Build a Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Dream Home

Home Plans For Prairie, Craftsman, Usonian, and Other Frank Lloyd Wright Styles

So you've fallen in love with Graycliff, the very first Frank Lloyd Wright house you've ever been in. You are attracted to that rambling, comfortable Prairie School Style.  Wouldn't it be nice if you could just copy his blueprints and build a brand new house, exactly like one Wright designed? Sorry. It's illegal to copy his original plans—the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation keeps a tight rein on intellectual property rights. However, you can build a house that is inspired by the work of the famous American architect. 

To build a new house that resembles a Frank Lloyd Wright original, check out these reputable publishers. They offer Prairie, Craftsman, Usonian, and other styles designed with organic architecture in mind. Old ways are new again.

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Detail of horizontal and vertical lines of the Andrew F.H. Armstrong House by Frank Lloyd Wright
Andrew F.H. Armstrong House in Ogden Dunes, Indiana by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1939. Photo by Farrell Grehan / Corbis Documentary / Getty Images

Here's a wonderful collection of linear, land-hugging homes similar to Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie style houses. You will think you're in the Robie House original.

What to look for in a Wright design? Look at the details of Wright's Andrew F.H. Armstrong home shown here. Built in Indiana in 1939, this private home has the iconic combination of vertical and horizontal lines—simple geometric forms made interesting.

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Boxy, multi-story Hills-Decaro House in Oak Park, Illinois remodel design by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1906
Hills-Decaro House in Oak Park, Illinois remodel design by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1906. Photo by Peter Ptschelinzew / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images

With strong horizontal lines, wide porches, and cantilevered floors, these plans do a good job of reflecting Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas. The plan collection includes nice examples of the classic American Foursquare home, also known as the "Prairie Box."

Early in his career in 1906, Wright remodeled the Edward R. Hills House shown here. He was forever experimenting with styles, creating and then modifying the architecture box.

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The Bulbulian House in Rochester, Minnesota, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1947
The Bulbulian House in Rochester, Minnesota, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1947. Photo by Thomas A. Heinz / Passage / Getty Images (cropped)

In this collection, the sweeping horizontal lines of Prairie architecture mingle with Ranch styles and modernist ideas.

Shown here is the one-story rambling Usonian style Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Dr. Arthur Bulbulian in 1947. Wright's homes inspired the more simple Ranch style and may be what we remember most about Wright's work.

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Entrance to the Gregor Affleck House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1941
Entrance to the Gregor Affleck House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1941. Photo by Farrell Grehan / Corbis Documentary / Getty Images

"Your new home starts here" according to homeplans.com. This group has pushed Wright's envelope to include the Craftsman Prairie, the Eye-Catching Prairie Two Story, and the Prairie Style C-Shaped Home. That's a lot of prairies.

The 1941 Gregor Affleck House shown here points out another consideration of Wright's architecture—the beauty is not only in the design, but also in the materials. You can hardly go wrong with natural wood, stone, and brick.

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British-born architect Sarah Susanka, FAIA, author of the Not So Big House series
British-born architect Sarah Susanka, FAIA, author of the Not So Big House series. Press photo of Sarah Susanka by Taylor Johnson (cropped)
Many of the home designs by architect Sarah Susanka reflect Frank Lloyd Wright ideas. Take special note of the Prairie-inspired houses from Susanka's books, including the Not So Big House series.