If you’re going to make outdoor living part of your homes, go all the way for a truly useful space that your buyers will love. Each one of these new plans incorporates porches, patios, or decks (or all three) into the design, often right into the footprint. 

Multi-Generational Appeal


Photo by Bob Greenspan
Photo by Bob Greenspan
Photo by Bob Greenspan
Bob Greenspan (816-591-3370) Photo by Bob Greenspan

With easy access to the great room on one side and the open dining room on the other, the kitchen in this lovely Craftsman home feels perfectly relaxed. The details stand out: elegant columns provide a bit of definition without closing anything off, a bookshelf holds treasured cookbooks, and several doors open to the patio for easy indoor/outdoor entertaining. Two equally appealing master suites (each opens to the patio or porch) sit on opposite sides of the first level, making this home ideal for multi-generational living. Another bedroom suite and a game room occupy the second floor, where older children will appreciate the privacy. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Outdoor Living Incorporated Into Footprint


A unique footprint maximizes indoor/outdoor living for this contemporary home, with walls of glass bringing tons of light into most rooms. The glass-enclosed office in particular offers a cheerful place to work. In the main gathering zone, the island kitchen opens completely to the dining area (which combines the breakfast nook and formal dining room for a modern feeling) and the living space. An unusual walk-through closet in the master suite makes saving space look cool. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Views All Around

Photo by David LiaBraaten
Photo by David LiaBraaten


Photo by David LiaBraaten
Photo by David LiaBraaten

This home displays both modern and Craftsman influences, resulting in a unique home with clean interior lines and an innovative layout. Step from the covered entry into the foyer, where the great room greets you with a cozy fireplace and a lovely view of the terrace. The luxurious main master and a secondary master (great for in-laws or special guests) occupy opposite sides of the home. In the middle, the main living spaces enjoy excellent views of the rear, which includes both covered and open outdoor living (step out to here from the great room, the dining room, and the primary master suite). The extra-spacious kitchen offers seating for two at the counter. Don't miss the outstanding mud room near the garage. Upstairs, two bedrooms with a bath and a bonus area between them offer the perfect places for kids to sleep, study, play, and relax. The bonus room leads to an outside deck for enjoying the weather and views. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


An Elevator Connects Three Levels


Ideal for a coastal location, this Low Country design includes two levels of extensive outdoor living space on front and back. Garage and storage space on the ground level open to patios, while upstairs, most rooms offer porch access. The master suite includes a spacious bathroom and two walk-in closets. On the top floor, two bedrooms and two bathrooms (plus a gathering loft) give guests plenty of room. An elevator connects all three levels for easy aging in place. See more images, information, and the floor plan.