Want to build homes with personality that doesn’t get hidden by garages? Check out these designs. Charming porches, hidden rear-loading garages, and narrow dimensions make them great choices for infill lots in traditional neighborhoods – or a development that seeks that warm feeling.

Welcoming Craftman


An inviting covered front porch spans the entire front of this charming home. The open first-floor plan is designed for family relaxation. Buyers will love the master suite, which boasts a private bath featuring dual sinks, a garden tub, and a large shower, plus super-easy access to the laundry room. Next to the L-shaped kitchen, a computer tech area is a handy touch. Upstairs, three generously sized bedrooms use two baths. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Colonial with Open Layout


This beautiful Colonial-influenced design is a great choice for a traditional neighborhood, since the rear-loading garage is out of sight in back. The layout is quite contemporary inside, with a huge kitchen that opens directly to the family room and lots of light throughout. Upstairs, the master suite offers a generous bedroom, tons of clothes storage, a bright corner tub, and a large shower. A future space above the garage offers room for storage or expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Great for a Narrow Lot


This sleek, narrow-lot home will accommodate a lot that rises in the back, such as those built into a hillside. Inside, the living room flows into the kitchen and dining room. A few stairs lead to a half bath before continuing up to a landing that connects to the garage and an under-the-stairs storage closet. The master suite fills one end of the upper level, contributing a fireplace, a deck, and a large walk-in closet. At the other end, you'll find a study alcove, two secondary bedrooms, and a hall bath. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Great Side Courtyard Lets in Light


With its alley-loading garage, slim dimensions (just 35 feet wide), and side courtyard, this plan is ideal for a narrow lot in a traditional neighborhood. Bright, open living spaces wrap around the side yard to let lots of light into the house. The luxurious master suite enjoys privacy away from secondary bedrooms. Everyone will appreciate the extra seating at the kitchen’s snack bar. See more images, information, and the floor plan.