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There are many different ways to style a home. But one of the most enduring and naturalistic is the rustic style. Rustic homes are appealing because they seem to just fit naturally into whatever environment they are built in- especially a rustic setting. If a rustic home gets a bit dirty, or if something needs repair, well, that just suits the style of the home, doesn’t it? Here, we will answer some common questions applicable to any style of home and try to answer them in a way that helps those interested in getting into a rustic style home. We hope there will be some valuable food for thought for you here!

How much do rustic style houses cost per square feet?

Across all types of homes, the average cost per square foot is between $100 and $200 per square foot, conservatively speaking. Now, of course, location matters, materials used matter, and the style of home matters. But you say, “I’m building a “rustic” home.” Well, you may, if you’re clever, save a great deal of money by building in a “rustic” location using “rustic” materials. Pound for pound, the average rustic home will cost less to build than other styles of home.

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

Technically speaking, the average “rustic” home is similar in style and materials (generally) to a log cabin. But that does not mean that you cannot have all of the modern or usual amenities. There is no reason why you cannot build your rustic home with or without an attached garage.

Does a rustic style house usually come with a garage? 

Again, it depends on the location and the home itself. Often, a “rustic” home is built in a remote location, and few people would want to live without a car after the year 1915. So, most will come with a garage or have space to build one.

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

Generally, so called rustic homes are small and are located out of the way of modern amenities. But that does not mean you cannot build or find a home that breaks away from these norms. Certainly so called “rustic” homes that are large and break the rules of rusticity do exist and you can find them if you’re willing to do the work needed to find them.

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

Most homes that adhere to the style we call rustic are small, or at least humble in size or demeanor in some way, shape, or form. This means building a rustic home will tend to be more affordable if you stick to the true spirit of rusticity.

Can rustic style floor plans be open concept?

A rustic home can adhere to any floor plan. It is not about shape or size, it’s about style, a way of living, and it is about a kind of modesty.

What are popular rustic style erusticterior colors?

For homes that adhere to the rustic format, you’re going to see a lot of wood tones, earth tones, sand, sky, cloud, and unfinished surfaces. These are not hard and fast rules, they are simply matters of style which you may or may not choose to stick to.

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

Rustic style homes can be built in any shape or size. If your home is too “rustic” you may run into trouble from busybodies in the neighborhood. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot build your rustic home the way you like.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

One of the most classic types of rustic home is the farmhouse style home. This is traditionally a long house, with the broad side facing the street. It is a simple style and certainly in keeping with the rustic theme. These are ideal for building on a wide lot.

Can rustic style homes be built on a sloping lot?

With the right foundation, you can build any style of home you like on a sloping lot. In such a scenario, you will not be as concerned about the style of home as you are about the structural integrity of the foundation you build it on.

How many floors/stories does rustic style usually have?

More often than not “rustic” homes are one to two floors with possible top floors being relatively smaller than the base floor. This is not a rule, but rather a tendency owing to the fact that rustic homes are usually built on a tight budget.

Do rustic style houses have a basement?

A rustic home can have a basement if you wish. In most cases, it would take the form of a root cellar, but there is no reason to be constrained by tradition in this case if you are building your own home.

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

It would be rare for a rustic home to have such a room but there is no reason one cannot be built on, during, or after initial construction.

Do rustic style floor plans come with energy efficient options?

It is uncommon for older and rustic homes to be built to modern energy efficiency standards. But that does not mean you cannot design a new home to be both rustic and energy efficient. The two things are not mutually exclusive. 

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

Porches are common and highly desirable on any home, no less a rustic home.

What types of roof does rustic style house typically have?

Typically, rustic homes will feature a standard type of gently sloped apex, but there is no standard holding you to that format.

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

Your rustic home will tend to go best with a “rustic” interior decor. However, this is not a hard and fast rule. Your preference will always be the guiding factor on this account.