Southern Style Plans
Southern style -- for home plans -- is a broad term that encompasses Colonial Revival style houses usually built of wood or brick with pitched or gabled roofs that often have dormers. Southern house plans incorporate classical features like columns, pediments, and shutters and some designs have elaborate porticoes and cornices recalling aspects of pre-Civil War plantation architecture. In fact Plantation style homes refers to the grander examples of Southern style residential architecture. To make living in the humid climates of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia as comfortable as possible, Southern style house plans generally make use of tall ceilings and large front porches to catch breezes. Regional variations of the Southern style include the Louisiana Creole and Low Country (South Carolina and vicinity) styles, which are often topped by metal roofs.
Cities like Charleston and Savannah contain iconic original Southern style homes. One of the most distinctive is the so-called Charleston single house from the 19th century. It's usually only one room wide, sits close to one side of a narrow lot with a double veranda facing the open part of the lot. The front door on the street opens not to the house interior but to the lower veranda. The design promoted cross-ventilation and allowed for living outdoors (on the shady verandas) during hot weather.