With snow one day and sludge the next, springtime outdoor entertaining can be iffy. These homes (all designed by Donald A. Gardner Architects) are ready for transitional weather with generous screened porches and mudrooms to contain the mess.

Master Suite Makes it Easy to Step Outside

This home encourages a relaxed lifestyle with its variety of easy-to-access outdoor living areas. Located on the first floor, the master suite steps out to the porch and also boasts two walk-in closets. A network of practical spaces (including storage and a powder bath) keep the transitional area of the home near the garage tidy. Skylights bring more light into the screen porch for a pleasant hangout. Upstairs, each secondary bedroom includes a private bathroom and window seat, offering guests or older children comfortable accommodations. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Cozy Fireplace-Warmed Porch for Chilly Evenings

With two suites easy to reach on the first floor (including the spacious master, which opens to the back porch), this home flexes to fit an active family. Guests or live-in relatives will enjoy their private bedroom and bath near the front. In the common areas, the kitchen will become the hangout of choice with two islands to gather around and the screen porch (complete with a cozy fireplace to warm up chilly evenings) just steps away. The mudroom tames clutter on the way in from the garage. Upstairs, two more bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom. A generous bonus space can be used for later expansion or simply extra storage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Well-Placed Grocery Storage

A handsome stone-and-shingle exterior and an open layout combine to give this one-story home quite a punch. In the heart of the home, the kitchen offers ample prep space with a center island and separate snack bar, along with the nearby dining nook that opens to the screen porch. The master suite invites owners to relax in their spacious bathroom (complete with dual vanities and a water closet) and generous bedroom that offers a view of the backyard. Across the home, two more bedrooms (one well-situated to serve as a study if needed) each include a walk-in closet. Don't miss the large laundry room or the wide pantry conveniently placed between the garage entrance and the kitchen. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Study Transforms to Guest Suite

This remarkably flexible layout features a hardworking zone at the entrance from the garage. On the right, closet space holds coats and boots, while the adjoining laundry room makes it easy for pet owners to grab a leash and go for a walk out the side door. To the left, a study can easily serve as bedroom three, complete with private access to the hall bath. The main gathering areas flow into one another, from the kitchen's cooktop island to the dining and great rooms. A screen porch invites outdoor entertaining in less-than-perfect weather. Owners will appreciate the master suite's double walk-in closets and large bedroom. Skylights brighten the large bonus room upstairs. See more images, information, and the floor plan.