Explore these on-trend designs, all under 3,300 sq. ft.

By Aurora Zeledon

You can't beat the popularity of farmhouse and ranch designs. There's just a timelessness and ease to these two styles, especially when they're combined (yes, there's such a thing as one-story farmhouses, and they're quite convenient for families of all sizes who don't love trekking up and down staircases all the time). Exclusive designer Frank Betz Associates just released a bunch of brand-new designs (along with a gorgeous Craftsman design or two) that deliver this relaxed aesthetic, along with family-friendly layouts.

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Plan 927-988 (above) features a fresh farmhouse vibe that feels breezy and relaxed. The wide porch creates a neighborhood-friendly look that would nicely fit into an established area. Just imagine taking a glass of iced tea out here to enjoy the early evening! Or head out back to the rear porch, where an outdoor kitchen invites you to have everyone over for a casual cookout. The three-car garage opens to the side, so it doesn't interrupt the excellent curb appeal.

Love the metal roof look? Here's another plan that features this chic detail, plan 927-990. The warm look of the porch columns works well with the earth-toned palette suggested in this depiction. Inside, a large island anchors the main floor and will serve as the heart of the home, overlooking the grand room and dining area. The master suite sits on this level as well for easy access. Check out the laundry room – it connects to the master closet for major convenience! A decorative ceiling in the master bedroom adds another special touch and echoes the one in the grand room.

Like a bit more rugged charm? Plan 927-987 combines stone, shingle, and siding to memorable effect. Warm wood porch supports match the decorative trusses for a bit of Craftsman flair. In back, a large deck connects to the home via two sets of French doors for easy and elegant indoor-outdoor living. Every bedroom boasts a walk-in closet, with more storage available in the optional bonus room upstairs.

Here's a farmhouse, plan 927-992, with a bit of modern flair, thanks to the metal roof accent and sleek vertical siding. Paired porch columns add an interesting touch and serve to highlight the graceful front of the home. When it's time to park, just pull straight ahead into the two-story garage, which connects to the rest of the home via a well-organized mudroom (another door here also lets you take pets on a walk without trekking through the whole house). A guest suite on the main level of this home makes it easy for visitors to relax and stay, especially older family members who may have trouble with stairs. A huge bonus suite above the garage would work well as a semi-independent lair for a young adult, or perhaps even to rent out on a short-term rental site like Airbnb.

This 2,187-square-foot design, Plan 927-989, captures your attention with sleek vertical siding and warm Craftsman-like details. Inside, the remarkably versatile layout puts most living spaces on the main floor, plus an optional fourth bedroom and bonus space upstairs that can be used as a private living zone by visitors or perhaps a young adult. The vaulted family room flows into the island kitchen and out to the impressive back porches. In the master suite, find relaxation in your private oasis-like bathroom.

Here's another splendid Craftsman design, plan 927-991. Warm brick and shingle add a lot of depth and texture, along with prominent windows and eye-catching shutters. With the three-car garage split into two different bays, it doesn't overtake the exterior at all. Whichever garage you choose for parking, the way into the home takes you through the smart mudroom and past the spacious walk-in pantry for easy grocery unloading. There's nothing stuffy about the interior, with excellent flow between the island kitchen, the family room, and the dining area (and even out to the back porches, including a screened porch for extra protection against bugs).

Love options? This 2,073-square-foot home, plan 927-986, lets you expand upstairs if you choose, with a fourth bedroom and a bonus space available. How about turning this area into a dedicated home office and lounge? Or perhaps your teenager would enjoy the extra space. Meanwhile, the master suite sits on the main floor and invites you to unwind in the five-piece bathroom, either in the large shower or the tub with a view.

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