Our Charming Banning Court House Plan Is Like Stepping Inside A Storybook

Here's why we'll always love Southern Living House Plan 1254.

Picture this: You're strolling down a quiet country street lined with beautiful live oaks, and a vision of true architectural beauty greets you. This house is quaint and charming and might even be your dream home. This house may be the closest you'll ever come to stepping inside a storybook. Meet Banning Court, one of our favorite cottages brimming with old-fashioned character and quintessential Southern charm. Here are a few reasons we love this house plan so much.

Banning Court House Plan
Southern Living

1. The Layout

Leave it to Beaufort, South Carolina, architect Eric Moser, who also dreamed up dozens of other plans (like Old Pond Place, Tidewater Cottage, Antler Hall, and Meritta Creek) to create a project with comfort and style in mind. This 1286-square-foot blueprint is for a fresh build packed with storage, private spaces, and room to roam. The House Plan (referred to as 1254) includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a screened-in porch, and a library, cleverly tucked into the corner.

Banning Court Floor Plan
Moser Design Group

2. The Mass Appeal

You may be moving back to your hometown with plans to build from the ground up. You may be newlyweds who have decided to purchase land and make your first home in your favorite part of town. Maybe you're empty nesters ready to downsize. Or you're saving up for your forever home. This plan includes enough private areas (library and screened-in porch) and crowd-pleasing spots for entertaining–indoors and out.

3. The Wow Factor

There are so many tiny touches that make this a perfectly livable home. Some of our favorite spaces blend the relaxed comforts of the indoors with the natural beauty of the outdoors. Comfy rocking chairs coupled with fresh air and a warm Southern breeze. (Imagine lounging in your cozy den with a gorgeous view of those grand oak trees.) Banning Court has mastered the best of both worlds—crafted with a screened-in porch and a front porch made for mingling. Its open floor plan is practical for a cottage this size, and the kitchen includes an island for enjoying breakfast at the counter and a pantry for storage. The primary suite has dual sinks and a walk-in closet. And bonus points for the fireplace that will feel extra special on chilly winter nights.

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