These contemporary open layouts bring a classic style very much into the present. On the exteriors, porches and gables create an inviting, down-home vibe. Inside, families will love the many practical amenities like mudrooms, walk-in closets, and flexible spaces.

Kitchen Island Seats Seven

Beginning at the front of this charming country-style home, a porch wraps all the way around the side and to the back, where the walkout basement adds another level of outdoor living fun. Inside, the kitchen's large island seats seven people and opens completely to the great room and dining nook. The master suite is easy to reach on this level. Upstairs, two bedrooms and baths plus a loft provide lots of room for family and friends. The finished lower level offers another kitchen (ideal for visitors to fix their own snacks), a media room, and an optional bedroom. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Convenient Single-Story Living

Here's a home that provides the look of a two-story design but actually places most living spaces on the first level for convenience. The second level is devoted to a single guest suite and a large bonus space, making it a great private retreat for an older child (returned from college, perhaps) or a live-in relative. On the main floor, the vaulted family room opens to a screened porch, while the master suite leads out to the adjoining deck. Owners will also appreciate the suite's walk-in closet, dual sinks, and easy access to the laundry room. Across the home, two more bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bath. An office sits near the front. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Room for Homeschooling

This classic farmhouse includes some modern details inside, like the master suite's luxurious bathroom with two sinks, a walk-in closet, and a large shower. Three more bedrooms and two baths on this level provide plenty of room. Downstairs, the den offers a quiet spot for working or homeschooling. An island gives extra room for preparing food in the kitchen, which flows easily into the breakfast nook and out to an optional deck or patio. Don't miss the organized mudroom that makes for an easy walk with groceries into the kitchen from the three-car garage. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Room to Expand Upstairs

Triple dormers add charming curb appeal to this home, which fits all living spaces onto one level for convenience. The great room flows into the kitchen, where an island and snack bar provide counter space. Nearby, the breakfast nook opens to the covered porch and the patio beyond. The master suite enjoys a secluded location away from the other three bedrooms and pampers owners with double closets, two sinks, a jet tub, and easy proximity to the laundry room. For future expansion, the bonus room upstairs can become almost anything. See more images, information, and the floor plans.