These plans from Visbeen Architects bring the party to the kitchen.

Chic Cafe Vibe

Photo by Brad Gillette
Photo by Brad Gillette

A wide island joins forces with a built-in banquette and nearby dining room to create a food-focused entertaining center in this contemporary home. The latter also opens to a side covered patio, which flows into the screened porch with a fireplace to warm chilly nights. On the opposite side of the home, the master suite offers a unique layout with a huge walk-in closet between the bedroom and the spacious bathroom. Just outside the double doors, a cozy hearth room encourages snuggling. Kids will enjoy the roomy second level, where a loft separates a private suite (ideal for an older child) from two additional bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill bath. The basement can be finished to become a fun retreat for visitors, complete with a home theater, wet bar, exercise room, and more. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Party of Six, Your Table is Ready

Photo by Wayne C. Moore
Photo by Wayne C. Moore
Photo by Wayne C. Moore
Photo by Wayne C. Moore

Almost every room opens to outside on the main floor of this farmhouse-inspired home. A covered patio unites the living room, dining room, and master suite, with all of them opening to this outdoor space via French doors. Inside, the kitchen’s layout is made for socializing, with a cooktop island with room to seat six guests. The serene master suite features a large window to the rear, a luxurious bath, and two walk-in closets. Other special areas include the optional guest apartment upstairs and the flexible “brew pub and bike shop” in the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Thrown a Curve

Photo by William J. Herbert
Photo by William J. Herbert
Photo by William J. Herbert
Photo by William J. Herbert

It's easy to see why this home earned accolades at both the 2014 American Residential Design Awards and the 2013 Best in American Living Awards. Large families will love this design, which makes a great vacation residence or primary home. Two master suites, each with a private bath, bookend the main floor and are great for visitors or live-in relatives. The open gathering area offers abundant seating at the kitchen's curving snack counter, at the dining table (there's room for a big one), and in the fireplace-warmed living room. Kids will love the bunk-bed-ready bedrooms and recreation spaces downstairs. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


The Right Amount of Openness

Stone accents, eye-catching windows, and a welcoming porch add character to the exterior of this family home. The first floor includes a large kitchen with a table-like snack bar that seats five, an elegant fireplace that defines one side of the living room, and a cozy study with a fireplace. Other highlights include a music room, screened porch, and home office. Upstairs are four spacious bedrooms and baths. The optional lower level can hold a guest bedroom, family room, wet bar, and billiards area. Another guest suite offers visitors or older children privacy above the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.