Outdoor living (with all of its associated wellness benefits) doesn't require fancy disappearing walls or elaborate water features. How about a simple but spacious porch? Plenty of windows to let in natural light? These house plans show how it's done under 2,000 square feet.

Remarkably Open Layout

A very open layout puts the emphasis on the kitchen, where a large island can seat five people. Within eyesight, a corner fireplace warms up the great room, which flows into the open dining area and out to a large screened porch. The master suite boasts double sinks and walk-in closets. Sleek styling makes the modern farmhouse exterior stand out. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Master Steps Out to Screened Porch

Multiple access points to the rear screen porch make it easy to actually use and enjoy on a daily basis. Owners can greet the day by stepping out from their master bedroom onto the porch, or wait until they have coffee in hand and head out from the open dining room. Another highlight is the versatile bedroom/study, which connects to a hall bath for extra privacy when guests visit. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Easy Access to Rear Porch

Here's an on-trend design that can fit a smallish lot. Both the living room and the island kitchen open to the back porch. The master suite rests on the main level and offers owners a surprisingly luxurious shower with two shower heads. Upstairs, two more bedrooms feature walk-in closets and access a loft. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Extra Suite for In-Laws or Guests

It’s all about relaxing times on the porch of this versatile design, which would work well as a primary residence or vacation getaway. The main floor features the master suite and an extra suite, ideal for hosting in-laws or special visitors. Two more bedrooms upstairs add extra space for kids or friends. See more images, information, and the floor plans.