Looking to lure starter-home buyers? Give them the kind of open layouts they've come to love (and perhaps even to expect from watching house improvement shows). These streamlined layouts keep the focus on what's important to today's buyers  (the kitchen, luxurious master bath details, and outdoor living) and discard what's not (formal living rooms and other relics).

Large Shower + Convenient Laundry

Here's a streamlined layout full of modern amenities. Take the master suite: a large shower offers everyday luxury in the private bathroom, while a walk-in closet provides lots of storage. The laundry room is located for convenience just a step or two outside the suite. In the main gathering spaces, a snack bar invites family and friends to pull up a seat. Open and relaxed, the dining and great rooms encourage interaction between spaces. Two more bedrooms share a hall bath on the right side of the home. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Sleek Narrow-Lot Home

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Modern and open, this narrow-lot home hits the right notes. The free-flowing layout on the first floor moves seamlessly from the kitchen to the casual dining room and into the living room. A fireplace is nestled into the corner of the living room and can be enjoyed throughout the first floor. The owners' suite (featuring a large shower, two sinks, and plenty of storage) sits conveniently on the ground floor, while two more bedrooms, a loft, and a vaulted bonus room offer more room upstairs. A balcony on the second floor provides a nice view.. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Indoor/Outdoor Living and Handy Storage

This traditional charmer welcomes with its country porch and prominent gables with decorative brackets. A cathedral ceiling spans the open great and dining rooms, with bar seating facing the roomy kitchen. A mudroom off the garage includes a pantry, closets, a seat for taking off shoes The master suite features two walk-in closets and linen storage, plus a spacious bathroom with two sinks. Don't miss the roomy screen porch, which receives sunshine through skylights. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Remarkably Open Layout

You'd never guess just how contemporary this layout is from the sweet cottage exterior. Inside, the compact footprint maximizes space by eliminating all walls between the dining room, vaulted great room, and spacious island kitchen.  Split from the secondary bedrooms for privacy, the master suite presents owners with a view of the backyard, a well-equipped bathroom, and a walk-in closet. The main floor also includes the laundry room and a mudroom entrance from the garage. The upper level can be finished to include a fourth bedroom, another bath, and a large loft. See more images, information, and the floor plans.