December 10th, 2019

Home Improvement

One of the first things you’ll notice when you search our database of floor plans is that there are thousands of homes to choose from. Maybe you already know that you want a 4-bedroom, 3-bath with a large kitchen. However, that will only narrow your search down so much. A good way to pick a floor plan is to know what architectural style you would like for your home. To help you decide, here is a rundown of the six most popular architecture styles for single-family homes.

1. Contemporary:

If you tend to be minimalist and enjoy neutral colors, lots of natural light and crisp, clean lines, then a Contemporary house may be a good fit. Usually defined by tall windows, cathedral ceilings, and open spaces. Most have a large open floor plan.

2. Prairie: 

Another form of contemporary homes is Prairie architecture. If you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, then this is one you should consider. Designed to be incorporated into their surroundings they have strong lines and seem to just grow out of the ground. These homes are ideal for gardeners and nature lovers who like to experience something different and tend to be unconventional.

3. Craftsman: 

For those of you who can see the beauty in small details then you may want to consider a Craftsman home. Their spacious, free-flowing rooms are great for entertaining They are cozy and often have fine molding, built-ins, window benches and built-in shelving. They often feature stacked stone and other natural materials.

4. Colonial:

This has been a popular style for generations. It is traditional and based on the homes originally built by early settlers. With two to three stories, they usually have a massive fireplace in a large living room. Kitchens, dining rooms and other rooms are separate. The understated design is family-friendly and always a good buy.

5. The American Ranch:

Ranch homes were the house of choice in the 50s and 60s. A modern classic, it is a one-story home with a simple floor plan. A perfect home for those who enjoy indoor-outdoor living as the main living spaces usually open to large patios. This is perfect as a starter home, retired couples, and homeowners with limited mobility.

6. Victorian:

If you are looking for a real show stopper than the Victorian home is for you. Each one has a personality of their own. Usually with intricate woodwork, pitched roofs, towers, and verandas, they tend to have multi-colored exteriors. If you are willing to spend time on upkeep, then a Victorian may be the home for you. 

Did you decide which style you like? At Design Basics, we have a design filter to help you sort through our homes. So click your favorite style and you’ll be that much closer to picking the home of your dreams. If you have any other questions or are still having a tough time deciding, give our experts a call. We’ll be happy to help you pick a floor plan for a home you’ll love.