The Best House Plans Under 2,000 Square Feet

Covington Cottage, Plan #1010
Photo: Southern Living

When it comes to the perfect home size, we don't subscribe to the 'bigger is better' mentality. In fact, some of our very favorite things come in small packages, including house plans. To us, a cozy cottage packs more charm per square foot than any McMansion. And the wonderful thing about our most loved Southern Living House Plans that land under 2,000 square feet? They live big. With efficient design and strategic styling, these lovely abodes are set up for success and capture every bit of the character and livability of a larger home, while eliminating the bulkiness of unused spaces and stress of constant upkeep. From spacious open layouts to dreamy wraparound porches, these small-scale homes are guaranteed to have you smitten (and looking to downsize!).

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Plans For All Family Sizes

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Cottage Revival, Plan #1946

Cottage Revival, Plan #1946
Southern Living

This L-shaped cottage is your modern approach to a traditonal style and offers a lived-in, cozy feel. The great room is put towards the back of the home near the outdoor deck and kitchen for an easy livability.

4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,929 square feet
See Plan: Cottage Revival

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Sparta II, Plan #1810

Sparta II, Plan #1810
Southern Living House Plans

The cozy screened porch on the side of this house plan makes for relaxing evenings, while the living areas flow into one another organically for a family-friendly feel.

3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths
1,804 square feet
See Plan: Sparta II

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Sadie Springs Retreat, Plan #1957

Sadie Springs Retreat, Plan #1957
Southern Living

This shingled home is influenced by the traditional Colonial style, while keeping with a cozy Southern cottage feel.

3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,806 square feet
See Plan: Sadie Springs Retreat

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Randolph Cottage, Plan #1861

Randolph Cottage, Plan #1861
Southern Living

We like to say that this cozy cottage lives bigger than its sweet size thanks to its open floor plan. It strikes the perfect balance of Williamsburg-meets-New England style with a Southern touch we just love.

3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,800 square feet
See Plan: Randolph Cottage

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St. George Cottage, Plan #1906

St. George Cottage, Plan #1906
Southern Living

This coastal-inspired cottage makes the most of its compact square footage by using an efficient open layout. The design makes sure you get amazing amounts of natural light in the interior of the home.

3 bedrooms and 3 baths
1,581 square feet
See Plan: St. George Cottage

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Covington Cottage, Plan #1010

Covington Cottage, Plan #1010
Southern Living

Boasting just over 1,900 square feet of living space, this home lives big with an open, one-level floor plan and spacious interiors.

3 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,941 square feet
See Plan: Covington Cottage

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Aberdeen Place, Plan #013

Aberdeen Place, Plan #013
Southern Living

This cottage has a façade full of charm with its shutters, stone, and birdhouses; and its flow of living spaces is designed for easy entertaining.

3 to 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,593 square feet
See Plan: Aberdeen Place

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Nautical Cottage, Plan #224

Nautical Cottage, Plan #224
Southern Living

This relaxed cottage is inspired by small summer cottages built along the East Coast, but is adaptable in a variety of climates and locations. Its exterior of cedar shakes and porch detailing in the Nantucket star design add authenticity and charm.

3 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,315 square feet
See Plan: Nautical Cottage

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Milledgeville Terrace, Plan #1800

Milledgeville Terrace, Plan #1800
Southern Living

The vaulted living area with clerestory windows promotes a sense of spaciousness in this quant Folk cottage. The symmetry evokes a feel of a rural farmhouse, but modern details keep it versatile.

2 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,430 square feet
See Plan: Milledgeville Terrace

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Whisper Creek, Plan #1653

Whisper Creek
Southern Living

A wraparound porch and natural wood accents give this mountain home a rustic touch that beckons you to call it "home."

2 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,555 square feet
See Plan: Whisper Creek

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Town And Country House, Plan #115

Town And Country House, Plan #115
Southern Living

This cypress-and-stucco cottage is packed full with charm from its simple, traditional lines and cozy details, such as the whitewashed brick base. It offers the appeal of a weekend resort and the year-round comfort and livability of a home in town.

3 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,862 square feet
See Plan: Town And Country House

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Cloudland Cottage, Plan #1894

Cloudland Cottage, Plan #1894
Southern Living

This charming cabin brings everyone together inside its huge living space and a nearly 200-square-foot back porch. It is perfect for long family weekends and cozy time spent together.

2 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,200 square feet
See Plan: Cloudland Cottage

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New Albany, Plan #277

New Albany, Plan #277
Southern Living

Full of character but compact in design, this home features a columned front porch and stately gable that provide curb appeal, welcoming visitors with a traditional, inviting entrance.

3 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,920 square feet
See Plan: New Albany

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Winonna Park, Plan #503

Winonna Park, Plan #503
Southern Living

This cottage is all about free-flowing spaces, including an upper-floor loft area that's open to the main floor. We love the see-through fireplace that punctuates the living and dining space for an added openness and sense of community.

2 to 3 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,872 square feet
See Plan: Winonna Park

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Rustic Beach Cottage, Plan #360

Rustic Beach Cottage, Plan #360
Southern Living

The wraparound porch is a major highlight of this house plan, with half of it being screened-in for ultimate comfort and emptying out onto an open deck. This home gives plenty of open space for family time.

2 bedrooms and 2 baths
1,398 square feet
See Plan: Rustic Beach Cottage

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Sugarberry Cottage, Plan #1648

Sugarberry Cottage, Plan #1648
Southern Living

A family-oriented layout with features like a perfect breakfast nook in the living room, cozied up to the stairs and right off the kitchen, makes a great use of limited space in this house plan.

3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,679 square feet
See Plan: Sugarberry Cottage

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Flint Cottage, Plan #1955

Flint Cottage, Plan #1955
Southern Living

The best part about this cottage is its perfectly planned living space. The kitchen and living room make up the entirety of the center of the house in a free-flowing open space that is sandwiched between the front and back porch.

3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths
1,606 square feet
See Plan: Flint Cottage

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