Forget the era of oversize arches and the McMansions they usually adorned. Nowadays, the fresher approach is to capture the attention of potential buyers with graceful columns and touches of stone.

Accommodates Several Generations Under One Roof

With every bedroom a suite (and two of them located on the main level), this luxurious Craftsman design can easily adapt to a wide range of lifestyles. For example, an elderly relative will appreciate not having to trek upstairs to reach his or her private suite, which offers a large shower and linen storage. Grown children or visiting families can spread out upstairs, where another suite connects to a massive bonus room that could become a comfortable and private living zone. Meanwhile, the main master suite treats owners to a spacious bathroom, sliding doors to the backyard, and (just a step away in the hallway) a versatile den. Everyone can relax together in the great room, the open dining area, or at the kitchen's snack bar. Don't miss the abundant storage spaces, including the mudroom. Exposed trusses create a striking front elevation. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Nifty Use of a Narrow Lot

An optional elevator makes it easy to access every level of this narrow-lot home, which includes outdoor living on two floors. The main story holds the gathering spaces, including the large kitchen (check out that island, snack bar, and walk-in pantry) and the open family room. Homeowners can enjoy meals in the breakfast nook or take their coffee out to the nearby side porch. For special occasions, the dining room near the front offers a dressy atmosphere with its ceiling treatment and columns. The mudroom tames clutter on the way in from the rear-loading garage. One level up, all three bedrooms include walk-in closets and close proximity to the laundry room. The master suite treats owners to an especially large bedroom, along with dual sinks in the bathroom. A rec room on the lower level invites fun hangouts, with even more space available for finishing later. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Two-Sided Fireplace and Convenient Laundry

Special details inside and out make this one-story home stand out. Prominent trusses, exposed brackets, and stone wrapping around the bottom of the home add rustic curb appeal to the exterior. At the heart of the home inside, the great room opens to the island kitchen and shares a two-sided fireplace with the cozy sunroom. A bow window brightens the versatile dining nook. In the master suite, a large walk-in closet connects to the laundry room for convenience. Two more bedrooms share a hall bath across the home. The split-loading, three-car garage provides lots of storage and parking space without dominating the front elevation. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Flexible Library (or Office, Snore Room, etc.)

This family-friendly home boasts Craftsman curb appeal, walk-in closets, and upscale details like the great room's decorative ceiling treatment. An island anchors the kitchen, joining the open dining room nearby to form a relaxed eating zone. Next to the master suite on this level, the library presents a surprisingly versatile space that opens to the great room, the hall, and even the back porch. With all of these access points, the room can serve a variety of purposes, from office to nursery, or even a snore room. The master suite includes two vanities and a large shower in its private bathroom. Three more bedrooms (one of them a suite) accommodate kids and visitors upstairs. The unfinished basement offers expansion potential. See more images, information, and the floor plan.