Trying to appeal to Millennials, or really anyone who wants a more contemporary layout? Ditch the formal living and dining rooms. These diverse styles open up with all-in-one eating areas and an emphasis on relaxed spaces.

Breakfast Nook/Dining Hybrid

This European-influenced ranch design is family friendly with attractive details that add warmth and character. Bay windows and tray ceilings adorn the dining room (which is completely open to the kitchen, eliminating the need for a separate breakfast nook), the master bedroom, and another bedroom/study, while a cathedral ceiling tops the great room and opens up to a rear wall of windows to bring in sunlight. A mud room, powder bath, and walk-in pantry sit between the garage and the spacious kitchen, making it easy to stash groceries and stay organized. Don't miss the screen porch, which includes skylights and a fireplace for bright, all-season enjoyment. See more images, information, and floor plans.

Totally Open Layout

This elegant ranch home uses every one of its 1,571 square feet well, beginning with the organized mud room on the way in from the garage. From here, it’s just a few steps into the island kitchen, where a snack bar offers casual seating for friends and family. The totally open layout makes it easy to carry on a conversation with people in the great room or dining area while cooking. Tucked into a back corner, the master suite includes a private bathroom and walk-in closet. Two more bedrooms across the home share a hall bathroom. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Free-Flowing Layout

This charming European-inspired design focuses on comfortable living at its best. The spacious grand room (featuring a cozy fireplace, built-in cabinetry, and an exposed-beam ceiling) flows into the generous island kitchen and the casual dining space. In addition to the master suite, an inviting guest room is conveniently located on the first floor and includes a private bath and walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms (also with private baths and walk-in closets) are located on the second floor. An optional bonus room over the side-loading garage opens up a multitude of possibilities for family use, from a playroom to an art studio or home office. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Man Cave Downstairs

Large windows into the rear of this plan flood the house with an abundance of natural light. The open plan makes it easy to move around the gathering areas, from the fireplace-warmed great room to the island kitchen and the relaxed dining area. Here’s a remarkable feature: the walk-in pantry features an additional inside door that opens directly to the garage, making it incredibly easy to unload groceries from the car. Each bedroom offers a walk-in closet, including the luxurious master suite which also boasts a relaxing master bath. The finished basement holds two additional bedrooms, a hall bath, a spacious family room, and even a fun “man cave.” See more images, information, and floor plans.