Farmhouse style plans are as varied as the regional farms they once presided over. Farmhouse style plans are similar to Country style designs in the emphasis on woodsy informality though they derive more specifically from 19th century farmhouses. Farmhouse style plans bring to mind an old-fashioned sense of home with the family gathered around the hearth or the kitchen table -- now usually an island or eating bar. In contrast to ranch style houses, which are usually one story, farmhouses are usually two-story. Wood-frame construction and finishes, gable roofs, and generous porches provide a homey feel to Farmhouse style home designs, allowing the house to fit into a wide variety of settings. Farmhouse floor plans are usually square or symmetrically shaped, sometimes with side wings. Farmhouse designs often include deep and wide wrap-around front porches with spindlework and brackets. The typical large farmhouse footprint is well suited to large lots and examples of farmhouse style homes can be found in most regions of the country. The farmhouse plan is now used in urban areas as well, and is ideal for homeowners who would like to experience an informal country lifestyle.