One-of-a-Kind with Captain's Walk - Cape Cod, Northwest

3 of Today’s Most Popular Architectural Styles

As the old saying goes, variety is the spice of life, and that certainly applies to designing house plans for your dream home. There are many popular architectural styles for today’s homes, and within each style are numerous variations.

The choices are all but limitless – to get an idea just visit the Architectural Designs website! In this article we offer a brief overview of just three of those styles.

Cape Cod

One-of-a-Kind with Captain's Walk - Cape Cod, Northwest

One-of-a-Kind with Captain’s Walk
Style: Cape Cod, Northwest

Inspired by the thatched cottages of Great Britain, the Cape Cod was adapted with larger chimneys and steeper pitched roofs to better suit the cold climate in the Northeast. This architectural style was very popular for new homes built in the 1930s. Originally it was fairly small, and it was the first style used in housing developments of modestly priced homes.

The Cape Cod is usually one story or one-and-a-half stories, designed with a symmetrical look that features a centered front door. That symmetry continues inside as the interior layout usually has a center hall with equal space on each side.

Cape Cod - Interior Photo

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Common features of the Cape Code style include:

  • Wood siding
  • Steep pitched roofs with side gables
  • Dormer windows
  • Cedar shake shingles
  • Wide front porch
  • Sidelights flanking the front door
  • Double-hung windows with shutters

Cape Cod is a style that has great curb appeal and a cozy, comfortable feeling that says “welcome home”.


Mediterranean Style House Plans

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Style: Mediterranean, Florida, European

Modeled after the hacienda style, the Mediterranean shares some characteristics of the Florida and Spanish home styles. It is usually one story and has red tile roofs with a shallow slope and wide overhang. Common features of the Mediterranean include:

  • Stucco exterior
  • Open arches and courtyards (allowing for free air flow in hot climates)
  • Porticos and verandas
  • Large windows throughout
  • Heavy wooden doors
  • Ornamental features such as multicolored tiles
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Very similar to Mediterranean style are the Tuscan Homes, a blending of classic Italian with modern design elements. Tuscan homes feature tall windows, enclosed courtyards, stone accents, and decorative, wood-beamed ceilings.

Both the Mediterranean and Tuscan styles offer a look of old world charm that holds an enduring appeal.


Spanish Style Home - Decorative Tile Roofing

Spanish Style Home – Decorative Tile Roofing

Similar to Mediterranean, this style is a blend of Native American and European influences. Perhaps the most distinguishing and easily recognized characteristic of a Spanish style home is the ornate wrought-iron work. Common features include:

  • Stucco exterior
  • Clay roof tiles (usually red)
  • Low pitched roofs
  • Square pillars
  • Bell towers
  • Courtyards and arched corridors
  • Quatrefoil windows

This particular architectural style is probably most popular in Texas, the Southwest, California, and Florida. However, a Spanish style home is suitable for most temperate climates.

The blending of Spanish Colonial elements with Mediterranean and Moorish influence makes for a beautiful home with charming and distinctly romantic appeal.

To view the house plans for any of the above homes, just click on the photo. The Architectural Designs House Plans website offers thousands of house plans in these three styles and many, many more!

Spanish Style Home - Decorative Tile Roofing

Spanish Style Home – Decorative Tile Roofing
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Spanish Style Home - Decorative Tile Roofing

Spanish Style Home – Decorative Tile Roofing
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