Encompassing influences of American Indian and Spanish Colonial architecture, Southwestern house plans offer a unique mix of tradition and contemporary trends. Southwest floor plans are wonderfully adaptive to today's lifestyles while maintaining old world charm. Set low to the ground with flat or low-pitched tile roofs, one and two story Southwestern home plans beckon visitors inside with arched entryways and the splash of courtyard fountains behind rustic wrought iron gates and ornately carved front doors. Traditional masonry construction covered in stucco keeps the interiors cool. Decorative detailing may include patterned tile work, exposed timbers, and stone floors, giving Southwestern home plans a distinctive south-of-the-border flavor and creating a cool, inviting ambiance.