1. A Farmhouse for All Seasons
Designer: Home Planners
Square Feet: 1,771

The nostalgic appeal of this Southern farmhouse probably has a lot to do with its popularity. Who wouldn’t enjoy lemonade and conversation on its wrap-around porch? Who wouldn’t be proud to entertain visitors in its large and comfortable country kitchen or host the entire family for a holiday dinner in its spacious dining room?

If the plan evokes a simpler time and lifestyle, it also provides all the amenities buyers have come to expect in a new-home design. Take, for instance, a large downstairs master suite with a bath that includes space for a whirlpool tub and walk-in closet. Or consider the great room that combines with an eat-in kitchen to produce a wonderful living space for a family.

Main level.

Main level.

Unlike most of our top 10 plans, this one includes a second story, with a balcony that looks down on the great room. Two upstairs bedrooms, both with 9-foot ceilings, share a full bath. Both bedrooms have several windows for cross-ventilation and nook space under dormers.

A more formal entry hall greets visitors, who can look through the columns to the great room, which is warmed by a fireplace. An archway on the right leads to the bayed dining room, with French doors that lead to a porch that wraps completely around the house.