These layouts reflect the new priorities for Gen Y homebuyers. Gone are the flashy-but-extraneous formal living rooms and giant garages. A whole bunch of bedrooms? Nah, but there's definitely space to work from home. Pet owners will appreciate mudrooms and other spaces where they can store supplies. And importantly, square footages are modest, freeing up budget for upscale counters and other must-haves.

Room for Brewing and Bikes in the Garage

A workshop in the garage provides a handy spot for tinkering with a bike or perhaps even brewing beer. For buyers who work from home (even part of the time), the bright den that faces the backyard is a more appealing option than the typical home office looking out to the street. This space also steps out to the covered patio, where a two-sided fireplace creates an Instagram-worthy focal point. Inside, a wide island gives lots of room for casual meals in the kitchen. The master suite sits on the same side of the home as the secondary bedroom but is actually a bit removed, making it easy to maintain privacy when in-laws or guests are visiting. A loft upstairs adds more space. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Pet-Friendly Small Layout

This country-style home delivers surprisingly upscale touches in a compact 1,270-square-foot layout. Wrapping around the left side of the home, the entry porch connects with the dining room to create seamless transitions between inside and outside. The living room features a cozy fireplace and opens to the kitchen, where a spacious snack counter and an outward-facing cooktop encourage interaction with family and friends during meal prep. Bay windows bring light into the dining room and second bedroom. In the master suite, a private bathroom and two closets (one of them a walk-in) create a comfortable retreat. The utility room opens to outside, making it a convenient for pet owners to grab a leash and go. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Party in the Kitchen

Here’s a plan that makes outstanding use of every one of its 1,624 square feet. The main living areas are open, with a snack bar that seats six (practically unheard-of for a home of this modest size) and a two-way fireplace that warms the covered patio on its other side. Upstairs, the master suite features a large shower and a walk-in closet, while two secondary bedrooms use a hall bath. The pocket office provides a view while working. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Study Flexes to Bedroom Easily

This flexible plan offers an open layout for a relaxed lifestyle. Bedroom 4 easily converts to a study or formal dining room by throwing open the double doors (a different door leads to the hallway and the bathroom for a more private experience). The master suite boasts double walk-in closets, separate vanities, and a central shower. Building on a scenic lot? The family room shows it off with large windows and a corner view. The nook opens to the rear lanai, which makes a good place to barbecue or just enjoy the breeze. Nearby, the kitchen provides ample counter space and a walk-in pantry. A large bonus space upstairs invites later expansion. Don’t miss the extra storage space in the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Patio Priorities

This sleek design keeps the layout simple and open while still including special details. For example, the master suite offers two sinks, a walk-in closet, and access to the back patio. Bedroom two also opens to the patio, making it a great spot for a home office (just step out when you need a break from working). With doors on two sides, the hall bath can be used by both secondary bedrooms and any visitors. In the heart of the home, the island kitchen combines with the living and dining spaces and even the back patio to form one large, open area for socializing. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Craftsman Curb Appeal

With 1,734 square feet, this layout delivers open entertaining spaces (like the casual dining room that steps out to the deck), comfortable sleeping quarters (including the master suite with its walk-in closet and private bathroom), and even a den. The kitchen takes center stage with a roomy island and a walk-in pantry. Another unexpected touch: a well-placed bench and closet on the way in from the two-car garage. Rugged Craftsman details add curb appeal to the exterior. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Great Use of a Narrow Lot

Building on a narrow lot? This 25-foot-wide home uses smart planning to ensure that every room receives natural light, especially the kitchen's nook with its charming built-in seating. An island and a roomy walk-in pantry confirm the kitchen's importance in the layout. Closer to the garage, a pocket office and a powder bath create a simple and livable space for occasional working from home. Guests can step out to the side patio or get cozy by the fireplace in the great room. On the second level, the vaulted master suite includes a large shower, dual sinks, and two walk-in closets. All three bedrooms up here enjoy easy access to the laundry room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.