With community gardens listed as one of Builder’s "10 Lifestyle Trends to Watch for in 2012," perhaps it’s time to reconsider a classic design style that fits this agricultural focus: the farmhouse. Designs of the past, with their wide footprints and four-square layouts, may not have been suitable for a suburban or urban lot. However, today’s farmhouse plans have been streamlined and modernized with contemporary open layouts, upscale amenities, a slimmer footprint, and master suites on the main level (a great aging-in-place solution).

Country Charm, Contemporary Convenience

A full-width covered porch and a large rear porch create outdoor opportunities for dining, entertaining, or playing. The side-entry garage preserves curb appeal. Three dormers add touches of liveliness to the exterior and provide an alluring light source for the upstairs bedrooms. The open living and dining rooms are easily serviced from the kitchen. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Easy Manners

This graceful 1,854-square-foot design offers a side-entry garage with bonus space above, an open layout, and a well-appointed master suite. Welcome amenities include the seated snack bar in the kitchen, room for a desk in the living room, tucked-away powder room, and a generous front porch. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.