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The History of House Plans

June 13, 2014

The History of House Plans

Remember all the housing trends from the past 5 decades? Don’t worry, we have compiled all the trends, designs and data for you into a neat and pretty package. Learn about the various design changes to house plans from the 1970’s to the 2010’s.

And why not take a trip down memory lane? We have included some extra pictures to help you reminisce.

The 1970s

Complete with gold and avocado appliances, luminous ceilings, and orange accessories. Oh, and let us not forget that enviable shag carpet!

The average house in the 70’s had three bedrooms and one bathroom. Split level houses were common during this time.

1970's Home

The 1980’s

The 80’s were a time of luxury. High ceilings became popular as well as the split floor plan. Half walls were the beginning of the “open concept” faze. Plant shelves were perfect for showing off all of your tropical foliage to friends and family. Finally, the ultimate in luxury, soaking tubs to relieve the stress of the day and unwind.

The size of houses began to increase and the average U.S. home had three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Lots remained the same while houses grew, which means 80’s houses have smaller yards.

1980's Home

The 1990’s

During the 90’s we really got spoiled. We focused on interior details, making sure everything was trendy. Home offices became popular and the soaking tubs upgraded to master whirlpool tubs.

Houses held an average of three bedrooms, bathrooms increased to two and a half.

1990's Home

The 2000’s

During the 2000’s the open concept really took shape. Everyone also wanted optimized kitchen space with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.

Homes still had an average of three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.

1990's Open Concept House

The 2010’s

With the rise of sustainability and environmental concerns, slightly smaller and more efficient homes have become ideal. Gone are the days of luxury. Garden tubs have been replaced with walk-in showers and formal spaces are now considered a waste. Instead of a separate living room and dining room, the open concept great room is most desirable. Granite countertops are still the most desired for kitchens and bathrooms.

While houses still contain an average of three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, people want slightly smaller homes that are more efficient and eco-friendly.


House Plan History by Sater Group

Pictured Above: Our luxury, Mediterranean home plan “Alamosa.”

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