With the desire for one-level living on the rise, designers are developing increasingly creative floor plans. These unique alphabetic shapes are proof positive that opting for a single-story home can be anything but boring.
An H-shaped plan is ideal for anyone looking to create separation between the master bedroom and other areas of the home. Here, the two wings are connected by a central gallery, which also creates a short sightline between the front of the home and the terrace in the back.
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If ushering natural light in from all angles tops your must-have list, a doughnut design may satisfy. In addition to capturing the panoramic views of your site, every room opens toward a central courtyard. Minimal hallways maximize usable square footage.
The most familiar of non-linear single-level plans, the U-shape layout not only creates some separation between public and private spaces, it’s a great one-story option for a compact lot.
Looking for a single-level home you’ll treasure? “X” may mark the spot. The centralized living room is flanked by four distinct wings: a master bedroom wing; a secondary bedroom wing; a kitchen/dining wing; and a utility wing, resulting in optimized living space.