Love Frank Lloyd Wright designs? Then you probably already enjoy Prairie style. Related to Craftsman (also known as Arts and Crafts) style, Prairie architecture feels both traditional and modern at the same time. That’s because the style embraces long, horizontal lines that feel clean and contemporary. A low-pitched roof (often hipped) takes center stage on the exterior, with overhanging eaves that may display exposed brackets for a bit of Craftsman rustic flair. Some Prairie homes include wraparound porches.
Prairie-style homes can look quite modern. Like with Craftsman homes, you’ll often see prominent columns on the entryway, but not necessarily paired with a front porch as you nearly always see on a bungalow. Windows play an important role on Prairie facades. Large windows, especially tall ones, add a sense of lightness and brighten up the interiors. To maximize the impact of the curb appeal, consider a Prairie house plan with a side-facing garage. This keeps the focus on the elegant horizontal lines.
What does a Prairie layout look like? It varies; you’ll find both one-story Prairie designs and two-story floor plans. When a Prairie home has two stories, it often features hipped rooflines at a variety of heights, adding even more curb appeal. Square footage ranges too, from modern starter homes under 2,000 square feet to ultra-luxurious estates over 5,000 square feet – and everything in between.
Because this is such a sleek and refined style, open-concept layouts feel appropriate (though you can also find Prairie style house plans with traditional spaces too, like formal living rooms). Open kitchens with islands and snack bars add a modern relaxed vibe.
Prairie house designs look great in just about any location, especially the Midwest. Stucco and brick are typical exterior materials on this style, often paired with stone columns and accents walls. Some designs also feature siding.
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