Plantation Floor Plans

Plantation homes evoke pastoral settings and massive live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. The house is usually two stories with tall windows and full-width porches at both the front and rear, supported by two story columns. Plantation homes today take many of these grand design elements but streamline the layouts for modern living.

Plantation homes have a unique bond to the land, as they are usually built in low-lying coastal regions and surrounded by open land. The large number of windows and abundant outdoor living space tie nature to the home. Plantation homes draw on several historical precedents such as Greek Revival and Federal styling with symmetrical façades, two story columns, a veranda that may wrap around the entire house, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The porch is often two stories, with the second floor also having a full-width balcony accessible from the front rooms.

The home is usually constructed with brick or clapboard siding, or a mixture of the two. The porch may be accessed by a sweeping welcoming arms staircase that draws you up to the porch and into the home. Larger estates may have a grand central entry with double stairwells at either side of the foyer leading to the second floor. Traditional entertaining spaces such as formal dining and living rooms flank the center hall. Further in, you'll find plenty of casual living space in today's plans, with a luxury kitchen often open to the great room. A large fireplace and an abundance of windows will encourage guests to gather here. Auxiliary rooms such as a butler’s pantry and keeping room will be highlights of your home, as will the grand veranda out the rear door.

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