Start Your Dream Home Search with Our Countdown of Popular Home Plans
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When analyzing how people search for a new home design – whether they’re on the hunt for a floor plan to build or they’re just looking for inspiration – we find that people tend to look for a particular architectural style, square footage, and desired number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Starting out with those specific requirements, browsing through the results, and finding the plan of your dreams takes research and time. It can sometimes be overwhelming.
We’re here for you. We want to help you streamline the process and make your search for a home in 2020 easier.
With that in mind, we’d like to share our 10 most popular house plans of 2019 based on user interest (including social media and website interest) to give you a starting point on the road to choosing a house plan as your dream home. You might think it would be dominated by large, luxury homes -- but that’s not the case! The houses that our users fell in love with last year varied as much as our collection itself: from traditional Craftsman homes to sleek retro-modern designs and just about everything in between.
Take a closer look for yourself as we count down the top ten best house plans of 2019:
Top 10 House Plans at The Plan Collection
Starting off as the 10th-most-popular house plan of 2019 is this 3-bedroom, rustic home. Rustic style, reminiscent of the earlier ranches, cabins, and lodges of the American West, continues to grow in popularity. The style’s exterior mix of stone, timber beams, and wood siding blends these homes into their natural surroundings. Steep and often multiple rooflines call to memory the hills and mountains that often surround them.
This 3-bedroom home with 3,959 square feet, represents the best of today’s rustic style home designs. Inside, the elements of the natural environment continue — while also embracing modern amenities in a subtle way. The impressive, two-story Great Room is vaulted and centered around an impressive fireplace. An open floor plan connects it to the dining room and gourmet kitchen. An abundance of large windows allows for plenty of sunshine and remarkable views, making it the perfect option for a vacation home in the mountains. A den off the Great Room is ideal for quiet time. A friends’ entry leads to the mudroom. Plus, there are two main floor master suites — a very popular feature in the newest built homes today.
This home features architectural details such as exposed beams, custom cabinetry, and low-pitched roofs with wide eaves, which are part of the hallmark look of a Craftsman home. The addition of a mudroom that connects to the porch, laundry room, and the main living space creates a user-friendly area for busy families, pet owners, gardeners, and so on. If you love quality that reflects true artistry, this or any Craftsman style house may be what you're looking for.
At #8 is this luxurious, 5-bedroom Modern style plan. Clean, uncluttered, minimal; modern designs are quite popular right now. Modern style homes often have stainless-steel features and vastness to them, but the modern design doesn’t have to be cold. Spacious living with large windows and lots of light are what many potential home builders and buyers are looking for today, and many modern home designs deliver.
From the motor court, take the path towards the front door while enjoying the peaceful setting created by the flanking Zen-like ponds. Stepping over the transom and into the foyer, you will be immediately taken by the impressive sunken living area with its 22-foot ceiling height, grand fireplace, and wall of windows to the rear patio. With over 5,100 square feet of indoor living space and the addition of plenty of outdoor living areas, this two-story house plan feels resort-like.
Modern homes are known for their sleek luxury; sophisticated designs embody the modern aesthetic. Modern style homes can feel “now” or futuristic. Industrial elements can be adapted to the design. Rich warmth and texture can be part of the design scheme in the styling process.
#7. Ultimate Southern Ranch — 3-Bedroom, 1800 Sq Ft
This family home combines two classic yet also trending design styles: Southern and Ranch. Extremely popular in the 1950s, ranch design today is making a comeback with people seeking the convenience and relaxed style of ranch home living. Unlike many ranches, which may be modern-looking, this plan embraces some of the most-loved design elements of Southern style — starting with its wide, front porch.
Usually known for its single-story structure, ranch houses can be long rectangles, L-shaped, and even U-shaped. The main portion of this house plan is rectangular in shape, making the design more cost efficient to build. With everything you need on the ground level, ranch style houses can be the perfect choice for families, aging populations, and individuals with special needs. This style often includes open floor plans that most people still seek today. An attached garage, patios, and outdoor living areas are included in this ranch home to create comfort and ease, both inside and out.
A distinctly American style, Prairie house plans are inspired by straight lines of the horizon on a prairie and are meant to live in harmony with the environment. This contemporary Prairie-style home remains one of our best-selling house plans. It combines prairie aspects with design features desired in today’s homes. The high ceilings and open floor plan give this home a much more spacious feel. The main floor master suite includes a large master bath and walk-in closet. The attached, 3-car garage is practical for today’s living — while the clever design to step back the second bay breaks up its appearance from the curb and is consistent with Prairie design.
Looking for something that won’t break the budget? Smaller home designs or “starter” homes are actually very popular among a variety of people. Young couples, single people, and retirees are just a few examples of people seeking a low maintenance, cost-effective lifestyle. Smaller homes often allow the individual to focus more on life experiences and creating financial freedom.
This starter house has all the hallmarks of an efficiently built design such as simple, clean lines. However, what also makes it so popular is its attractive country ranch style and attention to detail. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 1400 square feet it feels more spacious than one would expect. The open floor plan layout and frequent use of windows helps create that larger feel. The master suite with two walk-in closets and the split bedroom design also contribute to this plan’s popularity.
Don’t want a huge house yet wish to have plenty of today’s comforts that make a house a home? This 1600-square-foot, transitional-styled ranch does exactly that.
- Its rear deck/patio of the house is great for outdoor living.
- The vaulted ceiling in the main living areas of the house creates a large, open feel.
- The master bedroom has a nicely sized walk-in closet.
- The master bathroom features his and her sinks.
- The kitchen island with an eating bar is perfect for bacon and eggs or just coffee and reading the paper.
With this home plan, one-story living just got a whole lot easier.
Farmhouse style homes are similar to the country home but often have a second story and may have more of a contemporary flair, especially “modern” farmhouses. Wrought iron railings, galvanized steel, and vertical wood siding might be included in the modern farmhouse design. Repurposed materials are fun style ideas when creating the farmhouse feel.
Color palettes in shades of white, grey, black, and taupe are popular to create a clean look in your farmhouse. Exposed beams, shiplap walls, wood floors, and fireplaces can provide the design elements you’re looking for in your new home. This popular three-bedroom home has a wraparound porch in the back with a summer kitchen and a two-story family room.
Homeowners today still love the look of country style homes, especially transitional country homes. And this home design offers not only terrific cub appeal but an almost endless list of luxurious amenities. The foyer leads to the Great Room and open dining area. Steps away is the chef’s kitchen with island. The master suite is its own private oasis. The rear decks and covered porch are ideal for entertaining or just relaxing. The attached, 3-car garage has the option for a bonus room above.
But what really gets everyone’s attention is the optional, ground-floor in-law suite apartment. With its own private porch and entrance as well as direct access to the main house, the layout creates privacy yet also connectedness when desired. It would also work well as an Airbnb rental. The apartment includes its own living room, eat-in kitchen, and in-law master bedroom suite with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet.
For the second year in a row, our most popular plan of 2019 is our Craftsman home with vaulted ceilings, plan number 142-1168. The era of Craftsman houses originated in the United States in the early 1900s, and they were meant to emphasize the craftsmanship and artistry that should go into creating a home. These homes are known for their covered porches, dormers, and multi-pane windows often wrapped in extra wide trim. Grand fireplaces with natural stone, built-in bookshelves, and reading nooks are other characteristics typical of a Craftsman house plan.
This house features high vaulted ceilings for an open, airy design. And true to style, built-in cabinetry and seating are all throughout this house, including window seats in both the powder room and walk-in closet. The focus of a Craftsman home is not in ornate details but simplicity. Straight lines and a sense of minimalism is infused in the Craftsman aesthetic.
Growing Popularity of Traditional Style Homes
Although not part of the top 10 list, traditional houses are also trending right now. Classic in style, often white or brick, traditional houses feel a bit more formal than the other trending house designs. A traditional home can have simple roof lines with symmetrically spaced windows. Sometimes associated with colonial and Georgian style homes, traditional houses may have columns and formal entryways. Hardwood floors and generous-size rooms with a more grand feeling are common in this style.
Traditional houses are built with the kitchen and living room on the first floor and the bedrooms upstairs. Today, many home builders are adding the master suite on the first floor for more streamline living. A home office can be designed into either the first or second floor if desired. A traditional home can be warm and inviting for you and your family.
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Open floor plans and master suites on the main floor were very popular in 2019 and make sense for many homeowners. Natural light is an important feature in any home, thus making large windows and well-placed windows a design element home buyers want. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, such as those featured in the Modern Home Plan above, are a trendy opion bringing in more natural light and opening indoor spaces to outdoor living areas.
Eco-friendly building materials and design features like water conservation, solar panels, and glazed windows to maximize a home’s efficiency are also what’s happening now. Homeowners want to be practical and comfortable. Technology is infused into today’s homes with security, lighting, charging stations, home theaters, sound systems, and refrigerators that can tell you if you’re out of orange juice. Multi-tasking “smart mirrors” are yet another enhanced technology feature that's in the now.
The style of your future home can be very specific or a blend of multiple aesthetics. Special features such as the addition of technology or eco-friendly enhancements are options to consider. You may already know the approximate number of bedrooms you need and the ideal number of bathrooms you want, but looking at house plans can help you further identify your needs and wants – and what’s available to best accommodate your lifestyle. Continue your search for a home in 2020 using our advanced house plan finder.