The coolest house plans: Trending design styles

by Cheryl Pendenza - Realtor®/Broker Associate 07/20/2023

Whether buying or building, most would-be homeowners want to know about the coolest house plans available. From tiny houses, to a garage plan featured on a gaming blog, to a massive family room that can accommodate generations upon generations, and everything in between seem to be on homebuyers’ lists.

If you want a cool house without falling into a cookie-cutter design with room for reasonably priced customization, try these architecture trends:

Craftsman charm

Craftsman-style homes continue to be some of the most popular architectural options across the country. With the perfect mixture of aesthetics and function, some of the coolest aspects of craftsman house plans include cozy front porches, large windows and natural exterior building materials.

A craftsman-style house lets you open the front door to a stunning great room and enjoy the potential of an open floor plan while giving you the freedom of a brilliant house design.

Relaxed ranch

If you love open floor plans, but want something a little more relaxed and rustic, ranch house plans offer some of the coolest possibilities. These sprawling, single-story homes have tons of natural light and plenty of living space. To enhance the cool factor, ranch-style homes often have a covered patio for entertaining, relaxing and enjoying the great outdoors.

They typically have quite a bit of outdoor space as well, leaving you with options for outdoor entertaining with added aesthetics and functionality. You may even consider adding features such as a fire pit or outdoor dining areas.

Lively log cabins

If you’re searching for more of a pioneering spirit in your house plan, try a log cabin. Log cabin house plans come in a plethora of sizes, such as the tiny house cabin, and other reasonably priced customization options.

With exteriors taken from a secluded forest getaway, this type of house design often features gabled roofs and wrap-around decks. While a log cabin house plan can be cozy, it can also be expansive, offering generous kitchen and dining room living space.

In reality, you can make any house plan a cool house plan. After all, the exact same plan might seem completely different from another based on your personal design approach. Take inspiration from these hot styles in house plans and house plan designs to find or create your unique - and cool - dream home.

About the Author

Cheryl Pendenza - Realtor®/Broker Associate

Bringing more than 30 years of experience to the table, Cheryl has a paralegal degree, banking background, and is a member of many professional, civic, and community organizations.

Qualified • Experienced • Skilled

"As a full-time REALTOR®, I am dedicated to providing my clients with a high level of service by building relationships, marketing, and negotiating on their behalf. As a homeowner, I realize how important homeownership is.

Cheryl brings warmth and compassion to her client relationships and referrals have become the backbone of her business. "I’m grateful for every referral and welcome the opportunity to help clients achieve their real estate goals.”

Cheryl Pendenza, Broker Associate affiliated with RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services since 1999 is a local businesswoman and formidable negotiator who can help you achieve your real estate goals. Supporting family, community and local business is important to Cheryl and she can often be found at one of the local restaurants, shops, or galleries.