West Indies Home Plans
West Indies is a term to describe the British islands in and around the Caribbean, where this style of architecture started in the British Caribbean colonies during the late 18th & 19th centuries. The settlers of these Caribbean islands originally imported the formal architecture they were accustom to, but over time it was adapted to a less formal style of life that we all know and appreciate while visiting an islands today. Some of the islands that feature West Indies style homes are The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands, Saint Kitts, Grenada, and Dominica to name a few. This style house plan includes spaces defined by columns, louvers, railings and shutters. Most floor plans feature inviting outdoor living areas, covered porches and no shortage of windows and sliding glass doors. The exterior often offers the first floor finished in stucco and the second floor with siding, soffits that are adorned with tongue and groove roof decking and then topped by a metal roof. These homes also feature distinctive West Indies elements such as large wooden verandahs, herringbone patterned railings and vaulted ceilings. Although not new, the West Indies architecture has been a popular style in Florida and other coastal communities. Click to see the details and floor plans for the West Indies house plans below.