Even if you’re not building in the South, consider how appealing a country-influenced plan can be. Welcoming porches, plenty of outdoor spaces, and casual open layouts feel traditional yet up to date. Want to see more? Check out our full collection of country designs.

Cottage of the Year

Southern Living knows a thing or two about country style. This clever cottage gives supreme privacy to the master suite, connected by a vestibule to the main house. Two walk-in closets, two bathroom vanities, a garden tub, and a personal porch make this suite a haven. Visitors are pampered as well, with the guest quarters in a separate structure on the other side of a screened porch. The family room, dining room, and kitchen form a large, open area for gathering everyone together. Two upstairs bedrooms share a luxurious bathroom. Cottage of the Year is an exclusive design for Southern Living® by Moser Design Group for Coastal Living magazine. Photo used with permission of the Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Historic Charm, Modern Convenience

For buyers who crave historically influenced style but want the convenience of a modern layout, this graceful plan fits the bill. The stunning portico showcases rows of arches and columns. Inside, the grand room opens up with more arches to the island kitchen and bayed breakfast nook. Two sets of double doors open to a veranda. Up the stairs (or via the elevator), the super-roomy master suite enjoys a private veranda in back, while two additional bedrooms access the upper-level deck in front. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Country Cutie

This plan makes good use of every one of its 1,738 square feet. The living areas combine to form one large open space, with seating at the kitchen’s island. A fireplace warms the great room from one side, leaving the back wall free for great views outside. The master suite is surprisingly spacious for a home this size, with back-porch access from the bedroom, a separate tub and shower, and even a window in the large closet. Two more bedrooms, also generous sized, share the upper level. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Stately Manners

A double-decker covered porch with majestic columns highlights this Southern colonial-style mansion. Inside, the luxurious master suite opens to a flexible sitting room/library on the first floor. The activity room where the family will gather opens to a sundeck in the rear and to the breakfast area and kitchen to the left. A convenient snack bar separates the kitchen from the breakfast nook, and a doorway connects the kitchen with the formal front dining room. Three bedrooms share two baths on the upper level; and space is available for another bedroom, game room, or whatever your buyer wants. See more images, information, and the floor plan.