Country home

Country Homes Ideas

Characteristically casual and cozy, country decorating is all about comfort. Use our helpful tips and tricks to give your home a classic look that's anything but expected. We have the best ideas for incorporating handcrafted furniture, vintage accessories, classic blue-and-white color palettes, and more. Learn how to outfit your whole home -- from the office to the dining room to the living room -- in the country look while giving it an up-to-date spin that reflects your taste.

 

Take a tour through our favorite country-style homes and gather ideas and inspiration you can use to turn your home into a cozy country abode filled with homespun style. Although country decorating is defined by a certain set of staples -- such as an eclectic mix of fabrics and secondhand furniture -- subtle variations within the style can take your country decor down different paths.

 




 

Country style homes

Country house plans trace their origins to the picturesque cottages described by Andrew Jackson Downing in his books Cottage Residences, of 1842, and The Architecture of Country Houses, of 1850. The Country style overlaps with the Cottage style and the Farmhouse style, though Country style homes tend to be larger than cottages and most make expressive use of wood for porch posts, siding, and trim. Today's country style houses emphasize a woodsy simplicity with a central door, evenly spaced windows, and a front and/or a rear porch.
 
 
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They can be one or two stories high, are topped with a gable roof, and often include a wrap-around veranda. Although most closely associated with informal living, Country style homes can also be formal and elegant. Country house plans combine a romance for the past with updated floor plans appropriate for today's lifestyles.
 

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Build yourself a bit of Americana and look forward to years of comfortable, laid-back living with a country house plan. The familiar country home features that almost-mystical feeling that you've been there before. Picture the rambling farmhouse in hundreds of movies, or that tidy gabled cottage with the swing on the front porch. With a high comfort level and an appeal to American archetypal imagery, country homes feel lived-in and comfortable from move-in day forwards. Country home designs deliver a relaxing, rural lifestyle - regardless of where you plan to build your home.
 
 
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Gorgeous country kitchens and cozy hearth rooms are typical features of a country floor plan. Spacious porches extend your living space, making country house plans seem larger than they are and creating a seamless transition between indoors and out. You can look forward to barbeques out back, lazy afternoons on a porch swing, and large family gatherings when you make one of our country house plans your own.
 

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Vernacular house form borrowing from Colonial and Victorian styles Irregular massing and cross-gabled roof planes Front or wraparound porch Casual or semi-formal layout Inspired by an idyllic sense of relaxed rural living, Country house plans trace their origins to the vernacular building techniques and styles imported by the early American settlers and adapted to regional conditions nationwide. Although most closely associated with informal living, larger Country homes offer a gracious sense of elegance.
 
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Completely comfortable in any country or suburban neighborhood, a charming Country home plan is a natural choice for easy-going year-round living or as a vacation home in a lovely rustic retreat. Spacious porches extend living space to create a seamless transition between indoors and out. Often asymmetrical in layout and massing, Country house plans may be one or two stories, most commonly featuring a gable roof with at least one cross-gable or dormer windows.
 
 
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Country floor plans offer big kitchens, informal living areas, and plenty of room for families to spread out. From the Low Country and Cracker houses of the south Atlantic states to the Cottage homes of New England and the Log Houses and Cabins of recreational retreats nationwide, Country home plans offer a distinctly American style of living.

 

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French Country Very popular style used for high-style country estates and suburban homes throughout America. Identifying features: Informal, asymmetrical floor plans, prominent roof (often hipped) accented by arched-top or hipped dormers, stucco, cut stone or brick walls with cast stone details, wrought iron railings and balconies, flared eaves, dormers, and window shutters. Frequently, tall second floor multi-paned windows break through the cornice.
 
 
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English Country Sharing many features with the Tudor Revival, the resurgence of the English Country style illustrates continued interest in traditional English design principles. Identifying features: Front-facing gables capping high walls of brick or stone, asymmetrical plan, dormers, massive chimneys, often topped with decorative chimney pots, exposed wood structural elements, high pitched roofs.