Colonial house plans, also called "colonial home plans" or "colonial house designs," are inspired by the practical homes built by early Dutch, English, French, and Spanish settlers in the American colonies. Colonial house plans often have a salt box shape and are built in wood or brick. Colonial house plans may also sport classical details including columned or pedimented porticoes and multi-pane double-hung windows with shutters. Colonial home plans feature a center stair hall with living room on one side, dining room on the other, and kitchen at the rear. These family-friendly plans make entertaining a special pleasure. To see more colonial house designs, try our advanced floor plan search.