Cutting corners can be a good thing—that is, when you’re eliminating unnecessary rooms and streamlining the home’s footprint. These efficient designs utilize narrow dimensions, stacked-box construction, and combined rooms (such as the multipurpose great room) for affordability. However, they don’t skimp on the amenities that buyers will notice most, such as deluxe master baths, kitchen islands, and walk-in closets.

Country Vibe

Looking for a budget-friendly home with flair? This narrow plan groups together spaces needing water for shorter plumbing runs. The large bonus space upstairs could serve as a spacious living room for an in-law or boomerang kid. The side screened porch is a great choice for lots with little or no backyard. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Just the (Beautiful) Basics

Attractive architectural details adorn this stacked-box design with timeless curb appeal. Inside, the layout is simple and utterly contemporary, featuring an island kitchen that opens to the great room, a dining room defined by a column instead of walls, and a clever drop area off the garage with lockers and storage. The powder bath is tucked into a very private corner. Upstairs, the master suite is equipped to impress with a large shower, walk-in closet, and tray ceiling. Two more bedrooms have easy access to the convenient second-floor laundry and nearby bonus room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

The Right Priorities

Building on a narrow lot? Opt for an open layout like this one for a spacious feeling. The wide, angled kitchen, snack bar, and adjacent dining nook provide plenty of seating, eliminating the need for a formal, rarely-used dining room. Buyers will love the master suite’s huge walk-in closet, the upstairs laundry room, and the study downstairs that offers a place to telecommute. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Little Luxuries

With its large family room, beautiful bow window in the master suite, and a snack counter, this lovely home is an appealing, budget-friendly choice. An optional attached, front-loading garage is set unobtrusively back. Inside, little luxuries abound, including walk-in closets in the master suite and second bedroom, twin sinks for the master bath, and a full-width front porch. See more images, information, and the floor plan.