5 House Plans with Super-Open Layouts

It’s no secret that open layouts are popular. But now, many new house plans are pushing beyond the standard open kitchen and family room configuration by pulling the dining room into this area, too. This merging makes sense—your costs will stay low, the living space will feel bigger, and buyers are likely to get more use out of the room. In fact, just over half (153 out of 273, or 56 percent) of the new designs added to Builder House Plans in the past six months have either no formal dining room or one that is merged with the breakfast nook. Dining rooms aren't relics yet (especially in luxury homes), but they're probably superfluous for today's families, especially given the ubiquity of kitchen island seating. These plans bring gathering spaces together beautifully. The layouts also display the kinds of great practical details that your buyers are less likely to find in existing houses, such as large mudrooms and ample closet space.

Big, Casual Dining Space

Stone, shingles, and decorative trusses add graceful curb appeal to this one-story Craftsman. Inside, the foyer leads right into the great room, where a coffered ceiling and a cozy fireplace flanked with windows provide drama. This space flows effortlessly into the island kitchen (check out that walk-in pantry) and the spacious yet informal open dining room. An office nook and mud room are practical touches. Don't miss the master suite's luxurious bathroom or the split-loading, four-car garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Drop Zone, Well-Placed Laundry Room, and More

Inside this striking home is a practical, open layout with smart storage solutions (check out the walk-in pantry and the drop zone with lockers) and family togetherness. Features like a barrel-vaulted ceiling and French doors to the den create a dramatic entrance. The main level revolves around the island kitchen, with the open dining room conveniently near. An in-law suite sits near the front. Upstairs, the master suite boasts dual sinks and easy access to the laundry room. Three additional bedrooms, two with walk-in closets, make this home an excellent choice for large families. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Open Plan for a Narrow Lot

Here's a charming Craftsman bungalow with a side-loading garage that is perfect for a narrow lot. An arched front porch and a dormer combine with a shingle-and-stone exterior to create outstanding curb appeal. With the secondary bedrooms toward the front and the living area and master in the rear, this is a great plan for empty nesters. The dining room sits right next to the family room and the kitchen, the latter boasting a curved island. There is a bonus room upstairs for storage or future expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Smart Storage

Every bedroom has its own walk-in closet in this two-story design. The master suite also includes a two-sink vanity and a separate tub and shower. On the main level, the wide-open layout creates excellent flow between the family room, the island kitchen, and the relaxed dining nook. A smart mud room keeps mail, boots, and such organized on the way in from the two-car garage. 

Arches (Not Walls) Provide Definition Inside

The fun and interesting exterior of this home shows off trusses and a mixture of brick, siding, and shingles. Inside, the layout has a few surprises in store, like the vaulted sitting and dining spaces that are set apart from the main open layout with arches. A pocket office is a great place to stash a laptop and phone before relaxing in the first-floor master suite. Two more bedrooms share a bathroom near the front. Other highlights include the kitchen's very wide snack bar, a walk-in pantry that's conveniently located on the way in from the garage, and a bonus loft and bedroom suite upstairs. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

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