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FAQ

How much do European style houses cost per square feet (approximately)?

As with any home design style, the final price depends on location and the amenities chosen. European style homes are consistent with pricing for other styles, with a national average in the United States of $123/ square foot. The price can be as high as $1,000/ square foot in the most expensive neighborhoods of large cities, or as low as $42 in rural areas.

Are there European style floor plans with a detached garage? Is it possible?

The simple answer is “yes,” as European styles are defined by their timeless elegance and classic details. A freestanding garage can be built on any lot with enough room, and either follow the home design or use more utilitarian styles.

Does a European style house usually come with a garage?

There are exceptions to every rule, but typically a modern European style home will include a garage. It depends on the choice of floor plans whether the home is intended for a modest 2-car garage, a larger garage for more cars and perhaps with space for storage and shop use, or either no garage or a separate freestanding one. Floor plans without a garage can usually be modified to include it if the homeowner loves the plans but requires a garage.

Is European style considered a grand or luxury style of home? Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

European style homes tend toward luxuriousness, but include many styles from mansion to cottage. European style refers more to the stucco, stone, or brick exteriors and intricate molding patterns inside than to the size of the home.

Is European style ever built as a “small” home? Can it be built economically?

Absolutely! Smaller houses and cottages tend to have open spaces to allow versatility in how the rooms are used. The fine craftsmanship associated with European style houses can be more expensive than other styles, but is economical in the sense that it is well worth the money and maintains its value over time.

Can European style floor plans be open concept?

European style house are known for providing a light spacious feeling, either with open rooms in smaller designs or large defined rooms in homes with the square footage to accommodate them.

What are popular European style exterior colors?

European style homes tend toward neutral exterior colors: natural brick, off-whites, tans, and browns. Exterior trim, shutters, windows, and doors can either maintain the neutral palette or be used to add a splash of brighter color.

Can you build a European style house on a narrow lot?

Narrow lots can be difficult to find appropriate plans for and European style houses tend to be a bit spread out for a regal appeal, but there are available designs within the style which can be suited for a narrow lot.

Can a European style house be built on a wide lot?

European style homes are especially well suited for wide lots, as they often have a spacious and spread out footprint. They also will nearly always suit the needs of any homeowner’s association, even the more intricate rules of more expensive neighborhoods which tend to consist of wider lots.

Can European style homes be built on a sloping lot?

European style homes are generally better suited for a flat lot, but can be modified to suit a sloping lot. A sloping lot often utilizes an intricate multi-layered deck system. A good designer and talented contractor should be able to devise and implement such a plan which doesn’t disrupt the overall design style of the house.

How many floors/stories does a European style usually have?

Traditionally, a European style house tends to have two stories, but there are certainly one story and three story designs available.

Do European style houses have a basement?

European style houses are as likely to have a basement as any other style of house. It’s a matter of choosing the appropriate blueprints according to the needs and preferences of the homeowner along with the contractor’s determination of the lot’s suitability for a home with a basement.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

Yes, many European home designs include an extra room over the garage, in the attic, or in the basement which can be finished for regular use.

Do European style floor plans come with energy-efficient options?

Of course, European style homes are available with energy-efficient options. Eco-friendly lighting and plumbing fixtures can be used, solar panels can be installed on the roof, traditional styled doors and windows are available in energy efficient configurations, and the exterior itself tends to be energy efficient stone, brick, or stucco.

Is a porch a common design feature with European style houses?

European style houses often incorporate front, back, and side porches of varying sizes. They can also utilize decks or patios for outdoor living.

What types of roof does a European style house typically have?

Hip and valley roofs are most commonly associated with European style homes, along with cross or intersecting hips and dormers. Such a typical style doesn’t rule out the possibility of some plans have boxed gable roofs, or even to include a section with a flat or lean-to roof.

Does European style work well with a rustic interior decor? Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

European styles tend to be chosen by people who have a more contemporary or classical interior design preference than a rustic style. Of course, a den, study, or basement can often accommodate a rustic décor in contrast with a more formal styling throughout the rest of the home. With that said, well-crafted furniture, art, and decoration is more important to a nice interior design than the styling chosen by the homeowner according the atmosphere they prefer to surround themselves with.