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Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

August 10, 2018
Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

by: Courtney Pittman

Spacious and bright, open floor plans bring a lot to the table when it comes to modern home design. Embracing wide open spaces, this design concept allows even the smallest of homes to feel larger than they actually are. Characterized by clean lines and efficiency, open floor plans boast a style that is effortless and livable. Today’s homeowners are swooning over these uncomplicated designs and are lining up to build a home that exudes simplicity (and function).

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Open floor plans offer clear, open sight lines from the kitchen to the main living areas. This layout offers parents the ability to watch-over and communicate with children while preparing snacks and meals. Open floor plans also work well for anyone who frequently entertains guests.

Here are some of our favorite open floor plans that we just can’t get enough of. Maybe today's your lucky day and your dream home is here just waiting to be built.

Craftsman Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #928-312

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Graced with an abundance of windows, plan928-312 feels bright and airy. A farmhouse feel can be seen in the exterior’s peaked roof, while the shingled accents reference the ever-popular Craftsman style. The open floor plan encourages convenience with an organic flow between the kitchen, dining, and living room.

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Also featured in this open floor plan is a convenient home management center (above) perfect for keeping your family life organized on the floor plan’s right side and a private study on the left, which lead to two patios, one covered and one open-air (pictured above).

Contemporary Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #928-315

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Here’s a sleek and clean design (plan928-315) that exudes luxury. Breezy and modern, this home plan is great for a growing family or homeowners who host and entertain regularly. An easy and open floor plan lends an effortless flow throughout the main living areas.

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

The views from this striking dining room (above) are exceptional thanks to the vast glass windows. Other highlights in this modern design include: a three-car garage, spacious laundry room, a mudroom just off the garage, study on the first floor, playroom (could be used as extra office space, home theater, guest suite, etc.), and a screened porch (pictured above).

Craftsman Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #1067-2

With excellent flow and a modern layout, this exclusive Craftsman home (plan1067-2) combines old and new. The kitchen will become the center of activity, overlooking both the great room and the open dining room. Busy families will appreciate the extra-large pantry, which holds a desk and a freezer (in addition to shelving and counter space).

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Each bedroom includes a walk-in closet, with the master suite’s big one opening directly to the laundry room for extra convenience when doing laundry. Also in the master suite, check out the double vanities, big tub, and separate shower.

Contemporary Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #569-38

Inside and out, contemporary plan569-38 (above) shows off with sleek lines and free-flowing interior spaces. A sizable (and stylish) kitchen island is the perfect gathering spot for family and friends. Warm up next to the cozy fireplace in the great room or kick back and relax in the outdoor living space just off the dining room.

Farmhouse Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #437-93

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

This farmhouse style home design (plan437-93) features an open floor plan that encourages ease and function with effortless access to the outdoors (just off the dining room). Homeowners will swoon over the wood-beamed vaulted ceilings (pictured above) and stone fireplace in the great room.

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

A spacious and stylish kitchen (above) make this home fit for the modern family and adds contemporary touches. Decorative legs at the end of the kitchen island lend a vintage touch to the space. The dining room is brimming with rustic luxury – just look at the ship lap walls and wood beamed ceiling! Sliding doors open to the exterior back porch, helping the home feel light and open.

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

A large screened porch (above) yields a handy spot for breaks on extra-long work days and ample room for lounging (with a stone fireplace to boot!) or hosting guests, while bringing the outdoors in (and we are all about it). Did we mention the large screened windows? Just look at those scenic views! This design has us wanting to build a home with a screened porch ASAP (bye bugs!).

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

At home in any neighborhood, this open floor plan (plan928-317) offers timeless charm yet is geared toward today’s relaxed lifestyle. Full of light, warmth and thoughtful details that make a house a home, this Craftsman design includes: plenty of spaces to enjoy outdoor living, a spacious central kitchen (which flows seamlessly into the large living and dining areas), a mudroom with built-in lockers and a three-foot bench, and a dreamy master suite.

Farmhouse Exterior - Front Elevation Plan #898-48

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

Drenching the home with sunlight, elongated windows (with black window trim) provide expansive views in this farmhouse style floor plan (plan898-48). An organic flow between the kitchen and living room (check out the floor plan above) makes entertaining easy. Designed to maximize space, vaulted ceilings in the living space make the room feel bright and airy. With the master suite tucked away from the other bedrooms, homeowners can escape chaos and retreat to their own private master oasis (sigh).

Open Floor Plans: Build a Home with a Practical and Cool Layout

A vaulted covered porch at the rear of this floor plan (above) add even more livable space to this 2,847 square foot home design and promotes outdoor hangs. Enjoy the afternoon soaking in the calming sounds of nature with a nice glass of tea.

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