No longer a cramped laundry space on the way in from the garage, the mudroom has taken on a life of its own. Today's best house plans often include details that homeowners with children will particularly appreciate: cubbies, lockers, powder bathrooms (good for last-minute potty calls before a car ride), and even space for an extra freezer.

Organized Family Entrance


Photo by Todd W. Reed
Photo by Todd W. Reed
Photo by Todd W. Reed
Photo by Todd W. Reed

Storage and outdoor living are the priorities in this smart layout. Take a look at the mudroom: a bench, built-ins, a large laundry room, and a powder bath all have their places on the way in from the garage, making it easy to put coats and boots in their proper places. A walk-in pantry gives plenty of room for groceries in the island kitchen. In the heart of the home, the great room offers access to a generous porch that boasts a fireplace to warm up chilly evenings. Three bedrooms sit on the right side of the plan, including the luxurious master suite with two walk-in closets of its own. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Great Movement Throughout the Home

Outstanding flow throughout this home makes it easy to get around: from the garage to the kitchen (dropping backpacks off at the cubbies along the way), into the great room or around to the pocket office, and so on. Elegant ceiling treatments draw the eye up in the dining room and master suite. Storage solutions include walk-in closets for every bedroom and a walk-in pantry for the kitchen. Don't miss the convenient location of the laundry room upstairs. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Kid's Nook at Garage Entrace

Photo by Elite Homes of NEA
Photo by Elite Homes of NEA

With its stunning stone-covered turret, this home will turn heads. Inside, the layout is surprisingly modern, with an open floor plan that highlights the large great room. A timber-beam vaulted ceiling, a fireplace, and access to the back porch enhance this gathering space, which leads without interruption into the island kitchen. A semi-open dining room and informal breakfast nook offer more mealtime options. On the right side, the generous master suite includes a bright walk-in closet and a comfortable bathroom. Two secondary rooms share a Jack and Jill bath on the opposite side. A circular stairway in the turreted tower leads to the game/media room as well as an additional bedroom, bath, and bonus room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Lockers, Pantry, and a Powder Bath

Photo by Michael Buck
Photo by Michael Buck

Discover why this beautiful home from Visbeen Architects won first place in its size category for custom homes at the 2014 American Residential Design Awards. At the center of the plan is the large family kitchen, which includes a convenient island with built-in table and a cozy hearth room. The foyer leads to the fireplace-warmed living room. At night, owners will enjoy their private master suite, which boasts a serene sitting room (or nursery, library, office), a roomy bath, and a personal patio. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, two baths, and a loft, while the optional lower level contains a family room, office, guest bedroom, kitchenette, and much more. See more images, information, and the floor plan.