Mediterranean design is actually a compendium of styles drawn from Italian villa architecture, Italianate house plans, Spanish house plans and haciendas, and Greek coastal homes. Our versions of Mediterranean, and Mediterranean modern homes, are distinguished by stucco exteriors, tile roofs, and arch motifs. Floor plans are almost always wide open for a laid-back and relaxing feel and often feature plenty of outdoor living space. Look for house plans with courtyards, patios, and more. Although they fit beautifully in coastal and temperate areas, Mediterranean house plans are constructed in many regions of the country. While Mediterranean homes can be any size, you’ll see many large house plans in this category because the style gravitates toward large luxury designs. Mediterranean house plans tend to be asymmetrical, with low-pitched, hipped or pyramidal roofs covered with terra cotta tiles. Arched entryways and windows create drama. The exterior is almost always stucco, ranging in color from clean white to a dramatic pastel, sometimes paired with stone or brick. Decorative elements such as wide overhanging eaves supported by decorative brackets and shaped parapets are sometimes drawn from Italian and Mission styles. Related categories: Adobe / Southwestern House Plans, House Plans with Courtyard, and House Plans with Patio.