Dream House Plans You're Going To Flip For

Ellenton Cottage, plan #1352
Photo: Southern Living

Imagine that house you've had in the back of your mind for years. It's the "one day" house—one day, if I could build my dream house from the ground up, this is what I'd build. The "one day" house likely looks a little different for everybody. Some may want a rustic farmhouse, while others want a stately Victorian-style home. Some may want lots of porch space (this is the South, after all), and some may want bedrooms to spare for visitors.Our dream house? Well, we've got 20 of them. We've compiled our favorite dream house plans to inspire you for your big build. From charming cottages to expansive lakehouses, we have a house plan for every location and style. So whether you want to go big or small, modern or old-school, these designs will help you put a real image to the home you've been dreaming of. What are you waiting for? The time to build your dream home is now.

01 of 20

Elberton Way, Plan #1561

Elberton Way, Plan #1561
Southern Living

A dreamy stone façade completes the quaint look of this English-cottage style home. Bay windows and a wraparound porch are just two of the features we're flipping for in this roomy home.

3 to 4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
3,469 square feet
See Plan: Elberton Way

02 of 20

Farmhouse Revival, Plan #1821

Farmhouse Revival Plan #1821
Designed by Historical Concepts

A classic modern farmhouse with front and rear porches? We're all in on this welcoming Southern charmer.

4 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths
3,511 square feet
See Plan: Farmhouse Revival

03 of 20

Cottage of the Year, Plan #593

Cottage of the Year, Plan #593
Southern Living

The Cottage of the Year is a time-tested favorite for a reason. With just over 2,000 square feet, four bedrooms, and three-and-a-half baths, this cottage has everything you need.

4 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
2,718 square feet
See Plan: Cottage of the Year

04 of 20

Stone Creek, Plan #1746

#6 Stone Creek, Plan #1746
Designed by Mitch Ginn

Inspired by the beachside homes of Cape Cod, this plan can be easily customized to your family's needs. Want a fifth bedroom? No problem.

Square Footage: 2,639
4 or 5 Bedrooms and 4 baths

See Plan: Stone Creek

05 of 20

Tucker Bayou, Plan #1408

Tucker Bayou
Southern Living

A dreamy lakehouse home with a clean, just-shy-of-symmetrical design. Go warm with the paint colors to create a cozy, welcoming environment.

5 bedrooms and 4 baths
3,554 square feet
See Plan: Tucker Bayou

06 of 20

Abberley Lane, Plan #683

Abberley Lane
Southern Living

We're dreaming about this classical Southern home, with its grand formal entrance and regal chimney-toppers. The spacious front porch even allows for an outdoor dining space.

4 to 6 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths
3,846 square feet
See Plan: Abberley Lane

07 of 20

Bay Breeze, Plan #1914

Bay Breeze, Plan #1914
Southern Living

This cute-as-can-be cottage extends back to provide lots of extra space and still maintain its charming curb appeal. Seafoam shutters accentuate the home's breezy, beachy look.

3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths
2,030 square feet
See Plan: Bay Breeze

08 of 20

Vintage Lowcountry, Plan #1828

Vintage Lowcountry
Southern Living

If you're dreaming of the South Carolina Lowcountry, this home is for you. It combines beachy style with farmhouse charm to create an extra-cozy space.

3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
2,768 square feet
See Plan: Vintage Lowcountry

09 of 20

Gilliam, Plan #1936

Gilliam, Plan #1936
Southern Living House Plans

With a dining room bathed in natural light and an open floor plan, this house plan checks all the boxes. Just one look at the farmhouse-style white sliding doors and you'll be all in.

4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths
3,208 square feet
See Plan: Gilliam

10 of 20

Camilla, Plan #1523

Camilla, Plan #1523
Southern Living House Plans

A charming home fit for any Southern belle. It's got lots of space for entertaining and a regal, whimsical aesthetic.

4 bedrooms and 5 baths
3,999 square feet
See Plan: Camilla

11 of 20

Linville, Plan #1958

Linville, Plan #1958
Southern Living House Plans

A spacious foyer and an expansive screened-in porch make this a dream home for entertaining. The covered car port makes for extra convenience.

3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths
3,181 square feet
See Plan: Linville

12 of 20

River Place Cottage, Plan #1959

River Place Cottage, Plan #1959
Southern Living

This home exudes classic comfort. It's easy, breezy, and great for entertaining—the ideal traits of a beachside cottage.

3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
2,420 square feet
See Plan: River Place Cottage

13 of 20

Captain's Watch, Plan #1426

Captain’s Watch, Plan #1426
Southern Living

With 4,920 square feet, this regal home is perfectly suited for multi-generational lakeside family reunions. Enjoy the view from one of its porches or ascend the spiral staircase to the captain's lookout.

5 bedrooms and 5 ½ baths
4,920 square feet
See Plan: Captain's Watch

14 of 20

St. George Cottage, Plan #1906

St. George Cottage, Plan #1906
Southern Living

If you're dreaming of a home for retirement, this quaint cottage may just be the one for you. It makes the most of every square foot and allows for an optional covered back porch.

3 bedroom/3 bath
1,581 square feet
See Plan: St. George Cottage

15 of 20

Aiken Street, Plan #1807

Aiken Street, Plan #1807
Southern Living

This symmetrical bungalow mixes vintage charm with relaxed modern features. The upstairs bunk loft is a great space for kids or a guest room.

4 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths
2,233 square feet
See Plan: Aiken Street

16 of 20

Wildmere Cottage, Plan #1110

Wildmere Cottage, Plan #1110
Southern Living

This classic American cottage has just enough space for a four-person family, complete with a mudroom, two porches, a walk-in master closet, and a playroom for the kids.

3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
2,345 square feet
See Plan: Wildmere Cottage

17 of 20

Sand Mountain House, Plan #977

Sand Mountain House
Rob Lagerstrom

If you've dreamed of moving to a mountain home, this retreat is classic and warm without any cliché detailing. It's the perfect setting to gather the whole family.

3 to 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 2 half baths
2,853 square feet
See Plan: Sand Mountain House

18 of 20

Bay Creek, Plan #1933

Bay Creek
Mike Swartz

A classic charmer, you'll want to stay at this beach home year-round. Its open concept and four bedrooms make it ideal for vacations and entertaining guests.

4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths

2,158 square feet

See Plan: Bay Creek

19 of 20

Crane Island River House, Plan #2010

Front Exterior Resource Guide for 2019 Idea House in Crane Island, Florida
Laurey W. Glenn

Our 2019 Idea House is a beachhouse dream come true. This house is decked out in neutral paint colors and soft blues.

4 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths

4,540 square feet

See Plan: Crane Island River House

20 of 20

Ellenton Place, Plan #1493

Ellenton Cottage, plan #1352
Southern Living

We're swooning over this Victorian Revival home that's sleek, sophisticated, and utterly dreamy. With 3,220 square feet and 3 bedrooms (plus a flex room that can be a study or a bedroom), this house is great for the whole family.

3-4 bedrooms and 3 baths

3,220 square feet

See Plan: Ellenton Place

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles