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 just to look for inspiration – we find that people tend to look for particular architectural designs, square footage, and desired number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Starting 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 home search in 2021 easier by taking a look at what others have been purchasing and what’s trending.
With that in mind, put together a list of our 10 most popular house plan designs of 2020 based on user interest (including social media and website interest) to give you a starting point on the road to choosing a plan. You might think large, luxury homes would dominate it — 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 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 2020:
Top 10 House Plans at The Plan Collection
#10. Contemporary Farmhouse with Front and Rear Porches — 3-Bedroom, 1474 Sq Ft
The 10th-most-popular house plan of 2020 is this 3-bedroom, contemporary farmhouse. The contemporary, transitional, or modern "farmhouse" style continues to gain popularity across the United States. With its clean lines, large windows, and wood siding — often vertical siding like this home — it is no surprise why this architectural style is getting so much attention.
This 3-bedroom, single-story home represents an updated take on the American ranch, giving it a contemporary farmhouse feel. The gable rooflines, simple front porch, and double-door entry create a welcoming presence. With 1474 living square feet, the smartly designed interior suggests a larger footprint, while nine and ten-foot ceilings add to the spaciousness. With access to the front and rear porches, the family room enjoys plenty of sunlight plus the ability to expand entertaining to the outdoor living areas.
With a split-bedroom layout, the floor plan efficiently uses the space while also providing additional privacy. The master suite includes a large walk-in closet and a master bath with separate his-and-her sink vanities, a shower, and a large tub. Ultimately, this design blends in with rural or suburban surroundings, inspired by a traditional style that is at the same time "of the moment."
#9. Mid-Century Modern with Loft — 4-Bedroom, 3526 Sq Ft
Talk about bold! This Mid-Century Modern inspired home combines quintessential looks with present-day living. The roof's multiple levels and iconic style, numerous large windows, and style-appropriate materials give the house design remarkable curb appeal. With 3526 living sq. ft. on the main and upper levels, the floor plan includes shared spaces on both levels. The foyer leads to the Great Room and chef-worthy kitchen. The main floor master has a huge dressing room and a very relaxing master bath. On the upper level, the billiards room, family room, and sizeable wet-bar area, surrounded by a rooftop sundeck over the 3-car garage, provide extraordinary relaxation and entertainment opportunities.
#8. Small Ranch Plan — 3-Bedroom, 1311 Sq Ft
At #8, get captivated by this ranch home with its clean, uncluttered, simple design. The open floor plan design gives the house a much bigger feel than its 1313 living square feet. The kitchen has a must-have island/eating bar with the dining area just steps away. The master suite with its private bath and walk-in closet is split from the other bedrooms to maximize privacy. The front porch and rear deck allow family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. There are three bedrooms and two baths, perfect for the empty nester or as a starter home.
Usually known for their single-story structure, ranch houses can be long rectangles, L-shaped, and even U-shaped. This plan's central portion is rectangular in shape, making the design more cost-efficient to build. With everything you need on the ground level, the ranch-style 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.
#7. Affordable Starter Home — 3-Bedroom, 1381 Sq Ft
Looking for something that won't break the budget? Smaller designs or "starter" homes are 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 three bedrooms, two baths, and 1381 square feet, it feels more spacious than one would expect. The open floor plan layout and frequent use of windows help create that larger feel. The master suite with a walk-in closet and the split bedroom design also contribute to this plan's popularity.
#6. Country Plan with Main Floor Master — 3-Bedroom, 2004 Sq Ft
Architectural styles that feel familiar and welcoming continue to trend — and both country and Craftsman styles are no exception. This unmistakable country Craftsman spills with Southern charm. The front covered with porch greets guests and welcomes them into your home. The foyer has high ceilings; to the left is a home office. Moving further into the house, the large living room with vaulted ceilings opens to the rear covered porch and outdoor kitchen. The eating bar in the kitchen is only steps away, perfect for quick meals. The dining area has views to the rear backyard allowing natural light to flow into the open. The main floor master is split from the other bedrooms and has a tray ceiling giving it an even bigger feel.
#5. Coastal-Inspired Contemporary Home — 3-Bedroom, 2684 Sq Ft
Luxury from the inside out, this contemporary, coastal living-inspired home offers 2684 heated square feet, three bedrooms, and three baths. The grand foyer opens to the vast open floor plan. Stepping beyond the entry hall, friends and family will be impressed by the natural light that fills the space. The large Great Room has a wet bar and looks out to covered lanai through a wall of sliding glass doors. The kitchen has a huge island and opens to the dining area.
The luxury master suite boasts a trayed ceiling, giving a spacious feel to the already large room. Sliding doors lead to the covered lanai. The master bathroom has two walk-in closets. The tub is free-standing, and large showers are walk-in. It also offers dual vanities and walk-in closets. With a split bedroom layout, the master suite enjoys additional privacy.
#4. Southern Country with In-Law Apartment — 6-Bedroom, 3437 Sq Ft
As extended families living under one roof becoming more common — and those grandparents wanting to have their own space — the in-law suite or apartment is a must-have for many. And for others, that apartment represents an opportunity for a rental apartment or Airbnb unit.
This magnificent Southern country home with a wraparound porch has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, including an attached but separate in-law suite with a private entrance that includes: a master suite with a roll-in shower in the master bath, a separate bedroom and bathroom, a great room, a kitchen, and a laundry room. Let's not forget about the main house: an open plan Great Room living area with family room, kitchen, and dining area; a master suite; 3 additional bedrooms with a common bathroom; a laundry room; a mudroom; and a 3-car garage with storage.
#3. Luxury Arts & Crafts with Open Floor Plan — 3-Bedroom, 2857 Sq Ft
Homeowners today still love the look of Arts & Crafts and Craftsman-style architecture. This home design offers not only terrific curb appeal but an almost endless list of luxurious amenities. The porch space is abundant and perfect for the family that loves to entertain. The incredible details in the exterior shake-and-stone siding come together to create a curb appeal with a rustic touch.
Inside, the large lodge with fireplace is flooded with natural light from the rear open deck, giving the open floor plan a more spacious feel. The kitchen features a large kitchen island, breakfast area, walk-in pantry, and eating bar. With its welcoming fireplace, the keeping room offers extra space to entertain guests or enjoy a good read. The sizable master suite is split from other bedrooms and offers privacy and luxury features. The master bedroom enjoys a high tray ceiling, while the master bath boasts two large walk-in closets, a walk-in shower with seats, dual vanities, a water closet, and a garden tub. Other features include a studio, mudroom, and rear deck entrance.
#2. Craftsman Ranch with Split Bedroom Layout — 3-Bedroom, 1800 Sq Ft
From the front porch to the rear, every aspect of this classic Craftsman is designed for family living. After entering the foyer, the floor plan invites you into the Great Room, impressive with its vaulted ceiling and fireplace, perfect for the family that loves to entertain. The Great Room connects with the open kitchen with its island counter and bar plus breakfast area. A flex space can be used as a dining area or a study.
The master suite, with a grand walk-in closet, jetted tub, and separate toilet, is located on the other side of the home plan, along with the laundry room and two-car garage with a storage area. Need more space? The plan also features a bonus room on the upper level. This home is packed to the roof with features and opportunities.
#1. Modern Farmhouse with Veranda — 3 Bedroom, 2787 Sq Ft
For 2020, we have a new plan coming in first place! You will marvel at the sight of this single-story modern farmhouse style home. The house has a total finished and unfinished area of 5,393 square feet with 2,787 square feet of living space. An expansive, covered veranda welcomes you upon arrival at the front, with a 2-car garage (option to expand to 3-car) on its left side conveniently located with access to the utility and kitchen area. From the veranda, the foyer ushers you into the Great Room containing dining, family, open kitchen, and breakfast nook areas. A cozy fireplace at the heart of the Great Room provides residents all the warmth and relaxed atmosphere they need. The living spaces also lead outside to the covered lanai and barbecue area.
The house provides a total of three bedrooms with two full bathrooms and a half bath. The master suite offers a generous amount of space for the owners. The other amenities and utilities include a walk-in pantry, butler's pantry, mudroom, laundry room, study, access stairs, and two bonus rooms on the upper level for storage or additional space for guests.
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Open floor plans and master suites on the main floor were still top features in 2020. Natural light is an essential feature in any home, making large windows and well-placed windows both design elements buyers want. Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, such as those featured in the Mid-Century home plan above, are a trendy option, 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 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 and customizations 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 accommodate your lifestyle best. Please continue your search for a home in 2021 using our advanced house plan finder.