Too often, home offices are plopped near the foyer and open to public view, leaving any mess on display. Not these! Offices in these four homes are a bit more private and a lot more versatile, with full bathrooms nearby in case a guest suite is needed.

Versatile Layout

A charming tower graces this home's wraparound porch, right next to the impressive entry with charming rustic details. Inside, the formal dining room connects to the large kitchen via a butler's pantry. Both the breakfast nook and the vaulted family room open onto the lanai, where a three-sided fireplace creates cozy evenings. Also off the foyer are two hallways: one leads to the study (which, with a full bath nearby, can easily serve as a guest room), and the other to the master suite with its opulent bath and huge walk-in closet. The oversize utility room serves as a mudroom and laundry room with a pass-through from the master closet for efficiency. A grand staircase leads to the upstairs bedrooms, which have individual baths and a shared desk area. A hallway leads to a bonus room over the garage. If you like, a media room can be built over the great room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Use the Other Door

Take a look at the study inside this gorgeous home: when guests stay in this room, they can simply shut the French doors and use the other door, which opens to the hall for easy bathroom access. The other two secondary bedrooms feature walk-in closets, while the master suite enjoys lots of privacy and a deluxe bathroom (including two closets) on the opposite side of the home. A small hallway buffers this private retreat from public view. Everyone can gather in the open great room, which flows seamlessly into the island kitchen and bayed dining area. Don't miss the extra storage in the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Broad Appeal

The study/bedroom in this home has all kinds of uses (its proximity to the master suite makes it an especially good nursery), broadening this home’s appeal. From the foyer, columns announce the great room, highlighted by a cathedral ceiling, screened-porch access, and a fireplace with surrounding built-ins. Cathedral ceilings also grace the kitchen and breakfast area, as well as the front bedroom/study. On the far right, two bedrooms share a full bath; on the far left, the master suite will surely impress. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Good Choice for Aging in Place

Touches of Craftsman style add curb appeal to this smart plan. Inside, the master suite is easy to reach on the first floor, and features a luxurious bathroom with a roll-in shower and a soaking tub. The study could easily serve as a guest suite with its adjacent full bath. Highlights of the main living spaces include the kitchen's large island and a beautiful screen porch (complete with a fireplace for chilly evenings). Two more bedrooms occupy the partially finished basement, along with a sitting room and access to the backyard. See more images, information, and the floor plan.