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Southern Living: Dreamy House Plans with Big Porches

June 7, 2018
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by: Courtney Pittman

Perfect for outdoor entertaining or lazing al fresco, the porch is one of the most popular features when it comes to Southern homes . In fact, it’s not just popular, it’s a Southern must have.

Although verandas were originally designed to handle the South’s hot, humid weather (before air conditioners were a thing), these days they also serve as practical gathering spaces and provide homeowners with places to connect with friends and family while rendering an extended living space.

Outdoor living in the South is more than just a pastime, it’s a way of life. So grab your sweet tea and let’s take a look at some of our favorite Southern House Plans that feature sizable lanais (and much more) and deliver major curb appeal.

Plan 63-430

Hello Southern charm! Plan 63-430 (above) is a 3,680 square foot home jam packed with coziness and an open layout. A welcoming front porch creates an inviting entrance for guests and keeps the bugs (and heat) at bay on sweltering summer nights with two fans on either end. Yes please!

Quartered windows, gable roofs, and white washed wood siding, are all nods to the South.

With a large kitchen island that seats four and opens to the dining and living areas, this design is all about family and easy living. Barn doors and a wood hood range (above) add a southern touch.

Doors opening from the living and kitchen areas to the ample rear porch (which features an outdoor kitchen and fireplace) make outdoor entertaining conveniently accessible year-round.

Plan 929-1046

Inside and out, this southern design (plan 929-1046 ) is beautifully crafted and embraces a mix of traditional and contemporary elements. A generous front porch welcomes guests and fosters community, while a vast rear porch and deck make entertaining a breeze.

Inside, the open layout between the great room and kitchen creates an easy flow between the main living spaces. Just off the foyer, the formal dining room sits away from the other living areas – keeping with good ol’ southern tradition.

Plan 938-93

Plan 938-93 (above) is all about showing off it's major curb appeal. This design just screams outdoor living. With a cozy front porch, a covered lanai (did we mention the outdoor kitchen?) at the rear of the home, and a balcony just off the loft upstairs, this design is summer ready.

These revered spaces make for relaxing evenings (and memories) with family and friends and lend an easygoing, homey feel.

Once inside, you will find an array of amenities. A mudroom is an efficient addition to this home and creates a middle ground between the exterior and interior.

A substantial great room flows effortlessly into the informal dining and kitchen areas making it easy to keep an eye on the kids while you are cooking, or allows you to be a part of the group when guests are over and you’re in the kitchen. The owner’s suite is located on the main floor away from the other bedrooms for extra privacy.

Plan 45-574

This Southern stunner (plan 45-574 ) has us wanting to move right in. Clean lines, classic style, stately columns, and elongated windows and shutters flanking the front porch, deliver charm and character.

Warm up next to the cozy fireplace in the living room, or enjoy a southern feast in the dining room (which offers tons of natural light) just steps away from the kitchen and living spaces.

A rear porch (just off the living room) connects the indoors and out for seamless entertaining and begs you to revel in the great outdoors. Add some distressed tables and chairs to jazz this look up and continue the Southern trend.

Plan 17-2148

This relaxed country home (plan 17-2148 ) promotes comfort and brings everyone together inside its open living areas. A split bedroom design offers privacy while the upper level provides room for entertainment with a bonus space.

With both front and rear grilling porches, this plan maximizes outdoor living and beckons long evenings on the porch with family and friends.

Plan 72-110

Plenty of porch space in plan 72-110 (above) welcomes lazy afternoons and invites the outdoors in with a veranda stretching completely around the perimeter of the home and maximizing space.

The great room opens to the kitchen allowing for effortless entertaining, while the split bedroom design renders a private escape for homeowners. Two more bedrooms and a loft (or study) reside on the upper level making this plan flexible for any family.

Plan 20-2173

Two words come to mind when we look at this plan (plan 20-2173 ), classic and luxury.

Verandas on both the top and bottom levels of this design reflect Southern and traditional elements in this home. Friends and family will have plenty of space to relax and kick up their feet while enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Inside, a two-story rotunda greets guests while the kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room make entertaining easily accessible.

Plan 929-37

Plan 929-37 (above) features a wraparound porch that encourages late night conversations, lazy Sundays, and savoring that morning cup of Joe while listening to the subtle sounds of a summer breeze. Sounds dreamy, right?

We can’t help but drool over this spacious and open home that delivers modern functionality while still retaining a Southern facade.

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