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Stylish and Affordable: Cheapest House Plans to Build

May 30, 2019
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By Courtney Pittman

Looking to build the home of your dreams without spending a million bucks? Good news! Some of our cheapest house plans and home designs are full of style, charm, and affordability. Many of our designs feature open concept floor plans, which help cut back on building costs. Another perk? Open floor plans make homes feel larger than they actually are. When a home feels larger, you can build smaller (and cheaper!). Other budget-friendly features include: smaller footprints, simple designs, and smart material choices. Constructing an impressive and practical residence can be both a reality AND affordable. We’ve rounded up our favorite home designs that are full of affordable luxury (aka cheapest house plans) and smart features.

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This terrific house design (plan 23-2631 ) offers an uncomplicated design that is full of style. A small footprint and easygoing floor plan make this house plan design both affordable and modern. Win, win! Multiple outdoor areas grant homeowners even more livable space, while connecting the indoors and out for seamless entertaining.

The cheapest house to build doesn't have to be small. Plan 569-40 is perfect for a bigger (or growing) family that wants to have space – without spending an arm and a leg to get it. With two stories, this home saves space (and cash) and is great for a narrow lot. The super simple design and open layout (above) lend a spacious feeling, while cutting back on costs.

Sliding glass doors (pictured above) open right up to the outdoor dining and living area, extending the living space with ease and functionality. A guest suite on the first floor could also be used as an extra bedroom, home office, playroom…the options are endless!

Plan 924-3 (above) is a modern design that makes the most of its small footprint. Plenty of outdoor living spaces deliver a relaxed attitude and make outdoor entertaining a breeze. Bring on the porch hangs! Inside, a spacious kitchen and great room open to one another for a seamless flow.

The main living area features high ceilings, which allow the space to feel open and airy. Organization is made easy with built-ins in the living room (pictured above). Tucked away to the left of the floor plan, the master suite enjoys privacy and opens to the patio.

Here’s a plan (plan 23-2653 ) that combines the comfort of a bungalow and the convenience of a contemporary floor plan. The heart of this home is the island kitchen, living, and dining spaces. All opening to one another, these rooms are perfect for livability and seamless entertaining. Two bedrooms and a bathroom reside to the left of the floor plan.

Plan 23-2652 delivers major curb appeal – neighbors and passersby will constantly compliment you on your lovely ranch home. Inside, a large living room opens to the well-equipped kitchen (which includes a large island and eating bar), and dining room (perfect for hosting elegant dinners). The master suite and second bedroom are located to the left of the floor plan and share a generously sized bath.

This L-shaped ranch home design (plan 888-5 ) includes covered porches on several sides for seamless connections between the interior and exterior.

Inside, opening to the great room, a two-tiered island is the only thing separating the kitchen from the rest of the main living areas. Warm up by the cozy fireplace that is centered on a floating hearth for seating and display. For added convenience, the laundry room is located in the bedroom wing, while the master suite is quietly tucked away at the rear of the plan.

This one-story design (plan 21-454 ) feels fresh and current, with vertical and horizontal siding and a cute metal roof accent – adding farmhouse flair. Inside, a vaulted ceiling gives an airy feeling to the great room and dining area, with the island kitchen overlooking it all. Owners will enjoy their five-piece master bathroom. Clever storage details include space for linen in the hall bathroom, a counter for folding in the laundry room, and extra storage in the garage.

Super-open, super-relaxed, and super-inviting, this modern farmhouse (plan 888-7 ) represents a great twist on traditional style. The master suite opens out back to a large lanai, which also is accessed from the spacious great room for easy indoor-outdoor living. Everyone can hang out here or at the snack bar in the open kitchen. Fun! An open layout throughout the main living areas invites a casual and relaxed lifestyle.

This graceful ranch home ( 47-1023 ) offers plenty of thoughtful touches. Vaulted ceilings in the great room, country kitchen, and master bedroom add a dimension of extra space. Relax in the master suite's tub, where a bayed window gives a lovely view of the backyard. Check out the spacious laundry room/mudroom too.

Beginning with a generous front porch, this affordable home design (plan 489-10 ) is detailed in comfort. On the exterior, a gable roof flanked by tapered columns, and glass panes in the upper third part of the front door, render a Craftsman aesthetic to this home.

Inside, beautiful details such as a colonnade separating the breakfast room and flex room (and contains built-in cabinetry for extra storage), or the built-in window seat/bench in the breakfast room (space saver), all make this plan cozy, elegant, and charming.

Here’s a warm and welcoming bungalow design ( 48-666 ) that makes the most of its small (960 square feet) footprint. Open interior spaces allow this home to feel bigger than it actually is. A built-in guest bed and shelves maximizes space and storage options. Front and rear porches lend plenty of outdoor space and extended living.

Stylish and sensible, this narrow home plan ( 23-2677 ) makes the most of its square footage with an airy layout. A large kitchen island conveniently opens to the great room (and dining area) for effortless gatherings. The master suite is located on the left wing of the first floor (away from the other bedrooms) – creating a quiet oasis for owners. Stressful day? Kick back and relax on the cute front porch at the end of a long day.

Upstairs, a generous bonus space can be used as a game room, guest suite, or home office. Two more bedrooms are housed to the right of the floor plan on this level.

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