porch. With the doors open, the dining room is extended into the screened porch, creating an ideal space to dine when the weather is warmer.

Like all of the rooms on the main level, the living room has a 10' ceiling. Anchored by the fireplace structure, the open living room features high wainscoting on the walls and lots of windows facing the front and side of the house. From the living room, a wide arched opening leads to a large kitchen and breakfast nook. [The plans show a second opening between the living room and the nook, but the original owners modified this by building a solid wall instead, as shown in the photos.] The kitchen features a long center island for additional workspace, a corner pantry, and an arched opening into the dining room. The two outer walls of the nook are filled with windows, making this entire area sunny and bright during the day.

From the dining room, a small hallway accesses a stairwell to the optional basement level, a powder room, a coat closet, an elevator, and the master suite. If an elevator is not needed, you may consider using the space as a laundry area or a walk–in pantry. The spacious master bedroom has two pairs of doors that open onto the rear porch (which can be enclosed with screens or left open), and lots of windows facing the rear and side of the house. The master bath accesses a large walk–in closet, and it features a shower, a separate tub surrounded by windows, and two vanity sinks.

The upstairs landing opens up to an open sitting room/recreation room. An opening was designed to look down into the dining room space, though you may choose to not have the opening to maximize floor space as the original owners did. A pair of glazed doors open onto a covered porch that is located above the entry porch. A laundry room, a linen closet, and the elevator are conveniently located off the sitting room space. Bedroom 3 (or Study, if the bedroom is not needed) features a beautiful, sunny sitting area with five bay windows, and it shares a full bath with Bedroom 4. Bedroom 5 is very spacious and has its own private full bath that accesses a walk–in closet.

The optional basement level provides additional living space with two open areas that can be converted to almost any use, a media room, a full bath, an electrical/mechanical room, and a storage room.

This plan set comes with drawings for a detached two–car garage with a bonus room and an outdoor porch above. The upper room is accessed by an outdoor staircase and sits under the slopes of the roof that has dormers on all four sides to open up the ceiling height. The windows on both levels have the same lattice design as the main house, tying the two buildings together well. The upper porch also creates a covered area on the ground level, next to the garage space.

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Brief Description

A 10'–deep covered porch welcomes you to this unique home. The facade is purposefully asymmetrical, and the original homeowner selected materials that contrasted both in colors and in textures. But nothing about the front of this house prepares you for its elegant and stylist interior. The ceilings are set at a dramatic 10' on the main level, adorned with gorgeous wood detailing and lighting fixtures in the center of several rooms. Unique windows with cross–hatched small panes in the upper portions above clear glass provide views in all directions, and a screened porch at the rear is accessed directly by either the dining room or the master bedroom.

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By far the most popular option! Instant, cost-free delivery via email; can be emailed to builder(s) and others; comes with license to modify & duplicate


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Sometimes the house you want will only work on your property if it is built in the reverse of the original design. The plans for this particular design can be reversed by the architect, with right-reading (not mirror-reverse) words and measurements. The fee will only be added to your original order. If you wish to order more reverse copies of the plans later, please call us toll-free at 1-888-388-5735.


If you need more than 5 sets, you can add them to your initial order, or order them (by phone) at a later date.

This option is only available to folks ordering the 5-Set Package.

$50 each

Often views or site characteristics make it either advantageous or necessary to build a house in the reverse of the way the plans were originally drawn. When reversed, the front of the house continues to face in the same direction, but rooms that were on the right side of the house as you face it will now be on the left, and vice versa. The lettering and numbers will appear as they would if you held the plans up to a mirror, but this will not present a problem for your builders, as they are quite familiar with this process.

We recommend that your order include both right-reading and mirror-reverse copies, since permit officials and lenders will need to see a right-reading version. There is a one-time cost of $50 to reverse the plans, whether you buy them all in your initial purchase, or a follow up order. The number you will need of each version is something your builder should advise you on.

Please note: If a right-reading reverse version of the plans is offered, this is definitely the version you should purchase, whether you're interested in bonds, vellums, or electronic files (when available).

SKU: AR-011
Or order by phone by calling 888-388-5735

Bill Allister & Wayne Rainey – Architects

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  • What is bond paper?

    Bond paper

    Printers stopped using blue ink many years ago - it was very difficult to read, and the fumes were dangerous to inhale. So what we used to refer to as blueprints are now called bond copies (black ink printed on white bond paper).
  • 5-Set Construction or Bid Set

    5-Set Construction or Bid Set

    If you are building in an area that requires very few copies to construct a house, all you might need is the 5-Set Package. It's also best for folks wanting either a quick bid process, or bids from more than one builder. In either case, you can always purchase more bond copies later on if you need them, or upgrade to a Mylar, PDF or CAD version (your original cost will be deducted from the price of the upgrade). Bond copies cannot be duplicated, but they come with a formal Copyright License that gives you the legal right to construct the house, and to modify the plans beforehand to suit your needs. If allowed in your area, modifications can be "marked up" (some people refer it as "red-lining") right on the plans.
  • What is mylar?


    Vellum paper is no longer being manufactured, so we've switched to a vastly superior product called Mylar. These semi-transparent sheets are actually a thin-film composite that was designed for plan modification, using a simple electric eraser. The ink that is printed on them sits on the surface (instead of sinking into a coated vellum sheet), so lines and dimensions can be erased and redrawn quite easily by any design professional.
  • Plans printed on Mylar

    Plans printed on Mylar

    If you - like the vast majority of our other customers - intend to modify the plans before construction, and you are building in an area where plans can't simply be "marked up" with a red pen, the Mylar copy is definitely what you should order (unless of course you prefer the PDF version). After the changes have been made to this "master" copy, you or your builder can then print as many copies as you need, whenever you need them, on regular bond paper. That way everyone - you, your builder, his or her subcontractors, local permit officials, and your lender - will have the final version of the plans to work with. Even though they cost a bit more initially, they will definitely save you time and money later on. Mylar copies come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. Mylar copies are shipped with a free bond copy of the plans, so that you have something to look over and mark up before making final decisions about the changes you want made to the "master" set.
  • What are PDF electronic files?

    PDF electronic files

    The acronym PDF stands for Portable Document Format. These are electronic files that can be emailed from computer to computer. You can open them on your own computer as well as email them to others, and the Copyright Release you receive with them allows you to make as many copies as you need before and after modifications are made.
  • Plans in PDF format

    Plans in PDF format

    THE most popular way to purchase plans these days is in PDF format. It's no more expensive than the Mylar version, plus you save $30 in shipping fees because the plans are emailed to you. But the biggest reason why they're so popular is because they can be passed along to others via email. The builder can zip them to their sub-contractors, truss manufacturers, and (if needed) an engineer; you can open them on your own computer to view at your home or office; and you can zip them to your builder (or builders), lender, and anyone needing to approve the plans before construction. If you'd still like to make modifications on Mylar sheets, your Copyright Release allows you (or your builder) to do this locally, and you'll only need to print a handful of the most important sheets.
  • What are CAD files?

    CAD files

    The acronym CAD stands for Computer-Aided Design. Design software from AutoCAD and numerous other companies - ArchiCAD, SoftPlan, VectorWorks, etc. - is used to draw plans in a format (DWG - short for drawing) that can be easily manipulated and modified on a computer. This can speed up the process of modification dramatically - for example, a change in one part of the plans creates an automatic change throughout the drawings -- potentially saving the person making the changes quite a bit of time, and thus saving you quite a bit of money!
  • Plans in CAD format

    Plans in CAD format

    Plans purchased in this electronic format are emailed, so you get them right away, and there's no shipping fee. Like the Mylar and PDF options, these plans come with a formal Copyright Release giving you the legal right to modify them in any way you wish, and to make as many copies of the plans as you need to successfully build one house. If the changes you wish to make to our plans are rather extensive, or structural in nature (including changing exterior wall systems), purchasing the plans in CAD format will almost certainly be your best option. Design professionals charge by the hour, and making changes to electronic files is much faster and easier than erasing and redrawing lines and dimensions on a Mylar copy. So purchasing an electronic version of the plans can save you both time and money. The files you receive will provide the drawings in at least two formats: .DWG files that will enable the person modifying your plans to do so using AutoCAD software (the standard for the entire construction and engineering communities); and .PDF files that will enable you to view the plans on your home or office computer. If the plans were originally drawn with a design software program other than AutoCAD (eg. SoftPlan, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc.), this will be noted at the end of the Description of this house, and the email will include these files along with the .DWG and .PDF formats.

We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.