When space is at a premium, something’s got to give. Eliminating a formal dining room opens up space, but buyers may desire more room than the typical breakfast nook provides. Enter the new dining room, an eating space that’s integrated with the kitchen for convenience but large enough to feel special. It’s easier to build, more convenient to live in (no butler’s panties or hallways to the kitchen necessary), and consistent with the movement toward simplified layouts.

Optimized Space

Making excellent use of space, this attractive family home plan from Visbeen Associates offers open gathering spaces and lots of storage. Inside, proceed past the study/bedroom (which functions perfectly as a guest suite) to the open kitchen/dining/living area. In a private wing, the master suite enjoys two walk-in closets, a well-equipped bath, and access to a covered patio. Two more bedroom suites share a kid-friendly loft upstairs. A huge bonus space invites expansion, as does the optional finished basement. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Easy Interaction

Smart planning makes this 2,000-square-foot home feel roomy. The front and rear covered porches add plenty of usable outdoor living space. The great room, island kitchen, and spacious eating area share one large, open space for easy interaction. Flexible rooms include the media/hobby space, a storage area off the garage, and a large bonus space upstairs. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.