House Plans: Outdoor Living Spaces Popular Feature in New Home Designs

New home construction is starting to see a slight increase in 2012, while the size of a new house plan continues to decrease as homeowners look to live more efficiently. According to a recent survey by Professional Builder the demand for outdoor living spaces continues to grow as the size of new homes continues to shrink, so homeowners can maximize their living and entertaining spaces.

The majority of The House Designers house plans incorporate an outdoor living design in the blueprints that goes well beyond standard features like porches, patios and decks to include upgraded designs for outdoor kitchens, sunrooms, fireplaces, pools and patio and much more.

Creating an outdoor space is a much more affordable alternative than adding an enclosed area or building a home with a larger footprint. According to the survey, builders identified decks, outdoor fireplaces and landscaping as the top outdoor living features by consumers. More than 16% said a fully functional outdoor kitchen was a top selling feature, which is surprising since it’s traditionally reserved for luxury-sized homes.

One reason for the growth is the availability of high-quality, fully functional outdoor appliances and cabinetry that can withstand outdoor elements. As competition among appliance manufacturers increases to capture this new market, these products will become more affordable.

We’ve picked some of our favorite outdoor living designs from our best- selling house plans to inspire you to update your current property or if you’re looking to build a new home, these house plans are a great place to start.

Terrebonne House Plan
The Terrebonne House Plan perfectly blends the outdoor living spaces with adjoining indoor rooms making it a natural and functional transition outdoors.


Hendrick House Plan
The rear of this two-story luxury mountain house plan features three porches and a covered patio that can be easily accessed from most rooms through retractable patio doors.


Palladian House Plan
The Palladian House Plan features a large covered patio with fireplace and than can easily be accessed from the great room and kitchen nook. There’s plenty of space on this wraparound patio to design an outdoor kitchen, dining and sitting area.

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