A Purely American Style and One of the First Examples of Contemporary Architecture

The Prairie house plan is a purely American style of architecture, developed by the preeminent architect of the early-20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright. This was one of the first examples of modern architecture, utilizing horizontal lines, minimal decorative motifs and contemporary building materials. Prairie style homes are characterized by their low-lying roofline with wide overhanging eaves and cantilevered forms that seem to blend into the landscape, which is why they were originally prominent in the flatlands of the Midwest. This style draws on Japanese architecture, utilizing exposed wood rafters and pagoda-like elements. Build your prairie home on a large rural lot or in-town where it will be the standout on the block.

The roofline of a prairie home is almost always hipped with a low pitch. The primary floor plan of the home will be two stories, but with one story wings and porches that extend from the main block. These porches are usually supported by large square piers that often extend to ground level. Windows are tall casement windows, placed in horizontal rows and sometimes wrapping around the corners as is popular in Modern homes. They often have leaded glass with small geometric panes. Exterior materials are light colored brick, stucco and wood, with horizontal patterns incorporated into wall materials.

Prairie style plans are usually open, with characteristic built-ins and numerous decorative wood elements highlighting the interior, as this style was part of the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. Large expanses of windows will provide views to the exterior. There will also be cozy nooks for a study, sunroom or breakfast room that you will want to take advantage of.

Similar Styles: Craftsman Style Floor Plans, Bungalow Floor Plans, Ranch Floor Plans, Open Floor Plans, Large Floor Plans.

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