18 Open-Floor House Plans Built For Entertaining

You'll be the family's favorite holiday host with such an open home.

Watkinsville Farmhouse Open Floor Plan
Photo: Rachael Levasseur/Mouve Media SE

Open-floor house plans are in style and are most likely here to stay. Among its many virtues, the open floor plan instantly makes a home feel bright, airy, and large. Traditional closed-plan designs often waste precious square feet by separating the house with hallways and doors—an open plan minimizes these transitional spaces, instead opting for a layout that flows right through from room to room. This design allows for an enlarged living space where guests in the kitchen, living room, dining room, and even the sunroom can all engage in conversation. 

While a closed-floor-plan house does have some benefits (hello, privacy!), an open-concept design can transform even the quaintest cottages into an ideal entertaining space. It leaves your home feeling warm, bustling, and bright—and the large shared spaces are endlessly versatile and flexible. If you're dreaming of an open-concept home, you'll swoon over this collection of some of our favorite open-house plans. Send out the invites. With these open-floor plans, your family will surely want you to host the holidays this year.

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American Farmhouse, Plan #1996

American Farmhouse House Plan Rendering
Cindy Cox

An inviting American Farmhouse with a sweeping kitchen island, a dining area that stretches right into a living room with a charming fireplace, and a wrap-around front porch. What more could we want?

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Hawthorn Cottage, Plan #2004

Hawthorn Cottage, Plan #2004
Southern Living House Plans; Photo: Lake and Land Studio, LLC

What's the only feature that rivals an extended great room and kitchen? A set of double doors opened onto the matching screen porch. Enjoy the main living space, with the bedrooms tucked away to the side for privacy.

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Gilliam, Plan #1936

Gilliam, Plan #1936
Southern Living House Plans

Bring the outdoors in with a great room that flows right into a built-in screened porch. Another favorite feature? This charming cottage has a built-in versatile flex room.

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Banning Court, Plan #1254

Banning Court House Plan
Southern Living

The Banning Court House Plan is easy, breezy, and made for afternoon entertaining. The open living room, dining room, and kitchen make for easy hosting, and the charming library provides a welcome space for a private retreat.

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Crane Island River House, Plan #2010

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

The focal point of this plan is the central living room, which connects the open-concept kitchen and two porches. But the real selling point? The secluded, spacious primary suite.

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Whiteside Farm, Plan #1979

Whiteside Farm, Plan #1979
Southern Living House Plans

The central family room spills into the open kitchen in this farmhouse charmer. We already imagine many cocktail hours hosted on this home's two porches.

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Dogwood Place, Plan #1975

Dogwood Place
Brandon Ingram

This plan is for you if you're looking for an open floor plan with a degree of privacy. The central spaces are open and inviting, but the primary suite and library enjoy a bit of seclusion, as do the upstairs bedrooms.

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Evergreen Cottage, Plan #2003

Evergreen Cottage
Lake & Land Studio

This stylish cottage has everything you need—including a sprawling, open first floor. The deep front porch, set back from the inviting entry, extends to the kitchen, dining room, or expansive screened porch outside. Three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths complete this comfortable cottage.

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Tennessee Farmhouse, Plan #2001

Tennessee Farmhouse, Plan #2001
Donovan DeFerraro

This classic yet modern house plan has just enough space for a cozy breakfast nook. The second-floor bonus room and flexible daylight basement leave much room for customization.

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Aiken Street, Plan #1807

Aiken Street, Plan #1807
Southern Living

This one-of-a-kind home can be yours, too. Its charming dimensions still allow for lots of space for guests—from the open kitchen and great room to the covered front porch.

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Elberton Way, Plan #1561

Elberton Way, Plan #1561
Southern Living

Portion off the expansive family room in any way that fits your family's preferences. Try leaving room for a breakfast or dining space. Inclement weather? Don't worry: Both porches are covered, allowing for outdoor entertaining in any season.

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Farmhouse Revival, Plan #1821

Farmhouse Revival Plan #1821
Designed by Historical Concepts

This house plan has topped our favorite open-plan designs for its modern-meets-rustic charm. Furnish the kitchen island with barstools to watch all the kitchen cooking action over the holidays.

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Lowcountry Cottage, Plan #1121

Lowcountry Cottage, Plan #1121
Designed by Moser Design Group

This cottage may clock in at just over 2,000 square feet, but its design is ideal for holiday entertaining. The open living area and kitchen provide lots of room for your guests, and the screened porch opens up new hosting possibilities.

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Stone Creek, Plan #1746

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

The back porch is built into the home's central living space, allowing for lots of natural light in the breakfast nook. Cedar shake shingles top the Cape Cod-style home, with additional bonus space to meet your family's preferences.

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Cottage of the Year, Plan #593

Cottage of the Year, Plan #593
Southern Living

The Cottage of the Year is undoubtedly a winner. While the common area is open, an independent vestibule and screen porch connects two wings with living suites. And yes, there's a guest cottage with its own porch. Need we say more?

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The Langston, Plan #273

The Langston, Plan #273
Designed by Frank Betz Associates

If you're not instantly charmed by the stone exterior, wait until you step inside. The foyer spills into a central living room, which flows into all the primary hubs of the house. It's open-concept with a few walls added to maximize kitchen cabinet space (a welcome home for all of Grandma's casserole dishes).

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Orange Grove, Plan #1848

Orange Grove, Plan #1848
Southern Living

This design squeezes in three bedrooms, a media room, a dining room, and an outdoor room, all onto one floor. It maintains the feel of an open-plan home by minimizing wasted hallway space but still creates private spaces by strategically placing every room.

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Wildmere Cottage, Plan #1110

Wildmere Cottage, Plan #1110
Southern Living

This straightforward cottage proves just what you can do with smaller dimensions. The kitchen, dining, and living rooms flow seamlessly into each other, yet the master suite offers a degree of privacy by being slightly set off to the side. 

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