Month: February 2022

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House Plan Spotlight: Cape Cod Design

At Frank Betz Associates, we design homes in a variety of styles. One of our most popular is the Cape Cod home design. Though the style is quintessentially American, the first Cape Cods were developed by early settlers from England in the 1600s. Partially inspired by the simple, thatched cottages common in Britain, the settlers adapted the simple symmetric design to keep out harsh New England winters. In fact, everything about the Cape Cod style was adopted for its function rather than its form. 


Cape Cod House Plans


A traditional Cape Cod-style house is a low, broad, single-story frame building with a moderately steep pitched gabled roof, and very little ornamentation. It usually features a central front door flanked by multi-paned windows either singly or in pairs. There may or may not be shutters but there is typically a covered front porch. Modern Cape Cods may feature steeper pitches creating enough room for a second-story living space under the roof.


Cape Cod-style homes have always been popular for the visual appeal of their high roof lines and attractive dormers, as well as their efficient floorplans. They may be designed with one or more bedrooms on the first floor, with additional bedrooms on the second floor. 


Capes are particularly well-suited to level or down-sloping lots. Our Cape Cods here at Frank Betz Associates come in a variety of sizes, from a cozy 1,085 square feet to a palatial 4,797 square feet. And we can customize them to fit your needs perfectly! Here are a few examples of our most popular Cape Cod house plans:


Beacon Falls – Warm & Inviting

3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bedrooms | 2,216 Sq. Ft.

  • Loft Area
  • Optional Bonus Room


Nesbit Ferry – Open & Airy

3-4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 2,409 Sq. Ft.

  • Large Rear Porch
  • Study Nook


Springdale Farm – Classic Styling

4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2,551 Sq. Ft.

  • 3 Outdoor Living Areas
  • Option Bonus Room
  • Tech Center


Interested in building a brand new, Cape Cod-inspired home? Contact us for all the details and options; we’d love to help!

Beautiful Photos of Finished Homes

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the images of these three finished house plans are priceless. Even with the best renderings, it can sometimes be hard to imagine a completed home. That’s why we’re so excited to share these pictures of the Northfield Manor, the Gulfport, and Hickory Flat house plans. We extensively photographed these homes so you can see how they look when finished, in real life. After all, seeing is believing!


Northfield Manor

4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Baths | 3,8,78 Sq. Ft.


A stunning home with details for days, the Northfield Manor is the embodiment of casual elegance coupled with high style. This Craftsman-style home has unforgettable curb appeal with a wide, covered front porch supported by solid wood columns, a roofline of various pitches, and real stone accents. Inside, the family room is impressive, with a coffered ceiling and transom windows that offer stunning views of the back deck and your yard beyond. The owner’s suite will envelop you in its spacious bedroom with tray ceiling, private sitting area, luxurious bathroom, and deep walk-in closet. There’s more than enough space for every member of your family plus all your guests who will surely visit often.



4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2,993 Sq. Ft.


The steeply pitched roof and low slung porches of the Gulfport make for the perfect, classic, low country profile. Here, the front AND back porches are large enough to double as living spaces, while the interior gives you so much room to both spread out and come together. Whether you enjoy hosting formal dinner parties, or just inviting friends over to watch the game (or both!), there’s a space that’s perfect for every activity. The first-floor owner’s suite is secluded and elegant, while the upstairs bedrooms are spacious and private, with none sharing any walls. There’s an option to add a large bonus room above the garage that can serve any purpose you wish.


Hickory Flat

4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2,205 Sq. Ft.


The perfect blend of rustic and modern, the Hickory Flat offers casual living spaces with high design sensibility. Family or guests, everyone will want to gather ‘round the gorgeous center kitchen island, whether it’s to help out with dinner, linger for drinks and conversation, or just for the prime views of your gorgeous living space in this delightful, open-concept home. Most of the living and relaxing happens on the first floor, with a single bedroom and large bonus room occupying the second. This upstairs space would be perfect as a guest suite, in-law suite, or even a teenager’s bedroom. The covered back porch and vaulted, screened porch are made for living outdoors, which, in this home, is just as comfortable as inside.


If you love what you see, and you’d like more information about building these three floorplans, or you’d like to see images of any of our other popular house plans, please contact us; we’d love to help!

Remembering Frank Betz

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Betz, founder of Frank Betz Associates and a pioneer in the residential design industry since 1976. Frank was an innovator, great talent, and nimble businessman. He will be terribly missed, though he has left us an extraordinary legacy to carry forward.


Frank graduated from college in 1976 with a degree in architectural and civil engineering technology. He immediately went to work for a convenience store developer, but was not satisfied. He felt the strings of entrepreneurship pulling, and set out on his own as an illustrator/renderer and draftsman. In April of 1980 he founded Frank Betz Associates (FBA) in Atlanta, GA. 


This was a time of great economic growth and development for the City of Atlanta and its suburbs. FBA thrived by servicing the home building industry with design, drafting, and advertising offerings. His client list grew quickly and included many of the top real estate developers in the region.


Spurred by suburban housing development, FBA flourished from 1988-1992 when the company entered the stock house plan business by partnering with third-party publishers and publishing its own catalog of in-house plans. For over 10 years, from 1993 until the mid-2000s, FBA was named “Best Selling Designer” by Builder magazine. The company is also an Aurora Award winner, among many others. 


Frank Betz continued leading FBA until his semi-retirement in 2004. He maintained his interest in the company and provided strategic advice and support while dabbling in other business ventures, including real estate development and restaurant ownership. In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and putting on his best poker face in Las Vegas. Frank was a generous and fun-loving person who enjoyed all aspects of work and life. 


Today, Frank Betz Associates’ solid reputation and respected status in the industry remains because of Frank’s creative vision, strong foundation, and exemplary work. The team today is proud to uphold the values and traditions he instilled in the company from the very beginning as we maintain his legacy and move the company forward. We are proud designers and drafters and look forward to continuing to provide expert services to home builders and homeowners alike in the memory of Frank Betz.