Isn't it nice when what's popular is also what's affordable? In the case of today's layouts, that means open floor plans (not a lot of walls), clean lines (instead of a convoluted footprint), and multipurpose spaces (like third bedrooms that easily become offices).

These new designs from Donald A. Gardner Architects nod to the movement towards simplicity. Ranging from 1,661 to 1,948 square feet, they will fit nicely into the budgets of many different potential clients, without skimping on the kinds of amenities that make new homes stand out (like ample storage and generous kitchen islands).

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Flexible Third Bedroom/Study

Modern and elegant, this 1,948-square-foot design displays an open layout with many thoughtful details. For example, the third bedroom sits near the front and includes two points of entry (one to the foyer and the other to the hallway), meaning that it functions equally well as a home office or sleeping zone. On the left side of the home, the master suite features skylights in the bedroom and a private bathroom with a huge walk-in closet. The center of the home feels open and kitchen-focused, perfect for relaxed gatherings. A bonus room upstairs adds the possibility of future expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Narrow Width, Broad Appeal

Privacy and togetherness find the right balance in this slim-lot design, which gives the master suite its own corner and encourages everyone to have fun together in the open great room. The kitchen sports an island and overlooks the open, bright dining area (check out the skylights). Barn doors leading to the secondary bedrooms add a cute, rustic touch. For visiting relatives or an older child, the bonus room can become a spacious suite. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Impressive Flow and Luxurious Master Suite

Now here's a smart way to use 1,779 square feet. The open layout guarantees excellent flow between the great room, island kitchen, and big dining area, and also out to the back porch. Owners can relax in the master suite's spa-like bathroom, where they'll find a skylight, shower, tub, two sinks, and double walk-in closets. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Craftsman Details

This elegant house plan design shows off Craftsman-inspired styling with graceful tapered columns on the porch and eye-catching gables. Inside, it's party time in the open dining room and at the kitchen's snack bar. Check out the large screened porch (with a fireplace!) out back. See more images, information, and the floor plans.