From the French House Plans Series -
A Mas de Provence.......
4266 sf of enclosed space - 4
Bedrooms - 4.5 Baths - Family Room & Office
Width 63 feet - Depth 64 feet
Construction Plans Sets from $775.00
Our Mas de Provence - Mediterranean French House Plans.....
A Villa from Provence. Based on the traditional French Country
House of the Lower Rhone Valley, this two story tile roofed structure was
designed around a central courtyard providing access to all the main living
functions. Private and stately like its predecessors, the home carries the
Old World feeling throughout the interior spaces. The front door opens onto
a soaring 20 foot plus clerestory with iron railed staircase and gallery
specifically designed for the display of art. Light filters through
authentic French Oak doors and windows at both floors to fill the entry with
light. Both the Living Room and Kitchen have high lofted ceilings and
exposed beams to a height of 18 feet. A first floor Office with separate
entry provides a convenient work-at-home space and the first floor guest
suite keeps the second floor private for the family. Formal dining
overlooks the courtyard as does the huge French Style Country Kitchen. The
Kitchen with built-in seating at both the bar and in the banquet provides a
real home-within-a-home for entertaining or casual dining and breakfast. You can read more about
the "Mas" in the
life of Provence in our short History of
the French Mas below.
The Mas de Provence Floor Plans are shown below. Study plans and
Construction drawings are available to purchase at
Mas de Provence - Mediterranean
French House Plans
For no less than 2000 years the French, and the Gauls before them, have
farmed the lands of Provence and Languedoc.
Over this period a distinctive
residence evolved for the peasant farmer, a home rectangular or u-shaped in
plan with walls of natural stone or stucco and roofs of clay tile. The homes
were nearly always two storied. Farmer and barnyard animals alike shared
the 1st floor, while the 2nd floor was filed with bedrooms, food storage and
often silkworm nurseries.
Although original Mas French House Plans are seldom available, the Mas
design was a marvel of natural adaption. The main entrance faced South to
protect from the northern winds of the Mistral. For that reason there were
normally no windows on the North elevation. What windows there were on the
South facade, were small and narrow to protect from the heat of the
Provincial sun. The farms were largely self-sufficient producing fruit,
vegetables, grain and meat, as well as, silk for income. The storing of
food and animals inside was necessary in a rural and vandal-ridden
countryside. The barnyards were often surrounded in secure, stonewalls,
creating what the French call a ¡¡ãclo¡¡À.
In the later part of the 19th century when many were leaving the
farms and the industrial movement was beginning, an artistic and literary
style commenced in Europe, which would romanticize the bucolic life of the
farmer and his environment. Influenced by the Romantic movement and seeking
a less hectic life, young aristocrats and the ¡¡ãnew rich¡¡À from England turned
to the fields of Provence. They began to acquire the French farms as
summer homes and estates and, as such, the redefinition of the ¡¡ãFrench Mas¡¡À
began. Throughout the 20th century the Mas continued its appeal and
admirers from many nations now consider a Mas in Provincial France the
idyllic summer home.
The ¡¡ãtypical¡¡À modern Mas has been transformed with the addition of large
French doors, shuttered windows, flowered balconies and swimming pools into
a form of manor house. A distinctive element of all Mas are its tall wood
shutters on every opening. The shutters, being the only source of color on
the buildings, are always a faded green or light blue color. The ancient
walls are often covered in vines with very little stone or stucco left
exposed. Roofs are always of red barrel tile supported by old wooden soffit
beams at the eaves. Here and there one finds an element of classicalism
such as a Greek pediment over a door or a stone quoin on a corner but for
the most part the Mas is without architectural ornamentation.
The interior surfaces of a Mas are usually quite rustic. Floors are tiled
with unpolished French clay, sometimes accented with small blue and white
porcelain tiles. The walls are rough stucco and the ceilings framed in
rough-hewn beams and exposed wood planking. Kitchens are rather randomly
laid out as if they had been built over many centuries. Storage spaces for
closets and kitchens are mostly made up of wooden placards placed over
stuccoed openings for an organic built-in look.
Although many new versions of French House Plans are available, they
rarely have much in common with the original Mas de Provence. We have
attempted to capture the essence of a French Country Villa without losing
that original charm. AS in the original our u-shaped Mas creates a central
courtyard (or Clo) that becomes the primary living space for the home.
Provincial French living revolves around outdoor living and a shaded corner
of the courtyard usually creates the home¡¯s main dining area. The living
room and kitchen face directly on the courtyard, reinforcing the
indoor-outdoor space theme. A fountain or pool in the courtyard is a