This new house plan makes outdoor entertaining easy with a screened porch featuring a fireplace and summer kitchen!


Decorative brackets and a wide porch bring inviting curb appeal to this stylish house plan. The open kitchen serves both a large great room and a single dining area with bay window. A secluded master suite is set apart from two secondary bedrooms and a bedroom/study. Livability extends outdoors with large porches on both the front and rear and a screen porch with fireplace and outdoor kitchen.

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Front Rendering - New House Plan Design #1351: Now Available

House Plan #1351 – The Simon. 4 beds, 3 baths, 2484 sq ft.


First Floor Plan, New House Plan Design #1351: Now Available

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New House Plan #1351 - The Simon
Conceptual Design #1351 is a new design that incorporates many of the requested features asked for by our plan buyers.  Decorative brackets and a metal roof over the porch add flair to the façade of this stylish home. The roomy island kitchen serves both a large great room and a single dining area with bay window. A secluded master suite is zoned opposite the two secondary bedrooms and an optional study / 4th bedroom. The huge bonus area over the garage provides for future expansion or immediate recreation / media space. This home also extends the livability outdoors with large porches on both the front and rear and a screen porch with skylights and a fireplace.


New House Plan #1351 - The Simon

New House Plan #1351 - The Simon


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  1. Ashley on

    Are there any photos, either real or digital of the inside of the house? I’m really a visual person and I need to see the space with furniture and things in it. I’d really appreciate it!! Thank you!

    • Echo on

      Hi Ashley, The Simon #1351 was just released this month and it has never been built. All of our photos are volunteered by customers who purchase and build the plan so it will be a while before we could expect to receive real photos. I’m afraid we do not create digital images of the inside of our designs. Contact us at 1-800-388-7580 or [email protected] if we can provide any details that will help.

          • Tonya gardner on

            Hi Sarah,

            Yes! We finished in February.

            Pros are the porches, very large kitchen and island, large master and master shower.

            Honestly, the only con I can come up with is the door/hall/door sizes that go to the bonus room. We had planned to put old furniture in the bonus room
            But it will
            Not fit
            Because the the ceiling height and door sizes. There may be more
            Cons but I really love the house. The ceiling in the living room is probably too high just for long term purposes but it is very pretty 🙂

        • Rob on

          Hi, do you have any photos you can share please? We want to build this home too but are reluctant because we cannot see what it looks like in real life! Thank you!

          • Echo on

            Hi Rob! Our home plan photography is all volunteered by homeowners and builders. We have not received any photos of The Simon yet, but we’ll be sure to share any that come in on our website. If we can help with specific questions about the plan, let us know. 1-800-388-7580 or [email protected].

        • Kathleen Ortiz on

          We’re seriously considering building this on a lake front lot we own – and we’d love to see “real” pictures of how it turned out. Would you be willing to share your interior photos? Did you build it as is, with the screened porch with kitchen? Where did you build?

        • Stacey on

          Hi Tonya,
          We are considering this house plan. Is there anyway you could post or email me your finished house? Thank you

  2. Lois on

    I would like to extend the outer wall of the master by 4 feet, rearrange the bathroom a little and move the closets so you walked straight in the bedroom.

    I love the dining room right by the kitchen.

  3. Debbir on

    Loving the layout!
    For my needs, I would prefer square/rectangular space in the dining area vs the bay style window. Not a fan of angles.

    Would like a deeper back patio.

    Extend wall in master bedroom to meet up with liv area.

    And again, for my needs I would remove the sink in the laundry room and make that a mudroom area with cabinets for my kids.

  4. Shelley on

    I love this plan. For my needs I would like a 3 car garage. I would use the 4th bdrm as a den and move the entry to the living room side so I could do a barn door! I agree that a linen closet is needed somewhere. A jack and Jill bathroom would be nice but I do not mind the larger bathroom.

  5. Lisa Myers on

    Great plan, but definitely needs a Jack & Jill bath for bedrooms two and three. Would love to see a mud room in the garage entry way.

  6. Mary C on

    My check off list: private toilet in master, linen storage for each bathroom, coat closet, broom closet, large pantry, garage large enough to actually park two cars. Most of your plans meet these critetia..but here where is the linen storage?

  7. Olivia on

    I’ve been looking for the perfect empty-nester plan for years and this comes very close! For one thing, I don’t want a formal dining room, just one large eating area. I don’t see the sense in a room that is used 2-3 times a year with the current price per foot for new construction. I’d rather put that footage in the living room or kitchen. There’s only 2 things I would change. Each spare bedroom would have its own bathroom so that when the kids come home with their spouses to visit they don’t have to share. The second change I would make is to add a full bath upstairs in the bonus room so the grandkids can all sleep upstairs and share that bathroom. I would love to see different front renderings with brick or stone. I love houses with a contemporary craftsman facade. Thank you for great designs through the years and for listening to your fans!

  8. wendy petersen on

    Love the floor plan, and I’m picky! I would personally give up a foot in the master bedroom to have more back porch. I wonder, Is the kitchen island so big that things could not be reached in the middle of it?

  9. Carolyn on

    What does the rear elevation look like? Can the fireplace be placed on the back outside wall? To allow for an outside clean out for a wood burning fireplace. Possibly in the corner so that windows aren’t sacrificed?

  10. Kerry Bates on

    I absolutely LOVE the layout of this plan, but it might be a little large for my personal needs/budget. I want this layout at around 2,000 square feet. Of course, I love the space, but there are only two adults and a part-time teenager in my home.

  11. Janet on

    The hall past the kitchen leading to the bedroom seems really small as do the stairs to the bonus room. How do you maneuver furniture around those tight corners? As others have mentioned, provide larger mud room area. Perhaps change the 3/4 bath into a powder room to allow for expanded mud room/laundry? Personally, I would make the two bedrooms into a second master suite. Glad to see that the entry from the garage does not go through the laundry as in so many of your designs. That’s just a pet peeve of mine. I’d use the third bedroom as a study/office and would remove the closet in there. A basement option would be good since my husband is constitutionally unable to live without one!

  12. Susan Harris on

    Love it! Not much I would change, for my personal home, other than making the front bedroom a cozy den. Square footage?

  13. Melissa on

    This is a great start to a plan, for me. Very friendly for entertaining at holidays. But it’s a tad big and some of that space is in unnecessary hallways and walkways. In my area, 95% of homes are built on basements and your plans often do not work well with basements.
    We also have a lot more mud-area space. So, in my mind, this plan is missing space for lockers and drop space. I’d prefer to not have that 3/4 bath, and instead make that area for the laundry and the laundry area become the lockers/drop space.
    Lastly, I’d prefer the kitchen to be galley-style, with the large island overlooking the great room.

  14. Gina Bryant on

    I love Don Gardner designs! Suggestions: all bathrooms need spacious linen closets; all bedrooms need walk-in closets; all kitchens need a generous pantry with a butler’s pantry or beverage station included. The garage should be a three-car with storage and the hot water heater should never be in the garage (nor should the furnace). Thanks

  15. kate on

    can kitchen, dining room, master, and study have cathedral ceilings? can kitchen be open to great room with one island with sink, right side counter expanded with range moving refrigerator to counter . Also anyway to have separate sinks in master, walk in shower and one closet enlarged. Also need 36″ openings and hallways for wheelchair. Will be building on a wooded lot love the porch spaces.


    I am an avid studier of house plans. It has been a hobby of mine for about 25 years. I am a grandma of 11 and mother of 8 children so I have a lot of experience on what a good family home needs. The changes that I see needed are: there needs to be a door from the garage to the front porch, a 48″x12″ window in the main bath over the shower, the bonus area upstairs needs to be able to be expanded over the 2 lower bedrooms and there needs to be an upstairs bathroom and last but not least the garage needs to be available with a 3 car or possible even 4 car garage. Thanks for listening. Hope to see some of these additions. Also I like the idea of double ovens in the kitchen. One last change is to extend the master bedroom our to the back of the house. A master bedroom really needs to be 14X 20 at the smallest for someone who has a king size bed and furniture. I would like to know the current plans approximate square footage.

  17. Lauri Sloan on

    I agree with previous posts about putting a Jack and Jill bathroom between the 2 bedrooms. It would also be nice to have a tub/shower combo in the study bathroom. It’s a great idea to have a bathroom with access from the bedroom and access for guests. I could see that room possibly being a mother in law room. Also like the idea of having one long porch across the back. It needs a wall where the doors are in the dining area that lead to the back porch. That’s where I would put a Welsh dresser or hutch and a long farm table. Would like to see larger closets in master bath and separate sink areas or a lower vanity between the 2 sinks. It would be great to have high ceilings in the great room and kitchen areas with French doors from the great room leading to the back porch.(overlooking a pool)I’d love to see this plan with these changes and about 2800-3000 sq ft.

  18. Sharon on

    Wouldn’t you know that someone would like a 4th bedroom and a study and I would prefer a 3-bedroom house and separate dining room. Love the look from outside.

    • Emily on

      Hi Beth,

      The estimated square footage for this plan is +/- 2529 sq. ft., and the bonus room is approximately 431.

  19. amy on

    I completely agree with Lisa’s post! I thought the same before viewing her suggestions. Switch bath and sinks in master, linen closets for all bathrooms, jack and Jill for secondary bedrooms. Love the island without stove top or sink. I also prefer TV to left of fp and not above. If I selected this plan… I’d like to modify for some sort of drop zone when entering from garage and a bump out for a more expansive “her ” closet. Thanks!

  20. Aimee on

    I love this plan but would like a family foyer/mudroom entry as well as jack and Jill bath configuration for the secondary bedrooms.

  21. Lisa on

    Love the plan! To be perfect for us, would love the spare rooms to have a Jack and Jill Bath with separate vanities, linen closets for both bathrooms, the master tub and sinks should switch places so the tub is not in the front of the house, and a wall to the left of the fireplace for television/wall unit. Maybe the extra room by the foyer could be slid over to provide the wall, but not sure how access would be gained into the master. Most of your plans do not provide a wall for the television/wall unit. We would prefer not to place the television above the fireplace because we do not want it to be a focal point. Thanks!

  22. Kasey on

    Great looking plan! Would great room and foyer have a cathedral ceiling? (window above front door?)
    With basement option where would steps be located?

    • The Plan Man on

      Hi Kasey, thanks for your question! The Great Room has a cathedral ceiling that follows the vertical dashed line in the center of the room. The foyer ceiling is flat. If you have other questions, just let us know!

  23. Rebecca on

    Really love this plan like many of your conceptual designs but I need 4 bedrooms and a study. Then it would be perfect!!!

    You have lots of great designs in the works that have an open concept, single dining area and screen porch but they are all three bedrooms with the study being the optional 4th bedroom. Please design a plan that has 4 bedrooms and a study.

  24. Rhonda on

    Really like this floor plan. Similar to Peyton and Spotswood that we are looking at, but I like laundry room and secondary bedroom layouts better here. Like the roof lines and exterior elevation, seems simpler/more craftsman/country. Also, would rather have the screened porch attached to great room with double sided fireplace flanked by french doors. Good job on this new plan!

  25. Bill Smith on

    Wish that the kitchen had a place for double ovens. It looks really tight in the kitchen area considering the dining area is so large .

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