The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem offers homeowners a chance to roll up their sleeves and get engaged in the home building process. Whether you're having your first home built -- or you're ready for your dream home -- Ply Gem offers the products and the tools necessary to visualize the outcome -- before the first sawdust flys.
We partnered with one of the nation's leading architectural firms to create some of the nation's most sought after home designs to showcase what's possible using our Designed Exterior concept. For each, we focused on a single architectural style achieved with low maintenance products. And of course, because the products are from Ply Gem, you can be sure that all product selections are available through North America.
Discover the Possibilities
The Craftsman style soared in popularity in the early 20th century. Craftsman houses are characterized by a low-pitched gable roof, which may also be hipped. Wide eaves are unenclosed, typically featuring exposed rafters to show off the craftsmanship of the builder. Decorative beams or brackets also are often included under gables. Covered porches, either full- or partial-length, usually have roofs supported by tapered square columns with exaggerated bases that extend all the way to the ground. These columns may have decorative wood, stone or cobblestone pillars or pedestals that contrast with clapboard exterior cladding.
Prairie-style home plans came of age around the turn of the twentieth century. Often associated with one of the giants in design, Frank Lloyd Wright, prairie-style houses were designed to blend in with the flat prairie landscape. The typical prairie-style house plan has sweeping horizontal lines and wide open floor plans. Other common features of this style include overhanging eaves, rows of small windows, one-story projections and in many cases a central chimney.
Rooted in the rural French countryside, the French Country style includes both modest farmhouse designs as well as estate-like chateaus. At its roots, the style exudes a rustic warmth and comfortable designs. Typical design elements include curved arches, soft lines and stonework. Inside, you’ll find wood beams, plaster walls and stone floors as common thematic features.