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Today's Best Selling House Plans

Updated on December 22, 2017
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Working as a professional interior designer for many decades, I've had cause to be involved in design & build residential building projects.

As many aspiring homeowners are opting to build their own homes, you wonder what their preferences are. Are they leaning towards a choice of traditional house plans or are they part of the trend that prefers modern and contemporary home designs?

Over the years, many desirous of owning their own homes tend to prefer traditional architectural designs like Colonial, Country, or Craftsman style homes. As the trend still appears to continue, the new generation of prospective homeowners tends to choose modern architectural styles over the traditional.

Country style home. Notice the elaborate stone works, half upper floor, and chimney.
Country style home. Notice the elaborate stone works, half upper floor, and chimney.

Best Selling House Drawing Plans

But what are today's best selling home drawing blueprints?

Let me first mention that a vast majority of those aspiring to build, be they first time builders or those who've built before, now buy their house plans from retailers of architectural designs - these are readymade blueprints that can be customised to fit your available plot of land, your style, and other preferences. The choice is vast and there are thousands of home designs to choose from.

Craftsman house plans, one of today's most popular home designs.
Craftsman house plans, one of today's most popular home designs.

Having said that, today's 10 best selling architectural plans include the following. They are not in any order of preference but they are the styles most people who intend to build opt for.

  1. Craftsman architectural style - a great favourite for those who love classic home designs.They are large and feature natural stone and wood. They are currently the most popular style on the market.
  2. Prairie style houses - today's prairie style plans, not unlike the traditional layouts consists of open floor plans with free-flowing spaces that flow between the indoors and outdoors. Said to be the first original American architectural style, their features include low-pitched or flat roofs, overhanging eaves, and clerestory windows
  3. Mediterranean home designs - architectural styles from the Mediterranean region (Greece, Spain, France, and Italy) are most recognized by plaster walls, wrought iron, patios, wood beams, and tiled roofs. Their designs often extend outdoors into courtyards or verandas.
  4. French eclectic home designs - come with a symmetrical or asymmetrical facade with stone, bricks, and stucco. They have characteristic tall, steeply pitched, hipped roof with narrow eaves. Roof materials are tile, slate, and shingles. They neither have porches nor veranda, but come with balustraded terraces off first floor rooms.
  5. New American home plans - this style combines elements from a variety of styles to create an entirely new look. Features of interest include soaring entryways, a mix of different materials, prominent garages and plenty of space.
  6. Country style homes - easily recognized by their influence from 18th-century colonial homes.They feature wide porches, shutters, and meticulously spaced windows and wood accents.
  7. European style homes - fashioned after beautiful French, Italian, and English architecture, they feature plaster walls, marble floors, and centrepiece fireplaces. Their elegance has captivated homeowners for centuries.
  8. Cottage home plans - a Colonial style that stems from the homes types of the first settlements. They are often small sized homes with features that include a large front porch, painted woodwork, and a small second story. The charm of a cottage is too irresistible to pass up.
  9. Southern style - these American home designs are built for the hot, humid climate that is typical of the South. Their features include wide roof overhangs, wood shutters, and wrap-around porches.
  10. Ranch home plans - also known as Rambler style, they became popular in the mid-20th century. Often built in an L-shape, U-shape, or rectangle shape, they are most often single story homes.
  11. Modern style homes - majorly pre-fab homes, they are designed to look and feel clean, open, peaceful, and relaxing and embrace the sharp, sleek, minimalist aesthetics of today’s 'tech-hungry' homeowner.

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      viryabo 3 years ago

      Thank you @montaznehise

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      montaznehise 3 years ago from Slovenia

      Great houses..

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      viryabo 5 years ago

      Thanks Midnull. Does he build luxury homes? Building is an exciting task, starting a structure from ground zero, and seeing your beautiful results in some months.

      Thanks for visiting Midnull.

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      midnull 5 years ago

      Nice. I have a builder friend. :)

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      kashif 6 years ago

      wonderful homes like dreams

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      I'm still hoping to win the lotteries or something close myself.

      That's the only way my dreams of owning one ( or 3) of these homes, will ever materialise.

      Thank you for your visits Denise, and for your nice comments.


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! Count me in on this one. One can only dream of winning the big money and building SEVERAL dream homes in different parts of the world. Thanks.

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      Thank you almasi for your kind comments, and thanks for your visit.


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      almasi 6 years ago

      Thanks for an inspiring hub.

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      You should see me - drooling. As you rightly said, "oh to dream"

      Thanks for visiting aKirchner.


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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Very wonderful - oh to dream!

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      LOL!!, i can send in a translator.

      I was planning on the Riviera myself!

      Nice to see you G.

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      GPAGE 7 years ago from California

      Viryabo! This came in perfect timing! Do you think the French will be able to read these plans? ha I will one day build a house like the one in the film "Somethings Gotta Give!" Honestly, you write the most interesting and informative hubs.....When I build my next chateau, I know where to go!!!! ha