How do you entice today’s first-time buyers when TV design shows and online photo galleries have raised expectations sky-high? Pick designs that deliver bang for the buck. These four plans play up what people want now: more kitchen space, comfortable master suites, and practical details.

All the Modern Must-Haves

This sleek, dramatic design does a lot with 1,843 square feet. Inside, the entrance shows off soaring windows while the great room's two-sided fireplace (the other side warms the patio) emphasizes the indoor/outdoor connection. A snack bar and walk-in pantry enhance the open kitchen. Upstairs, a huge closet gives room for an extensive wardrobe in the master suite, and the large shower is a modern touch. Two more bedrooms share a full bath and close proximity to the laundry room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Very Open Layout

Lovely stone accents and Craftsman-style tapered columns add curb appeal to this great plan. Inside, the 1,746-square-foot layout splits the bedrooms with the master suite (boasting a walk-in closet and dual sinks) on one end and two additional bedrooms sharing a hall bath on the other. In the middle, the great room flows into the open dining area and the kitchen, where the snack bar stands ready for casual meals. Extra storage in the garage and a bench just inside are practical touches. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Attractive Narrow-Lot Design

At just 40 feet wide, this charming Craftsman bungalow is perfect for a narrow lot. An arched front porch, dual garage doors, and a dormer join with shingles and stone to beckon you in from the street. With the secondary bedrooms toward the front and the living area and master in the rear, this is a great plan for empty nesters. A bonus upper level can be used for storage or future expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

No Wasted Space

This elegant and budget-friendly French Country home features a streamlined 1,500-square-foot layout that's loaded with special features. Highlights include the master suite's surprisingly luxurious bathroom (including dual sinks, a corner tub, a separate shower, and a walk-in closet), a snack bar in the kitchen, and even a home office. Two additional bedrooms share a full hall bath in the left wing of the home, keeping the master suite private on the opposite side. The great room opens to a back porch. See more images, information, and the floor plan.