There are many different types of residential floor plans, including one-story plans, multi- or split-level plans, duplex plans, and apartment plans. Floor plans can be sorted into types by the kind of residence, like the aforementioned plans, or by architectural styles, such as bungalow, colonial, ranch and modern.
TotalPlans.com provides a helpful informational page on some of the basic residential floor plan types, which designate the overall build and purpose of the residence. For example, the function and designs of two-story, multi-family and condo floor plans all vary, and each type of residence may be better suited for different lot sizes, geographical areas and occupants.
Both HousePlans.com and Floorplans.com sell a variety of floor plans for use during planning and construction, and these plans are organized into types. The websites primarily use architectural styles to sort the plans, though HousePlans.com does feature plans categorized by house shape, lot shape and energy efficiency. Floorplans.com also allows users to narrow down their plan search by specifying the square footage and number of bedrooms, bathrooms, garages and stories. On either site, users can view thumbnail examples of each house before clicking to view additional pictures and the floor plan.
The House Designers website offers tips for selecting the best floor plan, suggesting that those building a new house consider all the important factors, such as family size, necessary living and work areas within the home, the size of existing furniture, and how the plan fits the outdoor space of the lot.