Get those rocking chairs ready, this plan has porch for days.

By Katherine Owen
NEW SL 101 House Plan Outside
Credit: Roland Davis

It's no secret how integral porches are to Southern culture. We can tell you how to decorate them, paint them, drink on them, entertain on them, and even pick your porch style. So it's no surprise that Southern Living's very first house plan (out of what has grown to be more than 1,000) is practically all-porch. (Three of the four exterior walls on this 1,883-square-foot gem are part of an expansive wraparound porch.)

Designed by J. Dean Winesett, the "Vernacular Cottage" (Plan SL-101) draws on classic Southern design elements from both farmhouse styles and Southern coastal homes, making it a perfect fit all across the South. There are plenty of styles within Southern design, but one thing is for sure: they all lean heavily on the connection between indoors and outdoors. This house plan falls right in line. Here's an inside look at this super-Southern house plan, practically made for porch sitting:

The First Floor

SL House Plan 101 First Floor
Credit: J. Dean Winesett

On the first floor, note the sensible use of space. No superfluous hallways dictate the flow and every room connects coherently into the next. There are no formal sitting, living, or dining rooms to collect dust although the family room is quite expansive and could be sectioned off into a multi-use space. (Though we already know the prime spot is going to be cuddled up by that fireplace.) The real wow factor is that every single room opens onto the porch, which truly defines "wraparound" porch. A master on the first floor makes this a great retirement option too, sectioning off guest or extra rooms to the upstairs.

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The Second Floor

SL House Plan 101 Floor 2
Credit: J. Dean Winesett

Upstairs, a no-nonsense layout boasts two bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill style bathroom. With three closets each, the spacious bedrooms come with plenty of storage.