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8 of the most popular style homes in Australia (with sample house plans!)

Here is a list of our favourite home styles and some ideas on how to design and build them.
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Are you looking for floor plan inspiration and ideas? Look no further! Here is our curated selection of house plans for each of the most popular home styles built today. 

Below are eight great examples of Australia’s most popular homes styles and layouts, along with important advice on what  to consider when designing and planning your own home’s layout.

Terraced house plans & floor plans

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If you are planning to build or renovate a single-storey terrace house, check out the floor plan of the amazing residence at 36 Park Road, Middle Park, VIC. The home features a clever staircase design with a skylight well above it that allows beautiful, natural light to filter throughout the home. This design element greatly assists in making a narrow space feel larger and more open.

36 Park Road, Middle Park, VIC

If you are planning to build a double-storey terrace home, take a look at this idea from Katrina Lee Chambers. It fits five bedrooms, a private study, and expansive feeling open plan living areas.

Image credit: Katrina Lee Chambers

Like the home above, this home is also a clever use of a small, narrow lot at 366 Park St., South Melbourne: Although narrow, this effective layout allows the home to feel open and spacious.

366 Park St., South Melbourne

Modern beach / Hamptons style house plans

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McCarthy Homes shared this lovely house plan for a double-storey Hamptons style house.  It features four bedrooms, a spacious master-suite, fantastic  indoor-outdoor entertaining areas, a double garage, and a deluxe kitchen with a walk-in pantry.

Image credit: McCarthy Homes

Another entry from Katrina Chambers is this single storey home with three bedrooms, one master suite, home office, laundry, and a pantry. 

This layout offers a great entertaining space with open-plan kitchen, living, and dining and dining with a connection to the alfresco area. The lounge area at the front of the house could be used as a home theatre. Being away from the main living areas allows family members to watch a movie without being distrubed by potential noise from other areas of the home. 

The upper level provides a nice separation from the master suite and guest bedrooms. In addition the guest bedrooms all have a nice amount of separation from each other and are protected from potential noise from adjacent rooms. If acoustics are important to you, this is an excellent layout.

Image credit: Katrina Chambers

Here’s another single-storey home courtesy of Oswald Homes which has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. What’s great about this plan is the separation from the main living areas and the bedrooms. Many homes with open plan living don’t have enough separation from sleeping quarters. Having the bedrooms located at the rear of the home makes it a great house for entertaining while the kids are asleep.

Image credit: Oswald Homes

Queenslander style house plans

Katreena Lee Chambers also featured this floor plan of a classic Queenslander house with a double car garage, theatre room, five bedrooms, and a massive open-plan family area. The wrap around verandah and alfresco deck are stunning features that are typical of a Queenslander style home. These features help to create a grand sense of arrival and striking kerb appeal.

Image credit: Katrina Lee Chambers

The next floor plans are from Ross Squire Homes. This one is a double-storey Queenslander house that has four bedrooms, multiple activity rooms, private study, and a spacious balcony.

Image credit: Ross Squire Homes

This one is a single-storey Queenslander house that boasts four bedrooms, home office, massive kitchen with a scullery, laundry, two bathrooms, and an open-plan family room. The home office at the entry is great if you work from home and don’t want to take clients through your home.

Image credit: Ross Squire Homes

Here’s another single-storey Queenslander with a gorgeous wrap-around verandah and unique central family room. The activity room off the kitchen / dining is a great place to use as a playroom for younger kids. You can not only keep a close eye on them but it means their toys can (mostly) be contained in this one area rather than in the main living area. The gallery space at the front of the home provides a beautiful grand entry and is perfect for art aficionados. 

Image credit: Ross Squire Homes

Dual occupancy and duplex house plans

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Duplexes are great for multigenerational living. These house plans, courtesy of Mojo Homes and Direct Homes WA, show how families can live harmoniously together under one roof. 

This one is great for bigger land properties: 

Image credit: Mojo Homes

Meanwhile, this one is more suited for long and narrow lots:

Image credit: Direct Homes WA

This duplex from GJ Gardner features an asymmetrical floor plan. One unit has a double car garage while the other has a single car garage. Both units have three bedrooms.

Image credit: GJ Gardner

Meanwhile, this duplex features a symmetrical floor plan; the two units side by side.

Image credit: GJ Gardner

Shipping container house plans and designs

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If building shipping container homes takes your fancy,check out this house plan that successfully makes use of four boxes. This layout includes everything you would expect from a bricks and mortar home at a fraction of the cost. 

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Here’s another shipping container house plan that makes use of three boxes, making it an even more cost effective option.

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Acreage house plans

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Acreage homes are perfect for wide lands purchased in the countryside. Here’s a single-storey acreage home from Rural Building Co. Australia. The house has a clever design and offers views in all directions. The kitchen is literally positioned to be the heart of the home.

Image credit: Rural Building Co. Australia

This acreage home by Little Constructions Australia is a little bit more spread out. It takes advantage of the broad landscape. 

Image credit: Little Constructions Australia

There are double-storey acreage homes too. This home from Rural Building Australia has many features including a cellar, relaxation rooms, open plan family room, scullery, walk-in pantry, and more.

Image credit: Rural Building Co. Australia

Tiny house floor plans

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Tiny House

Here is a single-storey tiny house courtesy of Titan Garages, and this is perfect as a granny flat or as a poolside guest accommodation.

Titan Garages

This tiny house has access to not one but two decks in front and at the backyard. Having this indoor / outdoor connection and views out helps this tiny home to feel much more spacious

Here’s a two-storey tiny house with three beds. It has no staircase, but there’s an opening above the kitchen area to access the second floor. Adding a second level to a tiny home is a clever idea as it doubles the size of the living quarters. 

Things to consider when designing and planning for your house plan design. 

There are many factors to consider when planning the design and layout for your project’s house plans.  We have detailed them all in one of our previous blogs. Below are the most important things to take into account when planning:

  • Location
  • You and your family’s lifestyle
  • Size of the house 
  • Measurement of the lot
  • Number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and other interior rooms
  • Special rooms, if there’s any
  • How many levels or storeys
  • How long you plan to live there
  • Number of occupants
  • Pets
  • Views
  • Sunrise and sunset all year around, all seasons
  • Budget
  • Exterior style of your home
  • Room layout and interior design 
  • Ceiling heights and styles – whether you want vaulted or flat
  • Preferred architectural style

Superdraft can help match you to the right professionals to design and draft house plans that are specific to your needs and lifestyle.

Give us a call at 1300 936 740 or go here to get a free quote.

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