The modern farmhouse style. It’s come a long way from the farm.


The term “farmhouse style” describes a home that is a bit different than it was a century ago. Back then, a farmhouse was just that, a house on a farm. It’s where the farmers lived. Today, it’s a very popular design for new homes and has dramatically broadened from a style standpoint. In fact, farmhouse style homes are being built throughout urban and suburban areas. And while the modern farmhouse style has definitely evolved from its days on the farm, its enduring appeal comes from the simple, clean lines, functionality and natural materials.

Latimer Farm House Plan- Weather Vane


If the farmhouse style is what you want out of your home, there are a number of exterior and interior key features that will make it so. First and foremost is the front porch. The front porch provides a nice transition from the exterior to interior. Back on the farm, shoes fresh from the fields needed to stay outside and the porch was that place. That may not be the case today, where a front porch allows for casual seating and a warm welcome.

Brookshire Manor House plan – Front Elevation

The farmhouse style floor plan gives ample room for a growing family with a large kitchen and dining area for entertaining. It usually features 3 plus bedrooms, a fireplace in the family room, a mudroom to keep coats, shoes and bags, and a covered back porch for additional living space. Vaulted ceilings and large windows for natural light are also telling elements of the farmhouse style.

Kensington Creek House Plan- Mud room


The kitchen is a place where the farmhouse style can really shine. A farmhouse style kitchen is large enough to be the central gathering room for the family and an area for dining and entertaining. A most recognized mark of the farmhouse kitchen, is the farmhouse sink. Originally the workhorse of the old farm kitchen, its distinctive style and large size make it a go-to sink for the farmhouse look. Other interior kitchen accents include the use of natural and rustic materials like shiplap and reclaimed wood. The farmhouse style kitchen’s large, open floor plan also provides room for a kitchen island and a sizeable dining table.

Ansley Cottage House Plan- Kitchen

Overall, the farmhouse style works nicely in an urban, suburban and even coastal location.
One of its most attractive attributes comes from its broad style flexibility. It’s clean and simple exterior and interior design allows for modern finishes and furnishings, as well as, the more traditional country décor. Anything with a handcrafted and practical look helps capture the farmhouse style. In our hectic, modern world, the farmhouse style has gained popularity as a way to connect and recapture the true essence of home. The farmhouse style represents an authentic and inviting American lifestyle, where the house is truly part of the family.

Summerlake House Plan- Reclaimed wood barn door

Choosing A Houseplan

A little neighborly advice for choosing the right house plan.

Building a new home can be an exciting and sometimes daunting experience.
However, deciding to start with a proven and well-crafted house plan is a great first step. Purchasing a house plan will go a long way to making your home building process less stressful and more successful.


To begin with, there are thousands of house plans available. Choosing the right one will make all the difference, not only to fit the needs of you and your family, but the homes marketability if and when you ever choose to sell. With a little planning before you pick a plan, you’ll be on the right path to laying out the welcome mat.

Tried and true considerations for choosing a house plan:

  • What are your lifestyle needs?

  Do you have a family? If so, how big? You’ll need a certain amount of bedrooms and  
  bathrooms. And if there are more children planned or relatives who visit often, you should   
  also plan for that additional living space. The interior size needs of your future home is one of
  the most important factors when choosing a house plan.

Chestnut Springs House Plan- Kitchen and Keeping area
  • What’s your style?

  From traditional to contemporary to rustic, there a many different house design styles.

  And each style has its own type of house plan. Your furnishings, and neighborhood can also

  affect the type of house plan you choose. For example, mid century modern furniture may not
  be suited for a traditional farmhouse style home.

Summerlake House Plan – Rustic Elevation
  • Where will your house live?

  In addition to the surrounding neighborhood style, the size and shape of your lot is a major

  factor when it comes to choosing a house plan. If you like the outdoors, you’ll need a plan
  that allows for outdoor space like a yard, garden, patio, decks or even a pool. A house plan  

  needs to comfortably fit the lot and the natural surroundings, while addressing additional

  uses for your property. Factors such as the width and depth of your lot and whether it’s flat or

  sloping will dictate the type of house plan. Also, if privacy is a concern, the right house plan

  with the right layout is a must. Nobody wants to their kitchen staring into the neighbor’s  

  bedroom. And vice versa.

Falkirk Ridge House Plan – Courtyard
  • Got space?

   Space and its uses are key when determining which house plan is best. Are you into cooking?   
   Then maybe a house plan with a larger kitchen is a must. Will you need a home office,
   storage areas or other special interests that might call for certain space needs? These

   usability details need to be considered not only for your enjoyment but future owners.

Northfield Manor House Plan- Office


Taking the time to carefully consider what you want out of your new home is guaranteed to make the whole building process easier. Choosing a house plan that fits these needs, pushes you to think about your house from the inside out. Elements like exterior details and interior finishes are easily adaptable to most house plans and are easier to plan once the floor layout, room count and lot orientation are nailed down. Think of them as the icing on your new, house cake.

Kensley Downs Photo Realistic Rendering
Spacious bathroom in gray tones with heated floors, walk-in shower, double sink vanity and skylights

3 Reasons to Choose a Walk-In Shower

When it comes to your bathroom, wouldn’t you like it to be a place of escape and relaxation? Whether you’re coming home from work, the gym or even a long day outside, nothing can help ease stress better than a hot shower. If you are considering what type of shower to put in your home’s bathroom, a walk-in might be a good option.

A traditional bathroom style typically includes a bathtub/shower combo, but modern times call for modern bathroom layouts. The walk-in shower has now become a staple piece in bathrooms, particularly in master baths.

So what defines a walk-in shower? Essentially, it’s a waterproof bathing space that is built without doors, allowing you to simply walk in. Typically, the floors and walls are tiled, but another common feature is a frameless glass barricade that protects the rest of the room from the spray of water. Now that we know what a walk-in shower is, here are a few reasons why you should consider choosing one for your new bathroom.

1. They are practical.


Frank Betz Associates, Savoy
Frank Betz Associates, Savoy

Not only are they practical in the way that they are easily accessible, but they are also easy to clean. The water-proof floor allows for quick cleaning and can be washed down in seconds. Another great thing about this type of enclosure is that it is ideal for people with less mobility, such as the elderly, children, or anyone else that struggles lifting their legs over a bath.

2. They are modern and design-friendly.

Frank Betz Associates, Ansley Cottage
Frank Betz Associates, Ansley Cottage

One of the great things about a walk-in shower is that there is not a singular way to design it. While many builders opt for natural stone, tile is also a popular choice. With that said, you do not have to stick with only one type of material. Often times, designers and homebuilders will choose two different types of tile or stone to mix and match.

3. It adds the illusion of more space.

Frank Betz Associates, Defoors Mill
Frank Betz Associates, Defoors Mill

Compared to the bulky bath/shower combo that traditional homes typically have, a walk-in shower allows for maximum utilization of a room’s square footage. Whether you choose a completely open space or opt for a frameless glass screen, the room will appear larger and bring in more natural light due to there not being any visual interruptions.

Whether you’re remodeling your home or constructing a new one, a walk-in shower is a feature that should definitely be considered. For more interior design tips or to create a custom house plan with your dream bathroom included, contact the experts at Frank Betz Associates today.

Franks Betz Operation Finally Home Project

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donald Davenport Chosen for Operation Finally Home

Members of America’s Armed Forces, men and women alike, work diligently every day to defend our Freedom and American way of life. The work they choose always results in some degree of sacrifice. Sacrifice that includes time away from loved-ones and family, physical and mental injury and the ultimate sacrifice of surrendering their own lives.

All Americans owe the citizen soldiers unlimited support and gratitude for the work they do. Frank Betz Associates is proud to support and be part of a special group: Operation Finally Home. The group builds and provides mortgage free homes to deserving veterans and their families. Frank Betz Associates is honored to be a house plan provider to Operation Finally Home.

On August 18, 2017, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donald Davenport, a Purple Heart recipient and his family were presented with The Nickerson design. The home was provided by Operation Finally Home in Newnan, Georgia. Representing Frank Betz Associates was Laura Segers, Vice President of Sales Operation.

For more information about Operation Finally home, visit them at

You can view images from the event below:


Curious Young Military Couple Looking Over Custom Bedroom Design Drawing Photo Combination

Master Bedroom Touches That Anyone Can Do

Your master bedroom should be a place to relax and unwind. It’s one of the few rooms in a house that can be considered a space to get away. Whether you’re building a brand new house or just revamping your current one, these tips and tricks are sure to make you feel right at home in your master.

1. Use cool-toned colors.

One of the keys to creating a tranquil and calm space, is using a neutral and serene color palette. Colors such as grey, blue, green, white, etc. will be pleasing to the eye and create immediate stress relief to your senses. This example shows a deep heather grey used on the walls, while the carpet and ceiling remain a stark white. The clean lines and cool-toned colors create a harmonious and continuous design.

Frank Betz Associates, Savoy
Frank Betz Associates, Savoy

While grey was used in the example above, many other color combinations can create the same feeling for your master bedroom. Pale blue, natural green or light purple are a few other popular color choices and would all match well with clean white as an accent. The key is to keep the designs simple and the lines clean, which brings us to our next tip.

2. Keep everything simple and clean.

From the furniture and décor to the small details such as door handles and hardware: keep them simple. By doing this, you are creating a room that is stylish, but maintains just enough detail to keep it from being uninteresting. Choosing fixtures that match and keeping lines clean instantly creates a bedroom that is soothing and inviting.

Frank Betz Associates, Hennefield
Frank Betz Associates, Hennefield

Now, when we say the word “simple,” we don’t mean boring and mundane. In fact, it can mean quite the opposite. Simple just means that clutter is eliminated from the space and that the eye isn’t stuck on one specific part of the room. By designing the bedroom to be coordinated, it automatically becomes more comfortable and will give you the relaxing master that you’re wanting.

3. Give it some character.

It doesn’t matter how large or small your space is, just give it a little touch of personality. It’s easy to have a room with character while maintaining serenity. This can mean adding hardwood floors rather than carpet, adding a unique light fixture or even adding a tray ceiling like the example shown below. The master bedroom pictured would be beautiful regardless, but the vaulted tray ceiling really gives it a special and memorable touch. The added headspace above not only makes the room appear larger, but it accentuates the cool-toned colors and simple furnishings the homeowners chose.

Frank Betz Associates, Liberty Ridge
Frank Betz Associates, Liberty Ridge

For more tips on designing your master bedroom or find your perfect custom home plans, call the experts and Frank Betz and Associates today.


5 Things to Keep in Mind When Searching for the Perfect House Plan

Are you ready to build your dream home? Is this the year that you will begin the search for your perfect house plan? You have probably done all of your research, and feel like you know exactly what type of plan you are looking for. Does this sound like you? If so, finding your future home can be one of the most exciting times of your life. Whether you are a seasoned builder or a first time homeowner, these tips will be sure to give you something to think about.

1. Budget

Your budget should realistically be the first thing that you understand when deciding to build a home. Before anything else, you should do is ask your builder what the cost per square foot is in your county. This will help you determine whether a house plan is within your budget or not. Another thing to factor in is the cost of upgrades to the home you decide to build. How much will those upgrades be? Will you need there to be any additional changes? Take some time to have this discussion with your builder. Once you have your budget solid and on paper, the search for your dream home can begin.

2. The Lot Size

Although this may seem like an evident factor to consider, lot sizes are often overlooked. Many times, buyers will find their ideal home plan first, only to be disappointed when they find out that it is too large for their chosen lot. One way to avoid this is to have your builder tell you the parameters that you need to stay within. Be sure to keep note of the maximum width and depth when conducting your search.

3. How Many Stories

Have you thought about how many levels you want your dream home to have? This choice comes down to your lifestyle and how you see yourself growing into your new space. Would you prefer the master to be on the main level, while the children are roomed upstairs? A two-story allows for twice the square footage as well as a certain amount of privacy from the rest of the home. Or perhaps a ranch-style home makes more sense for your family, and you prefer everyone to be on the same level without a staircase in between. This is definitely something to consider during your search.

4. Open Floor Plan or Split Level

An open floor plan is becoming increasingly more popular in house plans across the country. The most common option is a great room that includes the kitchen, living room and even a dining space all in one shared space. This option is fantastic for home owners that enjoy entertaining, or homes with less square footage. A split level generally has the bedrooms on the upper floor along with the kitchen and living room. The bottom floor will usually be where the laundry room, a large living space and garage are found. This option is typically chosen by homeowners that want a lot of square footage, as they make full use of the space available.

5. Location, Location, Location

Where you decide to build your home is probably one of the most important pieces to this puzzle. Have you really thought about it? Is your dream home placed beside a lake, in the country or perhaps in a bustling suburb? Is there an active homeowner association that you will need to work with? If so, will the floor plan you choose fit in with the style of the other homes in the neighborhood and fit all of the HOA requirements? There are many factors to consider when choosing your location.


If you have factored in all of these tips and still have not found your perfect floor plan, consider the idea of customizing! We have more than 1,000 stock house plans in our inventory for you to choose from. However, if you decide that you want to modify a plan, our modification department is ready to make any changes that you may need. Contact us today to learn how we can help you create your dream home!

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3 House Plans for First Time Buyers

Buying your first home can be one of the most important and special moments of your life. For those ambitious enough to build their own, we have more than 1,000 plans to help with your journey. With so many starter plans to choose from, this makes the search for the perfect home that much more exciting.

Something to keep in mind during this process is to look for home plans with flexible space that will allow you to accommodate for a variety of uses. Although affordability is most likely at the front of your mind, there are plenty of plans that will offer everything on your wish list, such as welcoming porches, two-car garages and even open floor plans while staying within your budget. Here are three house plans from our collection that we think could be the perfect fit for any first time buyer.

1. Azalea Park

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Frank Betz Associates, Azalea Park

The Azalea Park house plan is a charming cottage that is a great option for first time buyers. Whether built in the countryside or in a quaint suburb, this plan offers it all. The beautiful covered porch and two-car garage give plenty of space outside, while the open floor plan inside works as a functional area for entertaining.

The master suite is located on the main level, offering convenience and privacy for parents while the children are roomed upstairs. Details like a mudroom off the garage, a large screened porch and an optional loft area upstairs make this home an ideal candidate with room for growth.

2. Bradley

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Frank Betz Associates, Bradley

The Bradley house plan is a gorgeous ranch option that comes complete with a large covered porch, modern layout and plenty of square footage. A two-car garage and spacious back deck give plenty of space for outdoor recreation. The vaulted master suite is on the right wing of the house giving home buyers their privacy from the rest of the home.

Two additional bedrooms with a shared bathroom are on the opposite side of the home. Another great addition to this house is a bonus room on an optional second floor, which can easily be finished to hold another bedroom and bath.

3. Firethorn Holly

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Frank Betz Associates, Firethorn Holly

The Firethorn Holly is a beautiful patio home that is ideal for easy living while keeping the appealing details that homeowners look for. The wide open floorplan gives the appearance of an abundance of square footage while continuing to be a functional space. The kitchen, grand room and dining area are all vaulted with beams and skylights above.

A covered porch off of the grand room gives owners a space to enjoy outdoors. The master suite is located at the back of the home, giving optimal privacy to the occupants, while a second bedroom is housed at the front of the home for guests. If you are looking for a smaller sized home with optimal use of space, this plan is an ideal choice.

While these three plans are exceptional choices, there are still plenty more to look through if they don’t meet exactly what you are looking for. Try browsing through the rest of our customizable house plans which are already conveniently categorized to make your search as easy as possible. Your first home may be one of the most important decisions of your life, but with our help the process can be easy. Whether you are looking for a craftsman cottage, classic ranch or spacious country home, your perfect house plan is just a click away.

How to use reclaimed wood in your home design

Using reclaimed wood in your home design can add character, warmth and texture to any space. This trend has quickly gained traction in house plans across the country, and has become a popular and easy statement piece that any homeowner can pull off. Something that’s great about using reclaimed wood is that it compliments neutral spaces by bringing rich tones to an otherwise bare palette. The raw beauty of it balances a plain room and can add a focal point to an open floor plan needing some structure. But don’t worry, the best part about it is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, since no two pieces are ever the same, the imperfections are what make it a beautiful addition to a home.

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