Italian House Plans

Italian house plans tend to overlap with both Mediterranean and Tuscan house plan styles. The true Italianate house plans have a distinctive look in that they have a very low-pitched or flat roof, a rectangular shape, and are at least 2 and as much as 4 stories high. Italianate house plans originated in the latter part of the 19th century and can be found in most areas of the US with the exception of the south. Also typical of the Italian house plan style are rounded, arched or pedimented windows, cast or stamped metal or wood-lathed ornamentation, and tall, double-door entries. has a substantial collection of Italian house plans that commonly feature the following:

  • One-story porches (or piazzas) to allow a connection to nature
  • Tall, narrow windows arched at the top with decorative crowns
  • Often incorporating a square cupola or a square tower on one corner
  • Flat roofs with wide overhanging eaves
  • Cast iron brackets and cornices
  • Porch columns
  • Decorative scrollwork
An Italian home plan can be a modest hillside farmhouse or a luxurious hillside villa. Italian house plans often incorporate authentic materials, such as cotto (small glazed tile) floors and beamed ceilings. The use of stone both on the facade and the interior is a given. Since stone is abundant on the Italian hillsides, it was a given to be used as a building material. On the interior, marble and granite are common as floors and countertops.

Floor plans of Italian home plans will incorporate easy access to the outdoors from most rooms either via French doors to outside patios or loggias or private balconies. They will often have several rooms the overlook an outdoor courtyard and offer substantial outdoor living space that include outdoor kitchens and bath facilities directly accessible from the outdoors. is the only website of its kind with a licensed architect on staff and standing by to answer any questions you might have about your favorite Italian house plan. You may purchase your Italian home plans with confidence you receive the best price available. In fact, offers a 30-day price guarantee (we will meet - and beat by 5%) any Brokerage Sites price on the same plan for up to 30 days after you purchase.

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