Basic floor plans executed beautifully will always have an audience, as these streamlined but thoughtful layouts prove. Look for clear sightlines, outdoor living spaces, and convenient placement of laundry rooms.

Many Uses for the Flex Room

Showing that smaller homes can pack a big style punch, this design provides homeowners with a versatile layout. The two-car garage sits tucked away to the side, keeping the focus on the wide porch and twin dormers in front. Inside the home, a flex space can become a nursery, a home office, or even a crafting room. Nearby, the master suite invites relaxation in its private bathroom with two sinks, a jet tub, and a separate shower. Just steps away, the laundry room makes it convenient to throw in a load. Everyone can gather in the great room or at the kitchen's snack bar. Porches in front and back beckon for outdoor fun. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Open Floor Plan with Ample Storage

Modest but open, this 1,501-square-foot design uses space wisely to deliver a layout that works for a variety of living situations. The kitchen's island sits at the heart of the home, inviting everyone to have a seat at the snack bar. Nearby, the great room and dining area flow into one another, making it easy for parents to keep an eye on young kids or party guests to circulate freely. The master suite displays a walk-in closet and convenient proximity to the laundry room. On the opposite side of the home, two more bedrooms share a hall bath. Other highlights include the covered back porch, a three car garage (providing more storage than you'd expect with a home of this size), and a fireplace in the great room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Generous Porches

This modest, graceful design contains a surprising amount of livable space. A friendly front porch opens immediately to the great room, where visitors will be greeted by an impressive 11-foot ceiling for added volume and a warming fireplace. The kitchen offers several places to dine: at the casual snack bar, in the dining nook, or out back on the wide porch. Owners can kick back in the master suite's luxurious corner tub or unwind in the large shower. A walk-in closet and easy proximity to the laundry room are thoughtful touches. Across the home, two more bedrooms share a full hall bath. Don't miss the extra storage space in the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Choice of Amenities in the Master Suite

A pleasing blend of shake shingle, stone, and siding give this ranch-style home welcoming curb appeal. With a centrally located kitchen island in the open-concept living area, the design is a natural for entertaining. The covered porch off the great room is the perfect place for sitting and enjoying the sunset. The master suite's spacious-but-streamlined bathroom includes two sinks and an extra-large shower; if buyers want a traditional tub, an alternate layout makes room for one. Two walk-in closets provide plenty of clothing storage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.