Chalet Style Floor Plans

A Romantic Ideal of Contemporary Swiss Architecture


Chalets originated in the Alps and are distinguished by exposed structural members called half-timbering that are both functional and serve as decoration. Chalets were part of the Exotic Revival movement in American architecture that took the simple square of the Greek Revival form and added embellishments influenced by countries abroad. Chalets gained popularity in the mid-19th century throughout the United States, borrowing from a romantic ideal of contemporary Swiss architecture.

The roof of a chalet is low-pitched with wide, overhanging eaves. This architectural element influenced Craftsman and Prairie house styles later in the early 20th century. There is almost always a front gable featuring highly decorative woodwork at the fasciaboard. The upper floor of a chalet usually projects beyond the story below, with a balcony at the front of the house for leisure and entertaining. The balcony often has a balustrade that is constructed of a flat, cut-out panel, adding to the gingerbread charm.

This style of house was traditionally painted on the exterior with murals or faux architectural elements representing quoins, shutters, or ornamental design around windows and doors. Further interest may be added with vertical board-and-batten siding. The Chalet style would make the perfect mountain home for its use of natural materials and allure of the grand Alps.

The floor plan of Chalet style houses tend to have less square footage, as they are typically used for vacation homes. That being said, two or more stories are possible with bedrooms on the upper floors that open to the balcony and maximize fairy tale views. The first floor could have an open plan with a central fireplace warming the interior and a spacious kitchen for entertaining guests. Provide 360 degree views with a spacious rear deck to complement the second floor balconies.


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Chalet Matching Plans (91)

  • Four Bedroom Contemporary

    Plan #: AFLFPW18547

    Details
    Style:
    Contemporary
    Size:
    2,356 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    1
    Width:
    40’
    Depth:
    78’
    Baths:
    3
    Beds:
    4
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Three Bedroom French Country

    Plan #: AFLFPW73226

    Details
    Style:
    French Country
    Size:
    2,595 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    1
    Width:
    91’
    Depth:
    73’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    1
  • Captivating Craftsman

    Plan #: AFLFPW23461

    Details
    Style:
    Craftsman
    Size:
    2,726 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    82’
    Depth:
    59’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    1
  • Lazy Afternoons

    Plan #: AFLFPW15758

    Details
    Style:
    Cabin
    Size:
    1,286 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    25’
    Depth:
    36’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Get Away From It All

    Plan #: AFLFPW08281

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    2,288 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    75’
    Depth:
    47’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    1
  • A Chalet for Today

    Plan #: AFLFPW70565

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,306 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    25’
    Depth:
    44’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Rustic Getaway

    Plan #: AFLFPW70566

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,529 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    1
    Width:
    31’
    Depth:
    59’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Country Home

    Plan #: AFLFPW75540

    Details
    Style:
    New American
    Size:
    2,102 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    44’
    Depth:
    40’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    1
  • Country Home

    Plan #: AFLFPW75542

    Details
    Style:
    Cottage
    Size:
    1,356 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    28’
    Depth:
    28’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    1
  • Super Chalet

    Plan #: AFLFPW71574

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,614 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    26’
    Depth:
    42’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Three Bedroom Mediterranean

    Plan #: AFLFPW08181

    Details
    Style:
    Mediterranean
    Size:
    4,104 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    81’
    Depth:
    91’
    Baths:
    3
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Four Bedroom Chalet

    Plan #: AFLFPW10931

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    4,833 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    126’
    Depth:
    99’
    Baths:
    5
    Beds:
    4
    1/2 baths:
    1
  • Five Bedroom Chalet

    Plan #: AFLFPW01261

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    5,270 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    1
    Width:
    118’
    Depth:
    64’
    Baths:
    4
    Beds:
    5
    1/2 baths:
    1
  • Spectacular Views

    Plan #: AFLFPW70451

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,721 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    25’
    Depth:
    46’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Grand Getaway

    Plan #: AFLFPW70535

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,089 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    1
    Width:
    26’
    Depth:
    47’
    Baths:
    1
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • The Stony Brook

    Plan #: AFLFPW70538

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,468 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    26’
    Depth:
    46’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0

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