Country style remains a popular choice for home buyers, judging by what’s popular on BuilderHousePlans and its sister sites. Of course, you don’t have to build huge farmhouses to get the effect; these modestly sized homes capture the essence of country living—porches add major appeal in particular—with smart layouts sure to win over buyers of all kinds.

Seeing Double Porches

Lots of windows let light stream into this charming country cottage. Graceful columns on the front and rear porches add distinction to these areas, perfect for sitting or outdoor dining. An open floor plan makes great use of square footage, with the fireplace-warmed great room, dining area, and kitchen in one large space. The breakfast bar provides seating for casual meals. The first-floor master suite features a walk-in closet and a luxurious bath with a whirlpool tub and dual vanities. Two family bedrooms share a full bath upstairs. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Gorgeous Wraparound Veranda

It doesn't get much more neighborhood-friendly than this: a compact footprint fits almost anywhere, and a wraparound porch offers loads of curb appeal. Inside, the two-story great room/dining room combination features a towering fireplace. The U-shaped kitchen contains an angled snack counter that's handy for quick meals. The master suite offers a full bath and double doors to the veranda. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Simply Charming

A prominent center gable and an inviting front porch create excellent curb appeal for this appealing two-story family home. A balcony that overlooks the two-story foyer and the two-story great room provides an impressive welcome. Elegant columns mark entry to both the dining room and great room. Located on the first floor, the master bedroom enjoys a tray ceiling, back-porch access, a private bath, and two closets. Upstairs, three more bedrooms share a spacious bath. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Small and Smart

Just 40 feet wide, this attractive three-bedroom home fits a compact lot. The layout inside is thoughtfully designed, with the den near the front for a quiet work space, the kitchen and great room open to one another, and the master bedroom buffered from public view via a well-placed foyer. Upstairs, two more bedrooms share a hall bath and a computer nook. See more images, information, and the floor plan.