By Courtney Pittman
Affordable and builder-friendly, minimalist floor plans bring more to the table than just stylish curb appeal. With simple footprints (no bump-outs), open floor plans, welcoming front porches, and much more, these cool small house plans will have you drooling in no time. Don’t let their modest square footage fool you – these home designs live larger than they look (and we are here for it).
With our collection of minimalist floor plans you are sure to find the home of your dreams – without breaking the bank. Take a look at some of our favorite designs below.
Charming Traditional House Plan
There is no wasted space in this cool small house plan
Plan 44-230 has plenty of room for storage.
This minimalist floor plan (plan 44-230, above) sports an open kitchen/dining area and great room – perfect for entertaining friends and family. An island makes it easy to prep meals, while lots of cabinets and open shelving keep things organized (check out these open shelving ideas from The Spruce). Tucked away to the left of the floor plan, the spacious master suite includes a private bath and walk-in closet.
Two additional bedrooms share a bathroom on the opposite side of the floor plan. For easy access, the laundry room is located next to the hallway. Don’t miss the adorable front porch!
Country Style on a Budget
This sweet house plan keeps the bugs at bay with a screened porch
Plan 437-98 features a stylish brick floor on the screened porch.
Smart design choices make this 793-square-foot design (plan 437-98, above) live large, from vaulted ceilings (in both the open living area and the primary bedroom) to a flexible guest bedroom or study. Nice weather? Enjoy indoor-outdoor living year-round with a convenient screened porch – much like these screened porches from HGTV. Another perk? It extends the living space. Yes please!
Other highlights include a large shower in the bathroom and a walk-in closet for the main bedroom. A fireplace adds cozy charm.
Farmhouse Style Plan
Bright and open spaces make this plan live large
Plan 120-262 welcomes you with a cute front porch.
Here’s a surprisingly upscale design under 1,500 square feet (plan 120-262, above). The open gathering areas feature French doors to the back lanai, where a fireplace invites outdoor relaxation on cool evenings. The master suite and one of the secondary bedrooms also open out to this oasis. Check out the well-organized utility area on the way in from the garage or the versatile bonus spaces upstairs (make your bonus space comfy with these tips from Builder Online).
Attractive Cottage Design
An open living space makes this plan feel nice and airy
Plan 430-40 boasts plenty of storage options.
This attractive Cottage style plan features 1,300 square feet of fine living space and an adorable front porch. Other highlights we love include the large open space between the main living areas, a kitchen island, fireplace, oversized kitchen, huge master bath (with a generous walk-in closet), screened porch, and an optional carport – which allows for a rear or side entry.
The exterior is just as elegant with many historical details and loads of charm. With all these features, this plan is ready to become your new home.
Country Two-Story Design
Double porches extend the living space in this house plan
Plan 923-143 features a spa-like master suite on the second level.
Hello gorgeous! This minimalist floor plan boasts two levels of living space and would well on a narrow lot. A super-open layout between the great room (which features a fireplace), kitchen, and dining area create a relaxing vibe throughout the first level.
The kitchen sports a generously-sized island and plenty of counter space, while a grilling porch at the rear of the home is perfect for summer barbecues. On the second level, you will find the large master suite, a bedroom, and a bathroom, while an additional bedroom and bath is located on the first floor.
Modest Plan with Farmhouse Style
Stay on budget with this modern farmhouse design
Plan 430-221 keeps groceries organized with an extra-large pantry.
Modern farmhouse style doesn't require a huge budget, as this 1,706-square-foot home proves (plan 430-221, above). You'll find tons of nice surprises, like extra storage in the garage, a big pantry next to the island kitchen, and stylish barn doors.
The master suite offers privacy on the left side of the floor plan, with a spacious bathroom that includes two sinks, a custom shower, and a big walk-in closet. Everything has a place in the handy mudroom (with lockers!) just off the two-car garage.
This plan includes special amenities throughout
Plan 929-1081 has a bonus space on the second level.
Simple layouts can be upscale and luxurious too. Plan 929-1081 (above) shows how it's done, with an easy-to-build footprint with lots of special amenities throughout, like ceiling treatments, skylights, and storage. A porch (and patio) off the great room adds even more space for hanging out with friends and family when the weather is favorable.
The main-level master makes it easy to age in place and sports dual sinks, a soaking tub, walk-in shower, and two spacious closets. Our favorite part? One of the closets features access to the laundry room for extra convenience. A bonus space on the second level can be used in a variety of ways.
Contemporary Open Layout
Smart features make this home stand out
Plan 437-101 includes a laundry room that opens to the master closet.
This 2,026-square-foot design (plan 437-101, above) gives you a contemporary open layout with three bedrooms. Highlights include the kitchen's big island, a huge walk-in closet in the master suite (and it opens to the laundry room!), and more.
Enjoy indoor-outdoor living no matter the season with a cool screened porch (just off the great room) that features a large fireplace. We also love the huge walk-in pantry and private office/alcove.
Efficient Modern Design
This home plan feels simple and relaxing
Plan 497-57 includes two patios for easy indoor-outdoor living.
This design (plan 497-57, above) is simple and efficient making it an ideal house plan for a modern family on a tight budget. This plan hosts three bedrooms, a large master suite, and a large common room. With a single level layout and universal design options, this plan is all about easy living.
A patio off the living room creates a relaxing vibe and allows the space to feel bigger than it is. Looking for privacy? The master suite has access to it's own patio via sliding glass doors.
Chic and Affordable Farmhouse
This versatile layout works well for homeowners in many stages
Plan 929-1055 lives large with an open living space between the great room and kitchen.
Looking for a simple (but special) floor plan? This 1,645-square-foot design (plan 929-1055, above) presents you with three bedrooms, two baths, and a bonus room. Highlights include the kitchen's island and two sinks in the master bath.
The open layout invites relaxed entertaining, while a front porch adds country curb appeal. A bonus room upstairs can be finished now or later – adding even more livable space.
Modern and Bold
You'll discover fun touches throughout this chic design
Plan 905-5 boasts a hidden sleeping nook inside.
Bold style for the big city: this 1,000-square-foot design (plan 905-5, above) fits nicely on a narrow lot. The main level presents a very open layout, while two bedrooms reside upstairs. Here's a cool touch: the hidden sleeping nook on the mezzanine level, making a fun and discreet place for out-of-town guests to stay.
*Split Bedroom Layout
Entertaining is made easy with an open floor plan
Plan 44-235 features a large island kitchen.
A split bedroom layout gives homeowners extra privacy, while the open floor plan between the main living areas is perfect for entertaining in this Craftsman design (plan 44-235, above). The stylish kitchen boasts a large island, raised snack bar, walk-in pantry, and lots of storage.
With easy access to the rear patio, the large great room is ready for indoor-outdoor enjoyment. The huge master suite features a spa-like bathroom and walk-in closet.
With affordability and simple designs, our collection of minimalist floor plans is sure to have the dream home you’ve been looking for. Start browsing today!