No more walking through cluttered, tight laundry spaces to enter the home from the garage. Many of today's new house plans have expanded and moved that space closer to the bedrooms (or at least the master suite, if there's a split layout) to make chores easier. In its place, the casual entrance now often hosts cubbies, closets, and other tidy organizational spaces.

Direct Access to Laundry Room from Master Suite

Photo by Bob Greenspan
Photo by Bob Greenspan
Photo by Bob Greenspan
Photo by Bob Greenspan

This very popular plan features a master suite layout that clothing enthusiasts will love, with a huge walk-in closet that opens directly to the laundry room. If the nearby office were used as a nursery, that too would enjoy easy access to laundry facilities. Across the home, two more bedrooms also feature walk-in closets and are easy to reach from the casual garage entrance (complete with a bench and storage). Even the open kitchen in the middle includes a walk-in pantry. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Storage, Storage, and More Storage

What does a busy family need in a layout? Lots of storage, open spaces where everyone can hang out, and relaxing retreats. This home checks all the boxes from the minute homeowners step inside from the garage. Here, kids can sit down to take off their shoes, hang up coats in the walk-in closet, and even use the powder bath immediately. Meanwhile, the walk-in pantry nearby holds quite a few groceries. Family and friends will love to gather in the open kitchen, where a snack bar seats four and the dining room opens to the outdoor living area. Upstairs, the master suite invites owners to unwind in the large shower or have a seat at the vanity. All three bedrooms enjoy easy access to the laundry room and the linen closet. The bonus room would make a great playroom or home theater. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Modest Square Footage, Big Master Closet

Here's another master closet that opens straight into the laundry room, making it exceptionally easy to throw in a load of clothing. The master suite also features double sinks, a large shower, and a view of the screened porch. The middle of the home presents an open layout with the wide kitchen island at the center of attention. A casual dining nook opens to the screen porch. Two additional bedrooms share a hall bath, with linen storage just outside. On the exterior, an eye-catching arch adds serious curb appeal. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Luxury for a Slim Lot

Inside this upscale family home, an elevator waits to whisk owners upstairs to the master suite, which offers a big bedroom, a roomy bath with a window-side tub and separate shower, and two large walk-in closets. The other three bedrooms also feature lots of storage and convenient proximity to the laundry room. Back downstairs, the family room opens to the backyard on one side (via three sets of French doors) and the island kitchen on another. A study and adjacent powder bath make it easy to work from home. See more images, information, and the floor plan.