These 5 'Southern Living'  House Plans Feature Dreamy Wrap-Around Porches

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Southern Living House Plans, Wrap-Around Porch on Farmhouse
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When you imagine your dream home, what features come to mind? For many, a wrap-around porch lands high on the wishlist, right up there with a beautiful, organized kitchen and a coordinating guest house. These spacious porches provide the ideal spot for indoor-outdoor living.

Whether you make it your outdoor reading nook, your work-from-home office, or a place for friends and family to gather, a comfy porch extends your living space. The overhang will shield you from rain and scorching sun, and a screened-in porch provides much-appreciated protection from bugs. Grab some lemonade and a good book, because you'll want to relax on these porches all afternoon.

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#1: Farmhouse Revival

Southern Living House Plans, Wrap-Around Porch on Farmhouse
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This warm and welcoming home is the ultimate family gathering spot. It features four bedrooms and four and a half baths, offering ample space for family, friends, and guests. An open kitchen, patio, and gorgeous wrap-around porch provide several spots to gather.

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The Porch

Farmhouse Revival Porch
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When outfitted with swings, chairs, tables, and outdoor rugs, the porch feels like a second living room.

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The House Plan

Farmhouse Revival Houseplan Layout
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In addition to the wrap-around front porch, there's a back porch located off of the kitchen, providing an outdoor spot to host summertime dinner parties. Even better: There's also a workshop, laundry room, mudroom, and two-car garage.

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#2: Tideland Haven

Tideland Haven Porch
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With a wrap-around porch and a generous number of windows, every room in this home feels connected to the outdoors. French doors and transom windows throughout flood the house with natural light.

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The Porch

Tideland Haven Porch Detail
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The wrap-around front porch connects to a screened-in porch located near the back of the house. With access to the porch from the main bedroom, you can step out to sip your morning coffee or linger over a weekend brunch.

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The House Plan

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At the center of the home are an open living room, kitchen, and dining alcove. Outside, the surrounding porches help the property feel private and sheltered.

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#3: Sugarberry Cottage

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With a beautiful porch, contrasting shutters, and a gable roof, this cottage maximizes the curb appeal. Rest assured, the interior is equally as charming. A farmhouse-style kitchen opens up to a spacious-yet-cozy living room.

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The Porch

Sugarberry Cottage Porch
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The front covered porch leads to a screened-in porch around the side of the house. Sit out front with a glass of iced tea and wave to neighbors, or retreat to the screened-in side porch for more intimate family dinners.

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The House Plan

Off the main bedroom, a second smaller covered porch leads out to the backyard. This house plan also offers a coordinating shed that can be added to the property.

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#4: Elberton Way

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Featuring a stone facade, this house plan captures English-cottage style and gives it a modern update. With two floors totaling more than 3,400 square feet, there's plenty of room and privacy for the whole family.

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The Porch

Elberton Way Porch with Fireplace
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Did we mention the outdoor fireplace? Designed for chilly fall days and crisp end-of-summer nights, the stone fireplace lets the outdoor entertaining continue even as the temperatures drop.

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The House Plan

Elberton Way House Plan Layout
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This house plan checks all the boxes: home office, garage, and foyer included.

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#5: Whisper Creek

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If you're ever dreamed of building your own lake house, fishing lodge, or mountain retreat, the Whisper Creek house plan is the answer. Although just one floor, the high vaulted ceiling makes the home feel spacious.

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The Porch

Whisper Creek Rustic Wooden Porch
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Designed as a weekend retreat, the Whisper Creek cabin emphasizes a connection with nature. The wide, wrap-around porch offers ample space for chairs and a dining table.

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The House Plan

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With two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, this cozy cabin is the perfect weekend getaway for a small family or two couples.

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