Building on a lot that requires an alley-loading garage? Here are four appealing designs. And unlike some plans with rear-loading garages, you’ll notice the opportunity for plenty of light to come in through well-placed windows and doors in back.

Views All the Way Through

Many narrow-lot plans don’t have many windows in back. In this one, though, placing the great room’s fireplace on a side wall helps free up the back wall for windows and a door to the back porch, which sits next to the rear-entry garage. A large bonus room makes a great rec room for the two family bedrooms upstairs, while the master suite features walk-in closets and a comfortable bath downstairs. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Relaxed Modern

This relaxed plan’s combined family room/dining nook/island kitchen creates an appealing family hangout zone. A small porch brings more light into the family room. The first-floor master suite and den/guest room make this a great choice for empty nesters. Two more bedrooms upstairs have use of a small computer nook and extra storage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Narrow Lot, Roomy Feel

This narrow-lot plan delivers three bedrooms (including the roomy master suite), a deluxe master bath with a whirlpool tub and oversize shower, and a generous great room that flows into the columned dining area and kitchen snack bar. A screen porch, walk-in closets, and a full hall bath round out the design. An optional two-car garage loads from the rear, making it a good choice for an infill lot with an alley. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Lots of Light

Just 35 feet wide, this charming, traditional home brings in lots of light through large front windows and a wall of windows looking out to the terrace in back. The rear-loading garage (with bonus space above) leads into the kitchen. Families will love the open great room and snack bar. Three bedrooms fit upstairs with no wasted space. See more images, information, and the floor plan.