French home

French home style

Also known as French Provincial, French Country house plans are inspired by the rustic manors found across rural France. Particularly impressive on large properties, French Country style home plans also fit well into upscale suburban enclaves. French Country home styles range from modest farmhouse designs to estate-like chateaux combining rustic warmth of say, exposed wood beams with elegant European details like tall louvered shutters. Signature features include hipped roofs, walls of smooth plaster, brick, or stone, and arched windows and doors. Most French Country homes are two-story. More elaborate designs can include Georgian-style quoins, Palladian windows, Normandy-style turrets, and dormer windows.

 




 

French architecture

French architecture always comes with a uniqueness of its own, with a unitary color scheme setting it past others. Conveying the same feel and cloaked in a white expanse is this beautiful abode with chic interiors for those craving for serenity. You can also notice the azure and sea green hues tagging in with overall pasty interiors. Cool fireplaces, meandering stairways, chic furnishings, vintage woodwork, and a well-equipped kitchenette indicate toward impressive home economics. French Creole architecture is one of the nation's three major colonial architectural traditions.
 
 
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It takes its place alongside British Colonial, as exemplified by the saltbox houses of New England and a later generation of Georgian houses, and Spanish Colonial, as seen in the missions of California and the Southwest. The French Creole building tradition appeared in New France, i.e., in the United States, the Mississippi Valley.

 

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Because the region was sparsely settled at the time, very little French Creole architecture was built outside Louisiana. And today Louisiana is home to the overwhelming majority of surviving examples. There is much scholarly dispute as to the origins of the French Creole building tradition. Some have noted distinct similarities to buildings in France while others emphasize the evolution the tradition underwent in the New World, principally the Caribbean. Regardless of its origin, it is a distinctive building tradition characteristic of French America.
 
 
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French Creole architecture, of course, began in the French colonial period (1699-1762). However, the tradition continued in popularity well into the 1800s. By the 1830s and 40s, one sees houses that combine French Creole features (see below) and Anglo-American traditions such as symmetry and a central hall plan.
 

French characteristics

The typical rural French Creole house can be described as follows.
Its most important features include:
 
1) generous galleries, 
2) a broad spreading roofline, 
3) gallery roofs supported by light wooden colonnettes, 
4) placement of the principal rooms well above grade (sometimes a full story),
5) a form of construction utilizing a heavy timber frame combined with an infill made of brick (briquette entre poteaux) or a mixture of mud, moss and animal hair called bousillage,
6) multiple French doors
7) French wraparound mantels.
 
 
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The previously mentioned timber frame incorporated French joinery i.e., angle braces that are extremely steep, running all the way from sill to plate, in contrast to English joinery where the angle brace is almost a 45 degree angle.

 

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Urban examples shared most of these characteristics but often lacked commodious galleries. Indeed, the quintessential Creole cottage in New Orleans stands flush with the front property line and has no gallery. Also, urban areas had what is known as a Creole townhouse, a multi-story, typically L-shaped building standing flush with the sidewalk. The first floor served as mercantile space and the upper floors as the family's living quarters.
 
 
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Some Creole townhouses had a low mezzanine-type storage area known as an entresol located between the first and second floor. A wide carriage passage connected the street to a rear courtyard. Today surviving Creole townhouses can be seen mainly in New Orleans' French Quarter. Creole floorplans are distinctive in the following respects. They tend to be asymmetrical and always lack interior hallways. Openings are placed solely for the convenience of the interior, and without any regard for a pleasing architectural effect on the exterior (i.e., producing an irregular schedule of openings). Often the rear range of rooms consists of an open loggia with a small room at each end known as a cabinet.