These popular 1930s home styles & floor plans had classic and enduring charm

Old 1930s home styles and floor plans

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Step back in time and envision the distinct appeal and timeless elegance of home designs that defined the 1930s.

With a wave of innovation sparked by the progress of the Industrial Revolution, home styles in the 1930s became a blend of traditional aesthetics and modern conveniences.

Example of 1930s home styles and house designs

Let’s take a peek into the architectural diversity of the decade with some actual 1930s house plans. You will find everything from the popular Tudor Revival and the many English-inspired designs, to the all-American Colonial Revival and Craftsman styles, all the way to the simply charming Cape Cods and elegant Georgian Revival home styles.

Each house plan — be it for a cozy cottage, a welcoming bungalow or a spacious family hom — holds a piece of history… a snapshot of the changing American dream. Here are some of the 1930s home styles that created neighborhoods across the country, and helped to shape an era.

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The San Carlos, 1930s California-style bungalow

The Bungalow, or Craftsman style, which originated in the 1920s, continued to be a popular choice in the 1930s. Praised for their practical layouts and handcrafted details, these homes usually included covered porches, open floor plans, and built-in furniture.

Here you have a true California-type bungalow, entrancing in its instant and lasting appeal. The simple squareness of its rugged construction is pleasantly relieved by the sweeping dormer with its wide overhanging eaves and the gracefully arched beams supporting the roof of a front porch extending virtually the full width of the house Note the exceptional design of the entrance door, the generous triple windows of the living room.

The same effect of spaciousness in two directions is again assured by the archway leading into the dining room. The two plans shown give you a choice of either two or three bedrooms. In both plans, the ceiling height of the first floor is 9′ 0″. If desired, we can furnish wood materials for the porch where brick is shown at additional cost.

The San Carlos - vintage 1930s home styles & plans

1930s Cape Cod cottage house

The Cape Cod style originated in colonial New England, but experienced a resurgence in the 1930s, particularly in suburban developments. These homes are characterized by their simple, rectangular shape, central chimney, steep roof, and symmetrical design, often with dormer windows for added space. Inside, the homes were cozy and practical, with a central hall and rooms branching off it. This style’s charm lies in its simplicity and adaptability, making it a staple in American architecture.

This Cape Cod type of cottage has a distinctive air of sturdiness, permanence, and comfort.

The excellent floor plans show four rooms, a lavatory and closets on the first floor, and two very large bedrooms, baths, closets, and storage space on the second floor. (By Garlinghouse)

1930s Cape Cod cottage house

Floor plan for decorative English-type home (1935)

Our illustration shows an unusually decorative design in brick, yet without ostentation and in excellent taste throughout. The long curved roof line is admirably done — a matter of first importance, since no other feature so often makes or mars a house.

The windows with peaked roofs, the fine brick archwork forming the entrance with a portico alongside are points of interest. For the interior, every essential convenience that modern tendencies have developed is included.

The outstanding features of this home are the complete accommodations, both for living purposes and for entertaining. A study of the plans will show that this home has fulfilled the promise of its exterior in that most important part — its plan. 36,592 cubic feet, terrace not included.

Decorative and enduring English-type home (1935)

Avondale 4-bedroom house floorplan

Among our newest models, we take no back seat to the Avondale. Nor will you, no matter how aristocratic the surroundings you enjoy. The spacious porch extends across the entire front of the house. Note the substantial columns and the pitched extensions above the steps.

Note the “architecturally correct bracing of the large roof overhang, the flower boxed gable window, the side dormer which breaks attractively the roof line and the dining room bay — all contribute to an exterior both lively and good looking.

Two-floor plans. Note the size of the living room. The main floor includes also a dining room and kitchen, with an extra bedroom that some fellow with a hankering for a den might thusly convert it. Upstairs ideally offers you three bedrooms and a bath, connected by a hall, where stairs again take you down to that large living room we all enjoy so much. A real place to own and one that you will never regret having built — especially at the low Sterling price.

The Avondale - vintage 1930s home plans

English stucco home with red roof (1935)

An eminently successful design, the demand for this popular type of a home is increasing instead of diminishing. It is a modern type, which can be built very economically, the English effect being obtained with very little extra expense over the square type of home.

The chimney, being in front, stands out as one of the architectural features, while the rounded doorway, the peaks, the long sweeps, and the trimming in stone form a combination that is particularly pleasing, and which appeals to the home buyer prospect.

The arrangement of the floor plans is very practical, and will amply meet the requirements of the average family. Most all of the features seen in much larger homes have been included in this plan, and although not large, it nevertheless holds interesting decorative possibilities. (26×26 feet; 19,200 cubic feet)

English stucco home with red roof (1935)

2-story 1930s Colonial home plan (1938)

This is one of our loveliest designs. A design of beauty where the homey lived-in atmosphere is retained. This house is much less expensive to build than its first appearance indicates.

The bedroom on the first floor may be used as a library, and the den on the second floor as a sewing room or store room if desired. Also if desired, the garage and maid’s room may be omitted.

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2-story 1930s Colonial home plan

Semi-modernistic white stucco 30s home

Something new to keep pace with changing times is shown here in this two-story house incorporating a measure of the modernistic type of architecture. In general, a square [shape] for economy, with small eaves — typically making its bid for attractiveness through plainness.

The unusual layout of the first floor allows space for a den near the entrance. The customary arch dividing the living room from the dining room is replaced by a novel right-angle arrangement with the staircase marking the center of the combination. Notice also the terrace accessible from the dining room in the rear.

The attached garage is planned to permit entrance to the house through the den as well as through the kitchen. A perusal of the floor plans will disclose many unusual features. 22,840 cubic feet, garage 2,880 cubic feet.

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Semi-modernistic white stucco 30s home

Vintage modern home design (1935)

The Modern type of residence is gaining more and more favor because of its low cost as compared to other types of construction. This low cost is attained by the elimination of high roofs, superfluous ornamentation and valueless space.

To the left of the entrance hall is the large living room with ample wall space, which makes it ideal for placing furniture. The den at the right is located ideally for privacy being directly accessible from both the front and the back halls. There are two bedrooms and a bath upstairs. A large open deck opens off the master bedroom.

Vintage modern home design (1935)

The Brooks: 1930s home floorplan

For convenience, compactness and economy, this home cannot be surpassed. Trim and smart, without being burdened by costly ornamentation, its shingled exterior is pleasantly relieved by an attractive mullion bay and window box resting on neat brackets. The interior plan shows an imposing living room in Plan “B”, or a slightly smaller arrangement in Plan “A.”

Both floor plans allow for the same number of rooms except that, in the slightly larger Plan “B,” the bathroom is on the second floor, access to two large bedrooms. The living room extends across the entire front of the house and gives the impression of still greater area by the wide arched doorway into a large airy dining room. A dormer is furnished in Plan “B” giving the bath full ceiling height.

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The Brooks - vintage 1930s home plans

The Creston small vintage house plan

Here is one of the choicest of our new designs. Here you have a design whose proportions are perfect in every detail. The projecting bay together with the circle-top gable louvers, lend enchantment to this home. The Colonial entrance in connection with the wide siding furnished and with the shutters and flower boxes, add so much to its exterior appearance, so very much admired.

We present it in two attractive designs. A study of each floor plan will show that quite a variation is offered. In Plan “A” the conventional Dining Room is included while in Plan “B” the Dining Room is replaced by the Dinette, thereby giving the Kitchen additional spaciousness.

Notice the splendid large Living Rooms, the roomy and airy bedrooms, each with its own closet. In Plan “A” you also have the convenient clothes closet located near the entrance. The attic space is available by the use of our disappearing stairway. The Creston surely will delight you in every way.

The Creston - vintage 1930s home plans

Vintage English-style brick home (1930s)

Any of the best English-type homes in brick are too large for the needs or resources of average people, but here is one of moderate size which achieves all the charm of larger and more elaborate designs. Its simplicity is no doubt its greatest charm, the design strongly reminding one of the countryside English cottages so common over there.

This design has met with great success, the interior arrangement contributing equally to its popularity. A wonderfully large living room, with an unusual amount of wall space, is probably its greatest feature. It is a very well laid-out interior, with a well-planned kitchen, attractive dining room, two bedrooms and bath, and space for two additional rooms upstairs if desired.

Vintage English-style brick home (1930s)

Two-story old home with basement (1938)

A perfect example of a beautiful home built with every consideration for harmony and the convenience of the occupants. The plans show rock veneer across the front of the main house and the balance of the exterior is covered with wide siding. This design may be built without the garage and library wings if desired.

Two-story old home with basement (1938)

The Rowena 1930s home plan

Lovely with a simplicity which suggests a bridal gown, is this dainty Sterling home, ideally suited for the average family, yet providing ample space to insure the utmost comfort.

A pleasing informality of roof lines adds greatly to the beauty of design and forms an attractive and very cheerful ensemble. A compact and well-planned arrangement of Dinette and Kitchen, will save many steps a day, and make housekeeping a pleasure.

Notice the large windows which provide ample light, at the same time carrying on the best principles of straight-line mode, design. In either Plan A or B, there is an unusual amount of closet space. Particularly the closet at the entry provides a convenient and useful feature.

The Rowena - vintage 1930s home plans

A quaint 6-room cottage house

An air of charm, both within and without, makes this little cottage a most desirable home in which to live. The floor plan shows six lovely well-arranged rooms.

A quaint 6-room cottage (1930s)

English-style 1930s home architecture with steep sloped roof

It has been the custom in the past to associate the use of brick with large pretentious houses or commercial buildings, but we are glad to see the trend slowly but surely turning to homes of moderate size.

The design pictured follows the English type of architecture, with steep roofs and symmetrical peaks, duplicating in brick what is being done in stucco or frame. It is both artistic and distinctive.

The interior is cozy and attractive with large living room, and plaster arch purposely wide entering the dining room to give you full use of the two rooms together for entertaining. The kitchen, although small, is very compact and contains everything necessary for efficient work. Two bedrooms and bath with a roomy attic complete a popular little plan.

English-style 1930s home architecture with steep sloped roof

1930s native stone cottage home plan

This is a particularly beautiful native stone cottage. The three fireplaces add much to the comfort of the interior. The floor plan shows six lovely rooms. In the basement is a very large recreation room.

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1930s native stone cottage home plan

Vintage bungalow floor plan: The Gratiot

The Bungalow or Craftsman home style, which originated in the 1920s, continued to be a popular choice in the 1930s. Praised for their practical layouts and handcrafted details, these homes usually included covered porches, open floor plans, and built-in furniture.

FROM a group of one hundred modern bungalows we selected this home as carrying out completely the most modern and attractive ideas. The arched, projected entrance sets it apart from the average small home Gable ventilators, a flower box, a trellis, and living room shutters give it a dashing charm.

The wide-spaced cedar shingles on the side walls contrast enchantingly with the modern narrow eave projection. The perfection of design continues on the inside. Plan “A” has a vestibule (with an ever-convenient coat closet) opening into the living room.

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Through the arched doorway to the dining room, the eye sweeps the entire distance of 26′ 6″ of the two rooms. Two bedrooms, (each with a closet) are connected by a hall, which makes the bathroom accessible from three sides. The kitchen with its cellar entrance is located to make work easy and steps fewer. Plan “B” is slightly smaller, and has been equipped with a dinette, so popular today.

A study of this plan will reveal its many advantages, and show real mastery in interior home arrangement. It would be hard to find a small home with so many outstanding features, one with as much style, grace, and interior efficiency, and above all, a home combining all that the Gratiot does, at the very modest price quoted.

The Gratiot - vintage 1930s home plans

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2-story, 4-bedroom vintage home plan: Newton

YOU’LL love this home if you are a student of architecture. You’ll pronounce it charming. Isn’t it inviting? The decorative, braced, arched roof above the porch extends a cordial “welcome” to all. The living room immediately impresses you. It is larger than you expected, and through its arched doorway, your eye beholds a view of a dining room just as pleasant.

You know the door opposite you in the dining room leads to the kitchen. Three short steps from the kitchen bring you to the grade entry and cellar stairs. Two bedrooms on the first floor connect with the bath through a hallway. The living room stairway leads up to two bedrooms, connected by a short hall. You hardly expected to find such fine rooms upstairs ideal guest rooms, if your family is small.

You’ll take a second look at this place it seems to be the very embodiment of what you want cozy, quaint, and yet embodying so much beauty that favorable comments are unending. The home is ideal with or without the fireplace and chimney. Indeed, for a family desiring a medium-sized home, at unmatchable dollar value, the Newton will serve admirably.

The Newton - vintage 1930s home plans

1930s Cape Cod cottage with stone exterior

A lovely Cape Cod design with stone veneer for the exterior of the first story and single hove.

The floor plan shows five very excellent and well-arranged rooms, with garage attached, and a full basement. If desired, the garage may be omitted. (Design by Garlinghouse)

1930s Cape Cod cottage with stone exterior

Vintage home floorplan with 3 bedrooms and sunroom (1933)

The steep-roofed two-story Arapahoe home has three bedrooms, living room, dining room, breakfast room and a sun room.

Vintage 1930s home floorplan with 3 bedrooms and sunroom (1933)

1930s home plan: The Plymouth

A DUTCH Colonial type of imposing charm. A lovable place, with its gambrel roof, flower box and bright shutters. The quaint little arched roof above the door shelters a cement platform front entry with a substantial eight-light door. You have your choice of two complete floor plans.

One is slightly larger than the other, but each having the same number of rooms. The stairway to the second floor is accessible in Plan “B,” both from the reception hall, or vestibule, and the kitchen grade service entrance. An exceedingly charming home, sparkling with originality; a model in all a home should be.

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The Plymouth - vintage 1930s home plans

Vintage 1930s home plan for the Roberta

IN its real simplicity, this lovely home offers a charming appearance that will appeal to the most cultured taste. In a comparatively small floor area, it permits a convenient arrangement, that provides amply spacious rooms without waste of space or materials. Three very practical plans, present a variety of arrangements that will appeal to your individual choice.

Plan “B” is designed for a home without a basement. The utility room provides the necessary space for the heating plant and laundry tray. Plans “A” and “B” are furnished with a shower, while Plan “C” has a compact and well-planned bathroom. Plan “A” also provides space for a “Dinette,” which gives you all the convenience of a much larger dining room.

The Roberta - vintage 1930s home plans

Vintage home floorplan: The Sharon

EXCEPTIONAL beauty in architectural design is obtained by the simple lines of this “Cape Cod” type of modern home. The dignified and stately design of the entry adds a touch of the Colonial atmosphere, without altering the general impression of compactness and symmetry.

Without materially altering the outside dimensions, three plans are offered, Plan “A”, “B”, and “C”, any of which provide large and spacious living rooms, with comfortably spaced bedrooms. Notice particularly the accessibility of all rooms from the central hallway.

Any woman will appreciate greatly the ease with which this lovely house can be kept clean and spotless, while any man will immediately grasp how easily this home can be kept snug and warm in the Winter. To make use of the attic space in any of these plans, our disappearing stairway may be used.

The Sharon - vintage 1930s home plans

1930s home with front balcony: The Stapleton

The colonial home, when designed with regard for correct architectural characteristics applicable to that style, reflects in its charm and simplicity, all that is truly American. The choice of this home will award satisfaction.

The Stapleton - vintage 1930s home plans

Vintage 30s 2-bedroom house plan: The Superior

WITHOUT doubt one of Sterling’s most attractive and popular models. The impressive porch with its substantial columns bespeaks the permanency resulting from Quality Sterling Materials. Roof dormer helps to create an attractive appearance.

Two-floor plans, one slightly larger than the other. Living room and dining room in both plans connect through the large, open arched entry. You could hardly find a better example of interior planning. Every inch of space is most skillfully utilized. By installing a disappearing stairway you can make the attic space available

The Superior - vintage 1930s home plans

Colonial house plan from the 30s: The Windsor

The Colonial Revival home style, which offered a taste of traditional American architecture, became a cherished choice in the 1930s. These homes, typically marked by symmetrical facades, multi-pane windows, and grand entrance doors, combined a touch of refinement with modern comfort.

A TYPE of home that is distinctly Colonial, that has proven its merit and economy over a period of years. This design offers the maximum of room area for the minimum cost. Without qualification, this type, simple, yet well within the sphere of pleasing treatment, offers the most economic home possible.

You will note that every modern thought is expressed in the arrangement of the interior. It is beautifully proportioned and will match the finest homes in any neighborhood. We will, of course, furnish this design with wide siding instead of shingle for exterior, at a slight additional cost. The ceiling height is 8′6″.

Do not overlook the convenient garage. Should you prefer to omit the garage, you may deduct $134.00 from the price of this home as quoted.

Should you wish to include materials to finish the second floor in accordance with the proposed plan as shown, you would please add $168.00 to the price of this home. 2×8 joists are furnished for both first and second floors, whether second floor is finished now or later.

The Windsor - vintage 1930s home plans

Old-fashioned home plan: The Chevy Chase

This is a design of English adaptation. Dignified almost formal. The entry is of interesting design. The arched slab door of appropriate sturdy construction, has been given a V-groove pattern, with attractive hardware to set it off. The graceful sweep of the roof line and the snubbed gables find their origin in the best of English cottage designs. The living room and dining room are connected by an arched entry.

Kitchen, with grade entrance and one bedroom downstairs. The second-floor arrangement of Plan “A” is the same as Plan “B,” except the bedrooms are 11 x 12′ end 14 x 12″. The bath is on the lower floor. Ceiling height of first floor is 8′ 6″. The second floor is 8′ 0″.

The Chevy Chase - vintage 1930s home plans

Old home design – The Waubay (1933)

Old-fashioned 1930s home design - The Waubay (1933)

The Brenda 1930s 2-bedroom small house

THIS home is all that the effective picture conveys. The inviting latticed porch, radiating a sense of happiness to all who enter, provides at the same time a most attractive entrance.

Two floor plans to choose from — either ideal from the viewpoint of convenience and practicability. Model-A is designed for a basement while Model-B provides a Utility Room in the event no cellar is wanted. Both models have a spacious living room, well-lighted by a large attractive stationary front window and a sliding window for the end wall.

A notable feature also, is the cozy dinette in connection with a good-sized kitchen. In Plan-B a regular sized Dining Room is offered. The Attic space can be made available by the use of our disappearing stairway.

The Brenda - vintage 1930s home plans

Small 2-story 30s home plan

The exterior of this beautiful home is painted brick veneer. The very large odd-shaped living room is quite charming. The floor plans show an excellent arrangement of four rooms and garages on the first floor, and two large bedrooms, baths, closets, and balconies on the second floor.

Small 2-story 30s home plan

English Tudor-style 1930s home

Tudor Revival home style: The early part of the decade saw a deep affection for Tudor homes, which borrowed design elements from 16th-century English architecture. With their steeply pitched gable roofs, decorative half-timbering, and usually a prominent chimney, Tudor Revival homes were as warm and inviting inside as they were attractive from the outside.

An exceptionally beautiful home. The exterior is semi-English and constructed of native stone, brick, and stucco. The plans show nine large beautiful rooms and an attached garage A large recreation room with a fireplace is under the living room.

English Tudor-style 1930s home

Vintage bungalow with white siding & green roof

The desire for something different and yet still more attractive seems to have been the motive behind this design in which wide siding instead of stucco has been used on the popular English type of bungalow with chimney in front and graceful sweep to a patio on the side.

This house is an example of a type that looks best and most inviting when set down close to the grade line. The plan is a very simple arrangement that has proved to be very well-liked. The position of the dining room with wide opening to a large living room and flooded with light from the rear gives an effect of spaciousness that is remarkable for the size of the house. 

Vintage bungalow with white siding and green roof

Compact Colonial cottage design with 5 rooms

Compact Colonial cottage (1930s)

James vintage home style with castle detail (1933)

Here the designer has shown us an exterior of much merit in composition and has pictured it most charmingly. The walls are of brick in various soft, mellow, red tones, laid in a white mortar. The roof is of brown fire-resistant shingles, staggered.

James vintage home style with castle detail (1933)

Vintage Garlinghouse cottage home with native stone

This lovely cottage with a painted native stone exterior reflects the charm and sturdiness of the homes of our forefathers.

The floor plan comprises six very fine large rooms, two baths, and large closets. A large attic is reached by the stairs going up from the hall.

Vintage Garlinghouse cottage home with native stone

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1930s Hiawatha brick home design

This house has met with instant popularity, because of its attractive exterior and the efficiency of both layouts shown.

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The Hiawatha

Classic English-style cottage exterior & plan (1930s)

This English-type cottage presents a charm seldom surpassed by other common types. This is one of the new bungalows that has a hospitable atmosphere because of its simplicity. Its quaint-ness is pronounced, and also because it is well planned, very attractive, and “cozy looking” it has become immediately popular.

The interior is just as charming, with the dining room occupying the front of the house and, following the new vogue, separated somewhat from the living room. The accessibility of all rooms of the house from the hall is splendid. For those who wish to finish the upstairs immediately, we show a second-floor plan containing two bedrooms, bath, and sewing room.

Classic English-style cottage plan (1930s)

The Rosewood 1930s home style

IN THIS Sterling creation, its designers have achieved beauty, architectural distinction, and the utmost in interior convenience at a price that is made possible only by scientific planning and manufacturing methods. Two-floor plans of different sizes are provided, either of them reversible, but showing the same clever arrangement of the rooms.

Finished with our 8-inch clear Cedar siding, the Rosewood attains an exterior of beauty and character equaled only by homes costing a great deal more than the modest price we ask. Sterling quality and labor-saving methods make the Rosewood an investment really worthwhile. The pergola over the entrance drive may be furnished at additional cost.

The Rosewood - vintage 1930s home plans

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Distinctive English-style 1930s home design

In the rivalry for distinctive homes, unique effects can always be had by some very simple applications of details to a design which ordinarily would appear quite conventional.

Covering a comparatively small area, but adhering to the popular demand for a large living room with fireplace, the plan was laid out very skillfully utilizing every inch of space. With two bedrooms and bath occupying the side wing, a central dining room, and a well-planned kitchen with breakfast nook, you have a home that will give complete satisfaction.

Distinctive English-style 1930s home design

The Leicester vintage house architecture

Six-room house with sun porch and sleeping porch. A home in English style designed by an architect (Leland Lyon) for his own use.

The Leicester

Old-fashioned Monterey-style home floor plan (1930s)

This beautiful design is reminiscent of the Monterey type of architecture. The construction is painted brick veneer. There are seven fine large rooms, baths and ample closet space. A large recreation room is located in the basement. This design is practical for any locality.

Old-fashioned Monterey-style home floor plan (1930s)

Vintage 1930s house plan for a 2-bedroom brick house

Vintage 1930s house plan for a 2 bedroom brick house

Colonial home style in the Mount Vernon style (1936)

The design of this Colonial residence, Mount Vernon style, was based owner’s desire to carry forward some of the features which existed in the old family homestead built on the site of the present campus of the University of Texas.

In this way “a strong sentimental tie was established between the designs of the two houses” which, according to the architect, is “an interesting background for a good design.”

Included in the cost of the residence is a 3-car garage design and construction is practically the same as the residence. Completed in 1932, the total cost was $12,600. The cubic contents are 45,430 feet and the price per cubic foot is about 28 cents.

Colonial home in the Mount Verion style (1936)

Old-fashioned home design for a 2-story house (1930s)

Always a popular type, this stylish design will stand out prominently in any block of homes.

There is something irresistibly attractive when you view the actual home alongside others. Possibly it is the artistic effect gained with the sweeping roofline in combination with the peak heads that match up perfectly, which lends to this home a mark of distinction. In fact, the whole architecture of the home speaks for individuality.

This house also possesses an unusually well-planned interior with living and dining rooms both large, a very serviceable kitchen, breakfast nook adjoining, and a first-floor toilet conveniently placed in the rear entry. There are three bedrooms upstairs, with bath and linen closet in the hall.

Old-fashioned home design for a 2-story house (1930s)

Quaint 1930s guest house design & floorplan

Set in a groove of giant Oak Trees, this guest house on Mr Rutledge’s estate is approached through a small, charming front-door garden.

Its location made possible the beautifully designed living and dining room bays. The porch beside fining room may be used for meals in the open air.

The main bedrooms are on the first floor with a connecting bathroom, marked “B” on the plans. The house contains 38,000 cubic feet and cost approximately 40 cents a cubic foot to build, a total of $15,200. It was completed in December 1935.

Quaint 1930s guest home design and floorplan

Simple brick home design from 1938

Simple, yet pleasing in its lines, the proportions and details have been carefully studied.

The treatment of the porch off the side with cement floor, and latticed columned effect is pleasing. The extra-long living room with an attractive brick fireplace, and wide-cased opening separating the living and dining room, at once gives the visitor an idea of spaciousness.

The brick has been carried around the entire house, one soldier course, harmonizing with the roof and awnings. This home as illustrated was built without a basement, but a stairway could be taken off the rear end of the dining room, and a full basement was provided.

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Simple brick home design from 1938

Vintage 30s house with secondhand brick exterior

SECOND-HAND brick, with its irregular, rounded edges was used over the cinder block in the construction of this house. The photograph shows the interesting surface texture secured in this way.

Another feature contributing to its fire-safe construction is the use of steel bar joists under the floors in place of the usual wooden timbers. The plans, particularly in the allotment of closet space, are unusually well-developed. The fireplace in the master’s bedroom is cheerful addition. 

This house contains 36,500 cubic feet. It cost 33 cents a cubic foot to build and was completed in 1934 at a cost of $12,000.

Vintage 30s home with secondhand brick exterior

1930s Georgian home style

The Georgian Revival home style became popular in the 1930s as homeowners sought a blend of traditional elegance with a sense of grandeur. These homes were marked by their symmetrical design, brick exteriors, elaborate entranceways, and classic details, echoing the Georgian period of the 18th century.

The principal rooms of this Georgian house and the porch and second-story sun deck overlook a small lake to which the property falls shortly beyond the rear of the house.

This side of the house also has the advantage of the prevailing breezes and the greatest sunlight. The house faces northeast and between it and the road are seventy-five feet of level lawn.

The lavatory and kitchen are separated from the front hall by a small foyer which permits access to the basement recreation room without entering the kitchen. There is also a ping-pong room and laundry in the basement. The house was completed in 1935.

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1930s Georgian home style

Old house plan from the 30s: The Dresden

RIGHT before you is one of the most attractive and pleasant modern homes that the best traditions of design and scientific planning can produce. The peaked roof, with the long and graceful sweep of the entry, make this one of the most beautiful designs of the English type of home

The closet placed at the left of the entry, is a convenient feature that will be greatly appreciated by any family with growing children. Plan “A” offers a more informal, but convenient arrangement of a Dinette and Kitchen, while Plan “B” provides larger bedrooms and a living room, as well as the more conventional dining room adjacent to the kitchen

With the Plan “B” arrangement, provision is made for two extra bedrooms on the second floor, which can be built either at the same time as the rest of the house or at a later, convenient date. From the point of view of the beauty of design and construction value, this attractive home offers a value that would be hard to DRESDEN beat at any price.

The Dresden - vintage 1930s home plans

Architectural research house in Los Angeles (1936)

AN EXAMPLE of the work of one of our greatest modern architects, this research house “laboratory” for testing new planning principles, new materials and new methods of construction. Mr Neutra has both his studio and his residence here.

Four separate housing units, each distinctly different in its function, are united under one roof. The left half of the first floor plan shows a scheme for a bachelor’s dwelling, while the right half represents the “irreducible minimum” in facilities for living, sleeping, bathing and cooking.

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The left half of the second floor was designed as a suite of living quarters, including a large porch and a roof garden. The right half is developed as a sleeping unit with two bedrooms and a bath.

Built on a standardized wood and steel frame, the walls and roof of the house are compositions, the floors concrete slab on precast concrete joists. It is noteworthy that the use of strictly modern materials throughout this modern house permitted it to be built for 34 cents a cubic foot. The structure contains 31,000 cubic feet, which brings the total cost to $10,540.

Architectural research house in Los Angeles (1936)

The small Cordova home with siding

An outstanding and desirable home. The vestibule front entrance together with the closed-in porch, on which you could sit and while away the long summer evenings, lend charm to this Colonial design. The large front stationary window in the living room too, adds charm to this home.

A choice of two efficient floor plans is offered, either of which can be erected at a moderate cost. Plan A differs from Plan B in that it includes a dining alcove between the living room and the kitchen. Imagine this cozy room daintily furnished with a modern dining set and with curtains to harmonize.

Also note the splendid bedrooms with the roomy closets and the additional closet for linens in the hallway. The attic space in either plan can be made available by the use of a stairway and door leading to it just over the cellar stairway at a small additional cost.

The Cordova - vintage 1930s home plans

Vintage 1930s home in Washington DC suburbs

SITUATED in a suburb of Washington, D. C., this little Southern Colonial house overlooks the Potomac River and the town of Alexandria, Va.

The screened porch beside the living room and the dining room was planned to take full advantage of this view. The design shows the tapering chimneys and stepped roof line so typical of Southern Colonial architecture.

In this house, despite its moderate cost and apparent smallness, there is a great deal of space, as a study of the plans will show. The arrangement of two bedrooms with an adjacent bath on the cach floor is convenient and economical.

The house was completed on June 15, 1936. It contains 26,000 cubic feet and, at 44 cents per cubic foot, it cost $11,500 to build.

Vintage 1930s home in Washington DC suburbs

The Claridge small ’30s home floorplan

THE Claridge attracts instant attention because it is different, interesting, and well-balanced. It presents a cozy appearance and at the same time is practical, roomy and convenient. And note the good-looking Colonial doorway. Shutters and flower-box furnished with this home in connection with the 8″ wide siding, permits contrast to the color scheme, and makes this home truly distinctive.

Two sizes are offered. The Living Rooms are of ample size while in Plan “A” the Living Room is given additional spaciousness by the alcove-type dinette. The kitchens, too, in line with the latest trend, are at the front of the home. The bedrooms are large and airy and convenient access to the bathroom is provided.

The Claridge - vintage 1930s home plans

Cute 30s bungalow with covered portico (1938)

From the covered portico with a terrace on each side, one enters directly into the living room. The dining room is to the rear. Off the dining room is a screened-in porch, while another screened-in porch is provided off the rear bedroom.

Both bedrooms are large with plenty of light. There is an additional bedroom provided on the second floor. A full basement gives plenty of storage space, as well as a laundry, fruit, and vegetable room, and furnace room.

With exterior walls, a light cream color, a red roof, and Colonial details, this home is particularly pleasing.

Cute 30s bungalow with covered portico (1938)

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