The prognostications really heat up this time of year. It's hard to do more than guess what will become popular in house plans this year, but considering how things are going, it's probably fairly safe to assume a few things. First, farmhouse style is hot, hot, hot and will remain so until we hit saturation point. Second, given how many multigenerational households are out there, flexible guest suites may help attract a wider range of buyers. And third, open layouts reign supreme now and for the foreseeable future.

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Chic Modern Farmhouse

Photo courtesy of Jerry Roetcisoender
Photo courtesy of Jerry Roetcisoender

This 2,436-square-foot design boasts popular modern farmhouse styling on the exterior, warmed up with wood porch columns near the entry. Inside, the plan ticks all the contemporary boxes: an open layout between the family room and island kitchen, a den for working from home, and a well-outfitted master suite located on the main level. Other highlights include a versatile bonus room upstairs and multiple walk-in closets.See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Bold Curb Appeal

Another modern farmhouse? Yep, and this one is on the bolder side with metal roof accents. The kitchen takes a central role inside, with a large island and a unique snack bar that straddles inside and out for multi-season enjoyment. A pocket office near the kitchen makes it easy to sort mail and keep tech devices tidy. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Laundry Connects to Master Closet

Modern luxury is all about flexibility and convenience, and this elegant home boasts both. A study/flex room near the front can become a home office or guest bedroom as needed. In the luxurious master suite (check out that shower!), one of the walk-in closets opens directly to the laundry room to make it easy to throw in a load of clothing. A large walk-in pantry keeps groceries at hand in the island kitchen. And with the outdoor fireplace on the back porch, chilly nights become cozy hangout opportunities. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Room for Visitors or In-Laws

Large bedrooms give everyone plenty of elbow room in this modern design, while a guest suite invites a grandparent or friend to stay on the main level. Storage abounds throughout the home, with a mudroom, big kitchen pantry, and a huge walk-in closet for the master suite. A bonus room can become a playroom or office. See more images, information, and the floor plans.