No huge lots required here: these upscale designs fit all their amenities within compact dimensions. Highlights include luxe master suites, spacious kitchens, and great outdoor living rooms.

Coastal Treasure

Photo by Todd W. Reed
Photo by Todd W. Reed

This stunning seaside home maximizes a small lot, especially one with a view, by building up instead of out. An elevator makes it easy to travel from the bottom level (where there's room for four cars plus a workshop and storage) all the way up to the second floor's luxurious sleeping quarters. One of the home's highlights is the deluxe master suite, where the incredible bathroom (check out the huge shower) is matched only by the enormous walk-in closet. Everyone enjoys easy access to the laundry room up here. On the main level, the kitchen's large island and nearby keeping room will be the center of family activity. Both the keeping and great room open to the side covered porch, one of several outdoor living areas that invite owners to step out and catch the breeze. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Versatile and Compact

This family home displays a remarkable amount of relaxed living space. In the heart of the home, the kitchen counter overlooks the family room, where a wet bar lets guests serve themselves drinks. After eating in the open dining room (a cheerful space with windows on three sides and elegant columns) everyone can step out to the screen porch or onto the open porch and patio. A versatile suite on this level can hold guests when not in use as an office. Upstairs, the master suite boasts a private porch, two walk-in closets, and a deluxe bathroom with a sun tunnel that draws in light. For privacy and convenience, each secondary bedroom sits adjacent to a bathroom. See more images, information, and the floor plan.