This week’s house plans were selected for their conservative size and their intelligent use of space. A well designed small home plan orchestrates the flow of the spaces, making sense of all areas, no matter how compact. It’s a design that feels larger than its square footage, with storage space to help eliminate clutter. Outdoor living spaces expand the home to the outside. It’s also a home that, most importantly, lives in harmony with your lifestyle.
Home is —or should be— a place of protection and refuge. Unfortunately, many homes today are anything but safe. Bigger isn’t always better, and sometimes a large house will stretch the budget too much, causing the homeowner to sacrifice in other areas.
Beyond the issue of design, small house plans offer smarter living. These homes provide a healthy, safe environment for you and your household. By investing in a small house plan, your budget will allow for incorporating highly durable materials that require little or no maintenance and new technologies that can make your new home more energy efficient, comfortable and environmentally friendly.
Total Living Area: 840 SF
Outside on the main level, a wraparound porch ties together the front and rear of the house. The corner gazebo is ideal for outdoor dining as it opens to the kitchen through a set of double glass doors. Inside, we discover an open activities area which is bathed in light and boasting a 9 foot ceiling. The kitchen features a central island and triple window at the sink. The dining and living rooms are designed with an angled layout for a dynamic and unique interior. From the bathroom, you will find a pocket door for discreet passage from the master bedroom. An exit from the basement is located just below the gazebo, allowing for a sheltered patio space at that level.
Total Living Area: 1,108 SF
Crafstman styling and a welcoming porch create marvelous curb appeal for this design. A compact footprint allows economy in construction. A volume ceiling in the living and dining rooms and the kitchen makes this home live larger than its modest square footage. The kitchen features generous cabinet space and flows directly into the dining room (note optional buffet) to create a casual country feeling. The master bedroom offers a walk-in closet, a full bath and a bumped-out window overlooking the rear yard. The lower level provides room for an additional bedroom, den, family room and full bath. Choose the unfinished basement or a crawlspace foundation under the living area.
Total Living Area: 1,343 SF
This lovely 1,343 square foot front porch design is as versatile as it is attractive. It makes a perfect starter home or vacation home and lends itself to narrow lots, with a garage which may easily be reduced in size or omitted entirely. The angled entry opens into a spacious open plan including a dramatic vaulted family room lit by a large “Palladian” style window. The master suite is also vaulted, and includes a luxurious bath, walk-in closet and an inviting screened porch. The two remaining bedrooms share a hall bath, and each features a walk-in closet. The washer and dryer are tucked conveniently in a laundry closet.
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