European House Plans
“Architecture should speak of its time and place but yearn for timelessness.” – Frank Gehry
What is European Style architecture? Well, it is as broad as the word European. Its term encompasses influence from Tuscan, Italian, Spanish, English, and French homes. With varied rooflines, think of a French Chateau versus an Italian, eclectic Mediterranean style, versus an English Tudor. Oftentimes, practicality determines style. Does an area get a lot of snow or have a cooler climate? Steeper rooflines. Sun and warmer temperatures dictate a shallower roofline and wide overhangs. European style evokes ‘Old World Charm”. Living Concepts has a well-rounded variety of European styles, with classic “Old World” charm to look through and choose. The plans use current products and construction methods available but keep the details of the style that makes it timeless. Some plans have more Italianate personality, some French or English Country vibes. You’re sure to find a plan that is just perfect for the European style you most prefer.
As with Craftsman style, European homes abound with natural materials. Think of wood beams and tiles for interior décor. Externally, brick, stucco, wood, and stone are common.
A European home can be small and quaint, like a cottage, or large and estate-like. Foyers in this style often have open staircases, tall ceilings, and wide, arched doorway openings for an easy floorplan flow. Wood beams and columns leave light and openness between rooms but create a visual transition from room to room.
If warm sunny weather and warmer, richer palette colors make you happy, then your European style leans toward Tuscan, Spanish and Mediterranean. Details of iron railings, inside and out, as well as an infamous ‘Juliet’ balcony will surely be perfect for you.
If snow and rain, cooler climates and ‘homebody cozy’ is more your taste, then the French or English style home may be yours. While symmetry is evident in these styles, they are not modern, tight plans. These charmers have a simple, curvy, cozy nature to them. Think of your color palette as soft….cream, white, blues and greys or soft pastels. Shutters that flank tall windows are often seen on a French or English style home.
Living Concepts is your ‘one stop shopping’ for the European styled, perfect-for-you feeling home. There are many to look at so take your time and call us when you are ready with your selection. We’re here for you. We bring Europe to you…daily. You can travel to other locations when you can….but love the European Life you build, with our plans. We create it for you to find and live in it perfectly. We are so happy for you. Welcome home.