Ditch the formal dining room and open it all up with one of these relaxed layouts. Bright, inviting, and utterly contemporary, they get to the heart of how families really live today.

Large, Informal Dining Room

Graceful tapered columns and a mix of materials create a classic exterior with lots of curb appeal. Inside, the layout is surprisingly contemporary. At the center of the gathering spaces, the kitchen boasts a large island with a snack bar. Nearby, the dining nook offers a bright, relaxed space that opens to outside. A fireplace warms the great room. It's easy to tame clutter with the smart organizational details at the garage entrance, including a bench and cubbies. Upstairs, the master suite treats you with a whirlpool tub, large shower, and huge walk-in closet. Three more bedrooms use the hall bath, with the bonus space available for later expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plan.