Step inside this Southern stunner

Grace Haynes

Designed by Atlanta-based architect John Tee, the best-selling New Oxford house plan (SL-068) radiates curb appeal and Southern comfort. What’s not to love about it? The design blends Greek Revival influences with inviting country charm. A front porch with traditional white columns and bay windows invites passersby to sit and stay for a while. With a spacious 2,404-square-foot floor plan, this two-story home is fit for a family or retirees.

On one side of the house, the master bedroom is a secluded retreat with ample living and storage space. On the opposite side of the house, the two smaller bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms would be great for kids or guests.

The house plan’s open layout is just one of the reasons why we love it. Minimal hallways keep the flow of the house moving seamlessly from one room to the next. This home also provides plentiful space for living and entertaining. Try these ideas for decorating the dining room, and host your neighbors for a dinner party. The kitchen is always a major draw when entertaining, and this plan’s open design connects the kitchen to the breakfast area, providing more room for guests to congregate and keeping movement smooth. All rooms on the lower level connect to the family room, the focal point of the house. With a large living area and even a fireplace, you’ll want to spend a majority of your time here. Check out these ideas for family room decorating inspiration.

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Another wow factor of the New Oxford plan is its copious amount of windows, which allow natural light to pour into the house and fill it with sunny warmth. The family room’s French doors open to a covered porch, extending space for outdoor living and entertaining. With spring quickly approaching, you’ll want to outfit your porch with these musts for the season.

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