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European house plans meld the architectural elegance and precision of Old-World Europe with the modern conveniences and features that today's families have come to expect while meeting their family's lifestyle and living needs. These beautifully designed homes exhibit European charm and character with various architectural design elements and principles.

While there is a broad range of styles and sizes, European house plans are most considered grand homes or estates with large interior floor plans. These homes feature generously proportioned rooms and voluminous ceiling heights that convey a sense of grandeur and European ambiance.

Altogether different as well as similar, European house plans share a series of common characteristics: 

  • Varied, complex, and exciting roof designs    
  • High-quality, traditional architectural design elements and principles    
  • One to two-story homes, often with richly detailed exteriors including stucco, brick, or stone materials   
  • Tall ceilings and overhead dormers  
  • Archways, wrought-iron balconies, and courtyard entries  
  • Clay tile roofs  
  • Asymmetrical facades  
  • French door entry and exit points are located throughout the home  
  • High-quality and richly textured floors and other surface design materials

While there is no style definition when conveying an image of European house designs, there are certainly subsets and similarities when speaking of European homes. Spanning the European continent and including the sea's warm waters, these subsets encompass English, Tudor, French, Italian, Spanish, and the colorful homes of the Mediterranean.

European plan exteriors are often highly decorative and elegant, with visually appealing design elements that add tremendous curb appeal to the home's exterior. These luxurious exteriors can be impressive with sprawling facades, elaborate rooflines, archways, and multiple large and tall windows.

They may feature courtyard garage entrances and plenty of paved drive-up space. In addition to the functional courtyard space, other courtyard entertaining areas are often located adjacent to the interior rooms, accessed through elegant French doors, sliders, or single-door access points.

A porte cochere - a covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through, typically opening into a courtyard and perhaps allowing for passengers to disengage from automobiles - may also be found on the exterior of European house plans.

While these plans can offer sprawling and large exteriors, many European plans are functional and suitable for large, narrow property lots. These homes will be built up rather than out; however, there is still plenty of opportunity to feature attractive gables, rooflines, decorative and grand facades, and large, comfortable floor plans.

No matter the regional influence, European house plans feature striking exteriors and stunning interior floor plans widely influenced by Old World charm and character while offering modern conveniences and amenities. These homes can vary widely in style and size, yet, they all deliver a comfortable blend of elegance and refinement that homeowners desire.


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