24 Of Our Favorite One-Story House Plans


Single level homes don’t mean skimping on comfort or style when it comes to square footage. Our Southern Living house plans collection offers one-story plans that range from under 500 to nearly 3,000 square feet. From open concept with multifunctional spaces to closed-floor-plans with traditional foyers and dining rooms, these plans do it all.

Whether you’re looking to build your forever home in preparation for retirement, accommodating current mobility issues, or just looking for a low-maintenance option, look no further. These adaptable one-story house plans are made for young families and empty-nesters alike with comfortable layouts and flexible spaces for home offices or guest suites. And of course, plenty of outdoor living spaces from sprawling front porches to secluded screened-in ones. From longtime top-selling house plans to new designs, here are our favorite one-story house plans.

Magnolia Cottage, Plan #1845

John Tee

This classic, symmetrical cottage boasts a smart layout. The welcoming family room off the front entry flows into a U-shaped kitchen with an attached dining space with double doors that lead to the wide back porch. On the left side is a secluded primary suite, while the other two bedrooms are across the house—one with a private bath and the other with an additional hall entrance to function as a guest power room when needed.

The Loudon, Plan #2054

Laurey Glenn

With just over 2,000 square feet, this universal design floor plan lives large with 8 foot doors and 10 foot ceilings. The front door opens to a spacious living room that connects to the kitchen and dining space with a cozy, screened in back porch that serves as an outdoor living room off the kitchen. Without a true powder room, a pocket door turns the the shared bathroom into a guest bath.

Bluffton, Plan #594

Designed by Hall & Hull Architects, Inc.

If you’re a porch lover, look no further. The family room, dining room, and kitchen are surrounded by the three-sided, deep wraparound porch with various access points for easy entertaining. This Southern, shotgun-style house, with the bedrooms aligned on backside of the house and a primary suite with porch access and a spacious walk-in closet.

St. George Cottage, Plan #1906

Southern Living

This open-concept plan from architect John Tee, makes the most of its natural light-filled square footage and expansive rear covered porch. For added privacy, the primary bedroom is tucked to the left side of the living spaces, opposite of the other two bedrooms.

Tideland Haven, Plan #1375

Designed by Our Town Plans

This top-selling house plan is a favorite for many reasons. Fit for any stage of life, the 2,418-square-foot home is designed with comfort in mind from a deep wraparound porch that ends with a screened-in option and sprawling interior layout. It’s ideal for retirement complete with a spacious primary suite with two sinks and closets, a large bathtub, and direct access to the screened porch.

River’s Edge, Plan #1977

Southern Living House Plans

Designed with the lowcountry in mind, this home has a rear-entry mudroom, screened porch, and a connected living and dining space. Set at the front of the house, the third bedroom can easily be converted into a home office or flex space to fit the homeowner’s needs.

Banning Court, Plan #1254

Southern Living

You’ll feel like you stepped inside a storybook with this quaint cottage. The deep front porch and screened-in addition encourages year-round, indoor-outdoor living. Tucked in the front of the house, off the living room, a cozy library easily makes for a home office.

  • 2 bedroom/2 bath
  • 1,286 square feet
  • See Plan: Banning Court

Palmetto Cottage, Plan #2009

Southern Living House Plans; Photo: John McManus

Looking to downsize in style? We have you covered with this one-bedroom, cottage that is just the right amount of space without all the upkeep of a large home. The compact floor plan with an eat-in-kitchen lives large thanks to vaulted ceilings. Its size and welcoming Southern-style front porch also makes it the perfect option for a guest house.

Sparta II, Plan #1810-A

Southern Living House Plans

In less than 2,000 square feet, this single story floor plan gives you everything you need with three full bedrooms each with their own full bathroom. It also features a walk-in primary closet, generous entertaining spaces, and a detached garage option. Best of all, a screened porch off the dining means you can keep the doors open for seamless indoor-outdoor living.

Hawthorn Cottage, Plan #2004

Lake & Land Studio, LLC

This plan separates shared and private spaces with the entertaining area in the central part of the home and bedroom and baths attached as a side wing. The vaulted ceilings help the kitchen and great room, which serves as the dining and living area, feel extra spacious. With three walls of windows, the natural light flowing in adds to the inviting atmosphere.

Bellewood Cottage, Plan #2049

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Architect Brandon Ingram is known for his classic Southern design down to the details and this front facade with a simple roofline and welcoming dormers, plus a wide front porch is no exception. With almost 3,000 square feet, the free-flowing floor plan of Bellwood Cottage allows for plenty of socializing and seclusion to keep everyone comfortable.

  • 3 bedroom/3 bath
  • 2,937 square feet
  • See Plan: Bellewood Cottage

New Tideland Haven, Plan #1824

Southern Living House Plans

From the grand wraparound porch to the open, nine-foot ceiling kitchen, living, and dining areas that are the heart of the home, there are plenty of spaces to stretch out in this expansive one-level home. In addition to the three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a powder room, a bonus private porch off the primary bedroom makes this plan extra dreamy.

  • 3 bedroom/3.5 bath
  • 2,622 square feet
  • See Plan: New Tideland Haven

Young’s Crossing, Plan #1912

Whether you paint it white or leave it as is, it’s hard not to love a brick house. This traditional home is accessible with wide doorways into all common areas and a five-foot turning radius throughout for wheelchair needs, making it an ideal one-level forever home for all stages of life. Best of all, French doors in the primary bedroom open straight to the back porch.

Whisper Creek, Plan #1653

Southern Living

This all-time-favorite house plan was designed to take in the views, making it ideal for a mountain or lake lot. The deep porches are practically made for rocking chairs while the interior is outfitted with a fireplace in the living room and vaulted ceilings to visually expand the 1,555 square foot space.

Garden Cottage, Plan #1830

Sacrificing square footage doesn’t have to mean giving up style or comfort. With all the essentials for simple living—a kitchen, fireplace, and covered porch, this tiny house makes for the perfect retirement cottage, weekend getaway cabin, or guest house.

  • 1 bedroom/1 bath
  • 540 square feet
  • See plan: Garden Cottage

Amelia River Cottage, Plan #2069

Without being stingy when it comes to details, this skillfully designed, single-story cottage offers full-scale living. The generous primary suite wing provides plenty of privacy with the second and third bedrooms on the rear-entry side of the house. For a truly timeless home, the house plan even includes a formal dining room and back porch with a brick fireplace for year-round outdoor living.

Holly Grove, Plan #1581

Southern Living House Plans

With a cozy 1,269 square feet, this shotgun-style house plan is efficient. The living, dining, and kitchen areas are for seamless, combined casual entertaining while the two bedrooms with individual baths complete the left half of the house.

  • 2 bedroom/2 bath
  • 1,269 square feet
  • See Plan: Holly Grove

Cottage Revival, Plan #1946

Southern Living

With a modern take on a classic cottage, this floor plan packs a punch. The unique layout places the primary bedroom at the front of the house with three floor-to-ceiling windows and a narrow side porch along the left to guide you to the main entry and foyer. The hub of the L-shaped cottage is towards the rear with a great room and kitchen that open to the back deck. You can easily adapt the plan to your needs by rethinking the study off the primary suite or forgoing the fourth bedroom to expand the living room.

Covington Cottage, Plan #1010

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From the beach to the mountains and everywhere in between, this quintessentially Southern charmer makes you feel right at home before you even walk in the front door with an inviting bay window and expanded front stoop. Just under 2,000 square feet, the plan includes a traditional foyer and keeping room (perfect for sipping coffee) off the breakfast nook.

Flint Cottage, Plan #1955

Southern Living

This family-friendly house has a spacious living room and kitchen flanked by bedrooms and baths on each side. The front and back of the home are anchored with porches and there’s an option to enclose the rear outdoor space as well.

River Run, Plan #578

Southern Living

Dormer windows on the mansard-style roof provide interest for the front facade while a wide front porch welcomes you into this country-style rancher. Inside, the foyer opens up to the family room and traditional dining room. The study provides an opportunity for a third bedroom if needed.

Lakeside Cottage, Plan #751

Southern Living

A classic entryway, complete with a nearby coat closet and powder room, makes entertaining a breeze with this floor plan. We especially love how the sunroom is sandwiched between the vast back deck and central living room. For additional square footage, the garage allows for a bonus room above for a mother-in-law suite, home office, or exercise studio.

Beachside Bungalow, Plan #1117

Designed by Moser Design Group

With simple interiors, this itsy-bitsy bungalow, is designed for a casual and outdoor living style. It is just 484 square feet, but with the right view, that’s really all you need.


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