French Country architecture is a unique style that offers a lot of charm with its distinctive characteristics. These house plans generally have asymmetrical exteriors with a combination of ornamental attributes that complete the design. Some of the common characteristics of this design are:
- Stucco and brick exterior.
- Steep roof pitches at varying heights. Curved roof pitches are sometimes incorporated in one or two locations.
- These homes are usually two stories in height with high rooflines.
- Chimneys are usually large and sloped at the base. As with many other styles, there are variations to French architecture. Some plans are symmetrical with steep hipped roofs and exteriors are sometimes siding, shakes or other materials.
Rooted in the rural French countryside, the French Country style includes both modest farmhouse designs as well as estate-like chateaus. At its roots, the style exudes a rustic warmth and comfortable designs. Typical design elements include curved arches, soft lines and stonework. Inside, you'll find wood beams, plaster walls and stone floors as common thematic features.
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.
The French Country style combines the best of old world elegance with comfortable interiors. With it's roots in the sunny hillsides of rural France, where each province has its own colloquial style, French Country architecture reflects a wealth of diversity. Old and new, formal and informal elements are mixed in Houses ranging from humble cottages and farmhouses to grand chateaus.
Common elements include tall, thin windows, often with slat-board shutters, steep roofs, multiple gables, and assorted arches (windows, shutters garage openings and entries). Stucco and stone are frequently used, trimmed with painted timbers, windows boxes, wrought iron railings and brick highlights around windows and doors.
The elevations of our French Country Home Plans reflect these time honored elements, while the floor Plans incorporate modern design features designed for the way we live our lives in this century