French Country House PlansFrench Country is a style that has its roots in the rolling hillsides of rural France, and evokes an old world rustic and welcoming appearance. Natural materials are an integral part of the French Country style, reflected in rough plaster walls, natural stone floors and rustic, carved wood furniture. French Country house plan styles are not to be confused with French Chateaux style, which primarily reflects nobility, wealth and power.
Early French Country homes were simple and functional and do not resemble today's French Country style house, although some very basic influences have managed to remain. Today's French Country house is often quite large with many rooms. Hipped roofs are still very common characteristics, as are the rugged looking flared eaves, and dormers (often barreled or arched or eye browed).
In Normandy, silos were often attached to the main living quarters instead of a separate barn. After World War I, Americans romanticized the traditional French farmhouse, creating a charming French Country style known as French Normandy. Sided with stone, stucco, or brick, these homes may suggest the Tudor style with decorative half timbering (vertical, horizontal, and diagonal strips of wood set in masonry). The French Normandy style is distinguished by a round stone tower (the silo), topped by a cone-shaped roof.
Interiors of authentic French Country Style house plans will have deeply textured walls, created with a heavily troweled mixture of cement and plaster over drywall and stone or rustic wood planked flooring
Today's French Country house plans are often clad with brick, stone or stucco siding. Some common elements of French Country house plans are: