As one of the 10 top design trends of 2012, modern layouts are a fantastic way to differentiate your plans from existing homes. Here are four plans with funky, fun exteriors and very smart open layouts. 

Room for Everyone

Styled after the luxury beach homes of the Caribbean islands, the interior of the home faces the tree courtyard, which is filled with the sound of the a waterfall wall. The family theater is connected to the kitchen and provides a two-story movie projection space. The upper floor houses five bedrooms, including a suite over the garage which could be a home office or artist's studio.  The sixth bedroom is large enough to double as a game room on the first floor. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Stylish, sleek, and contemporary, this cool design features large walls of windows that let in lots of light for passive solar benefits. The main floor holds the vaulted master suite and a full guest suite, along with the huge living and dining area with a cozy fireplace. Two bedrooms share the lower level with a large, flexible game room that could easily become a home theater, gym, or craft room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.



Don’t miss the back view of this plan; virtually covered in glass, it lets light pour in. The main level includes open living spaces and an office. Downstairs, two bedrooms and a family room create a kid or guest haven, while the master suite has the upper level all to itself. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Here’s a plan that really takes advantage of every square foot. The main living areas are open, with a snack bar that seats six and a two-way fireplace that warms the covered patio on its other side. Upstairs, the master suite features a large shower and a walk-in closet, while two secondary bedrooms use a hall bath. See more images, information, and the floor plan.