English Country Home Plans
Architectural styles in England have faced considerable evolution in the past 500 years, as the changing world has affected social roles and land occupancy. And although the historical English country house is a slimmed down version of its original form, this home style still captivates. Modern versions of English country house plans are in wide circulation across the United States.
The term English county home originally referred to the unfortified rural home for the landed gentry who would seek refuge in the country from their London homes, or “town home”. These estates were quite large and often houses hundreds of support staff to maintain the house and the expansive yards beyond. Additional outbuildings would be built in a similar style as the large manor home.
Modern versions of English country homes are much smaller than these original residential compounds yet still maintain a feeling of grandeur through the features that continue to identify these stately homes:
- Sloping, uneven roof lines
- Steep cross-gables
- Prominent, off-center chimneys
- Dutch doors
- Stone, brick, or stucco exterior materials
- Squared windows with diamond-shaped panes
These large homes were often organized into wings surrounding a great hall. Kitchens were elaborate with numerous fireplaces and long heavy wooden tables. Formal spaces for libraries and music rooms on the first floor while corridors leading to stately bedrooms on upper floors.
In modern English country house plans the size can be varied and still maintain the style of these grand homes. Some of the large luxury English country house plans are single story with a sprawling floor plan with living areas centered around a great room. Smaller square footage needn’t be a deterrent, however, and there are hundreds of English country house plans of modest size. Formal spaces are often traded for a more open floor plan, and a second story for bedrooms makes for a spacious feeling even when building on a small lot.
It is the external features that really makes these homes part of the English country house plan lineage. Natural building materials on the outside like stone, brick, and visible timbering are reminiscent of those old manor houses, and give little indication of the modern marvels awaiting inside.