Rustic doesn't have to equal dated, as these gorgeous vacation homes prove. Even if you're building a rugged cabin, the inside can feel fresh and modern with an up-to-date layout. The key? Give buyers the kinds of open floor plans, master-on-main layouts, and upscale amenities that you would include in a primary residence. Add in lots of outdoor living and some window walls, and you're set to stand out in the market.

Observe Mountain Majesty from the Screen Porch

This delightful cabin from Visbeen Architects is perfect for anyone who loves relaxing on the porch. The plan features a wraparound porch on three sides and a 22’-0” x 22’-0” screened porch complete with an outdoor fireplace. Inside, the living room and cozy dining room are separated by a double-sided fireplace. The open kitchen offers some surprising amenities, like the central island and nearby spacious pantry. A bedroom suite completes the main-level rooms. The upper level features an additional bedroom suite with its own bath, laundry just a step away, and a sitting loft that overlooks the living room below. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Seaside Treasure

This home beautifully combines traditional and new elements with its classic Cape Cod exterior and modern open layout. The island kitchen flows with ease into the large living room on one side and the bright breakfast nook on the other. Even the dining room opens partially to the living room and foyer. Located for convenience on the first floor, the master suite surrounds owners with luxury: a big walk-in closet with a window, a double-sink vanity in the bathroom, and access to the rear porch. Two more bedrooms share a large bathroom upstairs, with the option for a 177-square-foot playroom. For more space, a 385-square-foot bonus room can be finished above the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Elevated Coastal Plan

An elevator makes it easy to access the master suite and its panoramic view in this coastal home. This level also includes a large shower, a walk-in closet, and a loft with storage. On the main floor, family and friends will love to gather around the kitchen's island, which boasts seating for four. The living and dining rooms open to one another and out to the porch via three sets of French doors. A second bedroom, a full bathroom, and a bright office complete the level. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Striking Two-Sided Fireplace

This cabin keeps the focus on the main attraction (the view) with a porch that wraps around three sides of the home and culminates in a deck. Another porch provides space for grilling and connects to both the kitchen (making it easy to carry out burgers) and the master suite (offering a secluded spot for coffee in the morning). At night, a two-sided fireplace creates a striking focal point between the dining area and the great room. Other highlights include the master suite's luxurious bathroom and another generous bathroom for the two secondary bedrooms upstairs. See more images, information, and the floor plan.