Colonial house plans are inspired by the practical homes built by early Dutch, English, French, and Spanish settlers in the American colonies. Colonial home plans often have a salt box shape and are built in wood or brick. Colonial style houses may sport classical details including columned or pedimented porticoes and multi-pane double-hung windows with shutters. Colonial style 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 plans try our advanced floor plan search.