First-time home buyers may only need two or three bedrooms and some modest living space. That's easy enough, so a gorgeous, smart design is what will set your offering apart from existing houses. These four small designs feature simple footprints and modern open layouts geared to young families.

Standout Brick Styling

This lovely, 1,343-square-foot design is as versatile as it is attractive, lending itself to narrow lots, with a garage that may easily be reduced in size or omitted entirely. The angled entry opens into a spacious open plan, including a dramatic vaulted family room lit by a large, Palladian-style window. The master suite is also vaulted and includes a luxurious bath, walk-in closet, and an inviting screened porch. The two remaining bedrooms share a hall bath and each features a walk-in closet. The washer and dryer are tucked conveniently in a laundry closet. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Bungalow on a Budget

This 30-foot-wide bungalow fits quite a bit into only 1,512 square feet: a large, open living and dining area; a first-floor master bedroom suite with a private bath and walk-in closet; and an L-shaped galley kitchen with a breakfast bar that opens to the dining room. The second floor offers two bedrooms with a shared bathroom and abundant, easily accessed storage. The Craftsman-inspired exterior offers a side-gabled roof with a prominent dormer and an eye-catching columned front porch. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.