With progressive cities like Austin at the forefront of the green building movement, Texas is home to some of the most innovative house plan designers in the industry. A number of architectural styles have been adapted to the vast and diverse landscape of the state. Houston and Dallas, for example, embrace rather traditional architecture. In fact, Houston’s motto is, "If it’s not all masonry, it’s junk!" says Janet Hobbs of Hobbs’ Ink, LLC—a Certified Professional Building Designer and one of Dream Home Source’s home plan designers who has spent her career designing homes in the great state of Texas. Therefore, if you’re planning to build a home in Houston or Dallas, an all red brick Colonial house plan, for instance, would probably be a great choice. On the other hand, if you’re dream is to build a modern farmhouse home with siding, consider building in Austin or Texas Hill Country where more modern and casual architecture is better appreciated. What’s more, if your architectural tastes bend toward ultra modern, there’s only one word you need to remember… Austin, Austin, Austin!
As always, please note that while all the house plans below have the potential to be built in Texas (or anywhere, for that matter), some locations may require specific engineering and/or local code adoptions. In fact, Austin is quite infamous for its strict building rules and regulations (that said, it’s also celebrated for being a vibrant city where property values increase rapidly—everything in life is a trade off!) Just be sure to check with your contractor or local building authority to see what is required for your area, as well as what architectural style would best complement the region.