Top 10 House Plan Trends For 2016

A new year is here, and with it comes a new list of house plan trends to consider.

Donald A. Gardner Architects has identified 10 house plan trends that the best floor plans in 2016 will likely embrace. Smart builders and savvy homeowners will start looking for designs that incorporate these trends and at Donald A. Gardner Architects, we are ensuring we have plenty of home plans to fit these trends.

  1.   Country Chic

Country home plans continue to be popular in 2016, with people trying to capture the quaint feeling of country life, even in urban environments. Watch the new designs for the classic country roofline, attractive dormers and, of course, front porches to capture the country chic design. The Cornell is an ideal example of this look with its compact, cozy house design.

House Plan Trends The Cornell #1348

The Cornell #1348


  1. Big Kitchens

Some of the most popular house plans for 2016 are those that feature big kitchens. The larger the kitchen, the better it can accommodate the latest appliances and other gadgets — as well as the demands of busy families and inspirational cooks. The Carrera offers plenty of space for cooking and eating along with the details that make this kitchen second-to-none.

House Plan Trends The Carrera #1178 - Gourmet kitchen

The Carrera #1178


  1. Continued Focus on Great Rooms

Many modern homes no longer have “living rooms”. Instead, today’s ideal home layout is built around the “great room”, which puts the kitchen, family room and sometimes even a dining area into one large, open space. In 2016, expect more home design ideas, like The Rangemoss, to merge the formal dining room into this area.

House Plan Trends The Rangemoss #1211

The Rangemoss #1211


  1. Increased Luxury of Master Baths

The master bath is taking on a spa-like appearance in 2016. Look for soaking tubs, walk-in showers, his-and-her sinks and plenty of closet space in the master bath in the year’s hottest designs. The Richelieu perfectly captures this design trend.

Master Bathroom The Richelieu House Plan Trends #1157

The Richelieu #1157


  1. Textured Surfaces

Texture, inside and outside the home, gives the designs of 2016 an organic feel. Mixing stone and siding on the exterior gives a textured look in The Butler Ridge. And inside, instead of smooth surfaces on counter-tops and cabinets, look for natural stone and textured woods to make a statement in the year’s popular house plans.

House Plan Trends The Butler Ridge #1320-D.

The Butler Ridge #1320-D.


  1. Indoor/Outdoor Living

Outdoor living spaces that merge seamlessly with the indoor living space will likely be widely sought after in 2016. Screened-in porches, such as the one seen in The Carrera, which connect to main rooms of the home and the outdoor living space, are one way our designs integrate this trend.

House Plan Trends The Carrera #1178

The Carrera #1178


  1. Small Homes

Downsizing is a growing trend in 2016, as people are looking to purchase smaller homes without sacrificing quality of life. Cottage and other small floor plans that provide adequate living areas on a smaller scale are expected to be popular house plans this year. The Pennington is a perfect example.

The Pennington House Plan Trends #1274

The Pennington #1274

  1. Natural Light

Floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights that let in natural light are going to be part of the favorite home designs for 2016. Even on narrow and small floor plans, buyers want plenty of natural lighting, so you can expect to find plans like The Padgett when researching this trend at Donald A Gardner Architects.

Great Room The Padgett House Plan Trends #1124

The Padgett #1124


  1. Open Designs with Flow

This year, the more open the design the better. This builds on the great room concept, but can also be seen in tall ceilings, lofts and grand foyers in entryways, as The McAllastar boasts.

The Macallaster House Plan Trends #838

The Macallaster #838


  1. Plans for Narrow Lots

Finally, narrow lots are becoming increasingly popular as people are moving back to cities, which continue to push their boundaries outward, putting land at a premium. Many house plan trends will feature designs that build deep, like “The Drexel,” instead of wide, to accommodate this need.

The Drexel House Plan Trends #1365

The Drexel #1365

Are you prepared to integrate these trends? Buying house plans directly from Donald A. Gardner Architects will allow you to find the ideal home plan that features the current trends you are searching to include in your dream home!

9 comments on “Top 10 House Plan Trends For 2016

  1. Jesse Jamison on

    I’m a big fan of having a good great room. It gives me more opportunities to arrange and divide the rooms like I want. However, the big reason I like them is that it is easier to entertain guests when the kitchen is not cut off from the family room. Let’s face it, I am never done cooking when people start showing up for a party.

  2. Catehrine on

    I prefer to have my dining, kitchen and breakfast area as open and together as possible ,because with big family gatherings I like to have all the generations able to eat/ mingle together. With a separate dining room it would alienate my guests from each other. But if you have a small family or small social gatherings then I guess a separate dining room would work.

  3. Kitset homes on

    I have read some of your blogs and I found all of them very much expressive and easy to understand. Some people have it very clear in their mind that how to express the ideas and views. I think you are one of them. Thank you for this.

  4. Amanda on

    I know I’m l weird, but the picture for #3 does not appeal to me at all. I like my rooms being separate, at least the kitchen & dining from the great room. We went to a tour of homes in our area last summer, and pretty much every house we went in had an open floor plan. Call me crazy, I guess…


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