Colonial Georgian house plans made their first appearance in America's Atlantic coast colonies around 1700 and flourished in a variety of regional interpretations until about 1780. Named for Great Britain's King George and based on English designs of the period, Georgian architecture is highly symmetrical, featuring multi-paned windows evenly balanced on either side of a central front door and chimneys at either end of the home. A rectangular footprint is most common.
Made of either wood or brick, gracious Georgian homes welcome visitors at a front door that often sports a carved pediment. High-style Georgian house plans may have a two-story portico, like the White House. An elaborate staircase inside the spacious entrance hall leads to generously proportioned square or rectangular bedrooms. The moderately pitched roof of the Georgian home plan has little overhang and often includes gabled dormers. Precursors to the Adam-Federal style, Georgian floor plans provide a traditional template that is endlessly adaptable to modern lifestyles.