This plan is perfect for every stage of family life

Southern Living House Plan 1929

Designed by Frank Betz Associates, the Statesboro house plan is endlessly customizable and ideal for both growing and downsizing households. Why we love this family-friendly English cottage:

Why We Love It

This house can age with a family from little ones graduating to the second floor bedrooms to empty-nesters ruling the roost from downstairs. When kids upgrade to the second floor, the downstairs bedroom can easily become a home office or even a keeping room. The optional bonus room upstairs can act as an extra bedroom, or provide necessary storage space if the property is not basement-friendly. And the kitchen is designed with function in mind. Two small, subtle cabinet-style doors open to a majorly spacious pantry. (But you would never know it's back there!) The island doesn't skimp on size either—at around 10 feet by five feet there's plenty of room for casual family meals and entertaining. (Especially since it opens right out into the large family room.)

The Wow Factor

Windows, walls, and sliding doors, oh my! As part of this plan's endless list of customizations, there are lots of opportunities to both save on space and maximize indoor/outdoor flow. (You know we love time on the porch.) In the kitchen, Vice President of Design Eric Taylor suggests eliminating the breakfast nook since the island is so large and can operate as a quick and easy dining station. Then extend the back porch over and fill that back wall with French doors or windows to max out the natural light. Who wouldn't want to take their morning coffee on the porch, just steps away? In the rest of the home, Taylor says they strategically positioned the windows with furniture in mind—so no more logistical gymnastics over exactly where to place the nightstand or a king-sized bed.

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