European House

European home style

European house are larger, elegant looking homes, rich in exterior detailing that recall European influences. The wide use of brick, stone and stucco is common to most European homes. They are usually 1½ or 2 story floor plans, but an occasional ranch is also seen. Italian, Italianate, and various French styles are included in this collection, but you also might want to check out our collections of Country French house plans, Mediterranean, Spanish colonial and Tudor house plans, which are more specific in styling.
European houses usually have steep roofs, subtly flared curves at the eaves and are faced with stucco and stone. Typically, the roof comes down to the windows. The second floor often is in the roof or, as we know it, the attic.


 




 

European architecture style

European house plans are generally one or two story houses that become a reminder of the splendid style and history of the Old World while offering a touch of the elegance and refined style common today. Typically grand in size and well-suited for large lots, European home plans feature an exterior finish of two or more materials such as brick, siding, stone or stucco.
 
 
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Varied rooflines deliver the look and feel of a castle while rich ornamental detailing adds a touch of beauty and splendor to most European house plans. There are many noticeable exterior characteristics of European home plans including copper roofs atop bayed windows, stylish keystones, and quoins accenting the corners.
 

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The Southern European house plans would encompass the Italian, Tuscan and Mediterranean house plan styles. Because these regions are typically warm, they are designed with outdoor living spaces as well as inside courtyards. Large windows and doors are common features along with low-pitched tile roofs and stucco exteriors. Arches or arched windows and entryways are common in European House plans with southern influence. Casual elegance also comes to mind when envisioning a European house plan situated in the Mediterranean.
 
 
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The Grander European House Plans are distinguished by their more elegant features such as grand entrances and stairways, large formal dining rooms, libraries and music rooms. It would be natural to include live-in servant's quarters as well. The less pretentious European house plan might scale down the sizes of certain rooms, i.e., dining rooms, and eliminate the music room or library.

European style home

European style home designs have an Old World or European look that's not specific to any one style like Spanish or Mediterranean or French. Brick or stone is often used on the exterior. Features include high steeply pitched roofs, tall windows often with shutters, and traditional ornamental details like pediments and keystones. As varied as the countries that make up the continent, European house plans reflect the sophisticated tastes of the Old World, from Medieval- and Renaissance-inspired castles to Alpine chalets. European home plans are endlessly adaptable and suited for all regions of the United States.
 
Imaginative homeowners can choose from designs that include rustic country cottages, stately manor homes, or fanciful chateaus with towers and turrets.
 
 
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European house plans typically feature steep, complex rooflines and facades of brick, stone, or stucco. A mix of materials is common. Inside, a European floor plan is adapted for modern lifestyles. Whether chosen as an alternative to the popular American Colonial and Craftsman styles, or as a tribute to a family's continental roots, European style homes allow homeowners to "live abroad" without leaving the country.

 
 
 

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European-style homes borrow materials and exterior details that are common to the French, English, and Mediterranean architectural traditions. The style is very popular today because of the sense of luxury conveyed by multi-peaked rooflines, bay-shaped rooms and windows, and architectural details such as repeating arches, wrought-iron balconies, clay-tile roofs, and decorative stone. Exterior cladding is usually stucco, stone or brick.

 

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Common Features of European Home Design.

-Keystones.

-Copper-topped bay roofs.

-Hipped roofs.

-Typically stucco, stone or brick.

-Palladian windows.

-Both single story and two stories.

-Great room's featuring vaulted or cathedral ceilings.

-Foyer's featuring natural lighting.

-Many roof lines and gables.

-Generally a luxurious style of home.

-Attached garage.