Why should buyers pay for square footage they won’t really use, such as superfluous hallways and lofts? These four smart designs trim the fat, allocating resources instead to where homeowners will spend the most time, such as spacious open family rooms and generous master suites.

Open Spaces

Attractive vertical siding and a columned porch with stone accents draw attention to this lovely small home. Enter directly into the vaulted great room, where a gas fireplace invites cozy evenings. This area opens to the island kitchen and an eating area with access to the back porch. The split-bedroom plan puts the luxurious master suite far to the left (don't miss the his-and-hers walk-in closets or corner tub) and two secondary bedrooms on the right. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Narrow Escape

The graceful columned porch adds curb appeal to this family home which, at just 29 feet wide, easily fits onto a narrow lot. The hearth-warmed living room opens completely to the island kitchen, where an eating bar and dining area add mealtime seating options. The master suite resides on this level; its private bath features a separate tub and shower and a walk-in closet. Two family bedrooms upstairs share a game room and a full bath. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.