These Three Bedroom House Plans Will Never Require A Downsize

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There's something just right about a three-bedroom house plan. It's not too big or too small and functions for empty nesters and families with a few children at home. Depending on the square footage, you can find yourself in a spacious or small three-bedroom house that delivers the lifestyle your family needs. No matter what you are looking for, we have the floor plan built to suit. Take a virtual walk with us through a few of our favorite three-bedroom house floor plans for inspired living ideas, gracious entries, and all the Southern charm you can imagine.

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Loblolly Cottage, Plan #2002

Loblolly Cottage House Plan
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Coastal design meets the modern farmhouse. Open spaces, vaulted ceilings, and a primary-level main bedroom have us dreaming of calling this cozy three-bed, three-and-a-half-bath dwelling home.

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Evergreen Cottage, Plan #2003

Evergreen Cottage House Plan
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Step in the front door, and you're immediately in the home's heart. Here, it's all about gathering. A huge kitchen, living room, and dining area command the most space on the lower level, with a spacious main bedroom and bath holding down a third of the footprint. Once upstairs, you'll find two additional bedrooms, a bath, a loft, and a terrace.

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The Pettigru, Plan #1998

The Pettigru House Plan
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Find a more functional and, yet, still charming, home—we dare you. It has porches, a courtyard, a great room, and a wide-open kitchen on the main floor. Take a tour upstairs to find an office or loft space and a third bedroom.

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Old Oyster, Plan #1934

Old Oyster House Plan
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This house is Low Country living at its finest. Three bedrooms plus four-and-a-half baths create quite the dwelling for anyone who loves to entertain. The star of the show? A deep, screened-in back porch with a double stairway leading to undoubtedly more gorgeous views.

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Meersea, Plan #1930

Meersea House Plan
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Three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths fit comfortably into this 2,475-square-foot plan. The upper floor has the primary bedroom, along with two more bedrooms. Downstairs you'll find all the family gathering spaces and a mudroom and powder room.

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Bay Breeze, Plan #1914

Bay Breeze House Plan
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There's something about a screened-in side porch that sets our Southern hearts aflutter. Step inside to a living and dining area open to the kitchen. Just off the back of the house toward the main bedroom, a stoop steps down to your very own courtyard.

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Water's Edge, Plan #1913

Water's Edge House Plan
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Key West's Conch Temple houses inspired this plan. A metal roof, a double front porch, and exposed rafters bring all the Floridian character. The kitchen opens to the living space in the front and a courtyard on the side through the dining room.

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Abbey Row Cottage, Plan #1892

Abbey Row Cottage House Plan
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Gracious 12-foot ceilings and a great room have a more casual or formal setup, giving this home a wow factor from the moment guests enter through the front porch. The main bedroom is on the first floor, while the other two—along with two additional baths—are just upstairs.

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Bellamy Place, Plan #1878

Bellamy Place House Plan
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The Colonial style is a classic choice that'll always stay popular and can feel at home in several geographical areas. The spacious front porch, open kitchen, and living room make it ideal for entertaining.

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Garden Home Cottage, Plan #1859

Garden Home Cottage
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Want to know how to fit three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths into a just-under 2,000-square-foot plan without feeling even a hint stuffed in? The Garden Home Cottage will show you how. With the kitchen, parlor, and primary bedroom on the main level, everything you need for comfortable living is at your fingertips.

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Little Blue Farmhouse, Plan #1873

Little Blue Farmhouse House Plan
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If ever there was a dreamy little farmhouse we wouldn't mind calling home, this would be it. A steeply pitched roof and beautiful architectural details create the appearance of a historic home. Inside, it's ideally suited for a modern lifestyle with open living and dining spaces and hardworking utility areas.

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Sparta, Plan #1810

Sparta House Plan
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A small home can be stately too, and Sparta proves it. Doric columns and a wide front porch bring curb appeal to new heights. A combined living and dining room connects to a large screened-in porch, providing an inviting space for entertaining.

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New Tideland Haven, Plan #1824

New Tideland Have House Plan
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You'll find plenty of space to stretch out in this expansive home designed with one-level living. Three bedrooms and a dedicated office provide all the secondary rooms your heart could desire, while an open kitchen, living, and dining area create the heart of the home.

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Sugarberry Cottage, Plan #1648

Sugarberry Cottage House Plan
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The marriage of Craftsman and bungalow architectural styles result in one of the cutest cottages. The plan features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a large living room, a U-shaped kitchen, and a spacious main bedroom on the first floor. Upstairs you'll find two more bedrooms and a Jack-and-Jill bath.

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Taylor Creek, Plan #1533

Taylor Creek House Plan
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You'll find a spacious three-bedroom home with ample entertaining opportunities with the Taylor Creek plan. Porches on both the front and side of the house extend the living outdoors, while you'll find a vast wide-open room, dining room, loggia, and hall on the bottom floor. All three bedrooms plus a flex area are upstairs.

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Lafayette Parish House, Plan #1482

Lafayette Parish House House Plan
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This plan has stylish features inspired by 18th-century French architecture found in rural Louisiana. A few key features include rooms that look out to porches, minimal hallways, and a strong relationship between the interior and exterior of the home.

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Shoreside Cottage, Plan #1419

Shoreside Cottage House Plan
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The front-facing exterior of the Shoreside Cottage misrepresents its nearly 2,000-square-foot size. In addition to the roomy front porch, a deck just off the kitchen makes another outdoor living space worth sitting and staying a while. Inside you'll find an open kitchen and dining area, a living room with a fireplace, and three bedrooms, including a downstairs main bedroom.

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Port Royal Coastal Cottage, Plan #1414

Port Royal Coastal Cottage House Plan
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Who wouldn't love to stroll up these porch steps to a coastal cottage that seems straight from a dream? Two different elevations allow for either Craftsman or traditional cottage style. The deep front porch is inviting.

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Lil Popper, Plan #1377

Lil Popper House Plan
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The bottom floor features the main bedroom, with an additional two, plus an optional loft upstairs. This floor plan details a basement foundation plan if you need extra square footage. The floor plan is compact and comfortable, with plenty of space for any size family, budget, or lifestyle.

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Wildmere Cottage, Plan #1110

Wildmere Cottage House Plan
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This Gothic revival holds three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The kitchen is open to the dining area, and the living room is just beyond. You'll find a spacious front porch and a screen-in porch off the mudroom at the back of the home.

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Covington Cottage, Plan #1010

Covington Cottage House Plan
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If you have a narrow lot, this might be your plan. It's just shy of 2,000 square feet. The cozy Covington Cottage features one-level living in a spacious, open design.

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Winonna Park, Plan #503

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In this country cottage, you'll find all the luxuries of a larger home but in a compact and functional footprint that keeps daily upkeep and maintenance completely doable. The basic floorplan features two bedrooms, with an optional third.

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French Broad Retreat, Plan #2045

French Broad Retreat House Plan
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French Broad Retreat features unique features like a butler's pantry, kitchen island, and open layout. The breakfast nook connects to a screened-in porch, perfect for entertaining. Two bedrooms and a loft leave plenty of space for guests upstairs.

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Legacy Ranch, Plan #2028

Legacy Ranch House Plan
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The main home is ideal for multi-generational living with a giant stone fireplace with built-ins, a living space open to the kitchen, and an eat-in island. The living room features butted glass panels, exposing the views and expanding how spacious the interior feels.

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Lowcountry Farmhouse, Plan #2000

Lowcountry Farmhouse House Plan Front Exterior
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This floor plan features timeless architectural elements like farmhouse-inspired finishes and shiplap-paneled walls. This classic Southern home gives a comfortable and cozy effect of an old home but in a new house.

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Topwater Lodge, Plan #1385

Topwater Lodge, Plan #1385
Designed by Caldwell/Cline Architects

Topwater Lodge features all the cozy amenities in under 2,000 square feet. The first floor has a combined family, kitchen, and breakfast space sandwiched between two covered porches. Upstairs you will find the primary bedroom and bathroom.

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Striper's Cottage, Plan #1388

Striper’s Cottage, Plan #1388
Designed by Caldwell/Cline Architects

Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms make up the second floor. The first floor has plenty of entertaining spaces, from the open kitchen, family rooms, and front and back porches. The warm fireplace centers the home, making it a welcoming space.

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Shoreline Cottage, Plan #490

Shoreline Cottage, Plan #490
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Enjoy the views from every angle in Shoreline Cottage. Whether positioned near the beach, a mountain, or in the woods, this simple floorplan captures serene views from all sides. The tall windows and open interior make the home modern, while the board-and-batten exterior, gabled roof, and generous porch set a traditional tone.

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Coastline Cottage, Plan #426

Coastline Cottage, Plan #426
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This carefully crafted cottage defines luxury and practicality. There is plenty of room for guests, with private guest quarters and a luxurious primary suite included in this 2,000-square-foot home. Features like sets of French doors welcome sunlight and coastal breezes.

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New Albany, Plan #277

New Albany, Plan #277
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New Albany utilizes every inch of space for convenience and practicality. The exterior uses a decorative columned front porch, and a stately gable provides curb appeal with a traditional, inviting entrance to this home. The high ceilings in the dining, living and family rooms give this home a spacious feeling.

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