2016 Best-Selling House Plans

Design Your Dream Home

Since the first issue of Southern Living, we've featured and sold house plans. Now our collection spans more than 1,000 unique designs. Here are 10 of our best sellers.

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Design Your Dream Home

Design Your Dream Home

From the very first issue of Southern Living, the magazine has featured and sold house plans. These architectural drawings give readers access to some of the South's top architects—allowing you to build a custom home at an affordable price. While many things on the insides of these homes have changed over the years (open floor plans, bigger closets, and kitchen islands, to name a few), the classic and authentic Southern style on the exterior remains the same. Today, SL offers over 1,000 house plans on southernlivinghouseplans.com. We present 10 of our best-sellers.

A private porch off the primary bedroom makes this cottage feel like a retreat. Click here to see the rest of the house.

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No. 1 Tideland Haven

Tideland Haven
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PLAN NO. 1375
2 bed, 2 ½ bath
2,418 square feet

Sheltered by deep overhangs and a wraparound porch, this award-winning design is by Peachtree City, Georgia-based architecture firm Historical Concepts. The living area flows freely into the foyer, kitchen, and dining alcove. Maximizing natural light, French doors with transoms above flood the interior with sunlight.

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No. 2 Tucker Bayou

Tucker Bayou

PLAN NO. 1408
5 bed, 4 bath
3,554 square feet

Inspired by historic seaside architecture, this plan combines the casual comfort of a vacation home with thoughtful features that make everyday life easier for today's busy families. Designed by Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, Tucker Bayou seamlessly connects interior and exterior living spaces with one another.

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No. 3 Sugarberry Cottage

Sugarberry Cottage

PLAN NO. 1648
3 bed, 2 ½ bath
1,679 square feet

Loaded with curb appeal, this one-and-a-half story plan by Moser Design Group packs a lot of living in a small footprint. A wraparound porch with a screened-in area welcomes guests into the open floor plan that combines living room, dining room, and kitchen with center island.

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Cottage of the Year

Cottage of the Year

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PLAN NO. 593
4 bed, 3 ½ bath
2,718 square feet

The beauty of this house plan by Moser Design Group is the placement of bedrooms, creating a retreat-like feel. The first-floor primary bedroom and guest room are freestanding cottages (each with its own front porch), connected to the main house by porches or vestibules.

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Nautical Cottage

Nautical Cottage

PLAN NO. 224
3 bed, 2 bath
1,315 square feet

This all-time favorite home, inspired by small summer cottages, is adaptable in a variety of climates and locations. Architect Scott Ziegler of Houston, Texas, used charming details to give the house personality. Cedar shakes and the Nantucket star design on the porch railing add to the authentic look and feel.

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No. 6 Deer Run

Deer Run
Southern Living House Plans

PLAN NO. 731
2 bed, 2 bath
973 square feet

Thoughtfully designed and affordable to build, this plan by architect William H. Phillips illustrates cabin living at its best. The perfect hideaway at the lake or in the mountains, this design highlights rustic styling in under 1,000 square feet. Tucked in the eaves upstairs, a second bedroom and bath provide ideal space for visiting guests.

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No. 7 Eastover Cottage

Eastover Cottage

PLAN NO. 1666
3 bed, 3 ½ bath
2,530 square feet

In true Southern fashion, Watermark Coastal Homes designed this home for hospitality. The gracious entry flows into a large living room and dining room that are divided by a two-sided fireplace. Just off the dining room, the screened porch is perfect for entertaining.

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Carolina Island House

Carolina Island House

PLAN NO. 481
3 bed, 4 bath
2,738 square feet

Broad, deep, and square porches are the hallmark of this home, designed by Historical Concepts. Beautifully detailed, the front porch stretches 65 feet across the front of the house, with three 14-foot-by-14-foot square porches at each end.

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No. 9 Crabapple Cottage

Crabapple Cottage

PLAN NO. 667
4 bed, 3 bath, 2 half bath
3,945 square feet

This home, designed by architect John Tee, appears to have been added on to over the years. A deep front porch with columns welcomes visitors. Inside, the family room, breakfast nook, and kitchen form a bright livable space across one side of the home. The whole house lives big, as rooms are generous in size.

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No. 10 Kinsley Place

Kinsley Place

PLAN NO. 1131
4 bed, 5 ½ bath
3,510 square feet

With a combination of lap siding and board-and-batten siding, this design draws inspiration from Victorian architecture. Looney Ricks Kiss Architects in Memphis, Tennessee, masterfully meld form and function with stylish, innovative spaces for the whole family.

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