To celebrate more than 40 years of offering exclusive custom-designed homes, here’s a look at some of the most popular plans offered by Southern Living House Plans. From the first issue of Southern Living, the magazine has featured and sold house plans. These architectural drawings give readers access to some of the South’s top architects, allowing you to build a custom home at an affordable price. While styles and trends may change over the years, we’ve stayed true to designing classic and authentic Southern homes. 

Today, we offer more than 1,400 house plans that are just as diverse as our region and the people who live here. Here we’ve rounded up our 12 best-selling house plans of all time, ranging from quaint cottages to roomy family homes. Look closely: You might find a Southern Living house plan you’d like to make your own.

Designed by Our Town Plans

Sheltered by deep overhangs and a wraparound porch, this award-winning plan has comforting details in every room. French doors help to maximize the natural light for an open and spacious feeling. Enjoy the sitting area in the primary bedroom, designed for enjoying the view from a corner of windows. 

Designed by Historical Concepts

Our 2012 Idea House, this plan is all about casual comfort. Exterior detailing and a wraparound porch add a classic, Southern feel. The home’s subtle change in scale helps foster a welcoming environment.

Designed by Moser Design Group

Here’s a warm, inviting year-round retreat where friends and family can relax. This New England Colonial-style home, complete with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, has two spacious floors with ample room for entertaining. Plus, there’s plenty of indoor-outdoor space to boot.

J. Savage Gibson

A classic interpretation of coastal and Lowcountry architecture, this home maximizes views from almost every side. The open, contemporary floor plan helps to create a relaxed, casual feel, complete with a wide front porch and rear screened living area.

Southern Living

This cozy cabin might be under 1,000 square feet, but with an open living room complete with a fire place and windows along three walls, plus French doors that open to the back porch, it feels much bigger. Tucked upstairs is the secondary bedroom and full bath.

  • 973 square feet
  • 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • See plan: Deer Run

Southern Living

This coastal cottage pulls inspiration from traditional Southern architecture, and it’s built for entertaining, inside and out—from the screened living porch with an outdoor fireplace to the wet bar and large kitchen island indoors, there are plenty of spaces to hosts friends and family.

Designed by Moser Design Group

This classic one-and-a-half-story home takes advantage of every square inch of space. Craftsman and bungalow styles like this one feature a large front porch, grand living room, and welcoming primary suite. 

Laurey W. Glenn


Timeless design details like exposed beams and vaulted ceilings anchor the family room, while concertina doors open to a screened porch, yielding a seamless indoor-outdoor living flow. This four-bedroom plan also has a bonus room on each floor, making it ideal for any stage of life, as they can function as offices, playrooms, exercise rooms, nurseries, etc.

Southern Living House Plans; Photo: John McManus

With an easygoing, compact floor plan, this Lowcountry-inspired home is perfect for families downsizing or those looking to build a guest cottage or in-laws suite. Even though it’s only 656 square feet, the tiny cottage lives large thanks to its vaulted entertaining space, eat-in-kitchen, and inviting front porch.

Laurey W. Glenn

Here, the architect’s goal was to simplify the floor plan, reducing any wasted square footage to maximize livability. The simple lines and open floor plan, especially the arrangement of the kitchen, eating, and living spaces, help the main floor feel much larger. Plus, with some adjustments to the main floor, the plan can also accommodate an optional basement. And of course, in classic Southern style, the plan offers large porches in the front and rear, providing abundant outdoor living space.

  • 2,341 square feet
  • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
  • See plan: Four Gables

Southern Living House Plans

The picturesque appeal of the English cottage style, found in so many longstanding neighborhoods across the South, gives this design an instant presence. Enjoy the bright and open main level, which features 10-foot-high ceilings.

  • 3,469 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
  • See plan: Elberton Way

Designed by LRK Architects

Inspired by historic seaside architecture, this design combines the comfort of a vacation home with thoughtful features that make everyday life easier for today’s busy families.

  • 3,554 square feet
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • See plan: Tucker Bayou

Lake & Land Studio, LLC

With vaulted ceilings and an open plan, the kitchen, living, and dining spaces function together, with three walls of windows and access points to the front porch and rear screened porch. The plan separates the shared living spaces from the private spaces, with the two bedrooms and baths located in the left wing of the house.

Laurey W. Glenn


This two-story cottage is an all-time favorite. It’s full of character and Southern charm, from the deep front porch with its adjoining sunroom to the open-concept living spaces that offer an easy flow into the kitchen. The first floor also has an additional family room—a cozy den off the dining area.

  • 2,202 square feet
  • 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
  • See plan: Aiken Ridge

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