Pump up the light and views—not to mention outdoor living space—in a narrow home with these clever designs. Each one features a side porch or deck carefully integrated into the home’s footprint, providing outside living area that’s extra useful if your lot is short on backyard space. Rooms inside will also benefit thanks to the extra fenestration. 

Privacy Preserved

Ideal for a dense neighborhood, this 40-foot-wide design provides privacy from neighbors with no windows on the left side and a well-placed porch on the right. The great room and office border it, letting light into these spaces. In back, the master suite impresses with a large shower, skylight, and walk-in closet in the private bath. Another bedroom sits near the front, with two more upstairs sharing a Jack-and-Jill bath and a study loft. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Traditional Neighborhood Design

Although just 43 feet wide, this plan features large living spaces and luxurious amenities. Porches flank the passageway between the rear-loading garage and the house, with room to grill on the right. The first floor is filled with common rooms and entertaining spaces, such as the bumped-out breakfast nook. Guests will appreciate the private suite on this floor. Upstairs, two bedrooms each have a walk-in closet and share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, and the master suite features a vaulted bath. A large bonus room over the garage and utility room provides more than enough space for a child’s playroom or family rec room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

The Space Between

The classic Colonial facade on this two-story home opens to a contemporary layout inside. The family room is the heart of this home, with a fireplace and a window wall that opens to the covered porch for indoor/outdoor entertaining. The master suite, with its huge walk-in closet and private bath, shares the upper level with two additional bedrooms. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Brings in the Light

A simple porch set into the back corner of this plan brings light into both the family room and the master suite.  The fireplace helps separate gathering spaces from the secondary bedrooms, which share a Jack-and-Jill bath. Seating at the kitchen’s rounded peninsula is a contemporary touch. The master suite’s amenities include a separate shower and tub and a walk-in closet. See more images, information, and the floor plan.