Colonial Floor Plans

Simple Grace and Time Honored Tradition Have Mass Appeal


Colonial homes are based on the earliest architectural traditions of our country, and are built in a style derived from traditional English homes. The form is a simple rectangle, usually two stories and with exterior emphasis on the entryway. Beginning in the late 1800’s and continuing to the present, homeowners have revived the Colonial style and built them throughout cities and most prominently in suburban neighborhoods. Their simple grace and time-honored tradition have mass appeal, making this a good investment.

The exterior of Colonial homes is based on symmetry, with the doorway centered on the façade and windows often in pairs to either side. The doorway usually has a small covered portico supported by thin columns, and a pediment above. Often sidelights are present, as well as a fanlight above the door, providing light to the interior. Windows are double-hung sash, often placed in pairs and featuring decorative shutters. You will see many Colonial homes constructed of brick, but wood siding is a suitable alternative and retains the traditional feel. The roofline of Colonial style homes is usually side-gable with either one or two chimneys at the ends, but hipped roofs are sometimes present as well and may feature attic dormers.

As this is a very traditional home, the interior often follows suit with a formal dining room and living room adjacent to the kitchen and den. A stairwell is usually present in the entry hall, flanked by the formal rooms. Alternatively, update the floor plan with a more contemporary look by eliminating the formal spaces and opening up the first floor for a family friendly plan. As the house plan is usually two stories, bedrooms will most likely reside on the second floor, providing privacy and separation from the living space. An added benefit of this style of home is the ease of expansion. The inherent symmetry could continue with side wings on a wide lot, or extend at the rear when additions are needed.


Similar Styles: Cape Cod, Adam Federal, Traditional, Dutch Colonial, Georgian.

 

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