Two Story Designs


Five, Four and a Door Colonial


Many of the two story plans follow the basic “5, 4 and a Door” façade, in which five identical double-hung windows on the top floor aligned with four double hung windows on the first floor and the door positioned in the exact center of the house, aligned with the fifth upper floor window. Sometimes the five windows were placed exactly evenly across the façade, but in Photo 1, there is more space between the center window and the twin pairs of windows on either side. The front entry here has a colonial transom over the front doors, but the double entry doors are not likely a colonial design motif.  The front entry doors are flush with the front wall, not inset, and flanked by proper colonial style lanterns. The terra cotta brick, black shutters and cream trim mark this home as a traditional colonial design. Photo 2 shows a similar design, except for the door.



Hip Roof Colonial


Hip roofs as well as gables are used in traditional colonial designs. In this example in Photo 3, a narrow center section is pushed forward creating a small sub-hip over the entry and then the door could be set in. Note once again the use of double doors with very country style storm doors and a decorative window in each.




Four, Three and a Door


A variation on the “5, 4 and a door” plan is what could be termed the 4, 3 and a door plan illustrated in Photo 4. Windows in these plans are often wider but not as long. Note the door setback and the elaborate colonial broken pediment and finial trim around the entry door. In this design, the den/family room is located in the one-story section in the center left, between the garage and the two story section.


Colonial with Federal Details


The large two-story illustrated in Photo 5 has a number of interesting details. Shutterless windows along with used brick give the house an 18th century Federal flair. The simple, porchless door is set in, and is topped by an elegantly-shape arch with brickwork outlining the arch, and flanked by appropriate twin sidelights. All in all this is a beautiful example of two-story architecture made elegant by understated attention to detail.








Balcony Entry Colonial


Photo 6 illustrates a house with a more elaborate front porch. The balcony is not true balcony in that it lacks access except through the window. Twin Windows on the top floor have a wood arch over the top, painted to match the shutters.







A Greek-Inspired Entryway with Corinthian Columns


Photo 7 illustrates many design features similar to the house shown in Photo 5. Many details, brick, absence of shutters, door and arched transom, are so similar they may have been built by the same builder. The unique feature here is the elaborate curved porch with ornate Corinthian columns and acanthus leaf detail. Note also the curved dentil. THere is a wonderful attention to design detail here.





Ram’s Horn Volutes on Ionic Columns


Photo 8 illustrates a two story house with a very elaborate two story front porch, with four Ionic columns with ram’s-horn volutes—classic Ionic design detail. The detail on the porch makes it look looks as if it came from Greek antiquity.




Cape Cod Two Story


Photo 9 illustrates a colonial two story home with many Cape Cod details—wide vertical white corner boards, clapboard siding, classic 5 over 4 windows But the garage section to the right is actually follows story-and-a-half design details, complete with twin doghouse dormers.





Garrison Colonial Saltbox


The Garrison Colonial design cantilevers the top floor out a couple feet beyond the lower floor as illustrated here in Photo 10. This is combined with the classic “Saltbox” form in which the pitch of the roof is steeper on one side than the other and meets the top of the first floor along the rear of the house. Note particularly the uneven pitch saltbox garage design in Photo 11.