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 (94)

  • Harbor Hideaway

    Plan #: AFLFPW76788

    Details
    Style:
    Country
    Size:
    1,999 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    55’
    Depth:
    31’
    Baths:
    0
    Beds:
    2
    1/2 baths:
    3
  • Beautiful Home for a Lot with a View

    Plan #: AFLFPW76783

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    2,912 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    40’
    Depth:
    50’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    1
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eye-Catching Chalet

    Plan #: AFLFPW03055

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,480 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    24’
    Depth:
    44’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rustic Chalet

    Plan #: AFLFPW03054

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,720 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    28’
    Depth:
    46’
    Baths:
    2
    Beds:
    3
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Mountain Rustic

    Plan #: AFLFPW19343

    Details
    Size:
    628 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    32’
    Depth:
    26’
    Baths:
    1
    Beds:
    1
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Vacation Getaway

    Plan #: AFLFPW03116

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    782 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    32’
    Depth:
    42’
    Baths:
    1
    Beds:
    2
    1/2 baths:
    0
  • Two Bedroom Chalet

    Plan #: AFLFPW71371

    Details
    Style:
    Chalet
    Size:
    1,486 Sq. Ft
    Stories:
    2
    Width:
    24’
    Depth:
    54’
    Baths:
    1
    Beds:
    2
    1/2 baths:
    1

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