When you're walking into the house with an armful of groceries, every step can feel arduous. These plans from Donald A. Gardner Architects make that journey as short as possible, with the pantry placed quite close to the entrance from the garage for maximum convenience.

Extremely Efficient Entrance

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G. Frank Hart Photography

It's just a couple of steps from the garage to the pantry in this layout, making it a snap to put away groceries. In the main gathering spaces, the open great room, dining area, and generous island kitchen are joined by a wide deck and screened porch that shelters a grill. Owners will love the master suite’s relaxed luxury, including a door to the deck and a comfortable bathroom. The walkout basement adds another level of outdoor living, two secondary bedrooms, and a family rec room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Kitchen-Centered Plan

Two islands plus a huge pantry and a nearby open dining room give owners tons of space to cook, entertain, and hang out. A screen porch invites them to enjoy the view while sipping coffee. On the opposite side of the home, the master suite features a large tub, a separate shower, two sinks, dual walk-in closets, and access to the back porch. Two more bedrooms upstairs plus another on the lower level (along with a family room and more outdoor living) house kids and visitors in comfort. See more images, information, and the floor plan.