To celebrate signs of recovery in some Southern markets, here are four homes that honor traditional regional design but are accessible enough to work in many areas. Wide porches and breezy layouts are welcome features just about everywhere.

Abberley Lane From the Southern Living® House Plans Collection

Ample covered porch areas on the front and rear of the house mirror traditional Southern architecture. French doors along the front of the house create an inviting and open feeling. An exclusive design for Southern Living® by John Tee, Architect. Photos © Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. For more photos, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Guests Welcome

The full apartment at the rear of this lovely home has many uses, from housing an aging parent to an independent space for a college student or live-in caregiver. The third garage bay means they have room to park, too. For more photos, information, and the floor plan, click here.