20 House Plans We Know You'll Love

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

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Photo: Fritz Kapraun

Whether you are looking to build a small cottage, ideal for retired couples, or need to accommodate more family members with a multi-generational family home, there is a house plan for you. Be inspired to design and build the home of your dreams, complete with a space for all the people you care about to spend time together. 

Choose from classic home styles, from French Country to Coastal designs. Help decide every detail from the ground up, starting with the foundation and completing the construction with the number of floor levels paired with a perfect roof. Here are some of the most gorgeous, breezy, and comfortable house plans from around the South.

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Honeymoon Cottage, Plan #1622

A Tiny Tudor Rendering
Fritz Kapraun

Thanks to the open, informal plan from architect Mitch Ginn, with only three main rooms—a kitchen, primary suite, and living room—the first floor is cozy and modern. Save time and stay on budget by planning to add the second floor after the initial construction. "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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Cloudland Cottage, Plan #1894

The Little Charmer

Architect Durham Crout designed this house 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 typically boxy shape but raised the roofline, upgraded asphalt shingles to slate, and swapped out logs for larger than usual, one-by-six clapboards.

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Salisbury Court, Plan #1884

Corner the Market Rendering
Fritz Kapraun

This Southern vernacular exterior hides an open, 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 alter 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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Nautical Cottage Alternate, Plan #235

Nautical Cottage, Plan #224

Southern Living

This classic shingle home packs three sizable bedrooms, an open kitchen, and a living area in a house plan of only 1,500 square feet. Architect Scott Ziegler maximizes efficiency in this little cottage. Both screened, and open-air porches wrap this home, designed to allow you to capture views and breezes from all locations.

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Lowcountry Farmhouse, Plan #2000

Lowcountry Farmhouse House Plan Front Exterior
J. Savage Gibson

Classic Southern architecture combines with Farmhouse-inspired finishes for this comfortable, cozy, and breezy architectural design. Create a timeless house plan with an expansive porch, wide central passageway, hardwood floors, and shiplap-paneled walls. For more space, add a bonus room over the detached garage.

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River Place Cottage, Plan #1959

River Place Cottage, Plan #1959
Southern Living

A cottage built for entertaining guests will always be a classic design. This comfortable yet sophisticated house plan combines sophisticated elements like a beamed ceiling in the great room and screened-in porches with an outdoor fireplace.

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Southern Gothic, Plan #1921

Southern Gothic, Plan #1921
Southern Living House Plans

This Southern Gothic-styled house features a triple-gabled roofline and subtle details that highlight its exquisite facade, creating a lot of visual interest. Surround this house with Spanish moss to watch it gently sway in the breeze.

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Farmdale Cottage, Plan #1870

Farmdale Cottage, Plan #1870
Southern Living

The Farmdale Cottage highlights a kitchen with post-and-beam ceilings and an expansive living room. Keep this home beautiful in its simplicity by using natural materials that create a welcoming atmosphere.

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Meritta Creek, Plan #1877

Cottage Living Rendering
Fritz Kapraun

This petite plan by residential designer Eric Moser is as functional as it is flexible. You could add a garage across from the primary suite to create a courtyard effect or move the primary suite to the side to evoke a classic dogtrot design. The second floor also has easy-to-customize options: Use the smaller bedroom 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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Hawthorn Cottage, Plan #2004

Southern Living House Plan 2004 Hawthorne Cottage
Lake & Land Studio, LLC

In just over 1600 square feet, the Hawthorn Cottage features a great room and kitchen off the home's entrance, while the bedroom and bathrooms remain private as wings attached to the home's side. A large screened-in porch extends the entertaining space outdoors.

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Banning Court, Plan #1254

Banning Court House Plan
Southern Living

Banning Court is a one-level cottage charmer with a deep front porch and an attached screened addition. The house's interior features a combined living and dining room for a welcoming, warm, entertaining space.

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Tucker Bayou, Plan #1408

Tucker Bayou Plan #1408
Designed by LRK Architects

The 2007 Idea Home, Tucker Bayou, uses historic seaside architecture for inspiration in this vacation-style house with all the comforts available for everyday living. Thoughtful features connect the interior and exterior living spaces making everyday life easier for today's busy families.

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Idea House at Fontanel, Plan #1855

6. The Inn at Fontanel
Robbie Caponetto

This U-shaped farmhouse is the perfect house plan for entertaining because the beautiful interior opens from the front and back doors into the two-story-high living room area. This house is traditional yet modern, with over 2,800 square feet of porches.

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Garden Cottage, Plan #1830

Garden Cottage House Plan
Dale Watson

Adorable in size, this 540 square foot, one-bedroom, and one-bath retreat is picture perfect. Complete with a fireplace and covered front porch, this Garden Cottage makes the ideal guest cottage, mother-in-law suite, or weekend getaway spot.

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Kinsley Place, Plan #1131

Kinsley Place SL House Plan
Design by St. Joe Land Company

Kinsley Place combines Victorian influences and traditional Floridian-style homes. This design features lap siding and board-and-batten siding to emphasize this attractive design with areas for every family member.

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Evergreen Cottage, Plan #2003

Evergreen Cottage House Plan
Southern Living House Plans

This comfortable cottage boasts a deep front porch to welcome family and friends into the open-plan kitchen and dining rooms. The exterior features an expansive screened-in porch surrounding three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

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Farmhouse Revival, Plan #1821

3) Farmhouse Revival, Plan #1821
Designed by Historical Concepts

Enjoy a classic Southern design with a wraparound porch and open layout. The 2012 Idea House at Senoia features a warm and welcoming floor plan and a main floor primary bedroom suite.

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Deer Run, Plan #731

Make Your Getaway Rendering
Fritz Kapraun

After sketching a 400-square-foot home for a penny-pinching customer 30 years ago (on a cocktail napkin, no less), architect Bill 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, making it memorable. "People see this cabin, and it captures their hearts," he says.

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American Farmhouse, Plan #1996

American Farmhouse House Plan Rendering
Cindy Cox

The main level of this house features a primary bedroom suite that connects to the rear patio. Enjoy a wraparound porch that extends the living and entertaining spaces outdoors.

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Holly Grove, Plan #1581

Holly Grove House Plan
Southern Living House Plans

Holly Grove features modest square footage, but the floor plan efficiently uses every inch to include a combined living, dining, and kitchen area. It's straightforward, charming, and designed to fit today's casual lifestyles.

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