Design Notes From France



We hope that you will enjoy seeing some of the highlights of our 2011 trip to the South of France.  As always, we go right to the source to gather details that make our French country house plans so popular. 


This year, our trip took us to one of the most beautiful areas of France.  From the stunning wine country of Bordeaux along the Atlantic, to the lush, mountainous Lot Valley, the broad coastal areas around Narbonne along the Mediterranean, the bright, sunny hills of Provence to the rolling wine country of Burgunday with its elegant Chateaux.


We hope that our photographic record of this year's trip will give you an idea of the "flavor" of French residential design and of the region.  Like their foods, the flavor of French architecture is determined by the region and the local culture and historic roots.  What makes French architecture so appealing is the link to the land and the culture that is reflected in a wide variety of styles.


So thumb through these photographs and find a French style that is pleasing to you.  Look for it in our French country house plans and then you will understand its origins. 

Like their wine, French houses vary from region to region and the details that you will see here create local "flavor" that explains the variety of homes you will find throughout the French Countryside.


I have tried to show details of building materials, colors, and textures that are options open to you as you build your new French country house.  Notice the subtle variations.  These are what make this architecture so interesting!


Have fun exploring and following in our footsteps as we toured the French countryside!

Brilliant color, and small details give this little wine "cave" typical French character.
Colors of the local market fare overwhelm the senses.
Research can't be all work!


Bruce Eason French Country House Plans
Bruce Eason, Architect

Bonjour! I hope that you will join me for a tour of the architecture and rolling countryside of the South of France. These photos from our 2011 trip should give you a sense of the charm that is exclusively "French country".......... Enjoy!

Copyrighted photographs by Bruce Eason, AIA

Houses of local stone blend seasmlessly with foliage and hills beyond
Details make the difference as with this ancient fointain now used as a planter for colorful flowers.
Wine from a St. Emilion vinyard near Bordeaux
The sign of villages recognized as the "Plus Beaux Villages" in France
A re-enactor overlooks the Burgandy hills below the ancient town of Brancion.
Typical rustic interiors with stone flooring, beamed ceiling, ample natural light and ventilation.
Half-timbering with herringbone brick inlay
Diamond patterned leaded glass adds detail and scale to arched casements
Food as art!

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