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1 Bedroom House Plans
Some homes aim for simplicity, an intimate space to rest for busy people on the go. A one-bedroom home plan may be perfect for a vacation retreat, a small cottage in the woods at a hunting camp or a fishing hut by the sea. One bedroom house plans also work for guest houses or pool houses. House styles that lend themselves well to a one-bedroom interpretation include cabins, bungalows, cottages, and ranch homes. If this home is an add-on to a larger structure, consider incorporating some of the same architectural elements to provide cohesiveness. An open layout makes the most of every square foot in a one bedroom house plan. Some homes, especially A-frames or cottages, may have a loft above to create more space for storage or guests. For additional living space, build a deck out back that takes advantage of vacation views. A garage apartment may have a second-story deck that overlooks the rear yard.
1 Story House Plans
One story house plans are convenient and economical, as a more simple structural design reduces building material costs. Single story house plans are also more eco-friendly because it takes less energy to heat and cool, as energy does not dissipate throughout a second level. Because they are well suited to aging in place, 1 story house plans are better suited for Universal Design. The number of stairs is minimized or eliminated, making it easier to navigate the home on foot or in a wheelchair, and one level makes for easier upkeep. Although one story house plans can be compact, square footage does not have to be minimal. Ranch homes can be rambling on a wide lot, as can Mediterranean homes that feature courtyards and plenty of outdoor living space. Styles better suited to a smaller one story home are Cape Cod, Cottage, and Bungalow, which are quaint and cozy with distinct architectural details. Single story house plans often need to be constructed on a larger lot, as it takes more land to build out rather than up, but this could be the perfect opportunity to maximize outdoor living space. Add a large patio at the rear, or possibly a pool to entertain children and guests.
2 Bedroom House Plans
Two-bedroom floor plans are perfect for empty nesters, singles, couples, or young families buying their first home. There is less upkeep in a smaller home, but two bedrooms still allow enough space for a guest room, nursery, or office. One bedroom is usually larger, serving as the master suite for the homeowners. Two bedroom home plans may have the master suite on the main level, with the second bedroom upstairs or on a lower level with an auxiliary den and private bath. Alternatively, a one story home plan will have living space and bedrooms all on one level, providing a house that is accessible and convenient. This may be the best layout for an aging population to avoid excessive stairs and to ease the burden of upkeep. Many house styles can be built as a two-bedroom home, but the most common are ranch, Cape Cod, bungalow, cottage and Tidewater. These styles of homes tend to have a smaller floor plan with less square footage. The exterior can be designed with charming details to accentuate the smaller scale of the home, such as a front portico or entry porch. Add shutters, dormers, decorative stonework, or shingles to present a welcoming façade. Many vacation homes also work well with a 2 bedroom plan, since smaller homes require less routine maintenance, giving you more time to relax. Place one bedroom on the main level and build a second-story loft to house the other bedroom, or utilize attic space with dormers to create a cozy refuge for children. Outdoor living space will make two-bedroom homes feel larger, as a rear deck or porch will be an extension of the home for entertaining and relaxation.
2 Story House Plans
The majority of homes, built both today and in the past, have two story plans, as this provides a traditional layout with bedrooms on the second floor and living space below. A more modern take on the two story house plan places the master suite on the main level, making it easy to age in place later. Some 2 story house plans also feature basements that can be finished to hold more room for entertaining guests, including wet bars, exercise rooms, and more. As you can see, two story house plans are very flexible and well suited to a variety of living situations. We typically think of a single family home in the context of a large family home, but many cities boast townhomes and row houses with compact footprints for narrow lots. These can provide the convenience of two floors without the hassle of a large yard. In cities with minimal space, building up rather than out is a more affordable way to gain square footage and uses the land more efficiently. Almost any style of home can be built as a two story residence, whether contemporary, Craftsman, or traditional. Some styles, like farmhouses, usually have two stories. Inside, the sky is the limit. 2 story home plans can have open concept designs which make smart use of space, especially with island kitchens that provide casual seating at the snack bar. Like a more traditional arrangement with a formal living room? We have that, too. Take a look at our collection of 2 story floor plans and find the perfect 2 story house plan today.
3 Bedroom House Plans
Three-bedroom floor plans are very popular, and it's easy to see why. The versatility of having three bedrooms makes this configuration a great choice for all kinds of families: young families, empty nesters who want a place for their kids to stay when they visit, partners who each want an office…there are many possibilities! A ranch or Cape Cod home may have bedrooms and living space all on one level for convenience and family connectivity. Alternatively, choose a two-story home such as a traditional or Colonial style that often has bedrooms on the second floor and living space below. The master suite can always be placed on the first floor for privacy. You may choose to build an open concept design with the kitchen, dining, and living areas easily accessible. This provides an ideal setting for families to gather while cooking or doing homework, and also makes entertaining easy. Or, perhaps you prefer a more traditional layout, with a separate dining room, living room, and den that allow for distinct formal and informal rooms. If you often have dinner parties, a dining room with access to the kitchen may be the best solution. Exterior details will set your home apart. 3 bedroom house plans can be built in any style, so choose architectural elements that fit your design aesthetic and budget. A ranch home may have simple lines and lack of embellishment, presenting a clean façade, while farmhouse will boast generous porch space for outdoor living. Whatever style you choose, you will have a home that is spacious and budget friendly.
3 Story House Plans
In-town living within the nation's most populated urban areas is made possible with 3+ story floor plans. Cities like New York, Boston, and San Francisco have limited land to accommodate a large and growing population. Density must be addressed, and the most economical and eco-friendly option is to build housing that is 3 or more stories. Building up rather than out minimizes land use and allows housing on a narrow lot. Alternatively, large suburban lots have room for a sprawling home that takes advantage of the luxuries of space. Styles well suited to a 3 story plan are farmhouses, Craftsman homes, and houses built on a sloping lot. Split level homes are usually three levels, with each floor being separated by only a few stairs. This allows for private sleeping, living and entertainment space within a smaller floor plan. Luxury homes such as Victorian styles or mansions have grand living spaces with a second floor for bedrooms and often a third floor that makes use of attic space, turrets and various other nooks for additional rooms. Another popular option for 3 story house plans is to build on a sloping lot to accommodate a walkout basement where both sleeping quarters and entertainment areas can be placed. The kitchen and living areas will be located on the main level, with bedrooms on the second level for privacy. The lower level often opens to a large patio and may feature a home theater, game room or bar for superb entertaining. Building on a waterfront lot? Vacation homes benefit from having multiple stories, since that gives you more height to take advantage of a spectacular view.
4 Bedroom House Plans
As lifestyles become busier for established families with older children, they may be ready to move up to a four bedroom home. 4 bedroom house plans usually allow each child to have their own room, with a generous master suite and possibly a guest room. Empty nesters may also choose to remain in a larger home to allow room for house guests as their extended family grows, or as elderly relatives come to live with them. Some four bedroom homes include in-law suites or apartments. Living on one level is still possible with a rambling ranch home, but four bedroom house plans are often two stories. The master suite may be on the main level or in an opposite wing from secondary bedrooms for privacy. Since they are primarily designed with families in mind, four bedroom floor plans will often have open floor plans with plenty of spaces for the family to gather as well as retreat for homework and downtime. Bonus rooms may be found above the garage or on the lower level to expand as needs demand.
5 Bedroom House Plans
If you’ve got a large family or lots of frequent visitors, check out this collection of 5 bedroom house plans. From modern farmhouses to luxurious one-story designs, there are endless possibilities with a home of this size. Most of these 5 bedroom house plan designs spread out over two or more stories, some with finished basements. Children will have rooms of their own in a 5 bedroom house plan, as well as space to roam and enjoy family time in the open gathering areas. With so many people under one roof, auxiliary rooms such as a mudrooms and laundry, studies and butler's pantries may be welcome additions. That said, there are many wonderful ways to fit five bedrooms into a more modest home. Open layouts make the most of any size home, from small to large. Filter by square footage to find the perfect five bedroom floor plan for you.
A-Frame House Plans
A-Frame homes fit beautifully in any scenic location. With its steeply pitched roof that forms the “A” of the name (sometimes reaching all the way to the ground), these rustic vacation homes usually hold a large window wall that can perfectly frame a lakeside or mountain view. Decks, patios, and porches give plenty of room for outdoor living. Sometimes this style features elements of a Swiss chalet, or the timber of a log cabin. Generally, an A-Frame floor plan features one large open space with living areas on the main level and a loft above for sleeping quarters. The ceiling can be left open to the rafters, further accentuating the A-Frame’s stylistic details, or closed-in for a more traditional look. An island kitchen adds contemporary appeal. Whether you decide to build by the coast or on a mountain top, your new home will be inviting, modern and economical.
Canadian House Plans
Whether you’re building a relaxing vacation home in Ontario’s cottage country, a farmhouse in Alberta, or a Craftsman in British Columbia, our collection of Canadian home plans has you covered. Many of the homes here were created by Canadian designers. Look for 2 x 6 framing options to hold more insulation, along with basements that can be finished now or later. Our modification department can also help you convert measurements on floor plans into metric. From Quebec to Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador to Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and beyond, your source for plans to build in Canada is here.
Cape Cod House Plans
Cape Cod homes are the epitome of post-war American housing and were built prolifically throughout suburban neighborhoods to accommodate growing families. Beginning in the 1940s and continuing to today, modest Cape Cod homes have been built with simplicity and function in mind to evoke Colonial style. These homes are usually one story with a side-gable roof and little embellishment. Sometimes a small front stoop with a gable roof extends from the home to welcome guests and provide shelter from the elements. Although modern Cape Cods are very popular today, this style of home took shape in the early 18th century to suit the long New England winters. Their association with the New England coast also makes them perfect as vacation cottages, sitting nicely on a lakefront lot or by the sea. The floor plans are flexible, as the simple rectangular shape can accommodate a number of interior configurations, both traditional and more modern open layouts.
Chalet House Plans
Chalets originated in the Alps and are distinguished by exposed structural members called half-timbering that are both functional and serve as decoration. Chalet designs gained popularity in the mid-19th century throughout the United States, borrowing from a romantic ideal of contemporary Swiss architecture. The roof of a chalet is low-pitched with wide, overhanging eaves. This architectural element influenced Craftsman and Prairie house styles later in the early 20th century. There is almost always a front gable featuring highly decorative woodwork at the fascia board. The upper floor of a chalet usually projects beyond the story below, with a balcony at the front of the house for leisure and entertaining. The balcony often has a balustrade that is constructed of a flat, cut-out panel, adding to the gingerbread charm. This style of house was traditionally painted on the exterior with murals or faux architectural elements representing quoins, shutters, or ornamental design around windows and doors. Further interest may be added with vertical board-and-batten siding. The Chalet style would make the perfect mountain home for its use of natural materials and allure of the grand Alps. The floor plan of Chalet style houses tends to have less square footage, as they are typically used for vacation homes. That being said, two or more stories are possible with bedrooms on the upper floors that open to the balcony and maximize fairy tale views. The first floor could have an open plan with a central fireplace warming the interior and a spacious kitchen for entertaining guests. Provide 360 degree views with a spacious rear deck to complement the second floor balconies. For styles with similar rustic appeal, check out our collection of log homes, cabin house plans, and A-Frame designs.
Coastal House Plans
Whether your dream home is a lakefront cottage or a beach bungalow, the coastal floor plans collection has you covered. You’ll find terrific outdoor living features in these homes, from wrapping decks to cool porches and more. Coastal floor plans with two stories, three stories, or walkout basements work especially well to capture a view (consider an elevator to make it easier to age in place). Large windows are perfect for letting in cool sea breezes. Looking for more plans like these? Discover our collections of mountain floor plans, lakeside houses, and vacation homes.
Contemporary-Modern House Plans
Contemporary/Modern house plans feature clean lines, large expanses of glass, and interesting rooflines, creating a design aesthetic that speaks of 21st century technology. Modern/Contemporary home plans use a variety of innovative building materials such as fiber cement siding, with steel, concrete, and glass construction. Contemporary or modern floor plans are particularly important to the sustainable design movement. A contemporary house plan's lack of traditional conventions means that the home can be designed around environmental and energy-conservation considerations, with unusual rooflines to accommodate solar panels and windows placed exactly where they need to be to play into passive heating and cooling strategies. Conducive to non-traditional building materials, contemporary and modern home plans may take advantage of the latest technology in recycled and sustainable materials. Contemporary/Modern house floor plans almost always feature an open layout to draw nature inside. Outdoor living space may be the most important feature of a contemporary/modern house plan, as it will be visible through an abundance of windows and should feel like a continuation of the home. Within this collection of Modern/Contemporary house plans, you'll also find sleek A-Frame cabins, modest shed-style homes, and Prairie homes inspired by the timeless designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Cottage House Plans
Affordable to build and full of charm, cottage homes are prized by many as the perfect vacation home or the quintessential style for building on a small lot. Usually one story, and with quaint details such as decorative woodwork, interesting windows, and a varied roofline, cottage house plans present a welcoming façade and a cozy interior. They are well-suited for the coastline, narrow urban lots, or in a suburban neighborhood of smaller traditional homes. Many cottage floor plans have a country look and feel, with front porches and dormers. Other cottage plans reference classic English cottage style, complete with large chimneys and charming shutters. Some modest cottage designs work beautifully for building in a rustic area, like Canada’s cottage country. Cottage home plans often have varied exterior materials, with a mixture of stone, wood siding, or shingles to break up wall surfaces. A small front porch may welcome visitors with a turned balustrade, thin columns, and a front gable roof. Casement windows offer cottage charm, or add decorative detail with leaded glass panes or stained glass windows. The roofline may be hipped, pyramidal, or gabled and often is broken up by attic dormers. These dormers provide additional space to expand upstairs later. While cottage house plans are usually one story, some may have a second floor or a bedroom tucked into the attic. The living space in is relaxed, often with a fireplace as the focal point and nooks provided for an eating area, reading room, or window seat. Expect quaint details to continue to the interior, such as a beamed ceiling, stonework on the fireplace, and transom windows above doorways. Maximize cottage charm with a patio at the rear, extending to gardens beyond with a picket fence as the exterior focal point.
Want a space to grill or barbecue? How about room for some lounge chairs and an umbrella? Or what about that hot tub you’ve always wanted? Whether you’re adding a deck to your new dream home or simply building onto an existing structure, the deck plans in this collection will provide the outdoor living space you’re craving. Decks are especially helpful if you desire livable outdoor space and are working with a hilly or uneven site. From summer parties to stargazing with the kids, a deck gives you the space to make it happen. To see more outdoor living designs, check out our collections of floor plans with patios and floor plans with porches.
Editors' Picks House Plans
Our editors pore over thousands of house plans regularly, from modern farmhouses to charming Craftsman designs and cool modern layouts. Of those, these are their very favorites. What makes the cut? Open layouts, thoughtful storage solutions, and exceptional details. They’re also big kitchen fanatics, so don’t miss the roomy islands in these great designs. Exteriors display the kinds of touches that will set your home apart, like wide porches and outdoor entertaining zones. For more favorites, check out our exclusive designs and the newest floor plans.
English Cottage House Plans
English Cottages were prominent in New England and the South, where settlers drew on the traditions of their homeland to build quaint homes surrounded by lush gardens. Common features of today's English Cottage style home plans include casement windows, shingle siding, charming shutters, and prominent stone-covered chimneys. This style would provide the perfect vacation cottage, or site it on a small urban lot and plant prolific gardens in the English tradition. Like the Tudor style, some cottages may display half timbering on the exterior.
Exclusive House Plans
In this special collection of more than 2,500 plans (including award winners), you’ll find exclusive designs from Frank Betz Associates, Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc., Dan Sater, and Visbeen Architects. These outstanding designers are creating some of today’s most exciting house plans, from sleek modern luxury estates to charming farmhouses – and everything in between. Many of these homes have been photographed inside and out so that you can enjoy a visual tour. You’ll find open concept designs, layouts with master suites on the main floor, in-law suites, and big kitchens with islands. For classic styles with family-friendly layouts, the Frank Betz Associates collection features many two-story homes with three and four bedrooms. Love details like ceiling treatments, screened porches, and flexible rooms? The Donald A. Gardner Architects collection will dazzle you. Designer Dan Sater excels at Mediterranean and Craftsman luxury homes, as well as upscale empty nests and versatile family homes. Meanwhile, Visbeen Architects operates out of Michigan (so you’ll find a wide variety of unique homes for lakefront living) but also designs a variety of splendid Southern-inspired farmhouses.
French Country House Plans
The French Country style of home draws from both the smaller country cottages and large rural estates of France. Imagine quaint details and natural materials paired with masterful gardens for a truly beautiful Old World home. The style is characterized by a steep hipped roof, sometimes with flared eaves, that may be covered with wood shingles or slate. Turrets, finials, and shaped chimneys add interest to the roofline, while bays and decorative windows lend character to the facade. The exterior often features stucco walls and prominent window shutters, with stone sometimes adding rugged curb appeal. This style lends itself to both rural and neighborhood settings – anywhere where you’d like some elegant European style. The floor plan of your French Country home may be formal or informal, depending on your lifestyle. Open up the plan with a large great room and fireplace that connects to the kitchen. Most French Country house plans are two stories and may even have flex space available in the attic due to the steeply pitched roof.
Parking space is just the beginning with these garage plans. Whether you’re looking for a simple one-bay garage or an elaborate structure with room for your RV and a full apartment above, we've got you covered. Need a workshop for the tool enthusiast in your family? How about a quiet home office upstairs? Your in-laws will love the privacy of a garage with an apartment, especially one with a full kitchen and a balcony. The garages in this collection come in a wide range of sizes and styles to match your home perfectly.
Garage Plans with Apartments
Whether you need a private apartment for a live-in relative (or your recently returned college student) or just more storage space, these garage plans with apartments deliver outstanding versatility. You’ll find simple studios, one-bedroom apartments with kitchens, and even two-bedroom units with room for a small family. The garage apartment plans below offer plenty of parking space and sometimes even workshops. Fireplaces, kitchen islands, outdoor living – you’d be surprised at the beautiful details. The exterior styles of garages with apartments range widely to match the architectural look of any home. To see even more garages, check out the garage plans collection.
Green House Plans
Green building is currently the hottest trend in the building industry, and it is sure to stick around as non-renewable energy resources are depleted and we become more aware of our environment. Choose a house plan that will be efficient. All house plans can be constructed using energy efficient techniques such as extra insulation and, where appropriate, solar panels. Many of the homes in this collection feature smaller square footage and simple footprints, the better to save materials and energy for heating and cooling. Window walls can allow for passive solar heating if the home is oriented correctly. Choose 2 x 6 framing or Insulated Concrete Forms for greater insulation, especially in a cold climate. Want to make tweaks like these to your plan for greater efficiency? Our modification service can help. Some of the home plans in this category have been specifically designed to earn certification such as LEED for Homes, a robust program addressing every aspect of a building's envelope, systems and finishes. Whether or not you choose to seek certification, programs such as LEED provide excellent guidelines for building a sustainable home. Requirements vary according to climate zone and even your home's orientation on the lot, so if you are serious about building a green home, consult a building science engineer or green professional for advice on how to build the most eco-friendly home on your lot.
House Plans with Courtyard
Although any style of home can have a courtyard, those homes that reflect a Spanish or Mediterranean influence are best suited for this feature. Courtyards were originally a form of defense, and came after the age of large castles and fortresses, as there was still the idea that your home must be protected within four walls. Today, house plans with courtyard (or courtyard house plans) are also great choices for lots in urban areas, where space and privacy may be in short supply. A courtyard also can buffer the main home from a detached guest suite or in-law suite to give privacy to an older child, relative, or guest, making homes with courtyards great for multi-generational living. The primary function of modern courtyards is to provide a lovely space for outdoor living. Typically rooms are placed off of the courtyard so each area of the house can easily access outdoor living. House plans with courtyards often feature patios, porches, lanais, verandas, and other outdoor living areas. Mediterranean, Italianate, Mission, Spanish, and Adobe homes are most likely feature a courtyard, as this enhances their outdoor living appeal in a warm climate such as Texas or Southern California. The area closest to the kitchen could feature a fireplace for cool nights and a grill or even an outdoor kitchen with protection from the sun.
House Plans with Elevator
It’s smart to think ahead and include an elevator (or space for one via stacking closets that can become an elevator shaft later) if you’re planning on aging in place in your home, or if you anticipate an elderly relative coming to live with you. Accessibility is a key component of Universal Design and aging in place, especially for disabled individuals in wheelchairs or with walkers. Whether you’re interested in Universal Design, or you’re just interested in making everyday living easier, our collection of house plans with elevators is definitely worth checking out. An elevator works especially well for a multilevel home built on a narrow lot, where you may want two or even three stories to maximize the land. Another smart use of an elevator is for vacation homes in scenic waterfront locations, where the top floors have the best views. Ride the elevator up to the rooftop with appetizers in hand and enjoy the coastal views from above. Need to make modifications for ADA compliance or other accessibility issues? Our modification department can help.
House Plans with Fireplace
What’s the easiest way to add drama and focus to your living room? A fireplace! These floor plans all deliver at least one cozy fireplace, and some have more. Outdoor fireplaces make a porch, patio, or lanai usable in multiple seasons, especially if the space is screened. In some traditional designs, an intimate room with a fireplace near the kitchen is called a hearth room and invites cozy chats with friends over a cup of tea. You’ll even find some homes with fireplaces adding romance to the master suite. Love creating warm ambiance during the holidays? Consider a floor plan with the fireplace in the great room. For extra drama, a two-sided, three-sided, or see-through fireplace creates a dazzling focal point. Gas fireplaces are easy to use and maintain, but some homeowners may prefer the alluring crackle of a real wood fireplace. Electric models add versatility for use in many rooms. For a more eco-friendly choice, consider a fireplace that uses ethanol. Explore this hot collection to find your perfect match.
House Plans with Inlaw Suite
Our loved ones are living longer, healthier lives and wish to maintain a flexible and independent lifestyle, but the burden of living alone is often too stressful. Traditionally, and in many countries today, several generations of family live under one roof and depend on each other for care. The grandparents often help raise the young children, and the adults help the grandparents through their elder years. This interdependence builds strong family bonds and teaches children family values. If you have (or will have) multiple generations living under your roof, our collection of house plans with inlaw suite (sometimes called house plans with mother in law suites, mother in law suite plans or in-law suite floor plans) is a great place to start your search for the perfect house plan. An in-law suite (sometimes called a granny flat or mother-in-law unit) is the perfect solution to provide privacy and independence while maintaining close proximity to loved ones. Zoning laws vary from city to city, but in some locations a detached building is permissible and can house the in-law suite, which may include a kitchenette, living room, laundry area, and more. In-law suites can be apartments above a detached garage, separate suites at the rear of the house, or simply an extra bedroom and bathroom on the first or second floor. We also have a collection of tiny homes, many of which would make excellent accessory dwelling units in a backyard. Another option could be a separate apartment on the lower level or an entire wing devoted to the in-law suite. At a minimum, a house plan with inlaw suite should provide a private bedroom and bathroom with easy access. Some in law suite floor plans will even have a private kitchen and living room, and perhaps a balcony or a patio on a lower-level apartment. An in-law suite may also be used to house older children (like a returned college student) or, depending on local laws, be used for rental income.
House Plans with Master BR Upstairs
Master bedrooms located on the second floor enjoy certain advantages: they’re generally more private, are positioned to take advantage of a view lot, and are close enough to kids’ rooms to keep an eye out. This configuration also lets you keep the footprint of the house compact, ideal for building on a small lot. Just be sure to consider accessibility in the future – perhaps by choosing a house plan with an elevator or one with two master suites (you can switch to the downstairs one later).
House Plans with Master Suite on Main Level
Floor plans designed with the master suite on the main level are both convenient and a good long-term investment, since they make aging in place easier. With the master suite downstairs, it's easier to get around, especially after kids. Another advantage of placing the master on the main is the possibility of reducing energy use. Empty nesters who have the house to themselves on a day-to-day basis may choose to only heat or cool the main level so extraneous energy is not wasted in unused portions of the house. Many contemporary and modern plans are designed with the master suite on the main level. If built on a sloping lot, there might be a lower level that is used for entertainment space or additional bedrooms. Alternatively, an upper floor could house the secondary bedrooms and baths. In these scenarios, you may consider an elevator to make getting around easier. And just because the master suite is on the main level doesn't mean you have to give up privacy; choose a plan with a private foyer to buffer the bedroom from public view. Some plans even place the master suite in its own wing for even more privacy.
House Plans with Open Floor Plan
Most homes built within the past ten years have been designed with an open floor plan, catering to a more relaxed, but busy lifestyle. Homeowners tend to entertain less formally and with a hectic schedule, and they want to spend quality time with family members and guests. The kitchen is typically open to the great room, with an island or bar delineating the space and allowing a spot for children to do homework or guests to chat with the cook. Sometimes a formal dining room is eliminated entirely, with a large breakfast nook with space for a big table serving as the family eating area. Auxiliary rooms designed for organization and convenience, such as a butler's pantry, craft room, mud room, or home office, are important with today's lifestyle and are usually sited adjacent to the main living area. With an open floor plan, the master suite may be privately situated on the main level with a luxury bathroom and private patio to the rear. Secondary bedrooms may also be on this level or upstairs with additional areas such as a bonus room or a home theater. Outdoor living areas offer more space to relax and entertain. Although an open plan is especially associated with very modern designs, all kinds of styles are now being built with free-flowing layouts. Vaulted ceilings, large expanses of windows, and generous outdoor living areas create a more open feeling in today's house plans.
House Plans with Patio
Patios are where outdoor living really gets fun. After all, this is where food is grilled, meals are shared, and relaxing is the priority. These floor plans all feature patios, some incorporated into the footprint of the home for maximum indoor/outdoor connections. House plans with walkout basements (perfect for sloped lots) often feature a patio on the lower level and a deck or porch above. Love being outside? Don’t miss our collections of floor plans with porches, house plans with wraparound porches, and home plans with courtyards.
House Plans with Pool
Summers can be scorching. Cool off by browsing our collection of house plans with pools! Pools are an amenity that can be enjoyed throughout the country, but those in the Southern states will see the most use out of their pools due to an extended warm season. A relaxing backyard pool in a warm, Southern climate will make your new house feel like a private resort. Pools can be as varied as the homes they accompany and often have a unique style to complement the home; landscaping will further define a pool's style. A Mediterranean home may have a curved pool surrounded by palm trees and a cascading waterfall. More contemporary or modern homes may make use of clean lines with a simple rectangular pool. Florida homes often have a pool and patio with a permanent cover that keeps out insects and leaves. Consider designing for an outdoor kitchen, full loggia and fireplace for cool nights. Extend the swimming season with a hot tub or a permanent enclosure that keeps temperatures warmer. If your budget will allow, build a pool house that complements the style of the main home and has space for showering, storing pool supplies, or overnight guests.
House Plans with Porch
Porches were originally intended for purely utilitarian function, and became popular in the American South where the summer heat was intolerable without a shaded respite. Porches also provided a way to communicate with neighbors and keep an eye on the surrounding land, a space open to nature within the safety of home. Porches lost favor in the latter part of the 20th century but are making a comeback. As you browse our collection of house plans with porches, you’ll notice that numerous house styles make use of the porch as their defining element. Choose a Craftsman home plan with a deep, shaded porch, a Greek Revival house plan with stately columns providing a grand entrance. Farmhouse, Country, Tidewater, and Bungalow house plans will also offer the comfort of outdoor living at the front of the home. Stylistic details of the porch often define the character of a house. For example, columns can be one or two stories high, round or square, light and airy, or heavy and grounding. Cornices, piers, woodwork, and rooflines are different for every style; and of course, paint color can be used to further enhance a porch's appeal. Craftsman homes usually have heavy piers that extend to ground level, with lighter columns supporting the roofline. Queen Anne homes will have woodwork painted in a variety of colors to set their unique architectural elements apart. A farmhouse usually evokes a simpler time and is often painted white with basic columns and balustrade. Today's porches still serve the utilitarian need for shade, but they are quickly becoming an extension of the interior home. Owners treat the porch as an outdoor room. Outfit your porch with fans, unique light fixtures, furniture, and artwork that suits your own personal style.
House Plans with Walkout Basement
Building on a hillside or a sloped lot? A walkout basement gives you another level of space for sleeping, recreation, and access to the outdoors. Some of these walkout basement house plans include wet bars that will allow guests to fix their own drinks or kids to pop their own popcorn while watching movies downstairs. All sizes and styles of home are represented in this collection of walkout basement plans so you can find the floor plan with walkout basement that’s right for you. For related designs, check out the collections of floor plans for a sloped lot and mountain house plans.
House Plans with Wraparound Porch
Wrap around porches became popular in the late 19th century during the Victorian Era, a time when leisurely activities became more acceptable due to advancement in technology and reduction of manual labor. The upper class built large, rambling homes with wrap around porches to accentuate the asymmetry of the Victorian facades. More modest farmhouses also utilized wrap around porches, which were an extension of the land beyond. Porches are a means to enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the elements, and were a welcome relief from hot summers throughout the country. Without central heating and air, they were often a necessity in particularly warm regions such as the Southeast. Today's wrap around porches still serve the utilitarian need for shade, but they are becoming almost an extension of the interior home. Owners display their decorative style and treat the porch as an outdoor room. Outfit your porch with fans, unique light fixtures, porch furniture and artwork that suits your own personal style. Wrap around porches utilize stylistic details in their construction to define a house's style. Farmhouse floor plans (or Farmhouse style house plans) may feature a porch with simple round or square columns extending to the porch floor, with a balustrade between the columns. Queen Anne homes are more likely to make use of thinner round columns, gingerbread ornament and delicate spindlework that set the style apart. A wrap around porch can extend partially beyond the façade, or often fully wraps the house and joins with a rear deck. Interior doors are often conveniently placed. Whether a modern-day luxury or a historical necessity, porches have always provided respite from the duties of house and land. They allow neighbors to visit more easily and are a welcome breath of fresh air.
Lakeside House Plans
Picture relaxing outside on the deck of your very own lakeside home....can’t you hear the waves gently lapping? This collection features plans designed to maximize a beautiful location. That means walls of windows, wraparound porches, and cozy fireplaces. Many of these homes include walkout basements to give you more space for fun and another level of outdoor living. To see more cabins, cottages, and other getaway homes, explore our collections of vacation floor plans, mountain floor plans, and coastal floor plans.
Large House Plans
Need more room for your family? These spacious home plans prioritize comfort and practicality. Discover delightful details like large kitchen islands, generous walk-in closets, and gathering rooms big enough for everyone to relax together. To ensure your plan will remain accessible in the future, consider a design with the master suite on the main level. For more space, take a look at our collections of Luxury house plans and homes with 5 or more bedrooms. While definitions of a large home vary, most of the house designs in this collection feature at least 3,000 square feet of space (and some include much more). Some large home plans include traditional entertaining spaces like a formal living room, dining room, library, office, or study. Other more contemporary large floor plans might use that space for an open-concept design with a great room and open dining area. Bonus rooms can often be finished to add in-law suites, home offices, or other versatile spaces later.
Low Country House Plans
Low Country homes speak of relaxation and warmth. This vernacular style arose in the coastal Carolinas, displaying unique features adapted for the hot, humid climate. Wide porches that shade the interior from the sun and other features that enhance natural ventilation make it an eco-friendly choice for Southern regions. Low Country, or Tidewater house plans as they are sometimes called, are always built over a crawlspace or even a pier foundation to protect the home from coastal flooding. Low Country house plans share many features with Country and Farmhouse style plans, such as expansive porches and patios. Exterior details of Low Country homes are simple and restrained. Plain columns support the porch, shutters may shield the windows, and dormers may indicate a half-story under the roof or just a way to ventilate the main level. Exterior cladding is most often clapboard siding. A hipped or side-gable roof may be constructed from standing-seam metal for a traditional, rustic look. Often built as vacation homes, Low Country floor plans are casual and open, offering plenty of bedrooms and spaces to gather as well as retreat. Within this category you will also find Plantation house plans. Plantation floor plans are typically two stories and feature grand elements like tall windows and full-width porches at both the front and rear, supported by two story columns. Plantation home plans, like Low Country or Tidewater house plans, have a unique bond to the land, as they too are usually built in low-lying coastal regions and are surrounded by open land.
Luxury House Plans
If you desire a luxury home, you don't necessarily have to build big. While our collection of luxury house plans includes plenty of estate-sized homes with two or more levels of living space and plenty of room for guests, you'll also find luxury home plans that come in smaller designs. The devil is in the details, as they say, and a luxury home will offer plenty of exquisite architectural details. The exterior of a luxury floor plan, for example, will be beautiful and faithful to the home’s style. Inside a luxury house plan, the design will be unique, organized and include thoughtfully planned focal points, views to the outside, and decorative ceilings.
Mansion Floor Plans
Affluent homeowners may wish to build a home that displays their personal success and unique style in an expansive mansion floor plan. Mansion blueprints offer luxurious rooms such as a resplendent master suite, a magnificent high-end kitchen, and numerous amenity-filled areas may be on your wish list. Imagine having a butler's pantry with storage and space for caterers to prepare food without interrupting entertainment in the grand kitchen. A keeping room may be close by, with a large fireplace where family and guests will gather for conversation. Luxury will abound in the master suite, featuring a glorious bathroom appointed with the finest fixtures. His-and-hers walk-in closets will be large enough to double as dressing rooms. You may even find a morning kitchen for brewing that first cup of coffee. Build out the lower level of your mansion floor plan with billiards, a wine cellar, or even a basketball court! Mansion floor plans are sure to feature abundant outdoor living spaces with various levels of loggias and patios, leading to an alluring pool and extensive gardens.
Mountain House Plans
A beautiful mountain location deserves an equally gorgeous home. The house plans in this collection feature the kind of rustic details that fit the scenery – decorative trusses, log siding, plenty of porches, and more. Inside, the emphasis is on contemporary comfort—from simple open floor plans to house plans with big kitchens. In fact, many house plans now feature large kitchens with islands, perfect for the whole family to prepare meals together. Cabins and other vacation homes also feature prominently, though many of these beautiful house designs would work equally well for everyday living. Building on a hillside? Discover our collections of floor plans for a sloped lot and floor plans with walkout basement.
Narrow Lot House Plans
Urban areas tend to have smaller, narrow lots because land is in short supply. Homes may be built quite close together, but sometimes have surprisingly deep rear yards with plenty of room to roam. Square footage can be maximized by building three stories high or more. For those with a tight budget, start small with future plans for expansion either at the rear or with additional stories. You can build any style of home, whether a quaint Victorian, cozy Bungalow or traditional Cape Cod on a narrow lot. Let exterior details define the style and play up the vertical orientation with thin columns, narrow windows or a steeply pitched roof. A small front porch might add curb appeal to a narrow lot house plan, as will a variety of building materials. Side porches add extra outdoor living space. Narrow lot house plans (or house plans for narrow lots) have the possibility of being more affordable due to the smaller lot, but this could be offset in a pricey in-town neighborhood. The square footage of a narrow lot house plan can vary depending on the number of stories. A small cottage or bungalow may be only one story in 1,000 square feet or less, while a rowhouse (sometimes written row house) could be 3 stories or more with 4,000 square feet to boot. Many narrow house plans are designed with rear-loading garages for a lot with an alley in back. The interior space of a narrow house plan must be planned well for the most efficient layout. An open plan is still possible, especially with several stories where vaulted ceilings and numerous tall windows can be employed to open the space. Because the home is narrower and may only be two rooms wide, sunlight is maximized for better energy efficiency and light can penetrate throughout the house. Employ tall narrow windows from floor to ceiling and site them on the southern side of the house to warm the home in winter and provide natural light in summer.
Neoclassical House Plans
In the early 1900's, classical styles were revived in response to the eclectic Victorian styles that had dominated architecture in the late 19th century. Many monuments and public buildings were constructed in this style, as it has an air of dignity, grace, and permanence. This style translated well to large urban estates, where a luxurious home with two-story columns and a stately symmetrical façade became the style of choice. Elements of both colonial and classical architecture were incorporated into these modern home floor plans and are still used widely in modern construction. Today, you can build a grand winged estate or plan for a smaller home that encompasses the architectural details of this classic style. The roofline of a Neoclassical home is often flat or side-gabled with a very low pitch and usually features a heavy cornice. A center front gable is almost always present and supports a two-story columned portico with classical columns of the Ionic or Corinthian order. These columns tend to be thinner than those found in the Greek Revival style, but are no less stately. The door will be surrounded by an elaborate frame and flanked by sidelights and a transom above. Windows are usually double-hung sash with decorative trim that may feature pilasters, a pediment, or a lintel. Symmetrical projecting wings are common in these Neoclassical and modern home floor plans and make expansion easy for growing families. A Neoclassical floor plan is usually symmetrical and square. In the future you may wish to build an extension at the rear, which adds space while maintaining the classic, columned façade, or increase living space by constructing side wings for a luxurious master suite on one side and spacious kitchen on the other. A traditional interior floor plan with rooms flanking a center hall would work well with this style, allowing for a separate living room, dining room, den, and kitchen. Alternatively, the first-floor rooms could be included in a large open plan, with the second floor housing bedrooms off the hall.
Newest House Plans
Here are the newest house plans with all the latest and best design trends. Open floor plans, big multi-functional kitchen islands, and smart storage spaces for every important need in -- or adjacent to -- every major room, living and dining porches, split bedroom layouts, Jack-and Jill bathrooms, walk-in pantries, media rooms, home offices, mud rooms, laundries: these are just some of the outstanding up-to-date details that you’ll love. From charming cottages to plans that offer sleek luxury. We’re constantly updating this category, so check back frequently to stay on top of the trends.
Outdoor Project Plans
Looking for a rewarding weekend project? Something that you or your spouse can build to enhance the comfort and value of your home? Or perhaps you’re seeking an inexpensive way to add a satellite home office? These outdoor project plans cover a wide variety of structures, from simple swing sets and playhouses that your kids will love to terrific studios that would make quiet home work spaces. You'll also find potting and garden sheds, plans for dog houses, Adirondack-inspired deck chairs and tables, romantic gazebos for creating garden focal points, and much more! Explore and start building.
Shed House Plans
Shed style emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s as a discrete variant of contemporary home design. Its distinguishing feature is its roof; instead of a traditional gable form (a symmetrical peak), the roof is composed of one or more planes, often set at different angles. Asymmetry is a given, as the volumes below take the form of several geometric shapes grouped together. Windows are expansive, with a variety of shapes and sizes, while exterior materials range from wood siding to brick, stone, and stucco. Shed home floor plans are generally open in reflection of the unusual spaces and volumes of the home and to draw nature in through the many windows. Shed house plans are gaining in popularity once again as modern homes tackle the challenge of eco-friendly design. The many-planed roofs can support solar panels; windows can be placed exactly where needed and eave width can vary to play into a passive heating and cooling strategy.
Sloped Lot House Plans
House plans for sloped lots (also called sloping lot house plans or hillside house plans) are family friendly and deceptively large. These homes appear to have only one or two stories from the front façade but are significantly larger from the rear. As the lot slopes away from the house, space is provided for a lower level that leads directly into the backyard. A deck is often overhead, where the first floor outdoor living space resides. The lower level usually only has windows on the rear wall, as the remainder of the space is built into the sloping lot. However, some hillside home plans in this collection are designed for lots that slope to the front, with a garage and storage on the lower level. Elevators make it easier to age in place and are found in some of these hillside designs, or can be added in with modifications. Any style of home can be built into a sloping lot. Because these layouts are often built in hilly or mountainous regions (like Colorado), you’ll find many rugged styles with natural materials, like Craftsman designs. Sleek modern and contemporary styles also fit well on a hillside lot because they typically feature large windows that nicely capture a view. A home built on a sloped lot and featuring a finished, walkout basement is the perfect solution for expanding families, or for families just needing the extra space. A hillside house plan is very flexible, as the basement can accommodate a separate apartment, in-law suite, bonus room, storage, and more. Grandparents or college-age children would feel right at home in a basement suite with a private bathroom and kitchen. Or, imagine entertaining on the lower level with a home theater, wet bar, billiards, or wine cellar and stepping out to a lower patio with an exceptional outdoor kitchen.
Small House Plans
Affordable to build and easy to maintain, small homes come in many different styles and floor plans. From Craftsman bungalows to tiny in-law suites, small house plans are focused on living large with open floor plans, generous porches, and flexible living spaces. Stay on budget without sacrificing style by choosing a small house plan with lots of curb appeal, from front porches to large windows. The exact definition of small varies from place to place and person to person, but most of the homes in this category are under 2,000 square feet (some as tiny as 300 square feet!) Whether you want a simple home that’s cheap to build, an auxiliary dwelling unit for an in-law, or a charming country cottage, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our collection of small home plans.
Southern House Plans
Southern architecture stands out with large porches, columned entries, extensive gardens and classical details being a mark of the region's architecture. From the French traditions of Louisiana to the African heritage of the Atlantic barrier islands, Southern plans cover a myriad of house styles. The common link in the stylistic details of every Southern home is their connection to the land, stemming from a long history of agriculture. Southern floor plans draw from Plantation, Greek Revival, French Country, Farmhouse and Coastal stylings. These homes are always welcoming, due to the prevalence of spacious front porches and natural building materials. Imagine large coastal plantations in Charleston and Savannah, or mountain retreats in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Southern homes have a unique bond to the land, whether it is coastal islands thick with live oaks and Spanish moss or mountainous terrain rich with waterfalls and lush forests. History always plays a large part in Southern Floor Plans. They draw on the rich culture of the region and feature stylistic details from a bygone era such as thick columns supporting the grand entry of a Greek Revival home or the wide front porch and low-pitched roof of a Tidewater treasure. Symmetry often plays a large role in Southern floor plans, which is a key element in the simple grace these homes depict. Floor to ceiling sash windows may flank a formal front door topped with a fanlight. Step inside to a central hall flanked by rooms on either side. They may be a study, formal living room or dining room. Southern floor plans are often two stories, with living space on the first floor and bedrooms above. Outdoor living space will be a key element of your Southern home, so take advantage of warm summer nights, relaxing on the rear veranda.
Split Level House Plans
Split level floor plans, sometimes known as raised ranch, emerged in the 1950s. A split level home is basically a ranch raised a half-story above grade, with finished space below. The entry may be on the landing of the stairs that connects the two levels (referred to as a split foyer), or the entry may be on a grade-level wing holding the main living areas, with sleeping quarters a half-story up and a family room and/or garage below. Split level plans display most characteristics of Ranch style, such as a low pitched roof and overhanging eaves. Exterior details are usually minimal, presenting a more contemporary façade, but there is often a chimney and small front stoop leading to the entryway. Windows have a horizontal orientation. This type of house plan maximizes smaller lots, as the home has a more vertical emphasis and the garage is attached to the home. Split level designs are convenient for growing families that value both privacy and family time.
Starter House Plans
All first-time home buyers have a unique experience that can never be repeated, but building your first home from the ground up is a challenging and rewarding experience in its own right. You will be fully engaged in the design process, even when building from house plans, as finishes, fixtures, and building materials must be chosen to make the house your home. Every design decision will affect your budget and portray your own personal style, so choose wisely but go on instinct to create a home that is all you. Starter floor plans tend to be smaller, with 1,500 square feet or less and usually 2 to 3 bedrooms. One-story homes are actually gaining in popularity, as they are a more convenient option for young families that need to keep children close at hand. Forget about running up and down stairs with laundry and a child on your arm. Choose a one-story plan with an open layout for easier living. One story open floor plans, or any number of beautiful yet simple house floor plans with an open layout will let you keep an eye on kids or simply interact more with friends and family. Choosing a flexible home plan, such as one with bonus space upstairs or an office with an adjacent bathroom (to serve as another bedroom), will ensure that your house will be livable for many years to come, even as your needs change.
Tiny House Plans
With 1,000 square feet or less, these terrific tiny homes, or extra small home floor plans, prove that bigger isn’t always better. Whether you’re building a woodsy vacation home, a budget-friendly starter house, or an elegant downsized empty nest, the tiny house plan of your dreams is here. The styles range widely from rustic cabins and cottages perfect for weekend getaways to sun-loving Mediterranean homes. Even families can find their affordable two- or three-bedroom homes here. An open layout is essential in such a small area, so make sure to pick a plan with great flow between the kitchen and the main living room. For similar designs, check out our collections of small floor plans, starter floor plans, and floor plans for a narrow lot.
Vacation House Plans
Most people have a preferred vacation destination, whether it is the coast, mountains or city. Few of us can have it all, so choose your favorite spot to relax and there will be a house plan waiting to fulfill your dream of a vacation. Coastal homes will often feature abundant outdoor living space and numerous windows to maximize views and take advantage of the mild weather. You may want a charming cottage at the end of a rocky bluff, or a sprawling Mediterranean style home with beachfront access. There will surely be guests no matter what the style, so choose a floor plan that can accommodate a crowd and makes entertaining easy. The kitchen should be close to the rear patio and open to a great room for effortless access to the bar-b-q and pool. A home in the mountains will be quite different, possibly more rustic and built with materials found in nature. Choose a log cabin plan and build with locally harvested wood for a more sustainable site. A-Frame homes are a contemporary, folk style of home reminiscent of a Swiss chalet that would be perfect in a mountain setting or by the sea. The shape is that of a triangle, hence the A-Frame, with a steeply pitched roofline sloping almost to ground level. Draw nature in further by using local exterior materials such as stone and wood. Vacation house plans should maximize efficiency so time away will be spent relaxing. Choose a kitchen that is spacious and has all of the necessary appliances, but keep it simple so cleaning does not become a priority. Make clever use of seemingly dead space by creating nooks and crannies for private retreats. You may have unused attic space that could become a loft, or simply tuck a window seat within a bay for the perfect vacation reading spot.