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1 1/2 Story House Plans
Love the ease of a one-story plan but want some extra space? One-and-a-half-story plans provide the right solution. What’s a half story? Usually it means that on the second level of the home you’ll find a couple of bedrooms and a bathroom, or perhaps just a loft. Bonus rooms up here can give room to expand later on when you want more space. Home designs with a half story upstairs have a rich history. Craftsman bungalow plans typically feature this configuration, placing almost all of the living spaces on the first floor but then providing a bedroom or two upstairs. Often the upstairs bedrooms are secondary ones, meaning that they would be used by children or visitors. Many of today’s modern layouts place the master suite on the main level. This arrangement (master down, other bedrooms up) works well for all kinds of different families; school-age kids or teenagers will appreciate the privacy of their lair up there, away from parents. Similarly, special guests can spread out upstairs. If the master suite is on the first floor, a one-and-a-half-story house plan makes aging in place easier. That’s because if kids move out, you can simply use the upstairs spaces for storage or visitors, while day-to-day living takes place on the main level. On the other hand, some vacation homes feature master suites upstairs in order to take advantage of the view in a scenic location. If you think that mobility may be an issue down the road, consider leaving room for an elevator shaft by stacking closets on each level (consult our modifications department to learn more). Another advantage to building a home with a half-story upstairs: it’s cheaper (land-wise) than building out. Building up instead of out is a smart move on a tight lot, especially an infill lot in the city. In this collection, you’ll find plans with versatile half-stories. Whether they include children’s bedrooms, a versatile loft/den, or even a master suite, the extra space upstairs opens up all kinds of possibilities. Craftsman bungalows feature prominently here, but you’ll also find modern farmhouses, sleek contemporary designs, cute country cottages, and more.
1 Bedroom House Plans
In a world that always seems to want more, you seek the simplicity of less with the intimacy of a 1 bedroom home plan design. Good for you! One bedroom home plans work perfectly in many different scenarios, including as add-ons to an existing property. A 1 bedroom house plan, like plan #25-4286 for instance, could actually be thought of as a guest house plan—i.e. a guest house that would sit next to the main house (assuming lot space and building rules and regulations permit).
1 Car Garage Plans
Ever dreamed of having your own workshop? Some plans in this collection include room for a wood shop, work bench, or other handy storage areas. Keep your tools and lawn equipment organized here. And for ultimate convenience, you’ll even find powder bathrooms in some of these garages. Extra doors to the outside make it easy to access the garage without opening the main garage door, especially if you’re just coming in to work on a project or enjoy a quiet time relaxing upstairs.
1 Story House Plans
One story house plans are striking in their variety. Large single story floor plans offer space for families and entertainment; smaller layouts are ideal for first-time buyers; and cozy cottages make for affordable vacation retreats. Among popular single-level styles, ranch house plans are an American classic, and practically defined the one-story home as a sought after design. 1 story open concept ranch floor plans (also called ranch style house plans with open floor plans)—a modern layout within a classic architectural design--are an especially trendy, practical and beautiful choice.
1000 SF House Plans
Tiny homes get a lot of attention on television shows, and no wonder – they’re affordable to build and they get really creative with smart uses for limited space. But a 200- or 300-square-foot home may be a little bit too small for you. That’s where these plans with 1,000 square feet come in!
1200 SF House Plans
So you need more space than a tiny home (cute as they are) but less than a McMansion. Something in-between, small enough to fit on a tight lot but big enough to start a family or work from home. This collection of home designs with 1,200 square feet fits the bill perfectly.
2 Bedroom House Plans
Home plans with two bedrooms range from simple, affordable cottages (perfect for building on a tight budget) to elegant empty nests filled with upscale amenities. It all depends on what you need. Small house plans with two bedrooms can be used in a variety of ways. One bedroom typically gets devoted to the owners, leaving another for use as an office, nursery, or guest space. Some simple house plans place a hall bathroom between the bedrooms, while others give each bedroom a private bathroom.
2 Car Garage Plans
Extra parking space, more storage, and versatile bonus square footage; who wouldn’t like that? Garage plans for two cars open up all kinds of possibilities. Whether you need a safe and covered parking spot for one car, two cars, or even an RV, we’ve got your garage floor plan.
2 Story House Plans
House plans with two stories give you many advantages. Building up instead of out presents a more cost-efficient way to build, since land is expensive (especially near a popular metro area). When you’re dealing with a tight lot, it can get tricky to fit all your living spaces within narrow dimensions if you’re limited to one story. But when you build up, the sky is (literally!) the limit. 2 story house plans often fit nicely on a narrow lot, thus maximizing your costly land purchase. Looking to build a home on a scenic or waterfront lot? Home with two or more stories make excellent use of your location with a higher vantage point.
2-Family House Plans
Multigenerational households are becoming more common. There are many contributing factors, from elderly parents moving in with their children to young adults finding it too expensive to move out. And of course, some cultures have traditionally lived in homes with many generations together. Some of the house plans in this collection are duplexes suitable for housing two separate families, while others include in-law apartments with kitchenettes and living space.
3 Bedroom House Plans
When it comes to bedrooms and what’s the perfect number to have—it’s all based on your unique requirements. With that being said, 3 bedroom house plans are by far the most popular and best selling number of bedrooms. Why? Well, one bedroom will almost certainly be the master suite, the second will likely be a guest bedroom, and the third can be transformed into any room you wish. If you work from home, perhaps use bedroom number 3 as an office. Or, perhaps bedroom number three can be an exercise room. If you have or plan on having kids, bedroom number three can be a play area or an arts and crafts hobby room. Or, perhaps bedroom number 3 can simply be… bedroom number 3. There are plenty of examples of families that have 2 kids--kid 1 gets bedroom 1, kid 2 gets bedroom 2, and the parents get the master. Pretty straightforward!
3 Car Garage Plans
Need a lot of room for parking or storage? Check out these 3 car garage plans. Whether this will be your main garage detached from the home or you want auxiliary parking for guests, tenants, or live-in relatives, these garage floor plans open up all kinds of possibilities.
3 Story House Plans
3 story house plans often come in handy if you’re working with a narrow lot. Why? Because 3 story plans are often taller and deeper than they are wide (not always, but the basic concept of a 3 story design, i.e. build up, not necessarily out, lends itself well to narrow lots). So, urban dwellers where lot space is usually slim, this collection might be just what the doctor ordered!
3-Family House Plans
Also known as triplex house plans, these designs can accommodate three families or a multigenerational family. Whether you’re a professional builder looking to build a multifamily home, a large family with several generations wanting several units for everyone, or a regular homebuyer who wants to make a smart investment by building units for rental purposes, explore this collection to discover how surprisingly upscale and comfortable a three family home design can feel.
4 Bedroom House Plans
Even if you think a two (2) or three (3) bedroom house plan will suit you just fine now, consider that you might have a change of heart in the future. Perhaps an aging parent or in-law will need to move in, or maybe you’ll finally be able to dedicate time to a favorite hobby and find bliss in your very own workshop. Life is both wonderfully and painfully unpredictable. Dream Home Source’s collection of 4 bedroom house plans will help you prepare for the unknown and make your dream of building a home come true!
4 Car Garage Plans
Ready to get serious about parking and storage? 4 car garage plans give you room to keep your car collection protected and covered. Need somewhere to keep your RV when not in use? Or even a boat? Many of these 4 car garage plans feature oversized garage bays with tall ceilings that can hold a recreational vehicle. Just park your camper and relax knowing that nothing will happen to it.
5 Bedroom House Plans
Whether your growing family needs more sleeping space or you want the versatility to host multiple guests during the holidays, a house plan with five bedrooms makes it all possible. Do you need simple secondary bedrooms for children or an elaborate guest suite for an in-law? How about all of the above? Many of the layouts in this collection spread out the bedrooms over two levels, often with a guest bedroom on the main level (sometimes the master suite too, which makes it easier to age in place later and provides greater privacy for the owners) and additional bedrooms upstairs.
6 Bedroom House Plans
Planning to build a home that will house a large, beautiful family? A 6 bedroom house plan will grant you the space you require.
7 Bedroom House Plans
If you're looking for a 7 bedroom house plan, that means you have a large family to house, a lot of different daily activities to attend to, or you're interested in building a home as an investment opportunity. For example, a 7 bedroom house plan with big windows and sweet outdoor living areas might be great to build next to a body of water--like the ocean, or a lake. Your family could enjoy the property for part of the year, and then (assuming local laws permit) you could rent it out to other large or multi-generational families for the summer or holiday weekends.
8 Bedroom House Plans
Looking for an 8 bedroom house plan that will be used as a single unit? Or maybe you're interested in an 8 bedroom duplex plan? An eight bedroom triplex? How about a quadplex? We have all these variations in the below collection of eight bedroom home plans.
A-Frame House Plans
If you’re looking to build a home that will be used as a mountainous vacation retreat or a year-round wilderness dwelling, you’ve definitely arrived at the right collection. A-frame house plans were originally (and often still are) meant for rustic, snowy settings. The name, A-frame, is given to this architectural style because of its steep gable roof which forms an A-like shape. This signature steep gable roof is both stunning and practical, as the steep angle allows heavy snow to slide to the ground.
Acadian House Plans
Dormers, porches, stucco, and brick – what’s not to love? Named for the early settlers from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who spread throughout what became the southern United States (especially Louisiana), Acadian style is also known as Cajun style, though today’s homes may bear little resemblance to those simple early structures. Acadian style house plans fit well in the South, though they’d look great in many other regions as well.
Adam-Federal House Plans
Adam-Federal house plans have their origins in the classical formality of the post-colonial period. Noted for its simplicity, symmetry, and grace, the style evolved from the work of English architect Robert Adam. Adam-Federal floor plans are generally rectangular or square, with two or three stories under a side-gable or hipped roof. Commonly built of brick, they may also feature clapboard siding. Their most distinctive feature is their symmetry: Adam-Federal home designs feature either one or two columns of windows on either side of a central door, which is accented by a fanlight and pediment or a more elaborate one-story portico. There may be a three-part or Palladian window above the door on the second floor.
Affordable House Plans
Here’s the problem with featuring an "affordable house plans" category... Everyone has their own definition of what an affordable house plan is. Furthermore, the total cost to build a home plan depends on a whole lot of different factors, such as building location and building materials. Building a home in Wichita, Kansas with modestly priced materials, for example, will likely have a very different final price tag than building the same home in, say, San Francisco, California with premium materials. So, please take that into consideration as you browse the below collection.
Alabama House Plans
Planning to build a home in Alabama? If so, an Alabama house plan might be perfect for you. What makes a house plan an "Alabama house plan?" Well, since Alabama is a southern state, an Alabama house plan has to look and feel right at home in the south. That’s why you’ll find a bunch of Country, Farmhouse, Classical, and Acadian house plans in the collection below, as all four of these architectural styles—while popular across the United States—are especially revered in the south.
Award Winning House Plans
The house plans in this collection were recognized by the American Residential Design Awards (ARDA), an annual awards program put on by the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD).
Baby Boomer House Plans
Baby Boomer house plans accommodate a variety of factors typically associated with the Baby Boomer Generation. If you’re a Baby Boomer, that means you’re in your mid-50s, 60s, or 70s. At this point in your life you may have grown children and young grandchildren who need to stay with you—be it for a summer vacation, or as a more permanent arrangement. You may also need to house elderly parents or inlaws who can no longer take care of themselves. For this reason, you'll discover multi-generational house plans in the collection below.
Barn House Plans
Barn house plans relate closely to Dutch Colonial house plans in that their defining feature is a gambrel roof. As a result, barn house plans (as well as Dutch Colonial home plans) can sometimes be referred to as gambrel house plans or gambrel roof house plans. It’s this signature gambrel roof which gives the home the look and feel of a barn, hence the term "barn house plan" or "barn home."
Barn Style Garage Plans
Barn style garage plans, like their barn house plan counterpart, present homeowners with a signature gambrel roof. It’s this gambrel roof that gives the garage plan the look and feel of a barn. As one might expect, barn style garage plans look especially at home next to a barn style (sometimes called "Dutch Colonial" or "gambrel roof") house. Barn style garage plans may also complement a Farmhouse style home since the idea of barns and farmhouses tend to flow together in a logical way.
Basement House Plans
Basement house plans, or house plans with basements, offer homeowners one main perk—an extra level of living space. Multi-generational house plans that feature a basement might use the space to house a second kitchen, living room, and bedroom suite, so a grown child of the homeowner, for example, could move in just after college or during financial hardship. Other times, a basement will feature space for extra bedrooms, storage, and/or a rec room.
Beach / Coastal House Plans
Coastal house plans (sometimes called "beach house plans" or "beach home house plans") can be any size or architectural style. The common theme you’ll see throughout the below collection is the aim to maximize a beautiful, waterfront location. Typical features of a coastal home plan include: large oversized windows that allow light to pour into the home; extensive decks, porches, and other outdoor living areas on which to bask in ocean sea breezes; and elegant exteriors that may feature stucco, shingle, or siding, often with metal roofs. You’ll also find many elevated floor plans in this collection. If you live in a beach setting, or even a mountainous area, in which hurricanes and/or flooding is a concern, consider selecting a coastal house plan built on stilts, piling or piers which will provide extra protection from incoming water. Open floor plan is a terrific example of an elevated coastal home—and look at all that great outdoor living space! You could sip a glass of wine while lounging on the front porch, invite friends to BBQ on the back porch, and enjoy morning coffee on the deck that’s featured just off the master suite.
Best Selling House Plans
Bestselling house plans tend to be small to medium sized designs. You’ll find some large home plans in the collection as well, but not too many ginormous ones. Why? Because, generally speaking, the larger a house plan is, the more money it costs to build. Furthermore, you have to consider the size of your lot—if you have a 35 foot wide lot in the middle of a city, selecting a sprawling one story 7 bedroom house plan probably isn’t going to work. And finally, there’s the question of... do you really need all that space? For some people, the answer is most definitely—YES! And if that’s the case, have no fear--we’ve got you covered. You can browse the below collection and filter by square footage, or you can jump over to our Mansion House Plans collection. But, if you’re like most people who have a limited budget, a small or medium sized lot, don’t need a huge amount of space, and would prefer to browse a curated collection of popular plans that meet these requirements, Dream Home Source’s bestselling home plan collection is a great place to find your perfect house plan.
Billiard Room House Plans
Who's up for a game of pool? These house plans with billiards rooms feature recreational spaces that can hold a pool table or other game table. The whole family can relax and have fun together. Just about all of these house plans feature basements, either included in the total square footage or optional to finish later. Many of these walkout lower levels or daylight basements include wet bars, rec rooms, family rooms, fireplaces, guest bedrooms, and more.
Bonus Room House Plans
Having options is good. If you need more space to expand in the future, bonus room house plans give you the opportunity. Usually located over the garage, a bonus room presents a versatile space that could become a home office, playroom, craft space, art studio, home exercise room, or just about anything else.
Breakfast Nook House Plans
Start your day the right way. Breakfast nook house plans feature casual dining areas next to the kitchen with space for a table and usually plenty of light streaming in through windows. Whether you use a breakfast nook as your primary eating area or in addition to a kitchen island snack bar, it's nice to have a relaxed place for sitting down with some waffles and coffee.
Builder Preferred House Plans
If you're a professional house builder or you're working with one, check out this collection of easy-to-build house plans. Builder preferred house plans feature simple footprints, affordable square footage, and dimensions that make the homes easier to fit in narrow or infill lots.
California House Plans
Building in the Golden State isn’t quite like building anywhere else. There’s no one style that defines California, since the geography and architecture vary so widely. The designs in this collection represent the vast spectrum of styles that you’re likely to find throughout the state. Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
Canadian House Plans
Whether you’re building a Craftsman bungalow in British Columbia or a Cottage Country getaway in Ontario, you’ll find your dream Canadian house plan here. Want a petite A-frame cabin with a loft and a great view? How about a Prairie dream home for building in Alberta? Or maybe a chic contemporary narrow-lot plan for an urban lot in Toronto would fit the bill. European-inspired homes would look just right in Quebec, and you’ll find them here. How about a rugged Craftsman-inspired design? Farmhouses and ranch homes, elegant empty nests and spacious family homes – they’re all here. No matter which province or territory you’re building in, you’ll find the right home design. Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
Cape Cod House Plans
While Cape Cod house plans can be, and often are, built all over the United States, they are most at home in New England. Why? Because the style evolved in the northern colonies of early America and reached its heyday during the Colonial Revival of the early 20th century.
Carport House Plans
When you'd like parking space but you don't need the expense of a garage, check out carport house plans. A carport (also known as a porte cochere) provides room for one or more vehicles to park or drop off groceries or people without going to the hassle of entering a garage. If you're dealing with a narrow lot, this is a good way to use space efficiently.
Cathedral Ceiling House Plans
When you want drama, check out cathedral ceiling house plans. A soaring, vaulted ceiling draws the eye up and makes any space feel much bigger. Many different spaces can feature a cathedral ceiling, from a great room to a master suite. Two-story foyers or entryways are common as well and make a big first impression.
Chalet House Plans
If your ideal vacation involves playing in the snow, skiing, or just curling up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate, then a chalet home plan may be the right one for you. After all, what do you picture when you think about a mountain getaway home? Probably a rustic cabin or A-frame with deck, a steeply pitched roof, and a big wall of windows. If you dream of building in the mountains or by a lake, a mountain lodge or log cabin feels just right. Chalet style house plans add a dash of Swiss flair with fun elements.
Chateau House Plans
Opulent and grand, French Chateau house plans are based on the monumental style of 16th century French mansions and castles. In fact, it’s relatively common for Chateau style home plans to be referred to as castle house plans. With their decidedly European sensibilities and grand scale, castle-like Chateau style house plans make a bold statement in upscale neighborhoods where they provide privacy and room to roam for large or extended families.
Contemporary Ranch House Plans
Clean-lined and easy-living, contemporary ranch house plans stand out for their simplicity and chic style.
Contemporary-Modern House Plans
Found in manicured suburban neighborhoods across the country, sophisticated contemporary house plan designs offer soaring ceilings, flexible, open floor space, minimalist decorative elements, and extensive use of modern or "industrial" mixed materials throughout the home, like concrete, vinyl, and glass. Big windows and/or large indoor-outdoor living spaces are also common.
Cottage House Plans
Architectural pattern books first appeared in America near the mid-19th century promoting cottage home plans and remained popular through the early 20th century (though they still survive today in the form of online house plan websites like Dream Home Source). They are often credited with the rapid spread of architectural trends throughout the country, and, as their target audiences were average American homeowners, they were particularly effective at popularizing modest vernacular styles like small cottage house plans and designs for bungalows. Cottage style house plans are characterized by their individuality, though there are a few common denominators such as compact and sometimes irregular footprints, one- or one-and-a-half-story profiles, and asymmetrical massing. Modern Cottage floor plans are adapted for today’s lifestyles, with cozy family gathering spaces, inviting hearths, and up-to-date amenities. If you are looking for a unique home with character and a sense of history, our Cottage house plans collection is where you'll find it!
Deck plans are a great addition to the home because they open up your living space to the outdoors. Whether composite or wood, the deck building plans offered at Dream Home Source are sure to satisfy. Start searching our collection now to find the deck plan that will perfectly complement your dream home. Before deciding on a plan, consider what deck elements will bring you the most scenic beauty and overall satisfaction, such as size, layout, and how/where it's connected to your house (e.g. off the second floor master bedroom suite).
Dutch House Plans
Dutch Colonial house plans share many features common to other Colonial styles: a simple rectangular footprint, a side-gabled roof, and a symmetrical exterior with windows aligned in rows and a central door, often leading to a central hallway with flanking rooms. The primary difference is the shape of the roof: the eaves may flare out, or the roof may have dual pitches. This is called a gambrel roof; it is commonly seen on barns (where it creates extra space in the hay loft). The roof shape is so distinctive that nearly any home displaying a gambrel roof, even more complex Colonial Revival house plans, may be classified as Dutch. In many Dutch Colonial designs, the eaves extend over a full-width front porch. Historically constructed of brick or stone, modern Dutch home plans may have brick, stone, clapboard, or shingle siding. Dutch floor plans typically open to a central hall, though both traditional and open layouts available. Their solid shape and substantial construction give Dutch house plans the essence of home.
Editors' Picks House Plans
Every year our editors review thousands of architectural designs--simple home plans, smart home plans, spectacular home plans, you name it, we see it. And quite frankly, many home plans (sometimes written as "homeplans") get rejected because they don't live up to our editors’ high standards. Because they look at so many house plans, our editors are experts in immediately recognizing the standouts the moment they're submitted.
Empty Nest House Plans
If you’re looking for an empty nest house plan (also called a retirement house plan), that probably means the kids have moved out and it’s just you or you and your partner left to live life as you please… THANK GOODNESS! What’s more, congratulations--you’ve just survived 18 years of tantrums, homework, spilled drinks, and never-ending flu seasons. Peace, relaxation, and sanity have returned, at last!
English Cottage House Plans
With their picturesque style, English cottage house plans, also known as storybook cottage house plans, became popular across America between 1890 and 1940. An offshoot of the Tudor Revival, English Cottage style depicts medieval building techniques like half-timbering. Charming and romantic, storybook house plans are usually asymmetrical one or one-and-a-half story homes, with steep roof lines and intersecting gables. The home's whimsical floor plans delight with small irregularly-shaped first floor rooms and upstairs rooms with sloping walls and dormers that provide wonderful nooks and crannies. A massive chimney dominates the front or one side of the house, providing a welcoming hearth that draws family and friends together. Casement windows with small panes charmingly frame outdoor scenes and gardens. A fairy tale home come true for families with small children, English Cottage storybook house plans also appeal to individuals and empty nesters who long for a home in the English countryside.
Estate House Plans
What’s an estate house plan? Simply put, it’s a home that offers unparalleled luxury, comfort, and opulence. Do your grown children (perhaps with children of their own) live with you? How about an elderly parent? Multigenerational families will find plenty of space to spread out in these homes. An estate house plan may include an in-law suite, a separate apartment over the garage, or another ultra-private and comfortable place for visitors or guests.
Exclusive House Plans
Dream Home Source brings you this unmatched collection of plans thanks to Hanley Wood's exclusive relationships with four of the country's top designers - Frank Betz Associates, Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc., Dan Sater and Visbeen Architects. These homes represent the latest in design concepts, incorporating classic style with modern conveniences.
Florida House Plans
Thinking about building your dream home in the Sunshine State? You’ve come to the right place. Many of the home plans here come from designers living in Florida. Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
French Country House Plans
Also known as French Provincial, French Country style is inspired by the rustic manors that dot the fields of northern and southern France. Especially impressive on large properties, French Country home plans also fit in well in upscale suburban enclaves where their fine pedigree and handsome lines make them an outstanding choice for those who desire a residence with an unmatched sense of style and elegance. Stately and formal, many French Country home designs exhibit a square, symmetrical shape with windows balanced on either side of the entrance and a steep hipped roof. Some are asymmetrical, with multiple roof elements creating a series of visual focal points. Round towers and entryways hidden beneath rustic arches are common decorative features. Stone, stucco, and brick are the prevailing choices for the exterior.
Our garage plans are designed with multiple uses in mind. As you browse the collection below, ask yourself what your garage will be used for. For example, are you trying to park one car? Two cars? Three? Three cars plus a motorcycle? Four cars plus a jet ski? An RV? There is no "right" answer. At Dream Home Source we understand that every plan shopper is different. That’s why we offer such a diverse assortment of sizes and architectural styles.
Garage Plans with Apartments
Garage apartment plans (sometimes called "garage apartment house plans," "garage apartment floor plans," or "carriage house plans") add value to a home and allow a homeowner to creatively expand his or her living space. For example, perhaps you want a design that can be built quickly--and then lived in--while the primary house plan is being constructed. Or, maybe you want a place to house an adult child who regularly visits you (or who needs a place to live for a while). A garage with apartment affords you space to entertain these foreseen scenarios, as well as unforeseen possibilities.
Georgian House Plans
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.
Gothic Revival House Plans
Imitating the great cathedrals and castles of Europe, the Gothic Revival overtook the United States during the Victorian era. Picturesque Gothic Revival style ranges from grand and glorious stone castles to adorable gingerbread cottages. The common thread is the pointed arch window, which lends a church-like appearance to Gothic house plans (picture the farmhouse in Grant Wood’s American Gothic). These distinctive homes typically feature a steeply pitched roof with one or more cross gables and a one-story porch. Wood frame examples, also called Carpenter Gothic, may have vertical board-and-batten siding and gingerbread or stickwork in the gable ends and along the rooflines. In contrast, high-style urban residences are typically built of brick or stone and sport romantic crenellated towers and parapets.
Greek Revival House Plans
Greek Revival house plans became extremely popular among prosperous Americans between 1830 and 1860, partly as a backlash against British styles, but also because they celebrated the democratic culture of ancient Greece. The Greek Revival quickly spread throughout the Atlantic states and deep south in the form of the iconic antebellum plantation house. Greek Revival home plans are characterized by their bold symmetrical shape, low-pitched pedimented gables, and temple-like porticos supported by grandiose columns. Classical details garnish the central entry door, the tall windows, and the cornices.
Green House Plans
Green home plan (sometimes written "homeplan") popularity grows each day as homeowners seek to build smaller, more efficient, "green" homes. "Going green" is a smart choice from a monetary perspective. For one, many green homes save money on construction costs up-front due to their smaller size and compact footprint (a trait which can also come in handy if you happen to be building on a narrow urban lot). Green homes also cut down on energy costs by way of extra insulation, more-efficient water heaters, lighting and appliances, and the use of natural daylighting techniques. The green house plans in this collection, for instance, pay special care to window placement and overhangs, so that the amount of sunlight entering the home is controlled properly. Our green home plan designs also anticipate insulation and wall systems ideal for extreme hot and cold temperatures, where the HVAC loads will be high.
House of the Week
The home plans in this collection have been published in newspapers across the country as part of a special House of the Week feature. Consider these the best of the best – they’ve all been hand-picked. You’ll find a wide range of styles and sizes here, from modest Craftsman bungalows to sleek modern farmhouses and more. Looking for a tiny home that will be affordable to build? How about a spacious one-story home that can transition nicely into an elegant empty nest later? It’s all here.
House Plans with Big Kitchens
The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, and for good reason. Just consider all the rooms the typical house offers. There’s the master suite, secondary bedrooms, family/living room, maybe an office or den, and, of course, the kitchen. Out of all of these rooms, where is the family most likely to congregate? The most logical choice is either the kitchen or the living/family room. But, with the intense popularity of open floor plans, these two spaces (especially in more modern designs) are really just one big open room (hence the term "open floor plan"). So, of course this is the heart of the home. This is where holiday meals and school lunches are prepared and laughs are shared--where homework is tutored and chores are completed; where movie night’s popcorn is popped and the best cookies are baked. This is where memories are made.
House Plans with Courtyards
It’s fairly common to have a home with a porch or deck. But a courtyard? Having a home with a courtyard takes things to the next level of comfort, style and luxury. If you frequently entertain guests, or simply enjoy quality time with family, a courtyard is a great place to host bbqs or picnics, or on which to drink hot cocoa, tell ghost stories, and be warmed by a warm fire in the fall. It’s kind of like eating a hot dog at a ballgame—everything tends to taste better when you’re outside having fun with friends.
House Plans with Front Porches
What comes to mind when you envision a home with a front porch? Nice curb appeal? Kids playing in the yard as parents lounge in a rocking chair or swing? An utter sense of relaxation and peace? A house plan with a front porch offers all of these things and more. While a front porch can potentially be added onto any architectural style, they are frequently seen in country house plans, farmhouse home plans, Victorian floor plans, Craftsman plans, and Bungalow designs--with Victorian and farmhouse home plans typically offering the most pronounced examples.
House Plans with Great Views
House plans with great views are specifically designed to be built in beautiful areas—be it a valley in Colorado with a perfect view of the Rocky Mountains, or a beach in Hawaii overlooking warm sand, gently crashing waves, and endless bright blue water. Windows, and lots of them, are a hallmark of this eye-opening collection. From contemporary, A-frame, and mountain home plans that feature floor-to-ceiling walls of glass to more traditional chalet, cottage, and beach house design plans that incorporate French doors and sun-rooms to let in the view, you'll find dozens of dazzling choices.
House Plans with Master Down
Selecting a house plan with master down (sometimes written as "master down house plan," "main level master home plan" or "master on the main floor plan") is something every home builder should consider. When you build a home, it’s like getting married—the idea is to do it once! Now, is it possible to build more than one home in your life? Of course (especially if you’re a professional home builder)! But, generally speaking, if you put the time, money, and energy into building the home of your dreams—that’s the house you’re going to want to stay in for the rest of your life. Therefore, you can’t just think about the here and now. For example, at the present moment, you might be in the best shape of your life--maybe you can run a 5 minute mile and deadlift over 500 pounds. If that’s the case—congratulations! However, 30, 40 or 50 years from now, making regular trips up and down one or more flights of stairs may not be the ideal situation. Master down house plans take this concern out of the equation.
House Plans with Master Up
House plans with master up (sometimes referred to as "master up house plans," or “home plans with an upstairs master bedroom suite”) are perfect for couples and singles who want to get away from it all. Upstairs master bedrooms provide a barrier from the sounds of everyday life—be it a noisy TV in the living room, front door deliveries that make the dogs go crazy, or groans and sloshing coming from the kitchen dishwasher. More simply, sometimes master up floor plans create a relaxing refuge to escape to. For example, if you’ve just finished a big project in the main level living area, being able to say, "I’m going upstairs to take a nap," is somehow more satisfying than saying, "I’m going to walk 5 feet over to the next room and take a nap." Why? Because going upstairs creates that extra space between yourself and whatever you were just working on. Whether it’s merely going upstairs to collapse in a luxurious master suite after a long day’s work, or taking a vacation to the Bahamas once a year, sometimes it’s just nice to physically get away from it all. Master up house plans help you do just that!
House Plans with Mudrooms
House plans with mudrooms (sometimes written "mud room" or referred to as "mudroom home plans") are, above all else, practical. Imagine it’s December--outside, snow, slush and mud abound. Obviously, you don’t want to track all that gunk into your beautiful home, right? So the question becomes—what do you do with your muddy boots, snowy coat, and/or dripping wet umbrella upon entering your house? Shall you run as fast as you can—over carpet and/or hardwood floors--to the bathroom and throw all the wet stuff into the tub? In an emergency, you could do this, but having a mudroom right off the garage (or other main entrance) sure makes life a lot easier (and cleaner)! Just think of the grief that could be saved by not having to dig out the carpet cleaner, for instance, each time mother nature decides the world needs a shower.
House Plans with Open Floor Plans
Looking for a house design that's modern, practical, and super popular? Come explore our beautiful and diverse collection of open floor plans.
House Plans with Porches
When it comes to house plans with porches—we have a huge variety to choose from. First, you’ll need to decide what kind of porch you want. For example, if curb appeal is something you deem important, a front porch might be perfect. Front porches exude a welcoming, homey, warm feeling to family, guests and passersby. On the other hand, perhaps you’re looking for a side or rear porch. Porches presented on the side or rear of a house offer a higher degree of privacy and security. A parent, for example, is generally more likely to let a child play on a rear porch than out front (especially if there’s a fence around the back of the property). BBQs are also best featured on side or rear porches, as this space offers a more intimate setting in which to enjoy the company of family and friends.
House Plans with Stone Exteriors
If curb appeal is an important factor for you, it’s hard to go wrong with a stone exterior. House plans with stone exteriors (sometimes referred to as "stone house plans," "stone homes," or "home floor plans with stone on the exterior") are impressive. In fact, few materials make a resounding impression like stone. Whether rough and rugged or refined and elegant, stone house plans offer a unique combination of natural beauty and historic style few others can match.
House Plans with Ultimate Baths
What makes a bathroom an "ultimate bathroom?" A whole lot of things that promote maximum convenience and comfort—from fireplaces and wall space for flat screen TVs to simple strategic use of space. For example, if you’re married, you’ll probably want the master bathroom to feature dual vanities. While many home plans (especially more modern floor plan designs) offer this amenity, an ultimate bath house plan will likely go a step further by supplying quality space between the vanities so each master may more easily apply make-up, shave, brush teeth, etc. Take Craftsman house plan , for instance. See how the two master vanities are on opposite sides of the bathroom (as opposed to right next to each other)? Ultimate bath house plan is another example. See all that space between the sinks—not to mention the French doors, tray ceiling, and shower seat? Pretty cool!
House Plans with Ultimate Entrances
Dream Home Source’s house plans with ultimate entrances collection is all about one critical factor—curb appeal. Curb appeal can mean the difference between selling a house within a week and having it sit on the market for a year. Now, generally speaking, when you build a home—that home is your dream house. That means that it’s unlikely for the homeowner to move out of it anytime soon. So, why does having curb appeal matter? Well, for one, life sometimes throws curve balls that you don’t expect.
House Plans with Ultimate Kitchens
You don’t have to buy a mansion house plan to get an ultimate kitchen. The home plans in the ultimate kitchen collection below come in all shapes, sizes and architectural styles. Open floor plan #923-35, for instance, is only 2,148 square feet, and yet, look at the size of its kitchen. It sports two spacious islands, a snack bar, breakfast nook, and walk-in pantry. It’s huge!
House Plans with Walkout Basements
Dealing with a lot that slopes can make it tricky to build, but with the right house plan design, your unique lot can become a big asset. That’s because a sloping lot can hold a walkout basement with room for sleeping spaces, fun recreational rooms, and more. From simple unfinished storage spaces to elaborate guest quarters, walkout basements open up all kinds of possibilities.
Italianate House Plans
The first Italian style house plans appeared in America in the 1830s and remained popular through the end of the century. These picturesque two-to-four story homes are designed to resemble Italian villas. Classic proportions are dressed up with a Mediterranean twist, with some Italianate house plans displaying a stately symmetry while others are more rambling and rustic. Almost all houses in the Italian style feature a low-pitched hipped or flat roof with wide, overhanging eaves supported by decorative brackets. Some sport square cupolas atop the roof. Windows are typically arranged in orderly ranks and enhanced with elaborate crowns or frames.
Lakefront House Plans
Is it your dream to build a home next to a lake? If so, you’ve arrived at the correct page! Dream Home Source’s collection of lake house plans (also called "lakefront house plans," "lakeside home plans," or "waterfront house plans") are perfect for vacation retreats or year-round dwellings. Although, please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
Low Country House Plans
While Low Country house plans (sometimes called "Tidewater home plans") have the potential to be built anywhere, they are meant for marshy areas of the Southern United States. Honing in even further, the term "low country" (or "lowcountry") is most notably associated with the coastal areas of South Carolina—an especially distinct region that embraces a multitude of area-specific traits—from architectural designs to culinary tastes. Therefore, if you’re planning to build a home in, say, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, selecting a Low Country house plan from the collection below could be an especially beautiful choice that perfectly complements your lot’s richly unique environment.
Luxury House Plans
Seeking high levels of comfort and accommodation? Welcome to the luxury house plans collection! Luxury floor plans combine great functionality with dazzling form - no matter how big or small. If you’re looking for a large luxury mansion plan, like blueprint , we have plenty of big beauties to choose from. However, if you prefer a smaller plan with luxurious details, like plan --check out that master bath, the built-ins featured in the family room, and all those cool ceilings--we’ve got you covered on that front too! At Dream Home Source, we understand that luxury comes in a wide variety of sizes, styles and layouts (and, perhaps most importantly, budgets!) So, whether you're dreaming of a traditional European, Georgian, Chateau, or Italianate estate home or an understated but elegant Prairie or lodge-like mountain house, or a sleek modern oasis, you'll find a wealth of impressive options in the collection below.
Mansion House Plans
If you’ve worked hard your whole life and have some good money to spend... Guess what? It’s okay to go big with a mansion house plan! Seriously, don’t be shy. Build a home that looks like a castle, like house plan #453-472> or #20-1731. Or, select a design that features a rec room and sports court in the basement, like mansion house plan #56-592 (note the optional finished basement)! Or, maybe select a blueprint featuring huge and lavish outdoor living space, like mansion floor plan #1058-19. Or how about a house plan with a breathtaking master suite? Take mansion home plan #48-625, for example. This house blueprint features an island in the master closet and a skylight well in the master bath. How cool is that?
Midwest House Plans
Are you considering building in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin? The house plans in this collection feature styles that fit well in the Midwest. Please note that some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
Mission Home Plans
Mission style house plans are inspired by the architecture of 18th century Spanish Catholic missions in the American southwest. Revived in the sunbelt states around the turn of the century, Mission style quickly caught on across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida. The distinctive parapet characteristic of Mission designs also appeared in some Craftsman homes of the same era.
Modern Farmhouse Plans
This popular style takes the best of traditional farmhouse style and melds it with modern elements to create something totally fresh and contemporary. Wide front porches, sleek siding, and large windows add impressive curb appeal.
Mountain House Plans
Mountain house plans (sometimes called "rustic house plans" or "rustic plans for houses") work perfectly as vacation getaways or year-round living. In this collection you’ll discover cozy cottages, log cabins, sleek a-frame designs, and more, in a variety of sizes—from under 1,000 square feet to over 5,000. Please note that while each rustic house plan below has the potential to work beautifully in a mountainous setting, some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. Be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area.
Narrow Lot House Plans
Land is expensive, particularly in a densely developed city or suburb. Find a house plan that fits your narrow lot here. While the exact definition of a narrow lot varies from place to place, many of the house plan designs in this collection measure 50 feet or less in width. These slim designs range in style from simple Craftsman bungalows to charming cottages and even ultra-sleek contemporary house designs.
Neoclassical House Plans
Generally speaking, Neoclassical house plans are not easily forgotten. Their larger than average, stately presence, often punctuated by intricate ornamentation, will leave guests and neighbors gazing in awe. In short, if you’re looking for super striking curb appeal, you’ve arrived at the right collection of home plans!
New England House Plans
Planning to build a home in New England? If so, consider popular New England house plan architectural styles, like Colonial, Cape Cod, Georgian, Adam/Federal and Shingle. Furthermore, ask yourself where exactly within New England will your new home be built? For instance, is it your dream to build a home right next to the water in, say, Portland, Maine, or farther inland, in, say, Springfield, Massachusetts? If you’re building right next to the water, consider selecting an elevated house plan to protect against potential flooding. Also--your lot. What does it look like? Is it flat or hilly? If you’re building on a hill, consider selecting a home plan with walkout basement to maximize the indoor and outdoor living space.
New House Plans
New home plans (sometimes written "new homeplan" or "new plans for houses") offer the latest in architectural design innovation and style. In short, new house plans sport beauty and practicality. Curb appeal, for example, is highly popular—a valuable amenity whether you plan to stay in the house forever or sell it down the road. Open floor plans are also very trendy right now, and for good reason. If you’re a parent trying to make dinner, for instance, it might be nice to have a view into the living or great room so you can keep an eye on young kids. Likewise, if you’re a single professional or married without kids, an open sight line from the kitchen to the living areas will be convenient if you regularly entertain guests.
Northwest House Plans
Need to build a home in the northwest? If so, you’ve come to the right category! Northwest house plans typically offer rugged materials and organic shapes. In the below collection you’ll notice Craftsman house plans, Bungalow floor plans, and rustic, lodge-like mountain designs—all of which have a natural affinity for the Pacific Northwest. Contemporary/modern house plans—or, more specifically, green home plan designs—also work well in the northwest due to the region’s passion for sustainable design. Note that one of the best things about green house plans is its general affordability. A green house plan tends to save on building costs upfront due to its smaller size. Likewise, a green home plan has the potential to maintain low energy costs, be it through extra insulation, more-efficient appliances, the use of natural daylighting techniques, or again, simply due to the plan's compact size.
Outdoor Project Plans
Sometimes it’s just fun to go outside, get a little dirty, and build something! If the urge to build is growing inside of you, a project plan might be just what the doctor ordered. A project plan can be any small to medium sized structure that usually sits next to the main dwelling. Common examples of project plans include: dog houses, tool sheds, tractor and lawn mower sheds, playhouses for kids, and outdoor furniture for picnics or sub bathing. Plans for gazebos and pavilions—open and airy roofed structures on which to host a small group of guests, or even the bride and groom of a private wedding ceremony—are also available.
Queen Anne House Plans
Appearing in the 1870's through 1910, Queen Anne style house plans are an eclectic mix of country house and Elizabethan cottage architecture exuberantly blended with Tudor, Gothic, English Renaissance, and American Colonial styles. Typically two stories, they can be large and rambling or small and snug with rooms tucked away in towers, bays, and dormers. From the flashy "painted ladies" of San Francisco to the refined masonry townhomes of cities on the eastern seaboard, Queen Anne style appears all across the country.
Second Empire House Plans
Second Empire house plans were modeled after the opulent architecture of Paris during the reign of Napoleon III from 1855 to 1895, when tall mansard roofs were the answer to taxes imposed on the height of a house. Height was only measured to the base of the roof, so any living space contained within the roof was exempt. The steep slope of the mansard roof allowed the attic to be almost as roomy as the floor below it, while dormer window penetrated the roof at regular intervals to provide light.
Shed House Plans
Do you ever drive down a street and get annoyed when every house looks exactly the same? If so, note two things—1) you’re not alone and 2) you’ve come to the right site! At Dream Home Source, we embrace the fact that every homeowner is different. For example, some people adore Craftsman bungalow designs, while others demand ultra modern house plans. Likewise, some people crave open floor plans in which the kitchen and living spaces flow together, while others prefer a more traditional interior layout in which each room is assigned a specific amount of space. Ultimately, there is no "wrong" type of house plan. It’s all about what you personally need and want. And that's precisely why we offer thousands of unique home plans that can be customized to meet your exact requirements, including our atypical-looking, curb appeal-rich collection of Shed house plans (sometimes called "Shed roof home plans" or "Shed roof plans for houses") below.
Shingle House Plans
Defying the highly ornamented architectural trends of the time, Shingle style house plans came into fashion in the wealthy seaside resorts of Newport, Cape Code, and the Hamptons just before the turn of the century. With their rambling, multi-storied floor plans, breezy porches and windows randomly placed to take advantage of sea views, Shingle homes are the quintessential beach house, yet the style also caught on in urban areas, where it blended well with both Victorian and Craftsman style homes in the streetcar suburbs of the era. Their origin in the rugged coastlines of New England also makes them a perfect fit for the Pacific Northwest and the shores of the Great Lakes
Sloped Lot House Plans
Most people would probably prefer owning a perfectly flat lot. Why? Because this this type of surface tends to be easier to build upon. But sometimes life isn’t perfect. In fact, most of the time, life is far from perfect. Some people may only be able to afford a sloping lot, while others may be forced onto a hillside due to their love of the outdoors. Just think--if your dream is to have a house in the mountains or wilderness, for instance, this kind of area may have nothing but hills to build on. Does this mean you just forget about building your dream home? Heck no. At Dream Home Source, we understand that most people face some kind of lot challenge. That’s why we feature collections of house plans specifically designed for unique lot challenges, like a narrow width (seen most often in cities) or a slope.
Southern House Plans
Looking for a Southern house plan? You've come to the right spot! As you explore the below collection of home plans for Southern living, consider what "southern living" means to you, as your opinion of what a classic southern dwelling should look like may differ from someone else’s. In general, Southern house plans exude charm, character, and welcoming curb appeal.
Spanish House Plans
The Spanish style revived the architectural traditions of the early Spanish colonies, themselves based on the fanciful Moorish and Mediterranean motifs that influenced residences in the old country. These evocative homes are sometimes called Spanish Eclectic houses in honor of their diverse influences. Natural in both tropical or oceanside settings as well as the desert southwest, Spanish home plans are most popular in Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California, though elements of the style may appear in homes all over the country.
Split Level House Plans
If you’re interested in a Ranch home plan, but aren’t sure if your lot is big enough to house one, a Split Level floor plan (also known as bi-level house plans) might be just what you’re looking for. Likewise, if the idea of climbing a huge flight of stairs (especially later in life) doesn’t appeal to you, and yet you still crave a thoughtful separation of living spaces, a Split Level house plan could be the perfect compromise.
Starter House Plans
Can your starter house also be your dream home? Absolutely. In fact, if the design is flexible enough, you may never need to move. Starter homes aren’t just for newlyweds or young families. Because home ownership has become expensive, it’s likely that your first house has been years in the making while up money by living in an apartment or with parents. Or maybe you’ve already owned a home (perhaps a fixer-upper) but now you’re ready to start from the ground up to make your vision come true. Empty nesters looking to downsize can also appreciate the elegant simplicity of these homes.
Texas House Plans
With progressive cities like Austin at the forefront of the green building movement, Texas is home to some of the most innovative house plan designers in the industry. A number of architectural styles have been adapted to the vast and diverse landscape of the state. Houston and Dallas, for example, embrace rather traditional architecture. In fact, Houston’s motto is, "If it’s not all masonry, it’s junk!" says Janet Hobbs of Hobbs’ Ink, LLC—a Certified Professional Building Designer and one of Dream Home Source’s home plan designers who has spent her career designing homes in the great state of Texas.
Tiny House Plans
Whether you're working with a modest budget, don't require much square footage, or wish to create a guest house, our collection of tiny house plans is definitely worth exploring!
Vacation House Plans
Vacation house plans are as diverse as vacations themselves. Some people might consider a beautiful beach in Malibu, California to be the ideal vacation spot. Others may enjoy a week or two in the snowy mountains of Colorado. Others still may simply seek a cozy cottage out in the middle of nowhere—far from work, traffic, and the daily grind.