Here are four homes that display many of the 14 New Home Design Trends for 2014, including indoor/outdoor living, exceptional kitchens, and smart storage.

Lots of Convenient Storage


A wraparound covered porch always creates an inviting entry and this plan is no exception! A dramatic two-story foyer leads into the spacious family room with built-ins, a fireplace, and French doors that lead to a sprawling covered rear porch. The main-level master suite also has access to the rear porch and boasts a luxurious bath with a soaking tub, double vanities, an angled separate shower, and an oversize walk-in closet. Don't miss the convenient laundry room access from the master bath and the handy large pantry near the island kitchen. Upstairs, two bedrooms share a large hall bath that also has double vanities.  The upper-level hallway that leads from the stairs to the bedrooms offers a dramatic view of the family room and foyer. An optional bonus room provides the perfect space for future expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plan. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Space Where it Matters

With all of the main living spaces on the first floor, this striking home is also easy to get around. The kitchen offers both a central island and a snack bar that opens to the great room and breakfast nook. Double doors open to the study, which looks out to the backyard for an inspiring view. In the master bathroom, each partner gets his or her own sink and separate entrance to the shower and walk-in closet. The second bedroom boasts a bay window and a walk-in closet. Don't miss the golf cart storage in the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Excellent Outdoor Living

This lovely home combines exceptional curb appeal with a practical open layout. The kitchen's island has space to serve up relaxed meals to the open great room and dining area. A screen porch provides a bright place to sit and enjoy the scenery. On the left side, the master suite has easy access to the bedroom suite nearby, making it a good location for a nursery or study. Two more bedrooms on the opposite side of the home share a full bath. Need more space later? The optional bonus room upstairs can be finished to use for work, play, or storage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Warm, Relaxed Living Spaces

The kitchen is the heart of family life in this relaxed, spacious home. The snack bar provides seating for four right next to the fireplace-warmed great room. Nearby, the more-intimate hearth room includes a cozy computer nook with a view of the side yard. Busy families will especially appreciate the large laundry room that you won't have to walk through to enter the house. The first-floor master suite also includes lots of storage in its huge walk-in closet (check out the luxurious bathroom, too). Three more bedrooms sit upstairs, one of them quite private with a nearby computer nook. A bonus room offers space to expand in the future. See more images, information, and the floor plan.