20 House Plans That Maximize Storage Space for the Organized Home of Your Dreams

A home that comes with ample storage space? Yes, please!

Vintage Lowcountry house plan by Southern Living House Plans.
Photo: Southern Living

If you want a more organized home with less time spent, well, actually organizing, start with a home that has plenty of storage space built right in. We've rounded up the Southern Living House Plans that make the most of storage space, building it seamlessly into each beautiful home's design. Shelves are tucked under staircases, kitchens abound with cabinet space, and mudrooms are equipped with hooks for every last coat, hat, and mitten. An organized home feels less like a struggle and more like second nature when storage solutions have been thoughtfully incorporated right from the start.

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New Tideland Haven

New Tideland Haven (with porch) house plan by Southern Living House Plans
Southern Living/Photography by Laurey W Glenn

This house plan had us at "wrap-around porch," but in case you need convincing, there's also an open layout kitchen, dual sinks in the main bathroom, and a fireplace to cozy up around.

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A Kitchen Designed for Entertaining

Kitchen with vaulted ceilings and plenty of storage.
Southern Living / Photography by Laurey W Glenn

Vaulted ceilings make the main living area feel large and light-filled. In the kitchen, lots of glass-front cabinets provide storage space that doubles as decor. Hidden details, like built-in cabinets in the island and a pull-out cutting board, lend extra utility to the space.

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Lowcountry Reserve

Lowcountry Reserve (white house with porch) house plan by Southern Living House Plans.
Southern Living/David Cannon Photography

This gorgeous two-story home boasts plenty of porch space on both levels. The house plan includes a detached three-car garage with living space above, making it the ideal spot for guests.

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Built-in Wine Rack

Dining Room with wine rack on wall
Southern Living/ David Cannon Photography

This house plan has carefully considered storage, including a walk-in closet and a kitchen island with built-in cabinets. In the dining room, you'll find plenty of space for a wine collection.

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Four Gables

Four Gables (white house with porch) house plan by Southern Living House Plans.
Southern Living

With walk-in closets, a spacious open-layout kitchen, a porch, and a fireplace, this house plan checks all the boxes.

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Under-the-Stairs Shelving

Built-in shelves under stairs
Southern Living/Laurey W. Glenn; Joshua Drake

In this home, even often-overlooked areas, like the space under the stairs, have been transformed into storage solutions. Tuck cookbooks and collectibles into these open shelves.

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Gilliam house plan (white house with porch) by Southern Living House Plans.
Southern Living

With 10-foot ceilings and tons of windows, this house feels spacious and flooded with light.

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Tons of Cabinets

Kitchen with Cabinets
Southern Living

Floor-to-ceiling cabinets provide ample storage in the kitchen. Let the upper cabinets hold serveware you only pull out for holidays, then fill lower cabinets with everyday essentials so they're easy to reach.

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Sugarberry Cottage

Sugarberry house plan by Southern Living House Plans.
Southern Living

This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath cottage is a mix of bungalow and craftsman styles. Did we mention there's a screened-in porch?

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A Thoughtfully Designed Mudroom

Clean mudroom with towel hanging up and hat resting on a bench.
Southern Living

Extra storage space is tucked into every room of the cottage. In the mudroom, a built-in bench is equipped with shelves for shoes, while cabinets stash coats and scarves.

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Fox Hill

Fox Hill house plan (stone home with green window shutters) by Southern Living House Plans.

The best part about this Colonial-style home (besides the fireplace, library, and luxurious bathtub)? The garage studio can be used as a creative home office or a space for guests.

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Dream Kitchen

White kitchen with central island and black chairs tucked underneath countertop.

You know a kitchen was designed for both style and storage when beautiful glass-front cabinets are built right into the island.

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Whiteside Farm

Whiteside Farm house plans (white shiplap farmhouse with blue front door) by Southern Living House Plans.
Southern Living

This year, the importance of home offices and dedicated rec rooms cannot be overstated. The good news: This gorgeous home has both.

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A Tidy Dining Room

Dining room with harvest table and upholstered dining chairs.
Southern Living

Storage solutions are tucked into every available spot in this sprawling 3,600-square-foot home. Exhibit A: The dining room is equipped with cabinets and shelves for all your dishes and serving ware.

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Cottage of the Year

White cottage with brown shutters and a wooden door.
Southern Living

Guests will love how warm and welcoming this New England Colonial-style cottage feels. The best spot in the house? How about the spa-worthy whirlpool bathtub.

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Country Kitchen

white kitchen with flowers in a metal bucket in the sink.
Southern Living

If modern farmhouse is your decor style, this charming kitchen will feel like home. Shallow shelves let you put your favorite pieces on display, but don't worry, there's also ample cabinet space to hide the rest.

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Old Bethel

Old Bethel house plan (white house with porch and brown wooden shutters)
Southern Living

With high ceilings and an abundance of windows, this one-story home feels roomy and bright.

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Beautiful Built-ins

Empty living room with built in bookshelves and stone fireplace.
Southern Living

In the living room, the fireplace is flanked by two shelving units. Arrange family photos on the shelves above, and stow board games in the cabinets below.

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The Ramble Farmhouse

Ramble Farmhouse house plan (white house)
Southern Living

What features did you always imagine your dream home would have? There's a good chance the Ramble Farmhouse has it. Yes, porch, deck, mudroom, carport, pantry, and library included.

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Cozy Library

Cozy library with wall ladder and leather armchair.
Southern Living/Robbie Caponetto

Long afternoons will be spent curled up with a good book in this library complete with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

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Elberton Way

Elberton Way house plan by Southern Living House Plans
Southern Living

While most of these house plans feature enviable porches, this one take it a step further with an outdoor fireplace for chilly fall evenings.

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The Ultimate Get-Ready Station

White bathroom vanity with marble flooring
Southern Living

An elegant vanity equipped with drawer space and a lengthy countertop makes for a dreamy dressing room.

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Vintage Lowcountry

Vintage Lowcountry house plan by Southern Living House Plans.
Southern Living

Inspired by a fan-favorite home featured in a 2011 issue of Southern Living, this house has a timeless design that will never go out of style.

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Country Kitchen

White kitchen cabinets and half-opened window.
Southern Living

From the glass-front cabinets to the wood paneling to the farmhouse sink, this kitchen is irresistibly charming. Cabinet space is maximized without sacrificing style.

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Sweetwater Retreat

Sweetwater Retreat (white house with attached two-car garage) house plan by Southern Living House Plans.
Southern Living / Daniel Conklin, Conklin Marketing

Totaling more than 4,000 square feet, this expansive house boasts five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, plus a study, laundry room, and pantry.

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Luxe Laundry Room

Sweetwater Retreat Laundry Room
Southern Living

An entire wall of shelves and cabinets means plenty of storage space for every last detergent and stain-fighting spray.

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French Broad Retreat

French Broad Retreat house plan
Southern Living/Southern Living House Plan, French

With a deck and two porches, this is the ultimate home for indoor-outdoor living.

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A Perfectly Balanced Kitchen

French Kitchen with marble countertops, large island and white dining set.
Southern Living

While many kitchens have to choose between storage space and counter space, this smart kitchen design manages to offer an ample amount of both. Bonus: There's even a built-in wine rack.

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Lakeside Farmhouse

Southern Living House Plans Lakeside Farm (white house with two sets of french door windows on either side of a gray front door.
Southern Living

This beautiful farmhouse was designed to be your forever home. Organization solutions were carefully considered throughout, from the walk-in closets to the storage space above the three-car garage. Plus, it can be adapted for zoned living on the main level if you plan to age in place.

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Entryway Organizer

Southern Living House Plans Mudroom Storage
Southern Living

When you walk in the door, this stylish storage unit offers drawers, cabinets, and hooks for holding everything from coats to gardening gear.

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Alder Cottage

Alder Cottage (beige shiplap cottage against a lake)
Southern Living

If your dream home is all about a luxurious main bedroom, then Alder Cottage is for you. The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, and an ensuite bathroom with a spacious tub. Bonus points: There's even a porch with a fireplace.

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Sun-Filled Kitchen

3D Kitchen rendering
Southern Living / Lake and Land Studio, LLC

Don't choose between a wall of windows and lots of cabinet space—the Alder Cottage's kitchen offers a blend of both.

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The Loudon

Loudon house plan (white house with green roof) by Southern Living House Plans.
Southern Living/ Laurey W Glenn

Welcome to the 2020 Southern Living Showcase Home, a dreamy single story cottage outfitted with everything you'll need—porch, home office, and library, too.

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The Perfect Pantry

Stocked pantry
Southern Living/Laurey W Glenn

This home may be only one story, but the designers have managed to fit in plenty of storage space. The evidence: Check out this pantry in the kitchen.

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River Place Cottage

River Place Cottage(white cottage with porch and green window shutters)
Southern Living

This laid-back house was designed for hanging out, whether in the open floor plan kitchen-living room or on one of the two (yes, two!) porches.

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Summertime Bungalow

Southern Living Summertime Bungalow (white bungalow with attached two-car garage).
Southern Living

A walkthrough pantry and storage space off of the foyer are just a couple of the thoughtful storage solutions hiding in this house plan.

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Built-in Bookshelves

Blue built-in bookshelves
Southern Living

The designers snuck extra storage into every nook of the home, including this colorful built-in bookcase.

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Honeycomb Farmhouse

Honeycomb Farmhouse house plan (wooden farmhouse with white trim and detached two-car garage).
Southern Living

Designed for multigenerational living, features like a curbless shower, stepless entry into the home, and an elevator make it an ideal design for aging in place.

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