Our first-ever Southern Living House Plan: a quaint Lowcountry cottage with so much Southern charm.

Over the years, we've provided plenty of blueprints for building your dream home—from coastal cottages and rambling ranchers to modern farmhouses and mountain retreats. For (almost) any design you've ever imagined, there's probably a Southern Living plan that checks every box on your wish list. Our collection includes over 1,000 different home designs created by the country's top architects and designers. Each plan aims to bring the best of Southern living to life, whether it's a wraparound porch for entertaining or a mother-in-law suite for housing multiple generations under one roof. We're celebrating 40 years of Southern Living House Plans, and if there's one thing we've learned, it's that the best homes never go out of style. Take our first-ever house plan, for example: the Vernacular Cottage (SL-101).

SL House Plan 101 Vernacular Cottage by Dean Winesett

Why We (Still) Love It

Architect Dean Winesett's classic design could fit in Lowcountry locales and suburban settings alike. For the exterior, he drew up a traditional raised cottage, a hallmark of the Coastal South. On the inside, he took a cue from the cozy proportions of Southern farmhouses. He blended the best features of the two popular styles to combat the problems of living comfortably in the South (i.e.: hot and humid summers). This 1,883-square-foot cottage features three bedrooms and two baths with a traditional floor plan. Its smaller size makes for an ideal vacation home or primary residence for empty nesters.

The Wow Factor

The wraparound porch! Though small in square footage, this home lives large with its abundant outdoor spaces. Welcoming porches are synonymous with Southern hospitality. The Vernacular Cottage is designed to help keep residents cool during hot summers. The bottom hip of the double-pitched roof covers the wide porch, giving residents a breezy spot for enjoying drinks with friends or hanging out with family after dinner. Tall windows flood the first floor with natural light, provide nice cross ventilation, and help the interiors flow seamlessly outside.