Popular Southern Home Styles
The south is known for beautiful homes that have stood the test of time and even to this day are highly sought after by potential home-buyers. While custom home builders can build you any type of home you want, there are still three popular styles of home that can be found from the inland areas to the coastal region, and everywhere in between. So what are these home styles that are popular and can be found throughout the South?
Plantation Style Homes
Anybody that’s ever been south of the Mason-Dixon line has seen a plantation style home, but they’re particularly popular in South Carolina. Places like Columbia and other inland cities feature these beautiful homes influenced by neoclassical and French colonial architectural styles in abundance.
Plantation style homes are large and typically feature large front porches and entrances, often with Greek influenced columns of some sort, as well as kitchens in the rear of the home, a nod to a time when the cellar would be outside the rear of the home. While it’s less common to see them built today, they are indicative of South Carolina and a beauty to see when they’ve been well maintained.
Low Country Style Homes
Found more in the coastal regions, the Low Country style of home was designed to withstand heavy rains and floods, with the first floor being elevated to protect against high waters. Much like the plantation style, the Low Country style often features a prominent porch, but that is where the similarities between the two typically end.
While the plantation style home features a rear situated kitchen, the Low Country typically has a centrally located one, making it a more prominent part of the home, and often a focal point of gatherings between friends and family. The homes also tend to be a single level, with any upper floors being additional storage or recreational rooms that get used less often.
Low Country style homes are still being built, though with more modern materials, in the coastal areas of the South where winds, rains, and flooding is a concern even to this day. Modern building techniques have made them more durable against the extreme weather they were designed to withstand, but the same basic design principles that were used 100 years ago are still in use today.
Single Style Homes
Popular in small city lots found in both inland and coastal cities, the closest comparison would be to the modern townhouse or row house. Unlike more modern versions, the Single style home has the sides facing the street and isn’t necessarily connected to adjacent homes. Like modern town homes, the Single style is longer than it is wide, meaning rooms such as the living room and kitchen can take up most or all of an entire floor.
Much like the plantation and low country styles, the Single often features wood flooring that is covered where needed by area rugs. These homes are almost exclusively found in cities where land is at a premium, as they were designed to fit in small, narrow lots, while the plantation and low country fit into larger, spacious lots.
While the Single, Low Country, and Plantation styles are popular throughout Southern and coastal states, a designer or builder can offer a wide variety of home models that will suit any lot size and taste. Consult with your designer and builder to see if a classic Southern style of home is right for you.
About the Author
George Perry works for Madison Homebuilders, a home builder in Columbia, South Carolina specializing in built on your lot homes. To learn more about Madison Homebuilders, or to schedule a visit to their showroom, visit them at http://www.madisonhomebuilders.net .
Written by: Brinn Miracle