There's been a nice crop of well-designed starter home plans lately, especially ones that prioritize simplicity and openness.

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Uncomplicated Footprint; Luxe Master Bath

With a streamlined footprint and open layout, this new design keeps it simple. However, the clean modern lines and striking roofline feel fresh and fun. Inside, the open layout flows from the island kitchen into the living and dining areas. Upstairs, the master suite shows off a surprisingly impressive bathroom with two sinks, a separate tub, and a large shower. See more images, info, and the floor plans.

Farmhouse Under 1,500 Square Feet

This 1,416-square-foot farmhouse gives timeless curb appeal and a contemporary open layout. The master suite sits on one side of the home and includes a private bathroom with two sinks and a large shower, as well as a walk-in closet. On the other side, two additional bedrooms share the hall bath. In the middle, the great room overlooks the kitchen and dining area. Other thoughtful touches include lockers and a desk on the way in from the garage. See more images, info, and the floor plans

Clever Duplex Design

This duplex plan presents outstanding cottage curb appeal and two units, each with an open layout, three bedrooms, and a two-car garage. The private master bathrooms are also surprisingly impressive, with double sinks and more. See more images, info, and the floor plans.

Smart Starter Home

With just 1,040 square feet, this ranch home keeps everything manageable. But the open-concept floor plan definitely feels contemporary, with a large island that gives owners extra space for meal prep and casual entertaining. Two bedrooms sit on the right, one of them with a private bathroom. See more images, info, and the floor plans.