House Plans We Know You'll Love

Make Your Getaway Rendering
Photo: Fritz Kapraun

We've collected some of the most gorgeous, breezy, and comfortable house plans from all around the South.

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Make Your Getaway

Make Your Getaway Rendering
Fritz Kapraun

Why We Love It
After sketching a 400-square-foot home for a penny-pinching customer 30 years ago (on a cocktail napkin, no less), Phillips was inspired to create more small plans. Only 973 square feet, this home has a tin roof, board-and-batten siding, an inviting front porch, and classic stonework, which all make it memorable. "People see this cabin and it captures their hearts," he says.

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Cottage Living

Cottage Living Rendering
Fritz Kapraun

Residential Designer: Eric Moser
Size: 1,807 square feet
Plan Name: Meritta Creek #1877;

Why We Love It
This petite plan by residential designer Eric Moser is as functional as it is flexible. You could add a garage across from the master suite to create a courtyard effect, or move the master suite to the side to evoke a classic dogtrot design. The second floor also has easy-to-customize options: The smaller bedroom could be used as a study or game room. The best part? Tons of natural light. "One of my favorite things about the plan is that it's only one room wide through most of the house, so it stays very bright," says Moser.

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A Tiny Tudor

A Tiny Tudor Rendering
Fritz Kapraun

Architect: Mitch Ginn
Size: 1,999 square feet
Plan Name: Honeymoon Cottage #1622;

Why We Love It
Thanks to the open, informal plan from Mitch Ginn, with only three main rooms—a kitchen, master suite, and living room—the first floor is both cozy and modern. The second floor can be built out after the house is constructed. "I liked the idea of a compact cottage that could expand with the family. This is a lot more stylish than most starter homes," he says.

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The Little Charmer

The Little Charmer

Architect: Durham Crout
Size: 1,600 square feet
Plan Name: Cloudland Cottage #1894;

Why We Love It
Designed with long family weekends in mind, life at this Chickamauga, Georgia, cabin centers around one big living room and the nearly 200-square-foot back porch. Upstairs, architect Durham Crout tucked in two bunk areas for guests. On the outside, he took punchy design liberties on this mountain cabin: He stuck with the typical boxy shape but raised the roofine, upgraded asphalt shingles to slate, and swapped out logs for larger than usual, 1-by-6 clapboards.

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Corner the Market

Corner the Market Rendering
Fritz Kapraun

Residential Designer: Suzanne Stern
Size: 2,488 square feet
Plan Name: Salisbury Court, #1884;

Why We Love It
This Southern vernacular exterior hides a breezy, modern floor plan full of casual living space. And the louvered shutters aren't just pretty—they work. "They're one of those things that add authenticity and charm and really make a big difference, even if you can't quite put your finger on why," says residential designer Suzanne Stern. The Walking Dead team didn't make many alterations to the home—or to the six other Southern Living House Plans homes featured on the show, shot in Senoia, Georgia. "They're really well-designed houses, so we just stuck with the colors and finishes in the plans," says the show's production designer Grace Walker.

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Make Every Day Feel Like Vacation

Make Every Day Feel Like Vacation

Architect: Scott Ziegler
Size: 1,500 square feet
Plan Name: Nautical Cottage Alternate, #235;

Why We Love It
At only 1,500 square feet, this little cottage maximizes effciency to a T. The classic shingled home (above, built on Texas' Galveston Bay) packs in three sizable bedrooms and an open kitchen and living area. It's also wrapped with porches (both screened and open-air) designed to capture views and breezes.

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