My New Obsession: Vintage House Plans

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I have found the best way to learn about the past, or even appreciate the past, is by researching and studying how people lived.  Of course events and such are helpful, but taking a look at how the average person lived their life really opens up their world to you.  For this very reason, I have a rather large cookbook collection and enjoy reading them over and over again, to get a feel for what and how peopled valued certain events or occasions.

The same discovery can be made by looking at house plans.  Of course, many of the examples out there may not have been realistic for all families, but they do give you a fantastic glimpse into the architecture of the time and what people valued.  Number of bathrooms, bedrooms, dens, patios, etc. are all so fascinating to look at and appreciate.  I also love to get ideas on landscaping from many of these examples as they are quite sweet!

I have chosen a few of my favorite houses to share with you!  Enjoy!


Sweet, charming, and the perfect cottage!  I adore the front entry way and the chimney in the front.


This next plan is wonderful as it is meant for a warmer climate, and features a wonderful sleeping porch!


A very grand family home, this example even shows you sample ways to decorate.



While I am not sure how I feel about the bedroom being so far up front, I love the full size porch!


This one is my personal favorite!  I love how grand it looks, yet is still one floor!  And the two patio areas in the front are such a nice touch.



I love the Spanish influence in this home!


Although very small the charm of this home can’t be beat.  I even love the small little porch peeking out form the back.



With such a strong change in house shape and look, both of these floor plans are easily marked as 1950!

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And of course, one can not forget the all important vacation home floor plans!  🙂


Many of you may recognize these floor plans as you may live in a house just like it….I know I sure do!  I hope it can give you a new appreciation for the thought and care that went into designing many of these homes!

Have a wonderful day!



8 thoughts on “My New Obsession: Vintage House Plans

  1. Oh you hit on another of my passions….house plans! I’ve been drawing them since I was a kid. My favorite of those that you have posted is the first one you list for the 1930s. It would be close to the perfect setup for David and I at this point in our lives. Put it way out in the boonies, and it would be absolutely perfect. 🙂

    Have a blessed week!

  2. I love vintage house plans, and have even pinned several on Pinterest. Looking at vintage house plans give me a sense of how people lived and they are great inspiration for my someday dream home. Thanks for sharing these!

  3. Martha

    My home is just like the bungalow. the only difference is that the front bedroom is reached from the hallway off the dining room.It was built in 1925. I love it creaky floors and all.

  4. Terry

    I love bungalows built around 1900-1940, in residential neighborhoods. They all have the same features – high baseboards and narrow crown molding, multi-pane windows, fireplaces with built-in bookshelves on either side and square, multi-pane windows above the bookshelves, covered-over back porches for the old washing machine, breakfast nook, arched doorways, detached garage, sometimes French doors to the livingroom, etc. So much style in such little houses. You can go onto and do a search for these (or any type of house, of course) and find lots of them for sale which means you get to look at lots of pictures of the interiors! It’s very interesting to investigate how well the interiors have been preserved. One listing included the original house plan. The second bedroom was called “Sewing Room”. 😀

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