Check out these different house styles. Remember that a style is NOT a description like "large" or "quaint," but is rather a category of design. The style will be some version of a house picture you will find below. 

Victorian Style

Ranch Style House Plans


Cape Cod Style

Split Level Style

Federal Style

Farm-house Style

English Cottage Style

Nantucket Style


Single Wide

Log Cabin Style

Georgian Style

Tudor Manor

Greek Revival Ranch

Parthenon *What Greek Revival Mimics*

Double Wide

Contemporary Ranch

Contemporary Home


Contemporary Desert Mansion

Different Styles of Floor Plans  

* Please remember that your mission is to find the style of house you are designing. Leave this session knowing what to call your particular house design.


After viewing some of the different styles above, brainstorm your perfect dream house and sketch it out on paper.

Next, using the specific requirements your math teacher gives you, draw your dream house on the paper provided for your sketch.

Finally, write your paper describing the house and the process you used to draw it. Here are the actual writing requirements:

Designers of Tomorrow

After you complete  your drawing of your house plans, you will now write a one page paper that answers the following questions (you do not actually need to be finished with your project to write the reflection):

Paragraph 1

A. What style of house did I choose?

B. Why did I choose this style?

C. What does my floor plan look like?

D. Why did I design my floor plan to look like this?

Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to live in an old Victorian house. My mom used to read a book to me called Alexander and the Magic Mouse about this old lady who lived in a really cool house on top of a hill.  That book inspired my floor plan; living in it would really be a dream come true! I made my floor plan with lots of wide-open spaces; this is because I hate it when my parents tell me to stop running around because the house isn't a gym, and because I have a little brother who is in a wheel-chair, and I want him to be able to come to my house and get around with no problems. I added an extra bathroom that is twice as wide as a normal one so he could go in and out without anybody having to help him.

Paragraph 2

A. What books, magazines or websites (references)did I use to help me get ideas?

B. How did these references help me?

For my references I used a very good website designed by my teacher, Mr. Walters. :) It was like a portal that took me to specific examples of different house styles. Once I got on the different sites, I was able to look at all kinds of different house plans, too. These gave me ideas and showed me how to turn my dream into a drawing. I also looked at some blue prints that my Uncle Billy showed me!

Paragraph 3

A. Who helped me (people = resources)?

B. How did they help me?

And speaking of my Uncle Billy, he helped me enormously! He is a contractor, and he came over to my house and brought with him a bunch of blue prints for houses he is building right now. He showed me how to read the blue prints and he looked at my own drawings and told me why my first draft would never work (I had mixed the proportions up and had
accidentally made the bathroom bigger than the bedrooms!).  He also helped me see that if I stick with it, one day I can become an architect! Maybe one day, he can build the houses I draw!

Answer the above questions in the form of a list, a freewrite, a map, a web, or a cluster. Use your questionnaire to help you write a description of your dream home.

Put the above information into paragraph form (remember that a paragraph must have one main idea, and the details must go to support this main idea).