Floor Plans – 37 Types, Examples and Categories

Discover all the different types of floor plans you can get for whatever it is you wish to build. There are different categories, formats, structures, layouts and styles. We list and explain each floor plan option here.
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Before you get your floor planning underway for your dream home, you need to figure out what type of floor plan(s) you wish to create.  That’s where this detailed article can help.

Below we set out the many different categories and types of floor plans with graphic examples of each.  While some may seem very similar, each type is unique to some extent.

Design Your Own Floor Plans

Unless you go with a pre-existing floor plan design, you need to design one or get one designed.

If you wish to design your own, get started with this free floor plan design software.

If you prefer to have it done for you, inquire to an architect and/or custom home builder.  Alternatively, you can choose from thousands of professionally drawn-up home plans at Linwood Homes and Architectural Designs.

By Format

There are two main home design floor plan formats and they are 2D and 3D.  It’s pretty self-explanatory.  See the differences below.

2D Floor Plans

2D floor plans are usually a top-down view of the layout. Below is an excellent example of a 2D floor plan for a home.

Example of a detailed 2D floor plan

3D Floor Plans

3D floor plans are as the name suggests – in three dimensional.  While it’s easier to do design work in 2D, three-dimensional floor plans make it easier to visualize what the home or space will look like.  Below is an example of a 3D floor plan.

Example of a 3D floor plan

Cross-Section

With computers, the sky is the limit when it comes to generating various views of structure.  Another common floor plan view is the cross-section. Below is an example.

Cross section floor plan of a house

By Structure Type

Another category of floor plans pertains to structure type or house type.  While similar floor plan concepts may be applied across several structure types, in many cases they will differ dramatically.  Take tiny house floor plans versus mansion floor plans.  The difference, as you can imagine, is monumental.  A tiny house is 400 square feet while a mansion can be 7,000 sq. ft. or larger.

Moreover, as you’ll see from the list and categories below, there are many different structure types for which you can get various floor plans.

Detached House Floor Plans

Example of a house floor plan (3D)

Tiny House Floor Plans

Yup, even if you plan to build a tiny house, you need to create some plans including a floor plan. Below is an example of a tiny house floor plan.  You can check out the entire tutorial for this tiny house here.

Tiny house example

 

Tiny house floor plan example

See 30 tiny houses here.

Mansion Floor Plans

Mansion floor plans are fun to look at – to dream.  Here’s a particularly fabulous one available at Architectural Designs.  This house comes in with a hefty square footage of 7,785.

Photo of a mansion

Mansion floor plan 1st level

First floor

Mansion floor plan second floor

Second floor

Mansion floor plan 3rd floor

Third floor

Small House Floor Plans

Below is an example of a two story small house floor plan.  This particular new plan offers 1,400 sq. ft. which is fairly small for today’s new houses.

Small house design

Small house floor plan - main level

First floor (main floor)

Small house floor plan - 2nd floor

Second floor

Source: Architectural Designs

Cabin Floor Plans

Cabin floor plans aren’t all that much different than regular houses.  They can be small or large.  Here’s an example of the quintessential cabin design that comes in at 1,395 sq. ft.

Photo example of a cabin aug29

Cabin floor plan example

Source: Linwood Homes

Cottage Floor Plans

Similar to a cabin structure you might opt for a cottage concept.  Below is an example of a cottage floor plan and design concept with 1,738 sq. ft.

Software rendering of cottage

Main floor plan of cottage

cottage second floor plan

Source: Architectural Designs

Apartment Floor Plans

Example of an apartment 3D floor plan

Shipping Container Floor Plans

Below is an example of a cross-section blueprint of a shipping container house.

Shipping container house cross section blueprint

Log Home Floor Plans

It’s hard not to love log homes.  They can be your main residence or make for a great cabin or ski chalet.  Often they have large open living space with lofts. The example below is an example of a log home floor plan with a great room and loft areas.  The example below is a sizable 3,418 sq. ft.

Photo of a log house

Log home floor plan example

Source: Linwood Homes

Townhouse Floor Plans

If you’re an aspiring developer or aspiring real estate mogul and wish to start with building a townhouse development, you’ll need townhouse floor plans.  Below is an interesting example.

Photo example of a townhouse development

Townhouse example of townhouse floorplan

Split Level House Floor Plans

We live in a split level. I like it in some ways and don’t like it other ways. I think houses seem larger (at least ours does).  We never have to tire ourselves going up a full flight of stairs, but we do go up and down stairs more often.  It chops up the house without using walls.  If I were designing a new house I probably wouldn’t go with a split level design, but I don’t mind living in the one we do now.  Below is an example of a split level home floor plan with a three-car garage that’s suitable for a more narrow lot.  The example below is 2,282 sq. ft.

Photo example of a split level house

Split level house floor plan level 1-min

Main floor

Split level house floor plan 2nd level-min

2nd floor

Split level house lower level floor plan

Lower level

Source: Architectural Designs

By Room

Another category of floor plans many people look for are options for individual rooms.  Usually, people renovating a room look for room-specific floor plans.

Kitchen Floor Plans

There are 10 main kitchen layouts.  From those layouts, you create the floor plans which will vary according to dimensions and the precise location of kitchen elements such as appliances, sink, etc.  Below is an example of an L-shaped kitchen layout.

Example kitchen floor plan layout

Bathroom Floor Plans

Below is an example of a bathroom floor plan that I cropped out of a larger house floor plan.

Bathroom floor plan example

Basement Floor Plans

Many new homes have an unfinished basement. Homeowners buy the house with the intention to finish the basement down the road. Many basements are a blank canvas that requires a floor plan design.  Below is an example.

Basement floor plan example

Living Room Floor Plans

It’s unusual that one would do up a detailed floor plan for a living room on its own.  Usually, it’s part of a full house plan.  Besides, unless designing a home or adding on a living room, there isn’t all that much by way of a detailed floor plan that you need – especially if just buying furniture.  Just get your measurements done correctly so your furniture fits and go from there.

living room floor plan and furniture arrangement

Office Floor Plans

Here’s an example of a sizeable office floor plan.

Office floor plan example

By Layout

And yet another categorization of floor plans is by layout.  Different living spaces have different layouts.  Below are the main layout options for which people seek out specific floor plan ideas.

Open Concept Floor Plans

Many people prefer main floor layouts with an open concept layout.  Below is an example of an open concept floor plan with 2,396 square feet.

Photo of home with open concept living space

Example of a home floor plan with open concept living space

Source: Architectural Designs

Loft Floor Plans

Loft floor plans may refer to a loft apartment or a house with a loft.  Below are examples of both.

a. Loft apartment example

loft floor plan example

b. House with a loft

Here’s a beautiful modern farmhouse style house with 3,465 square feet.

Photo of house with a loft

Main floor layout of house with upper loft

Main floor

Loft area in house floor plan

Upper floor with loft area

Source: Architectural Designs

1 Bedroom Floor Plans

Most one-bedroom houses are a secondary home or in a multi-unit building such as an apartment or condo.  Below is an example of a one-bedroom detached home coming in at 815 sq. ft.

Photo of a one bedroom house

Example one-bedroom floor plan

Source: Architectural Designs

2 Bedroom Floor Plans

The following two-bedroom house looks bigger than it is. It’s only 1,414 sq. ft.

Rendering of house with two bedrooms

Main floor plan of house with two bedrooms

3D view of house with two floors

Upper floor of house with two bedrooms

2D view of house with two bedrooms

Source: Architectural Designs

3 Bedroom Floor Plans

Below is an example of a single-story detached home with three bedrooms totaling 2,070 sq. ft.

Photo of single family home with three bedrooms

three bedroom single family home floor plan

Source: Architectural Designs

4 Bedroom Floor Plans

Below is a modern two-story house with four bedrooms totaling 4,073 sq. ft.

Photo of modern home with four bedrooms

Main floor 4 bedroom home floor plan layout

Main floor

Upper floor of four bedroom house floor plan layout

Upper floor

Source: Architectural Designs

By Style

Finally, floor plans are organized by house or structure style.  Different styles of houses often have unique or different floor plan options.  Below is an extensive list of different floor plans by house style.

Modern House Floor Plans

Below is a smaller modern style house that I really like.  I love inverted u-shape layout which creates a bedroom wing flanking off the open living space.

Exterior of modern style house

Floor plan of a modern style house

Source: Linwood Homes

Ranch Floor Plans

Ranch style homes are houses with one floor.  Here’s a nice example in a beautiful setting.

Photo of ranch style house

Floor plan for ranch style house

Source: Linwood Homes

Victorian House Floor Plans

While an older home style that’s found throughout the US, the Victorian style is still very popular and many people opt to build new houses in the Victorian style.  Below is a great example.

Photo of exterior Victorian house

Main level floor plan of Victorian house

Main level

Second floor layout of Victorian house

Second floor

Source: Architectural Designs

Modern Farmhouse Floor Plans

Modern farmhouse is a twist on colonial and farmhouse styles.  I’m a big fan of the style and it’s definitely catching on in popularity as a style for new homes.

Exterior of modern farmhouse style home

Main floor plan of modern farmhouse style house

Upper level floor plan of modern farmhouse style house

Source: Architectural Designs

Beach House Floor Plans

Many beach houses are raised to deal with flooding.  They are often white or pastel in exterior color.  The following beach style home is one such example that is both raised and painted in a soft turquoise.

Exterior photo of beach house

Floor plan of beach house

Source: Architectural Designs

Cape Cod Floor Plans

The East Coast of the US is peppered with cape cod style homes.  While you can buy older cape cod homes you can also build a new house in the style. The example below is a lot larger than it looks given it’s a very deep design.

Exterior drawing of cape cod style house aug30

Main floor plan of cape code style house

Main floor

Upper level of cape cod style house

Upper floor

Source: Architectural Designs

Craftsman Style House Floor Plans

Craftsman exterior house example

Example of a Craftsman style house floor plan

Source: Linwood Homes

Mountain Style House Floor Plans

Photo of mountain style house aug30

Mountain style house floor plan

Source: Linwood Homes

Mediterranean Style House Floor Plans

Mediterranean style house exterior photo aug30

Mediterranean style house floor plan aug30

Main floor

Upper floor of mediterranean style house

Upper floor

Source: Architectural Designs

Georgian Style House Floor Plans

Photo of Georgian style house

Main floor of Georgian style house - floor plan

Upper floor layout of Georgian style house

Source: Architectural Designs

Tudor Style House Floor Plans

Photo of tudor style house

Floor plan of tudor style house

Main floor

Upper floor of tudor style house

Upper floor

Source: Architectural Designs

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do professionally produced floor plans cost?

It varies tremendously. If you hire an architect to create custom home plans, that can run into the many thousands of dollars.

If you opt to buy existing plans from house plan websites, expect to pay $1,000 to $3,000 for most of the plans.

Are floor plans copyrighted?

Yes, floor plans that are part of a house plan are protected by copyright.  Even if you make changes to the original, the edited version is protected by copyright.

Where can you buy floor plans?

Two of my favorite floor plan websites are Linwood Homes and Architectural Designs.

Next: Try free floor planning software








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