Rustic meets modern to fresh effect in these designs. Think wide porches, large windows, and open floor plans.

Super-Social Kitchen

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

Almost every room opens to outside on the main floor of this award-winning home from Visbeen Architects. 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. This design earned the Grand ARDA in the Model Homes category at the 2015 American Residential Design Awards. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Secluded Suites for All

This eye-catching ranch home presents lots of unexpected amenities, from the master suite's bright sitting nook to two patios easily accessed from the rest of the home. The kitchen flows into the great room, making it easy for guests to roam around while owners put the finishing touches on dinner at the island. Each bedroom suite enjoys a secluded location and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. The master suite also treats owners to dual sinks, a freestanding tub, and lots of storage. The study makes a great home office or media room. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Pocket Office + Playroom

Smart details fill this eye-catching home, from the pocket office with a window to the versatile playroom upstairs. The master suite (easy to reach on the first floor) offers owners a large walk-in closet, two sinks, and access to the back deck. A cozy fireplace adds ambiance to the living room. In the kitchen, the island makes it simple to prep food while carrying on a conversation with guests. Two more bedrooms sit upstairs, along with a shared bathroom that boasts two sinks. The playroom provides space for fun (or work, homeschooling, etc.) down the hall. Over the garage, the bonus room invites expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Wraparound Lanai in Back

Inside this farmhouse, the family room offers a view of the rear lanai, which wraps around to the side to provide a peaceful place to sit and enjoy the day. A butler's pantry assists the large gourmet kitchen, which includes a walk-in pantry, a central island with a veggie-rinsing sink, and another counter with a snack bar and double sink. Ready to relax? Head to the convenient and luxurious master suite, which offers a foyer, deluxe bathroom, and an enormous walk-in closet that opens just steps away from the laundry room. See more images, information, and the floor plans.