The architectural influences of European floor plans are drawn from the design of French country homes, English cottages, Swiss chalets, and Tudor homes. European house plans evoke Old World charm with delightful details such as shuttered casement windows, turrets, fireplaces, and decorative woodwork. Exteriors may be a combination of stone, stucco, wood, or brick, giving these homes eclectic charm. Multiple roof peaks are common. Dormers offer architectural enhancements as well as providing functional space and sunlight to top floor rooms. Arches are a common motif, seen over windows and doorways. European style homes are almost always two stories or more, and may even feature a lower level that will be a perfect getaway for the kids or for entertaining guests. Open layouts are common, with rooms arranged to occupy the bays and turrets that give each design its unique shape. You’ll also find opulent Chateauesque mansions and elegant luxury estates.