20 Two-Bedroom House Plans We Love

We've rounded up some of our favorites.

Cloudland Cottage SL House Plan
Photo: Design by Durham Crout Architecture, LLC

You may be dreaming of downsizing to a cozy cottage or planning to build a lakeside retreat. Either way, there is probably a Southern Living house plan that checks every box on your wish list. (If not, all these plans are customizable to fit how you live.) 

We've rounded up some of our favorite two-bedroom house plans that could serve as primary residences for empty nesters or second homes for long-weekend escapes. Our list features charming Lowcountry cottages, homes with pretty porches, rustic cabins, and more. Though smaller in square footage, these house plans maintain every inch of comfort and style.

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New Bunkhouse, Plan #1948

New Bunkhouse
Southern Living

A former Southern Living editor-in-chief built this rustic-modern cabin as a lakeside retreat. There's plenty of space to entertain with a breezy screened porch and open-concept floor plan. Each bedroom features a private bath and walk-in closet.

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Cloudland Cottage, Plan #1894

Cloudland Cottage SL House Plan
Design by Durham Crout Architecture, LLC

You'll love long weekend getaways at this 1,200-square-foot storybook cottage. Visitors can gather in the central living space or on the back porch. There's plenty of room for overnight guests, with two bedrooms and two bunk areas upstairs.

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Woodward, Plan #1876


Southern Living

Empty nesters will flip for this Lowcountry cottage. This one-story plan features ample porch space, an open living-and-dining area, and a cozy home office. Tuck the bedrooms away from all the action in the back of the house.

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Mango Cottage, Plan #1623


Southern Living

The cozy 1,334-square-foot Mango Cottage seems much larger thanks to its farmhouse-inspired pitched roof. Inside, a tall, vaulted ceiling keeps the living area feeling airy. Each bedroom includes a private bath. Turn the loft area upstairs into another guest room, home office, or hangout space.

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Holly Grove, Plan #1581

Holly Grove House Plan
Southern Living House Plans

Holly Grove is a beautiful place to call home. Architect John Tee designed a straightforward plan inspired by shotgun houses. Step up to the front door of this one-story home, and you can see straight through to the back porch. Divide the floor into two sides—one side can include the bedrooms while the other features an open kitchen, living, and dining area.

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Tideland Haven, Plan #1375

Tideland Haven
Southern Living

If you're in the market for wraparound porches, the popular Tideland Haven plan is just the one for you. French doors and tall windows beckon residents outside to grab a rocker on the porch while also flooding the interior with natural light. The home office and quiet screened porch off the main bedroom are two other design elements we love.

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Banning Court, Plan #1254

Banning Court House Plan
Southern Living

Here's a cottage brimming with Southern charm. Banning Court's gracious front porch delivers significant curb appeal. With its classic architectural style, this home could fit into Lowcountry settings or suburban neighborhoods. The straightforward one-story plan makes room for amenities like a home office and a cozy screened porch.

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Couples Cottage, Plan #1120


Southern Living

If a coastal lifestyle is what you're after, check out the Couples Cottage. This plan is a retiree's dream, with plenty of room inside for entertaining and two stories of pretty porches (open-air and screened!). Upstairs, the two bedrooms each have a private bath and access to their own porch.

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Deer Run, Plan #731

Deer Run House Plan
Designed by William H. Phillips, Jr.

Farmhouse lovers should look no further than this country cabin. The Deer Run plan packs a lot into 973 square feet. Front and back porches invite you to take in the beautiful surroundings, and with two bedrooms, there's enough room for overnight guests.

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Carolina Craftsman, Plan #050

Carolina Craftsman, plan #050
Southern Living

Look no further for a home plan featuring a coastal take on the classic craftsman style. The large, airy family room is situated directly off the expansive front porch with an additional screened-in patio in the back.

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New Rustic Oaks, Plan #070

New Rustic Oaks House Plan

Southern Living

Enjoy an expansive front porch, ideal for gathering with friends or relaxing on a porch swing. After entering the foyer, flow through the family room to the covered back porch.

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Beach Bungalow, Plan #243

Beach Bungalow
Southern Living

While this house plan is small in square footage, designed to make the most of every space efficiently. Enter through a large front porch and enjoy the simplistic design of the main floor layout. The loft space provides more room for guests or extra living space.

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Bermuda Bluff Cottage, Plan #254

Bermuda Bluff Cottage, Plan #254
Southern Living

The spacious kitchen makes it easy to prepare a meal and host a party simultaneously. The dual sinks, garden tub, and show in the primary bedroom suite make it feel like a spa. Guests will feel at home with the upper-floor loft with a private bath.

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Cotton Hill Cottage, Plan #286

Cotton Hill Cottage, Plan #286
Southern Living

The Cotton Hill Cottage shows that unique things come in small packages. This house fits whether constructed in a suburban neighborhood or along the water. 

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Brunswick Cottage, Plan #595

Brunswick Cottage, Plan #595
Southern Living

Cedar shingles and wooden brackets accent this home's exterior, while the galley-style kitchen and casual dining add a simplistic charm to the interior. The home's abundance of windows creates an open and inviting atmosphere.

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River Run, Plan #578

River Run, plan #578
Southern Living

This two-bedroom house has an open floor plan, creating a spacious and welcoming family room and kitchen area. Continue the house layout's positive flow with the big deck on the rear of this country-style ranch.

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Winonna Park, Plan #503

Winonna Park, Plan #503
Southern Living

Amenities like a wall of front-facing windows in the living room and a see-through fireplace help create a cozy environment. This cottage has free-flowing spaces on the main floor and a loft area on the upper floor.

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Rustic Beach Cottage Plan, #360

Rustic Beach Cottage, Plan #360
Southern Living

A wrap-around porch, partially screened-in, makes this home ideal for waterfront living. The large family room and primary upstairs bedroom create a well-balanced design.

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Caribbean Getaway Plan, #247


Southern Living

This Southern coastal charmer has an open layout, plenty of porch space, and a cozy fireplace. The primary and upper floors are about the same size, creating a well-balanced space.

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Simons Retreat Plan, #256

St. Simons Retreat, Plan #256
Designed by Ken Tate

The main living space features a spacious kitchen on one side of the house and the primary bedroom on the other. The window seat in the upstairs bedroom is ideal for taking in scenic views.

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