- Bruce Eason, AIA
I want to welcome you to the world of New South Classics Old World and European House Plans. Our plans have captured the "classic" styling of homes from around the world many years before other house plan sites ever mentioned the word "classic". Now, you see every house plan site using the modifier "classic" for everything they do because it has become popular.
It is becoming a worn out expression that should be reserved for truly authentic, period design that accurately represents the era and region it claims.
I call today's use of the word classic, "Mr. Potato Head" design, where aspects of a region, country or style are simply stuck on what might be called the all too familiar subdivision architecture of multi-gabled, bland, look-alike houses. I struggle to see what is "French", "English", "Italian" or even traditional about most of them!
What is "Classic" design? Having been in the design profession as a registered architect for over thirty years, I have had the pleasure of working with clients around the world. We truly know "classic" design and respect the authenticity it demands. This design is not stuck on. It permeates the structure and affects every aspect from the massing to the finest detail. Many of my published projects have been custom homes designed by me for my architectural firm, New South Design, LLC. Many of those homes have appeared in Pinnacle Living Magazine, South Carolina Homes and Gardens Magazine, Mountain Homes Southern Style Magazine and Southern Living Magazine.
They have generated a lot of interest and inquiries as to how one could find that sort of design quality in "off the shelf" plans. The truth is, the design comes down to the designer and most stock plans are not that well designed and the construction documents can be minimal at best. Thus New South Classics, LLC was born as an alternate source for pre-designed, residential plans that have the design quality of custom plans without the cost associated with working with an architect. While I firmly believe that there is a place for truly custom designed houses, an article in Fine Homebuilding supports my theory that well designed plans can and should be made available for reasonable prices for those who want them.
My love of design combined with my love of travel have come together in the form of New South Classics. While we strive to provide an assortment of popular styles from French country houses, English cottages, Mediterranean villas, mountain lodges and coastal retreats, one element is consistent regardless of style or period.... tasteful design with careful attention to authentic detailing, constructibility and functionality. Here, we have brought together quality design and the economies of a web-based residential design service. While our custom plans are never for re-sale, they can and do inspire a line of homes that have proven to be popular and unique. I look forward to personally helping you make one of our plans uniquely yours.
I hope that you enjoy your tour of our site and find one of these Classic, European and old world house plans to be your ticket to the part of the world you love in your part of the world. Whether you are looking for French Country house plans, English Cottage house plans, Italian or American house plans, we are continually adding to our collections of each to have one that suits your needs.
Also, no matter where you live, if you want something unique, we can provide professional custom home plans for your new home. These plans will be prepared exclusively for you to suit your lifestyle. Contact us for a quote.
Many thanks for visiting us!
- French Country Custom Home Design at The Cliffs at Glassy (See Photos Below)
s experienced, award winning residential designers, we know that certain clients with sophisticated tastes demand classic "Old World" European and historic American houses just not available in "off the shelf" plans.
New South Classics is proud to announce that it has been chosen to provide selected, "Classic" home designs exclusively to the Southern Living House Plan Program. Look for plans marked with the Southern Living logo to ensure it's an exclusive Southern Living Plan.
- Homestead Preserve, Hot Springs, Virginia
New South Classics also takes pride in having been selected to provide custom home design services for exclusive residential properties noted for their design quality and commitment to environmental preservation and quality of life.
Homestead Preserve surrounding the famed Homestead Hotel in Hot Springs, Virginia, is one of those special communities. We are proud to serve as a Homestead Preserve "Guild" member along with a handful of carefully selected residential home designers and craftsmen. Homestead Preserve has joined forces with the Natural Assets family, a luxury development company. They create and manage sustainable resort communities in some of the world's most beautiful places. "Homestead Preserve is poised to become the #1 mountain retreat in the US."
- Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
New South Classics is proud to have been approved to provide custom home design for The Greenbrier Sporting Club, a first class residential community at the famed Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The Greenbrier is a National Historic Landmark famous for its majestic setting, luxurious accommodations, legendary service and world-class sporting facilities including flyfishing, golfing and equestrian activities to mention a few. Members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club have unparalleled access to the Greenbrier's activities.
- The Cliffs Communities, North and South Carolina
In addition, New South Classics has been selected as a "Signature" residential designer for The Cliffs Communities. The Cliffs Communities are premier, private master-planned, gated residential communities nestled in the heart of the Carolina PreserveTM
- As published in Pinnacle Living Mountain Homes Magazine
The Cliffs golf course designers include Tom Jackson, Ben Wright, Tom Fazio, and Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Gary Player recently announced that he will be designing the course for The Cliffs at Mountain Park and will be moving from Palm Springs to the Cliffs. In addition he will be moving his company, The Gary Player Group to the 5,000 acre Cliffs at Mountain Park residential and commercial development. Owners at the Cliffs developments will now enjoy the special service of the Signature Builder Program to pair builders and a select number of quality residential designers. http://www.cliffscommunities.com/real-estate/cliffs/page/1229/section/107
- Classic French Detailing of a New South Design Custom Home
The New South Classics Collection of house plans reflects the classic look of residential architecture from some of the worlds most idyllic and picturesque settings in America, England, France, Italy and the Mediterranean.
Classic details from historic and "Old World" houses such as roof pitch, construction materials and techniques, windows and trim create the familiar character of the past and must be honored to be true to form.
We combine the then and now, focusing attention to timeless detailing and proportion in house plans that suit today's modern lifestyles in our French Country home plans, English Cottage house plans, Mountain house plans. and other timeless styles from around the world.
- Mountain Homes Southern Style Magazine, Annual Kitchen Award Winner
The home featured here was selected as a 2007 Mountain Homes Southern Style Magazine, Annual Kitchen Design Contest winner. It's Old World styling blended with state of the art cooking and preparation areas were enhanced by careful layout design and subtle combination of materials, colors and textures.
- Classic Old World Detailing
Our "Custom Classics" option gives you the flexibility to customize one of our New South Classics home plans. We can make limited modifications to the original plan you select to suit your lifestyle and personal needs.
If your goal is a truly unique, one-of-a-kind design, select our "Exclusive Classics" option and let the residential designers at New South Classics, LLC transform your dreams into your own classic design.
- French Country Custom Classic by New South Design (Chateau Style)
Whichever design option you care to use, we hope that you will be inspired to build your own classic house with one of our Old World House Plans or a Mountain House Plan from the New South Classics Collection of plans.
- French Country sitting room
- Bill and Martha Canata / Doug Miller Photography
"What can I say to adequately express our gratitude for your expertise in designing a magnificent home for us? "You are becoming a legend in the architectural field of French Design and we are honored to be part of that Legacy....Thank you! Your help was invaluable to us....We continue to love the house and receive many more compliments than we deserve! I think most of all I appreciated your passion to make this the best house it could possibly be. You're the best." (Custom)
-Bill and Martha, The Cliffs at Glassy
- Colors, Textures, Materials, and Design Elements Recall The Feel of Rural France.
- Mountain Living Classic Award Winner
New South Classics offers plans as diversified as the world. From Classic Old World European to Classic American Heritage, we can provide your favorite setting for your personal residence, vacation get-away, or make your residence your favorite get-away!
- Photo by Scott Crowder
"We wanted something unique, and your ability to create exceeded our expectations." (Custom Home, AIA AWARD WINNER)
-Randy and Marcie, Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards
- Mountain Vistas to The Sky!
- "We are not only thrilled with the final result, but also your exceptional customer service and promptness. The house is more than perfect. You delivered beautiful, detailed blueprints in the time frame you predicted...Everyone loves the house. Even our builder loves the details that you put into the home...which is something we definitely appreciate. It is perfect for entertaining...I'd love for you to see my kitchen and theater room. You were a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend you!" (La Maison sur Loire 2)
-Ken and Michele, Southaven, Mississippi
- "I absolutely love these plans. Your level of attentiveness, attention to detail,.....I am very grateful that I found your web site and selected your home design as my dream home. I can't wait until it is completed. Thank you very much". (La Maison sur Loire 2)
-Diana, Murrieta, California
- "We were more than just satisfied with the entire design process. You not only incorporated our wishes, but added immeasurably to the ultimate result with your thoughts and recommendations. Excellent work, timely and reasonably priced. It's hard to beat that." (The Seabrook 2)
-Ron and Emily, Seabrook Island, South Carolina
- "Your plans provide more detail than I have ever seen in residential plans in over 35 years. Working with you on a Custom Classic was easier than if I had been working with a local designer....I really appreciated your working with me to make the changes I wanted....Thank you!"
- Wayne, Newport News, Virginia
- "I've photographed houses for Pinnacle Living Mountain Homes Magazine for years, and I've never been in a house with such detail and quality. Every time I turned around, there was another great shot!" (Custom)
- Doug Miller, Doug Miller Photography, Roanoke, Virginia
- "I don't mind telling you that of all the designers I've seen emulating the French Country style, yours are the best. Your plans have an appealing logic. The balance and proportions, detailing and the honest geometry that supports it all...something that most architects/designers ignore (Le Petit Maison)
- Mark (builder), Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- " I was very impressed with your plans...you gave me well beyond my expectations for plans,details, cut sections and schedules. I look forward to getting more plans from you soon." (La Metairie)
-John (builder), Springdale, Arkansas
- "Dealing with you is a wonderful experience...You are kind to take the time and offer advice to perfect strangers. I guess that's why you are so successful!"
-Janet, Banner Elk, North Carolina
- "We're thrilled!....Stunningly beautiful. It is drop dead beautiful! Every side of the house looks as good as the front....so gorgeous and a very comprehensive set of plans." (The Derbyshire 2)
-Richard, Salt Lake City Utah
- "We always heard horror stories of building a home. Working with you has been such a pleasure. The entire design process has been absolutely wonderful. We are so trusting of your judgment and taste that we feel very confident that we could put the whole project in your lap and let you make all the decisions for us! Thank you!" (Custom)
-Bruce and Meg, Cliffs Valley, S.C
- "I found your (web) site very professional and informing....I have looked at many sites in search for the perfect plan for our lot and nothing stands out like yours. Your attention to Classic detailing is refreshing."
-Bill, West Jefferson, N.C. (Builder)
- "I can't thank you enough.....You've just created our dream house! The plan is beautiful. It has that storybook quality. We've owned houses in England and yours is perfect......a work of art . We have looked six years for the right designer and the right house. We just can't say enough about what you have done. We are thrilled....A million thanks." (Fireside Cottage)
Keith and Jackie, Carlisle, Pa.
- "We were both AWESTRUCK by your promptness and professionalism and the amount of information you gave us....No more local (designers) for us! You can't imagine what we've experienced in the last six months since we started this venture. If we'd started with you, we'd probably be moving into the Fireside Cottage right now! Thank you again so very much..."
-Leigh and Gary, North Reading, Massachusetts
- "We received the set of plans on time and in good condition. The plans are quite impressive, and it is how I imagined the house. Everything looks great...... We are so pleased with the results. Thanks again New South Classics,"
- Cynthia and Joe, Knoxville, Tennessee
- "Bruce, we received the plans and we are very, very pleased with the end result! The house looks great! Thanks so much for your flexibility and finding a way to meet our needs, you and your team did a great job"! (The Seabrook, Custom Classic)
-Michael and Melody, Louisville, Kentucky
- "Working with Bruce Eason has been an absolute pleasure and we are happily under construction with our house at this point. The design is so unique that it is causing quite a bit of interest by those in the area -- and it is only a third of the way toward completion. It should be noted that New South Classics patiently worked long distance with us on every detail." (Fireside Cottage)
-Peter, Upperco, Maryland
- "Just feel that I must comment.......Your talent is truly masterful and your renderings so breathtaking! I so admire your work and hope that someday I may be fortunate enough to dwell in a home of your creation. How I wish that in the recent building boom there had been more appreciation and building of the classic architecture that you have captured so wonderfully.....Thank you for sharing your work through your stunning website!"
- Bill, Landscape Architect
- "I must say how impressed I am with your company, your service, and your creative plans. When we bought our lot five years ago, we engaged a very reputable local architect to help us design our dream retirement home...........Now, five years later we find that they really no longer fit our lifestyle nor our long term plans. Hence, the desire to find a reasonably priced alternative design."
"Thanks again for all of your assistance and your prompt service."
-Gary, Columbus, Ohio
- "We narrowed our search down to three and your plan was the best. It has everything we were looking for in a mountain home and we love the floor plan. Having a basement level walk-out and no second floor made it just the right size for our needs, yet the vaulted ceiling makes it seem very spacious." (The Highlander)
-Cindy. Dalonaga, Georgia
"Working with Bruce Eason and New South Classics was an absolute pleasure. The service was always prompt and customization was a breeze. The minute we saw the Little Gables house plan, it was love at first sight. Everything about the plans was well thought out and designed for efficiency and comfort. We never thought we would find pre-made plans to this level of quality for a fraction of the cost of designing from scratch. Can’t wait to break ground on this project!" (Little Gables, customized)
Steve and Amy, Railroad, Pennsylvania
- "Working with Bruce Eason and New South Classics was a great experience. I really appreciate their rare ability to balance the floor plan and lifestyle requirements of today's home buyers with authentic design of Old World classic homes. In addition, my experience with New South Classics included fast turnaround time, highly responsive communication and excellent pricing structure. I look forward to working with them again." (Led Nid and Half Penny custom)
Britney (Builder) Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- "We received your plans Tuesday. They are very detailed and easy to read. and are excited to receive our Valley View Farmhouse plans. We want to thank you for your time and quick responses to our questions and modifications to this great house plan . We look forward to working with you again sometime!!!! We will also send photos of the completion of our home next year, and will recommend you to any future clients."
Matthew and Deborah, New Harmony, Southern Utah
- "Thanks so much! Yes, we did get the plans and they are spectacular. Very detailed and thorough. Several thanks. And again, superb job."
Benjamin and Stephanie, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- "I wanted to say thank you for your amazing work. I have been a lover of storybook homes since I was a child and you truly offer the best reality of this in the modern day. I currently live in Michigan and would love to build your fireside cottage on my land."
- "I would like you to know that my husband has been a home builder for several years and we are both realtors in Oklahoma, therefore have been in many homes and looked at hundreds of house plans. I am so impressed with New South Classics. It's almost impossible to find such exterior beauty and character to match an interior plan that makes sense. I will be passing along your website to family and friends in the market to build."
Amy, Muskogee, Ok
- "We LOVE this plan (Weobley Cottage)! Everything('s) awesome.....Tell him (Bruce) we REALLY appreciate him! He must be a GREAT, patient husband! Thank you!"
Kris and Valerie, Oklahoma City, Ok
- "Thank you for all your help in personalizing your Maison de Ville III plan for us. The rapid turn around was really appreciated and your late night replies are signs of someone who cares!"
John. Mohnton, Pa.
- " I appreciate your fabulous work and we will certainly provide great testimonials and pictures upon completion. You have fantastic customer service and we look forward to sharing the beautiful home we will build with your plans!"
Richard and Debbie, Palmetto, Florida
- "I received my plans last week. As you described on your website, I really like the open and airy feeling of the house. I am very pleased with the quality and the detail of the plans as well as your high-level of customer service. I am looking forward to building my cottage and enjoying the benefits of a well-designed house. Thank you." (Vine Cottage)
Adam, north Alabama
- "Thank you! I look forward to the day I can send you photos of our finished dream home. Thanks for all your help." (Valley View Farmhouse)
Lindsay, Dickson, TN
- "The Homesteader Farmhouse design by New South Classics features white-painted clapboard, fieldstone foundation and chimney, expansive front porch and simple country charm. Designed by award winning architect Bruce Eason, AIA, principal of New South Classics, LLC. This is perfect home plan for a country home."
Crystal Lane, Pinterest
- "It looks wonderful! Really well done, Bruce. We've been looking forward to designing a place for a 25 years. That we had so little to change (really to meet our own needs and tastes) speaks to the thought you've put into your plans. We're very pleased. Thank you!(Fleur de Lis)
Russell and Suzanne, Germantown, TN
- "The plans look fantastic! Thanks for your professionalism and frankness with me as well as your excellent communication!" (Cottage on Avon)
Etienne, Rochester, New York
Compare!......A comparable set of plans designed as a "custom" home design could cost anywhere from 8%-14% (or more) of the total construction cost and take many months of design time. There are situations where this is necessary and well worth the expense, but it may not be necessary if you can find a plan, right here, that simply needs "tweaking" to be exactly what you want. Then you have more money to put towards better finishes, furnishings and fixtures.
Our plans are a wise investment in good design. Where else will you find houses like these at this cost?
Let New South Classics, LLC design an "Exclusive Classic" for you!
- Homestead Preserve Newsletter
- New South Classics Featured In Southern Living Magazine!
- Over 4,500 Pins On Pinterest!
- Bruce Eason, Architect
- Authentic Old World Design
- Design: Bruce Eason, Architect
- AIA SC Design Award Winner as published in South Carolina Homes and Gardens Magazine
- Pinnacle Living Magazine
- Mountain Homes Southern Style Magazine, Annual Kitchen Design Winner (2 Awards)
- Mountain Homes Southern Style Annual Kitchen Design Award
- Mountain Homes Southern Style Magazine, Annual Kitchen Design Award Winner
- Annual Kitchen Design Award
- "A Touch of French Elegance" As featured in this issue of Mountain Homes Southern Style Magazine
- As featured in Mountain Homes Southern Style, 5th. Anniversary Issue
- Greer Now Feature Article, "A Local French Twist" (Click for Article)
Design: Bruce Eason, Architect, AIA, New South Design, LLC
Photography: Bruce Eason, AIA, Architect and Doug Miller Photography