Here’s another round of terrific plans for first-time buyers. What makes them so great? Modest square footages (they’re all under 1,700 square feet), bedrooms on one level (good for new parents), and easygoing open layouts. And don’t miss Part 1 of the series.

Surprising Details


Striking columns introduce this small-but-smart family home. The lower level is devoted to open living space, with the kitchen’s counter conveniently serving the dining room and the great room beyond. A corner fireplace and tucked-in porch fit in well. Upstairs, three bedrooms offer some surprising amenities, such as double sinks in the kids’ bathroom and a big walk-in closet for the master suite. See more images, information, and the floor plan.



Easy and Functional


A side patio is integrated beautifully into this easy-living design, which offers plenty of open spaces and height without sacrificing functionality. The placement of the laundry and utility room near the kitchen ensures quiet for those in the bedrooms, as well as easy grocery unloading from the garage. The open breakfast nook and family room form the heart of the plan, with the snack bar adding seating space. A tray ceiling, walk-in closet, compartmented toilet, and garden tub make the master suite a quiet retreat. Two more bedrooms and a full bath complete the plan. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Customizable Craftsman


You and your clients have plenty of choices with this charming Craftsman design: Will the garage open in front or on the side? Do they want the optional corner fireplace? What would they like to do with that flex room in front – install double doors for a den/office, or leave it open for a formal dining room? One thing everyone can agree on: the kitchen’s convenient snack bar is here to stay, as is the walk-in pantry and the master suite’s huge closet. See more images, information, and the floor plan.



Upgraded Basics


This handsome home may look like a straightforward two-bedroom design (plus a study), but look a little closer to appreciate the thoughtful details that elevate it above the ordinary. A decorative ceiling crowns the great room, with windows on either side of the fireplace. Windows and doors bring lots of light into the dining nook, and an angled snack bar adds extra seating. More smart touches include a large shower and two sinks in the master bathroom, extra storage in the garage, and a separate laundry room off the hall leading to the kitchen from the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.