Most of us spend more time inside our houses than we spend admiring them from outside, but that doesn't mean that the exterior isn't important! Picking out special exterior features for your home can be a lot of fun, especially if you're aesthetically inclined.
It's also nice to have a home that reflects your personal tastes, so we've rounded up a collection of gorgeous homes in a number of different styles. Take a look at the plans below, and let us know which one you like best!
1. Traditional two bedroom home from Houseplans.
With a chimney and charming paned windows, this two bedroom design from Houseplans comes in at 984 square feet (91 square meters). The front door is found underneath a small porch, and it opens into a living room with sloping ceilings and a fireplace. This room is open to the kitchen and the dining room; a large island in the kitchen provides plenty of counter space. A utility room and a storage room are located in the back right. The rest of the home is taken up by two bedrooms, both of which have an attached bathroom. The master suite also features a large tub and a walk-in closet.
2. Carriage home over five car garage from Architectural Designs.
Coming in at 825 square feet (77 square meters), this floor plan from Architectural Designs is for a home built over a luxurious five car garage. A staircase leads up from the garage to a small landing, where double doors open into the home's living room or games rooms. This space is illuminated by large bay windows on either side, and it leads through to a small U-shaped kitchenette. A bathroom with a shower is directly across from the kitchenette, while the bedroom is found on the far right-hand side of the home. Large storage spaces are accessible from both sides of the bedroom.
3. Charming cottage with wraparound porch from ePlans.
This lovely design from ePlans measures 848 square feet (79 square meters), and features a wraparound porch with elegant columns. Step through the front door, and find yourself in the home's main living area. Plenty of beautiful paned windows are found in the room, and a tiny U-shaped kitchen is tucked off to the left. Bifold doors open into the bedroom, which features two large closets as well as an attached bathroom.
4. Tiny cottage with vaulted ceilings from Family Home Plans.
This design from Family Home Plans measures only 576 square feet (54 square meters), but vaulted ceilings throughout the home make the space feel much larger. The front door opens into a small hallway that leads to a coat closet, the bathroom, and the bedroom before ending in the main living area. Here, skylights and a large fireplace bring plenty of character to the room, and a kitchen with an eating bar is located off to the left. The back door opens onto the patio outside.
5. Narrow two bedroom home from Houseplans.
Perfectly suited for a narrow lot, this bungalow from Houseplans comes in at a fairly spacious 966 square feet (90 square meters). The home is entered through the family room, which features vaulted ceilings and leads straight through to the kitchen. The dining room is located right behind the kitchen, and it's open to a small space that includes a pantry and the laundry room. A small hallway off the family room leads to the bedrooms and the bathroom. Highlights of the master bedroom include a tray ceiling and a walk-in closet.
6. Adorable rustic cottage from Architectural Designs.
Coming in at 640 square feet (59 square meters), this little cottage from Architectural Designs has small porches at both the front and the back. Double doors open to the open concept living area, which features a fireplace and an eating bar as well as room for a dining table. The master suite is found at the back of the home, and it includes a walk-in closet as well as a bathroom with a large shower. A small storage space is located right off the back deck.