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Homes Designed with a View

By Christine Cooney, The House Designers Staff Writer

As the trend towards building homes with larger windows continues, homeowners will continue to see fabulous window placements with modern designs incorporated into new house plans of all sizes and architectural styles, in order to maximize the amount of natural light entering into the home and open up outdoor views, while reducing energy costs.

Designers are now incorporating much larger windows into their kitchen floor plans, creating light, bright and open workspaces. This open feeling is carried through to the dining and great rooms, where you'll often find large walls of windows and retractable patio doors opening to the outdoor living areas.

We've selected some of our best-selling house plans showcasing gorgeous window placements:

Unique two-story house plan

This two-story Craftsman home plan displays unique cylindrical features, with large fixed windows from Ply Gem® Windows Pro Series. The front entry features a circular porch leading to the foyer, semi-circular great room and dining room, which opens to a large gourmet kitchen. View additional images and the floor plan of the Renville House Plan, including an optional basement plan by clicking here.

Rear exterior of Renville House Plan

The second floor features a master suite with curved wall and large bonus room, so you can create the perfect office, home fitness center, or study. Added living space is to be found at the rear of this home, including two decks and a screened porch with fireplace. Each floor enjoys a wall of energy-efficient windows from Ply Gem® Windows Pro Series. View photographs of the interior of this unique home plan by clicking here.

contemporary house plan from The House Designers

This contemporary two-story house plan features an open and airy floor plan where the kitchen leads to a triangular dining room with a retractable glass wall and outdoor living room featuring Integrity Window and Doors® All Ultrex fiberglass windows and sliding patio doors. Windows View all photographs and the floor plan of the Brunswick House Plan by clicking here.

open contemporary house plan

Check out our Editor’s Top 5 Energy-Efficient Windows by clicking here.