Six of Our Best 3-Bedroom Farmhouse Plans

While the words “modern” and “farmhouse” don’t seem to go together, they account for a style that is sweeping America. The modern farmhouse look encompasses a rustic, minimalist feel with a twist of modern design. Beyond interior design, modern farmhouse floor plans are also increasingly popular for new home construction. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular plans here at Frank Betz Associates


What Is A Modern Farmhouse-Style Home?


Though farmhouses have existed forever, traditional 16th and 17th-century European farmhouses are considered the inspiration for this specific aesthetic. 


There are certain architectural details frequently found in farmhouse-style homes. The shape of the house is typically long and linear, such as a ranch-style home. With a mix of features like gables, dormers, timbers, porches, and more, the farmhouse-style exterior is instantly recognizable. Inside, you’ll see large open living spaces, exposed wood, fireplaces, and simple trim. 

Historically, farmhouses were all about utilitarianism, so the materials tended to be local wood or stone. And they varied according to geography. In the mountains, you may see chunky rustic woods and stone. On the East Coast, there may be symmetrical exteriors and detailed fireplaces. 


One of the things that makes farmhouse floor plans so enduring is their inherent resilience. These homes were built with materials on hand, creating a home that was durable and practical for farmers and families alike. Tall windows, big kitchens, and covered porches make these homes as attractive and comfortable today as they were 100 years ago. 


What is the modern farmhouse design style? Essentially, it is a more sophisticated take on traditional country style. The farmhouse design has specific features that help create a relaxed vibe and a cohesive and curated style. The ideal modern farmhouse style should balance practicality and rustic elegance. Exterior design elements include board-and-batten siding and metal roofs. Materials include fiber-cement siding, sheet metal, and board-formed concrete. Inside, white walls often accompany dark, wide-plank hardwood floors. 


Modern Farmhouse Floor Plans for Families of All Sizes


While architecture seems to have reverted to a simpler time with the Modern Farmhouse design, these homes are updated with contemporary conveniences. The warmth and comfort of this quintessentially American style, combined with its classic design elements, gives it a practical elegance. Frank Betz Associates has a variety of 3-bedroom house floor plans that incorporate the minimalist yet cozy modern farmhouse vibe. 

Logan’s Bluff

Warm and charming, the Logan’s Bluff is a 1,627-square-foot, single-story plan that has all the necessities. Crisp white cladding and stained timber accents are perfect material choices for the farmhouse style. The main level is open with a large living space. The family room has high beamed ceilings and a fireplace. Just off the family room, the owner’s suite is private and separate from the other bedrooms. The owner’s bath features a large shower and ample walk-in closet. One of the two additional bedrooms is a flexible space that can be anything you need it to be. The optional upper level adds another bedroom and a large bonus room that can be utilized as storage or finished for a recreation room. The Logan’s Bluff has a welcoming front porch, as well as a spacious rear covered porch accessed via the dining room for easy entertaining. This plan is ideal for families of all sizes. 


Cameron Walk 

Cameron Walk is a classic ranch-style plan, featuring a modern design that is a popular choice for one-story living. This plan is anchored by a huge open living space with a fireplace and beamed ceiling. The adjacent kitchen and dining areas provide the perfect setting for gatherings with family and friends. The flexible space just off the entry foyer may be used for a formal dining room, a home office, or a media room. The sleeping quarters are separated for privacy and quiet. The owner’s suite is its own wing. It features a bedroom with a beamed ceiling and large windows for natural light. The primary bath has a large walk-in shower and a great closet with direct access to the laundry room. The secondary bedrooms, accessed via the kitchen, share a bathroom. The optional upper level allows the addition of a fourth bedroom, full bathroom, and multi-purpose bonus room.

The Cameron Walk has a vaulted front porch, as well as a stunning rear porch with a vaulted ceiling. This plan is ideal for larger families or those who love to entertain. 


Helmsly Park

A textbook example of modern farmhouse style in every sense, the Helmsly Park plan offers one-story living combined with farmhouse details. The clean white cladding and dark trim accents define the farmhouse aesthetic. An inviting front porch welcomes visitors into the foyer. The interior offers a casual lifestyle vibe. The lofty living room has a beamed ceiling and a fireplace. The adjacent kitchen and dining area are perfect for inclusive gatherings. A large walk-in pantry and convenient mudroom are ideal for daily organization and storage. The bedrooms are split by the living spaces for privacy and quiet. The primary suite features a bedroom with a beamed ceiling and access to its own covered porch. The primary bath has a large walk-in shower and a soaking tub. The secondary bedrooms, accessed via the kitchen, share a bathroom. The optional upper level allows the addition of another bedroom and a full bath. There is an optional bonus room to finish as needed. The Helmsly Park is a very charming home, attractive for a range of families. 


Waterbury Cottage 

Although just 1,997 square feet, the Waterbury Cottage features all the details of a much larger home. Dark stained columns, large windows, and white cladding signal the modern farmhouse style. A vaulted front porch with a standing seam metal roof is just the spot for a friendly chat with the neighbors. The open-concept, split-bedroom design is light-filled and airy. The great room, dining room, and kitchen create a central living space and provide comfortable entertaining and everyday spaces. The primary suite is private, with windows overlooking the backyard. The primary bath features a large walk-in shower, double vanity, and a large walk-in closet. The secondary bedrooms, on the other side of the house, share a compartmentalized bathroom. The mudroom entrance, powder room, and laundry are conveniently located between the garage and the kitchen. The optional upper level can provide an additional bedroom and a full bath. The attic is accessible for great storage. The Waterbury Cottage has a large covered rear porch accessed via the kitchen for easy entertaining. This plan is a lovely choice for smaller families or downsizers. 


Mulberry Farm

The Mulberry Farm design is the quintessential modern farmhouse style. The choice of materials and details, gables, board-and-batten siding, and dark stained accents, accentuate the style. The central gable and covered entry are the focal points and provide a warm and inviting feeling. The main floor is open, light-filled, and spacious. The living room, dining room, and kitchen have a vaulted ceiling with a continuous ridge line throughout. A charming fireplace and large windows accent the rooms. A natural gathering point, the kitchen has a large island and access to the large covered porch with a vaulted ceiling and outdoor kitchen. The primary suite is private, featuring a beamed ceiling and boxed bay window. (Just the spot for a reading nook!) The primary bath has a free-standing soaking tub and a large walk-in shower. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bath are accessed via the front foyer. The optional upper level includes an additional bedroom, a full bathroom, and a multi-purpose bonus room over the garage. Mulberry Farm is the epitome of warmth and hospitality.


Silver Springs

Smart design is the hallmark of this one-level plan. The Silver Springs features a modern farmhouse exterior along with a bright, pleasing interior. The exterior includes a large gable and a front porch, with shakes and clapboard siding. The main level is open and light-filled thanks to large window groupings. The large living room, with its beamed ceiling and lovely fireplace, is the ideal gathering space for family and friends. The open kitchen has an island that serves the living room and dining area with ease. The primary suite, accessed via the front hall, is secluded for sleep and relaxation. The primary bath features a large shower, a tub, and a walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bath are located just off the kitchen to easily handle residents and guests. There is an optional upper level that may provide a fourth bedroom, a full bath, and a multi-purpose bonus room. The Silver Springs has a rear deck/optional covered porch accessed via the dining room for easy entertaining. This plan is a smart choice for smaller families or downsizers. 

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If you are interested in learning about building modern farmhouse open floor plans or 3-bedroom farmhouse plans specifically, we at Frank Betz Associates are here to answer your questions. For more information, explore our plans online or call 888-717-3003.

Innovate Your Home’s Design with U-Shaped Stairs

Every home is a complex arrangement of many parts. And stairs are an integral part of any multi-story home. They may be both utilitarian – providing access to different levels of the home – and architectural – offering a unique design element or a dramatic focal point. And they come in a variety of “shapes” – straight, spiral, curved, cantilever, L-shape, and U-shape. At Frank Betz Associates, we have home plans with all kinds of stairs. In this blog, we’re going to discuss U-shaped stairs


What Are U Shaped Stairs?

If you are planning on building a two-story house, it will have at least one set of stairs. Depending on the size and style of the home, the architect/home designer will choose a staircase that fits both the space available and the style. If floor space is an issue, a U-shaped staircase is a good choice.


What are U-shaped stairs?  U-shaped stairs are essentially two parallel flights of straight stairs joined by a landing that creates a 180-degree turn, also called a switchback. Because of this, this stair design is also known as the “switchback” or “half-turn” stairs. 


There are several advantages to U-shaped stairs design. They are easier to fit into a plan, and they offer some architectural and visual interest. They occupy less linear floor space and are ideal for small entryways and corners.  U-shaped stairs with a landing are safer and more comfortable to climb than the steep straight staircase, and the landing(s) can offer a resting point partway up the stairs. The landing also provides extra space and can be a handy nook 

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For many home designers, figuring out where to put the main stairs can influence not just the arrangement of the rooms, but also the placement of the windows. A U-shaped stair gives the designer some flexibility, especially when they are trying to use every inch of space efficiently. For example, a foyer with a 10-foot ceiling can have a smaller footprint if it is adjacent to the stairs. Why? The “hole” for the stairwell becomes part of the foyer and allows light to filter down into the foyer. Thus making a smaller space feel larger. 


As one of our designers notes, “U-shaped stairs at the entry of a home has become a more commonly used feature in new plans. Having the stairs next to the foyer upon entering a home allows the builder a place to show some creativity. So often home buyers become bored with the same typical, if not purely functional, stair locations.” 

Having a U-shaped stair in the front of the home not only creates a different feel when entering but also allows designers to use it as an architectural feature on the exterior. How? Having the landing for the U-shaped stairs against the front wall opens up numerous options for the exterior elevation, giving the designer the ability to devise a creative arrangement for the windows. For example, the designer can break up a plain exterior by placing a large window (as much as 9′ wide and as much as 12′ high) in the landing. It can give the same effect as the window in a 2-story foyer, offering light and the feeling of open air space.  


At Frank Betz Associates, two of our newest plans, Stansbury Glen and Forsyth Knoll, feature U-shape stairs. The Stansbury Glen’s first floor is just 1,364 square feet, so tucking the stairs next to the foyer gives the compact layout a bit more breathing room. The foyer takes you right into the open living room/dining area/kitchen, and the stairs fit neatly into the foyer space, not intruding into the living space. The large window above the landing spans a floor-and-a-half and allows tons of light to shine down the stairs as well as into the upstairs hall. From the outside, the substantial window adds both character and interest to the exterior.  

The Forsyth Knoll is a larger home with a broader and more complex exterior. The large window in the stairwell adds both balance and a bit of mass to the stone facade portion of the exterior. Inside, the corresponding U-shaped stairs act as an anchor in the center of the home. Surrounded by the foyer, the family room, and a flex room, the compact stairs help create a welcoming entry point as well as an intersection in the front hall, without taking up a lot of floor space. The “half-turn” of the landing is actually two landings with a few steps between – it’s charming and unique! And upstairs, the oversized window sends plenty of light into the upper hall and the adjacent media room. 


Two very different homes, both featuring U-shape stairs and demonstrating how this functional and interesting design choice can fit into a variety of home sizes and styles.  


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For a homebuyer, there’s no better feeling than finding the right style of home for their family. We hope this article illuminates the benefits of a U-shaped stairs plan. If you need further information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We have many home options available in our portfolio. When you’re ready, contact Frank Betz Associates

The Best Ranch House Plans for Builders & Developers

For most people, finding the right style of home for their family is essential to living their best life. With so many different options, it might be hard to decide which one is the right one. Do they need something affordable and easy to maintain? A place that is flexible and can grow as the family does? Ranch-style house plans may be the answer.

No other style of home has ever been more widely built and/or lived in than the one story. Frank Betz Associates is happy to share that we have over 200 ranch house floor plans in our portfolio. These flexible ranch house plans come in a diverse array of designs, square footage, and elevation styles. Let’s review some of the benefits of this style of home.

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Are Ranch House Floor Plans Still A Popular Choice?

Ranch house plans are an iconic American architectural style. Originating in the 20th century, these homes became popular after World War II, when the demand for affordable housing was on the rise. Ranch-style homes have remained popular because of their simple yet functional design and comfortable, family-friendly floor plans.

What is a ranch-style home? The two main features of this style are that they are single-story and that they have an open-concept layout. Though the shape of the home can vary, many of them are built with a “U” or “L” shape. Things like attached garages, sliding glass doors, and a low-pitched roofline are also commonly found features of this home style. The distinct architectural design of ranch-style homes provides many benefits for homeowners.

Why are ranch style house floor plans still so popular? A variety of reasons! 


  • Single-Level Living. Ranch-style homes offer single-level living. This is a huge draw for both families with younger children as well as older homeowners as it allows stair-free access to everything. It’s much easier and safer to complete daily activities and chores. For instance, with the laundry room and bedrooms on the same level, residents save time on laundry with a quick walk down the hall versus carrying heavy loads up and down the stairs. 

Benefits of ranch homes

  • Open Living Areas. Another great benefit is the open, spacious layout. This makes even smaller ranch homes feel large and airy. Since there are no walls, the open design creates a flow between the kitchen and living areas. Family and friends can connect and have quality time together here. There is also more natural light throughout the home due to large windows and sliding glass doors. It’s also easy to enjoy outdoor living spaces like a patio. These floor plans commonly split the home into a private sleeping area and a public living area, so there is less likelihood of waking others up while grabbing a midnight snack or preparing breakfast in the kitchen.
  • Safe & Simple to Maintain. With everything on one level, ranch-style homes are safer than two-story homes and much easier to maintain. Since there are no stairs, there’s less risk of slipping and falling. This is especially important if there are elderly parents or small children. Not having stairs also provides an easier escape in emergencies. Keeping a one-story home clean and well-maintained is much easier. Having one floor to clean makes chores a little easier. Getting windows, gutters, and hard-to-reach spaces clean in a ranch style is a lot easier too. 
  • Flexibility. Ranch-style homes are versatile and can be easily customized to suit the needs and preferences of each homeowner. They can be remodeled to accommodate changing family needs or lifestyle preferences. Because of their horizontal layout, ranch houses are relatively simple to add on to. With fewer load-bearing walls than a two-story home, it’s easy to remove or add walls where you need them. No need to worry about stairwells or supporting another floor — just extend out. 

Ranch style homes

  • Affordability. Overall, ranch-style homes are reasonably priced. Though there are large plans available, smaller versions can provide ample comfort at a great price. Especially for first-time home buyers, it’s a great starter home option that’s affordable and efficient. Also, because of the common single-level style, it’s perfect for saving on utility costs. With a ranch home that’s one story, it takes a lot less energy to cool and heat the home all year round.


For Ranch-Style House Plans, Look No Further Than Frank Betz!

At Frank Betz Associates, our goal is to help prospective homebuyers find a home they will love to live in for years to come. We offer a range of floor plans for ranch-style homes; our search tool allows easy access to more than a thousand designs.

When reviewing plans, prospects need to consider and compare square footage, style, and the floor plan itself. Many people will look at a home’s exterior first, and then look at the floor plan. But the most important part of any home is the floor plan. Ideally, they should begin by finding a floor plan that is a perfect fit for their needs. The exterior (or elevation) can easily be changed to another style that better suits their taste.

Ranch-style homes provide benefits for everyone. As mentioned before, they are a great starter home. For a young couple thinking about starting a family, it’s a home with plenty of room that’s safe for young children. As children grow, they can still benefit by being able to spend quality time in the open living spaces and hear if things get rowdy in the bedrooms. Once the kids are grown and flown, homeowners can update the rooms for other uses, like an office or hobby space. Ranch-style homes are a great choice for aging in place, too.

Though primarily known for offering single-level living, ranch-style homes have evolved from their original designs. Today, you can find different types of ranch-style homes, including:

  • California Ranch – A functional, modern type, usually with an “L” or “U”-shape and a designated courtyard space.
  • Suburban Ranch – Usually comes with an attached garage and is more compact than the California type.
  • Raised Ranch – Two-story or “split-entry” option with the staircase at the entrance connecting up to the living areas, and then down to the garage and basement on the lower level.
  • Storybook Ranch – Has ornate exterior designs and often comes with a steep, gabled roof, a decorative chimney, and tall, diamond-shaped windows.

At Frank Betz Associates, you’ll find variations of all kinds of single-level homes. We have bungalows like the compact 2-bedroom Hogan plan with a vaulted family room and casual dining room with views of the patio and an owner suite with a tray ceiling, sitting area, and full-sized walk-in closet. Our charming cottage plans like the Glenella Springs include brick, fieldstone, and cedar shakes, a dovecote, an eyebrow vent, and a boxed bay window on the façade. Inside, the kitchen has a large island and is open to the family room with a soaring ceiling, fireplace, and built-in bookshelves. The master suite is private and has access to the rear covered porch. We also have plans for larger homes with room for everything, such as the 4-bedroom Barton Creek with its courtyard entry, and brick, fieldstone, and board-and-batten exterior. Inside, the great room is adjacent to the kitchen and breakfast area, and the formal dining room. The double bay windows in the kitchen and master suite allow natural light to pour in. 


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For a homebuyer, there’s no better feeling than finding the right style of home for their family. With a ranch home, homeowners may enjoy all-around carefree living with one story, an open concept layout, affordability, and a flexible home. We hope this article illuminates the benefits of a ranch-style home. If you need further information, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We also have many other home options available in our portfolio. When you’re ready, contact Frank Betz Associates

What Are Some of the Best Floor Plans for Family Homes?

A new stage of life often comes with the need for a different type of home. Finding the right family home floor plans is one of the most exciting parts of any new home search and Frank Betz Associates has countless options for you to choose from. Your home can be laid out in many ways and, with upgrade options, you can personalize it to suit your needs. With over 45 years of experience designing home plans, we have perfected our designs to meet your needs. Here are just a few of our best home floor plans for families.

Our Family Home Plans Are Spacious & Loaded with Features for Everyone!

From the size and shape, to where the rooms are located in relation to each other, every part of a home can affect your living experience. These floor plans for family homes range from 1,600 – 2,400 square feet and have optional second floors for additional space. 

Floor plans for family homes

Allendale Farms

3 – 4 BR | 2.5 – 3.5 BA | 2,205 Sq Ft

Allendale Farms

From the outside in, our Allendale Farms plan offers a modern farmhouse feel. This new one-story design reflects popular feedback. Once you’re welcomed into the foyer via the covered front porch, Allendale Farms opens into a spacious layout. If you’re a big entertainer, you’ll love the airy, light-filled space anchored by the central family room. The kitchen can handle simple snacks, grab-and-go breakfasts, or family-size gatherings. Switch things up with brunch or dinner on the screened back porch. The adjacent covered porch has a fireplace and is a great place to relax. There’s tons of natural light and a cozy ambiance in the family room with its vaulted ceiling and fireplace. The Allendale Farms plan features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms within its one-story layout. The owner’s suite is located in its own “wing” but still close enough to bedrooms 2 and 3 if one of the kids needs you. You’ll have plenty of room and privacy to yourself with an extensive walk-in closet and a full bathroom with a soaking tub and a walk-in shower. There is garage space for three cars or a workshop. The optional 2nd floor can be finished to provide additional square footage. It contains a 4th bedroom, a full bath, and a multi-purpose bonus room. This all-new one-story design has everything you need.

Helmsly Park

3 – 4 BR | 2.5 – 3.5 BA | 2,355 Sq Ft

Helmsly Park

The layout of the Helmsly Park plan is sure to impress. After a long day, this modern farmhouse-style plan welcomes you home with a highly functional one-story layout. From the inviting front porch, you open the door to a spacious foyer and coat closet. Then, you’re greeted by an open, light-filled living room with a soaring beamed ceiling and a fireplace. The adjacent kitchen and dining area are perfect for family dinners or larger gatherings. The kitchen has a generous island and a huge walk-in pantry. The covered rear porch extends your living and dining space and includes another porch space accessible from the owner’s suite. Talk about paradise! Helmsly Park has all bedrooms on one floor. The owner’s suite is far enough away from the other two bedrooms for privacy, but close enough if one of the kids needs you. It has everything you need for a personal retreat, like a soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and a large walk-in closet. The optional 2nd floor can be finished to provide additional square footage. It contains a 4th bedroom, a full bath, and a multi-purpose bonus room. The Helmsly Park is a bright and casual plan to consider for your family.

Logan’s Bluff

3 – 4 BR | 2 – 3 BA | 1,627 Sq Ft

Logan's Bluff

The Logan’s Bluff is a great choice for those looking for a smaller one-story plan. Its warm, charming farmhouse style fits into any location, and it is equipped with all the necessities. There’s plenty of room in this cozy home. The foyer opens into a large space for living and dining. The family room has a high ceiling and warming fireplace, and the adjacent kitchen and dining area lead out to the covered porch. Located off the family room, the private owner’s suite includes a large walk-in closet and a huge walk-in shower. The two smaller bedrooms are on the other side of the house and share a full bathroom. Bedroom 3 is a flex room that can double as a workspace. The optional 2nd level adds another bedroom, a full bath, and a large bonus room that can be finished however you choose. There are many great memories to be made in this family-friendly one-story floor plan.

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What To Look For In A Family Home Floor Plan

Planning your family home is the ultimate project. You’ve been dreaming about this, but need help to make the dream a reality. As one of the largest investments you’ll ever make, you want to get it right. So we have a few tips for you.

1) Figure out what size of home suits your needs. 

Choosing a floor plan should start with how you live, what type of layout you want, and how you plan to use each space. How many levels do you want? How many bedrooms do you need? Think about the space you wish you had (or don’t need) now and prioritize your most important needs.

2) Be honest about your needs and lifestyle.

Preferred features in a home differ depending on what stage of life you are in. Before choosing a home design, ask yourself the “big picture” questions: 

  • Is your family situation changing, either growing or shrinking?
  • Will you need dedicated space for visiting parents or grandchildren? 
  • Are you approaching retirement? Should you choose a plan that’s great for aging in place? 
  • How do you entertain? Do you want formal spaces or more relaxed gathering rooms? 
  • Do you have hobbies or special interests that might require special rooms to enjoy them?

3) Look for a floor plan that fits your family.  

Every family has their own style, so choosing a floor plan that meets YOUR needs is essential. 

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  • Do you have young children? You might want their bedrooms closer to yours. Are the kids older? You – and they – might appreciate a little bit of privacy by spreading out the bedrooms. 
  • Do you host Sunday dinners with extended family? Look for plans that include dining rooms large enough to fit everyone. 
  • Are you a multi-gen household? Make sure the plan is suitable for older adults. Look for no or few stairs, wide doorways, and a walk-in shower. 
  • Do you work from home? Consider a dedicated office space. It will help you be more productive and minimize distractions.
  • Do the kids need a rec room? Do you prefer to exercise at home? A multi-purpose, flexible space that can change as your family grows is a great option. 

4) Don’t forget the bathrooms.

Not having enough bathrooms is a well-known pain point. In the ideal layout, there should be one bathroom for every two bedrooms in the house. If you entertain frequently, a plan that has a full or a half bath near the main living area is convenient. If the house has multiple floors, a guest bathroom downstairs is key. Also, look for primary bathrooms with dual vanities. This allows both partners to get ready without being in each other’s way.

5) You can never have too much storage. 

No matter how organized you aspire to be, your family has stuff. The best way to minimize clutter is by having adequate storage in your busy zones: 

  • Kitchen – Maximize cabinetry and pantry space to ensure there is a place for dishes, small appliances, cookware, and food.
  • Mudroom – The place where backpacks, sports equipment, muddy shoes and coats gather… often in a pile. Reign in the mess with hooks, cubbies and shelves.
  • Garage – There should be enough room for the lawn mower, your golf clubs, the bikes AND the car(s). You might also want room for a work space, holiday decorations, and other items.

6) Think OUTSIDE the box. 

Don’t forget outdoor space when looking at home plans. Do you entertain? Make sure you have enough room for a grill – and maybe an outdoor kitchen. Covered patios/porches are great for relaxing, family time, al fresco meals, and movie nights. 

Think about the space you need to be comfortable in your daily life. The best home plan for your family is the one that aligns best with your lifestyle.

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You deserve a home that is comfortable and totally functional. Frank Betz Associates can ensure you a home like that. Browse through our flexible family home plans to find the one that fits your needs… then personalize it to your heart’s desire. We look forward to helping you into the best floor plans for your family. Connect with us today to learn more.

What Are The Best Colors To Paint A Modern Farmhouse?

The American farmhouse style is a combination of architectural styles including Colonial, Greek Revival, Victorian, and Cape Cod. The eclectic nature of the farmhouse style stems from far-reaching roots as the style spread across different regions of the United States. Today, farmhouse-style house plans can be found in urban, suburban, and rural settings, traditionally characterized by clapboard-sided structures with steep roofs, wide porches, and dormers. The modern American farmhouse style lends itself to a variety of applications. At Frank Betz Associates, we have over 500 (!!!) farmhouse-style plans

How do you achieve the quintessential Modern Farmhouse look? Farmhouse-inspired design has been around for a very long time. Light walls, timber beams, and contrasting metals embody this eclectic mix of contemporary and country, calm and cozy. The farmhouse design has specific features that help create a relaxed vibe and a cohesive style. It is a more sophisticated take on traditional country style. The ideal modern farmhouse style should balance practicality and rustic elegance, achieving the perfect combination of contemporary minimalism mixed with a warm, relaxed look. And the paint colors you choose are one of the biggest contributors to creating the Modern Farmhouse aesthetic.


5 Of The Best Modern Farmhouse Colors

Best colors to paint farmhouse

The farmhouse vibe — peaceful, relaxed, and no-fuss — suggests paint colors that exude warmth, coziness, and clean design. And while neutrals are the hallmark of farmhouse design, there are plenty of colors that can add some excitement to the look. Here are five of the hottest (coolest?) farmhouse paint colors

  • Greige. A blend of gray and beige, this neutral works anywhere. It’s light enough to maintain an airy vibe, but dark enough to add mood. One of the most popular modern farmhouse colors, it’s ideal for interior walls and areas like hallways. There are many variations to choose from. Some shades are cool with green or blue undertones, while others are warmer with red and yellow undertones. 


  • Teal. This muted shade of blue-green adds a touch of whimsy to a farmhouse. Softer teals are a great choice for a coastal farmhouse vibe in the kitchen, while lighter teal hues work well with beige or white in living rooms or bedrooms. Deep teal is a stunning choice for walls or painted cabinets. 


  • Charcoal. A dark, moody color, charcoal adds a twist to a modern farmhouse. Less harsh than traditional black, charcoal works well with lighter neutrals. While perhaps too much for all walls, it’s a great accent color for door and window trim, and mantels. If you want to use it on walls, make sure it’s a room that gets tons of natural light. 


  • Various Grays. Gray has so many hues, there is something for everyone. Classic gray is sophisticated. Light gray is popular, too. (Especially for cabinetry.) Gray-green is ideal for those who want something a little moodier. (Try it on cupboards, cabinets, or an accent wall.) Silver and pewter are less deep than gray, and are beautiful as neutrals or trim colors. Blue-gray livens up any space. 


  • Various Whites. Everyone knows that white works well as a backdrop. It lets accent colors (painted cabinets or brightly colored accessories) and wood finishes take center stage. There are as many shades of white as you could ever conjure – classic whites, off-whites, creams, beiges. Some whites are warmer, while others are cooler. There’s nothing “plain vanilla” about white and its many hues.


How To Choose Light vs. Dark Colors

While it’s no secret that a fresh coat of paint can make a house look entirely different, finding just the right color is the key. With millions of shades to choose from, making that choice can be overwhelming. Here are some tips for choosing your modern farmhouse exterior colors and interior colors. 

1. Balance the interior with the exterior. Make sure that whatever hues/tones you choose for the outside coordinate with the palette you choose for the inside. While everything doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy, choosing a coordinated color scheme creates harmony. 

2. Choose furnishings/decor. Pick out larger furnishings BEFORE you choose paint. Once you have most of your furniture choices, look at the colors and patterns. For example, pick a favorite shade from the area rug, or use upholstery for inspiration. You can also use the furniture to decide if you’re going to go light or dark, and/or warm or cool undertones.

3. Find the undertone. This step is so important when picking a color scheme for modern farmhouse style. Before you put paint on the walls, know what the undertone is. Look at the darkest swatch on the paint chip. What color stands out? The color that immediately pops out is the undertone of the entire palette. If you look at that darkest color swatch and you detect red or green, even the lightest hue of the chip’s palette will have red or green in it. If you have a single swatch paint chip, find the undertone by putting it against a white sheet of paper. The undertone will still pop right out. If you want some green in your neutral, look for a swatch that has the darkest color looking green. If you’re picking a greige, find one that has taupe or brown.

Tips for chooseing farmhouse colors

4. Consider the lighting. What makes a color you love in one space look completely awful in another? The lighting! In a space with lots of light, the color painted on the walls will be much lighter. When the space is smaller, the light is weaker, and the color will look bolder. The size and number of windows, the direction they face, the size of the room, the ceiling height… all contribute to how light or dark a room looks. if you are painting a large room with lots of natural light, you can choose a darker paint color if you want. If it’s a smaller or darker room, choose a lighter color. Think about the light and what kind of mood you’re trying to create and choose accordingly.

5. Get color samples. Color samples are a cheap and easy way to decide if the color you picked is right for the space. They save money and time. It’s smarter to paint sample coats than to paint the whole room and then repaint it because you don’t like it. Paint at least a 2×2 foot space on every single wall in the room with the colors you’re trying to decide on. Once it dries, look at the paint at different times of the day. By looking at how the color applies in different lighting conditions, you’ll get a sense of how it will look overall. Once you think you have it narrowed down to “the one”, get a shade lighter and a shade darker of that same color and test it to decide if it really is “the one” or if you maybe prefer to go lighter or darker

Painting a modern farmhouse

6. Then, go lighter. You found “the one”. But is it? Keep in mind that when you paint the walls, that color will dominate the room. If you really love a saturated or dark color, you can probably achieve the same goal by going up one on the swatch. It will be in the same family, have the same undertones and not be too much for the room. A similar option would be to have the paint counter lighten the color you chose anywhere between 25-50%. It may change the tone just a tad, but you’re not going to notice and it won’t be drastic.


Frank Betz Associates Is Ready To Work With You!

If you are interested in building a custom home and learning how our talented team can help you achieve the Modern American Farmhouse-style home of your dreams, Frank Betz Associates is ready to work with you, so contact us today

10 Home Floor Plans That Are Sure to Wow You!

At Frank Betz Associates, we have maintained a solid reputation as a leader in house plan designs. Our team works hard to not only follow the trends of popular floor plans but to set them! Whether a consumer, builder, or developer, you will find a Frank Betz Associates plan that’s suitable for what you want and need. And if you’re not quite sure what you want or need, we can help!

Choosing a house plan

Our simple steps to choosing a house plan along with our online search tool and excellent team of experts are all here to help you choose among the endless list of house floor plans we offer. But if you need a little extra help, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 best floor plans to get you started.


Choose a Dream Home from Our Ten Best Floor Plans

1. Becton Park

Perfect for multigenerational families or one who often hosts guests overnight, Becton Park offers an endearing design. Picture days on the covered front porch relaxing on a bench swing or in a rocking chair sipping iced tea with the sunset. It hosts four bedrooms total with the owner’s suite privately set on one side and a secondary main-floor bedroom on the other. The additional rooms are on the second floor with an optional bonus room that can be finished later for whatever you need. Three bathrooms, a two-car garage, spacious living areas, and a vaulted covered porch complete the layout of this two-story home plan.

2. Edgewood Place

The timeless and classic exterior of Edgewood Place makes it perfectly suited for any location. It’s a multigenerational family’s dream with a private luxurious owner’s suite with a fully appointed spa bath, a three-car garage with room for a hobby vehicle and plenty of storage, a main floor guest suite, a large family room and open kitchen with views of the rear yard, and an optional bonus room upstairs. Everyone in the family can enjoy quiet meals together in the dining room or fun movie nights in front of the fireplace while still having their own private oasis to retreat to. The mudroom entry also allows for built-ins for convenience and transitioning into the laundry room for easy clean-up.

3. Allendale Farms

Ranch style floor plans

Allendale Farms is one of those house plans for builders that will catch any buyer’s attention due to the desirable ranch-style single-level living. The exterior includes a standing seam metal roof, a combination of sidings, and unique details giving it a modern farmhouse style. It’s equipped with three bedrooms (and an optional fourth bedroom and extra bathroom on an added floor), two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage with a two-car garage attached at the front and a one-car garage attached at the side. The garage layout is great for three cars or two cars and workshop space. Whether for family celebrations, backyard barbecues, or a relaxing staycation, this house plan has everything from the spacious family room to the expansive outdoor living spaces to accommodate what you want.

4. Carolina Cottage

Growing families and homebodies will love the two-story Carolina Cottage. The modest front porch welcomes you into a cozy cottage that offers everything you’d expect from one of our many home floor plans. Its exterior design mixes textures and colors that complement each other for a striking elevation design and the inside is just as exquisite as the outside. Residents can enjoy a free and easy lifestyle with the open, airy light-filled rooms. A few major highlights include the private owner’s suite with a spa bathroom that has amenities like a luxurious resort, a main floor flex room to be converted into whatever you need, a covered outdoor space, and a loft for reading, homework assignments, game area, or even another bedroom!

5. Cameron Walk

Another one of the popular ranch-style floor plans is found in Cameron Walk. It offers three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage with the ability to add a second level with a fourth bedroom, a full bathroom, and a bonus room. Entertaining family and guests is a breeze with this modern open layout. It’s complete with a warming fireplace and beamed ceiling in the large living room, adjacent kitchen and dining/flex room areas, and separated bedrooms for privacy and quiet.

6. Selwyn Park

If contemporary modern and traditional are among your favorite house floor plans, you’ll love the transitional home design of Selwyn Park. It includes the best of both a fresh, modern appearance with a traditional feel. The expansive 2,905 total square foot layout creates a functional, open design while still maintaining a strong sense of family. There’s plenty of room for elderly parents and hosting the kids’ friends for a sleepover with the owner’s and guest suites set on the main floor and two additional bedrooms on the second floor. The owner’s and guest suites are located on opposite sides of the home with the common living areas as the center point. This helps provide a balance between privacy and togetherness whether it’s game night in the living room or prepping dinner in the kitchen. The large window groupings and views of the large covered back porch from the common living areas provide ample natural light.

7. Wood Hollow

The Wood Hollow is a refined farmhouse cottage that offers so much within its two-story design. The crisp standing seam metal roofing mimics the homes that dotted the countryside many years ago. Wide window groupings and bright white sidings complete the exterior. There are many great features of the Wood Hollow, but the gorgeous outdoor living spaces might be the best part of this already amazing layout. Create the perfect outdoor living space with an outdoor kitchen area with a grill and countertop built-in and open sun deck that can be found or added to many of our custom house plans. The main floor owner’s suite, open kitchen and living areas, a flex room, three upstairs bedrooms, one-and-a-half remaining bathrooms, and a two-car garage complete this home plan.

8. Lake Pointe

While the exterior details of Lake Pointe are breathtaking and inviting, the interior home plan design is just as inviting. Filled with natural light due to large window groupings, this plan also features the kitchen of every chef’s dreams with an expansive island opposite the stovetop for an easy transition between prepping and cooking. For the rest of your family and friends, there’s ample room on the shaded front and back porches, grand room, and terrace level with additional bedrooms and a large family room for movies, games, and relaxation. To top it all off the luxurious owner’s suite is positioned to take full advantage of water, mountain, or golf course views.

9. Teesdale

Our Teesdale is one of those house plans for builders with customers looking for a little bit of everything included. From entertaining to relaxing and spending quality time with your family, there’s simply nothing missing from this plan. It has a spacious, open layout with incredible features like a dining area that opens onto a covered grilling porch, a family room that opens to a deck, a main floor bedroom/flex space, and a loft and optional bonus room on the second floor. This is just the start of what’s within Teesdale’s 2,950 square feet. You can also enjoy beautiful accents like raised ceilings with beams in the family room and a warming fireplace. Not to mention the exterior details including painted brick, dark charcoal claddings, and timber accents.

10. Olmstead Place

Last but not least, the Olmstead Place plan is a charming craftsman cottage that’s sure to blow you away from the outside in. The cladding is a combination of horizontal lap siding, shakes, and a touch of board-and-batten, and there are many more details to love about the exterior of this two-story home (optional third floor available). Inside, you’ll find an incredibly open and spacious layout on the main floor with the entire rear of the home completely open and light-filled due to the large vaulted covered back grilling porch. It also includes a guest suite/office, full bathroom, and mud room. The additional three bedrooms and two bathrooms are housed on the second floor including a laundry space with a folding area and utility sink. This plan is ideal for large families and work-from-home residents with the office room and option third-floor game room.


Connect with Frank Betz: Offering the Best House Plans for Builders!

If you’re interested in any one of these plans or have questions about any of our custom house plans, please connect with Frank Betz Associates. We offer the best of the best floor plans for builders, developers, and consumers alike. We’re consistently showcasing new designs with the latest trends and continue to provide exceptional customer service and top-of-the-line home plans for our clients. Connect with us today. We’re always happy to help!

Building a Home? Discover Why Frank Betz Associates is the Best Choice for Your House Plan Needs


Expertly Crafted House Plans to Meet Your Unique Needs

Here at Frank Betz Associates, Inc., we have been specializing in custom and stock house plans since 1980. Our team of experts are dedicated to provide trendsetting, award-winning house plans that meet the highest standards in residential design. Our goal is to create home plans that not only meet the needs and expectations of our clients but exceed them. Whether you are looking for a traditional Craftsman-style home or a modern farmhouse, we can help you find the perfect house plan to fit your needs.


Innovation in Residential Design: Staying Ahead of the Curve

We take pride in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to design trends. Our team is constantly researching new materials, technologies, and design concepts to ensure our house plans are innovative and unique. Our commitment to innovation has resulted in numerous awards and accolades over the years. When you choose Frank Betz, you can trust that you’re getting a house plan that’s not only functional but also high quality and straightforward to build.


The Importance of a Well-Designed House Plan for Your Home Investment

We understand that building a home is a significant investment, and at the foundation of that asset is the home plan. A good floor plan is essential to the whole building process, as it sets the stage for everything that follows. It determines the layout, flow, and functionality of the home, and it can have a significant impact on the final product.

A well-designed house plan can ensure that the home meets the needs and expectations of the occupants, and it can even add value to the property. Conversely, a poorly designed house plan can lead to a host of problems, from cramped spaces and inefficient layouts to costly construction mistakes and delays.


Enhance Your Living Space with Thoughtful Floor Plan Features

Our attention to detail is a key factor in our success. We take pride in creating home plans that are both beautiful and practical, with floor plan features that enhance the comfort and convenience of the home. We believe every detail matters and recognize that each client has unique needs and preferences. This is why we strive to ensure that our house plans are designed to accommodate many different lifestyles. In addition, we also offer modification services allowing for additional customization when needed. Every detail matters to us, and we work tirelessly to ensure that our clients end up with the perfect plan.


Unmatched Customer Service: Guiding You Through the House Plan Process

Finally, our commitment to customer service is second to none. We understand that choosing the perfect house plan can be daunting, and we are here to help. If you have specific requirements for your home plan, you can email them to, and our team will carefully select and reply with a list of house plans that meet your needs. We are always available to answer any questions you may have and to provide guidance and support throughout the entire process.

In conclusion, when it comes to building a home, the importance of a good house plan cannot be overstated. It is the foundation of the investment, and it can make all the difference in the final product. If you are looking for a provider of custom and stock house plans that is committed to quality, innovation, and customer service, look no further than Frank Betz Associates, Inc. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you create the home of your dreams.

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Our Best Outdoor Living Space Ideas For Your Home!

Spring is here! And that means warmer weather is on its way. No more waiting for the car windows to defrost or wearing that extra layer of clothing. Another great thing about the coming warmer weather is getting to enjoy the outdoor living spaces in your home more. There’s nothing like having a comfortable space to take in the sun’s rays or simply having extra room for hosting get-togethers. If you’re looking to design a custom home, Frank Betz Associates is here to help. We create custom house plans and offer modification services to truly design the home of your dreams. With Frank Betz Associates, you’ll be able to include outdoor spaces that add the perfect touch to your home. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Which Outdoor Space is Right For Your Home?

Outdoor Kitchen/Dining Room

Outdoor kitchen for backyard

Did you know food can actually taste better when eaten outside? It’s true! Many of our house plans feature an outdoor kitchen area with a grill and countertop built-in like our Windsor Park plan. Take your backyard barbecue to another level with the addition of an outdoor kitchen and dining room. It allows you to enjoy your meal straight from the grill to the table and might inspire lively Taco Tuesdays in the summer with the kids or a 7-course tasting menu of seasonal ingredients and wine for guests. Simply add a nice table and chair set, an overhead covering for some shade, and some outdoor decor and plants to tie it all together and add a garden-like feel. 

Outdoor Living Room

Dining rooms are typically adjacent to the living room, so why not also include an outdoor living room in your home’s design? It’s a great way to get out in the fresh air and sunlight while still having a setting that’s just as comfortable as your indoor living room. Add furniture like a couch, a chaise lounge, some chairs, and small coffee tables or ottomans. Consider pieces for the kids too like swings or a fun bean bag chair and maybe some outdoor games. A fireplace is another great addition to your outdoor living room. Imagine roasting s’mores on chillier nights or gazing at the stars near firelight with your partner.

Ground-Level Deck & Patio

Many outdoor living space ideas include hardscapes, any non-living landscaping elements like paved patios and walkways, fire pits, water features, and sitting or retaining walls. A ground-level deck and patio set will typically have some of these features. While you could just have one or the other, having a ground-level deck that transitions into a paved patio can allow you to have a designated area for whatever you want. Perhaps the dining and living room ideas mentioned earlier or a sunbathing and fun outdoor games area. You can turn your outdoor spaces into something totally unique or keep them simple and match the indoor living spaces of your home. It’s up to you!

Deck With A Porch Roof

Adding outdoor living spaces to your home doesn’t always mean you have to subject yourself to direct sunlight. That’s why covered outdoor living spaces like a deck with a porch roof are a wonderful way to shade yourself from the sun and still enjoy its light. They’re also a way to smoothly connect the inside with the outside. You can add a covered deck that extends from your home and leads into an open patio. This is great for many celebratory occasions that include guests of all ages. The adults can chit-chat under the porch roof while the children play in the yard.

Deck & Sunroom

Covered outdoor living spaces

For one of those ultimate covered outdoor living spaces, we recommend a deck and sunroom addition to your home. Instead of just a roof, you would have a fully enclosed or at least fully screened room plus an outdoor deck. It’s the perfect combination for an extra living space for guests and an outdoor space everyone in the family can enjoy. Relax on a comfy lounge chair with a good book on a cloudy day or enjoy a yoga session outdoors on a sunny day. You can’t go wrong with this outdoor living space idea!

5 Structures That Amplify Your Outdoor Space!

Outdoor structures for the home

1. Pergolas

You may have heard of these popular outdoor structures as they are one of the most popular types. The structure consists of columns that hold a beam and a rafter roofing grid that can be covered for protection from certain weather conditions or exposed to let sunlight peak through. They’re great for boosting the design of outdoor dining and living rooms.

2. Gazebos

A gazebo is one of the more permanent structures you can add to one of your outdoor living spaces. They’re typically made out of hardwood or metal and come in a variety of designs and styles. Though you might think gazebos are only for wedding venues or parks, they still make a great addition to our house plans.

3. Patio Cover

If you’re looking for a much simpler structure, a patio cover is a great choice! There are many ways to construct and design them. They can either be connected or a separate piece from your home, provide partial or full coverage overhead and use a range of materials and cover patterns like a lattice.

4. Garden Trellises

A beautiful garden trellis is a great complementary structure to your outdoor spaces and they’re simple to install and multi-functional, adding to their popularity among many homeowners.

5. Canopies

Another simple yet complementary structure you can add is a canopy. They typically protrude from the home’s roof and can be see-through or solid using glass, fabric, or steel covering materials.

Backyard view of home

Connect with Frank Betz Associates Today!

Thanks to our partnership with Main Street Designs, here at Frank Betz Associates you can make additional modifications to our customizable house plan designs. The home you’ve been dreaming of is not out of reach with us! Make sure to browse our house plans on our website and contact us with any questions.

Which Are Better: Custom Home Plans or Stock Home Plans? 

While there’s no place like home, the truth is, there’s no place like YOUR home. Which begs the question: What is YOUR home? More specifically, what’s in your home? Are you satisfied to take an existing plan and tweak it a little or do you have a wish list that will only be fulfilled by a custom design? Let’s have a little tutorial about custom home plans and stock home plans

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What Are Stock Home Plans?


Stock home plans are pre-designed plans that have been developed by professional designers/architects/engineers to appeal to a wide variety of homebuyers. Rest assured that pre-designed plans are produced with equal care and expertise as custom plans. These plans usually include the most requested features sought in a new home. Such features include common room sizes, traditional layouts, and in-demand amenities. 


The benefits of purchasing stock house plans include:


  • Saving Time. Designing a custom home takes time. Compared to the process of designing a custom home, sifting through stock floor plans is a breeze. Before you even look at them, you can rest assured that the plans have already been reviewed to ensure they are structurally sound and safe. Consequently, you can begin construction more quickly. 


  • Cost-Effectiveness. No two ways about it: building a custom home is expensive. Many homebuyers don’t know that thousands of dollars go into design and development. With stock house plans, however, the design and development process is already complete. While stock plans may not meet all your requirements, the lower pricing allows some wiggle room for modifications or customization. Thus, stock home plans are an incredibly cost-effective way to build a new home. 


  • Variety. Stock house plans are available in a variety of styles, from Craftsman to Country to Cape Cod, and are designed to meet many different specifications. With such a broad selection to choose from, you can really get a feel for what you like and don’t like before making any final decisions.


  • Personalization. Our designers are able to make frequently requested modifications without a lot of extra fuss. This means if you can’t find plans that are exactly what you want, you can easily customize your home plans to meet your family’s needs.


  • Long-term value. Homes built using stock house plans feature room arrangements and other amenities that appeal to the general population, which can make the home easier to sell. These plans have proven value since they have been purchased, built, and resold throughout the country.


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A Comparison of the Two Floor Plans


At Frank Betz Associates, our goal is to help you find a home you’ll love for years to come. In order to do that, you need to find the perfect floor plan. As you compare plans, you’ll want to consider square footage, style, and layout. Finding the plan that fits your needs may involve comparing stock plans and custom plans. Here are some of the essentials of stock plans vs. custom plans. 



  • Get exactly what you want. Working with Frank Betz Associates, you help decide on the size and style of your home. You can request specific features and personal touches, too. 


  • Design to suit your land. The home can be designed to accommodate specific elements or features on the property such as a sloping lot or rocky ground. 


  • Consider the expense. Custom-drawn plans are costly when compared to stock house plans. The larger the home plan, the more design time it will take, resulting in more expense. 


  • Timeframe. If you have a strict timeline or have a projected move-in date, think about how much time it will take to design and develop your plan. Starting from scratch can be a rather lengthy process. Do you have time to wait?


  • Communication skills. You need to communicate well. It is vital that you can express thoughts and ideas easily to your designer. You do not want to waste time and money due to miscommunications.


  • Ensure your new home meets code. Drawing a plan from scratch allows us to include all structural elements to meet building codes.


  • Many decisions & choices. If making decisions is not your cup of tea, you may find this process tedious. You will have to answer seemingly endless questions about the layout, room sizes, exterior details and trim, special features, design elements, etc.



  • Quality & variety. The varied designs offered in stock plans have already been approved by many builders and/or homebuyers. There’s something to be said for that kind of peace of mind. 


  • The same but different. Because they are stock plans, it is almost certain someone else has already built that house. While you may never see this same home, you’ll always know your home is not unique. 


  • Budget-friendly. From selection and quality to convenience, stock plans mean you can get what you want without paying too much. Local laws may not require an architect’s seal on house plans, therefore the costs can be less than fees for “sealed plans”. Check with your local building department to verify whether or not your plans require an architect’s or engineer’s seal. 


  • Flexibility. Even if it’s a ready-made design, some minor modifications can still be made fairly easily to a stock plan. Note that while you can make minor changes to a stock plan, they are not extensively customizable. The plan may work now, but it may not address what you need in the future.


  • Timeline. Since there is no development and design time, your stock home plans will be available quickly. 


  • Local building codes. Every time a stock plan is built, it may need to be adjusted to local building codes. Stock plans may need to be modified accordingly. 


  • Easy & straightforward. Since the designs are already done, there are fewer meetings and decisions to worry about. Easier on the budget – and the blood pressure!  


Connect with Frank Betz Associates Today!

Whether you choose a stock home plan or a custom home plan, a Frank Betz plan is a good investment. Frank Betz Associates is an excellent resource for house plans that appeal to all kinds of homebuyers. Call, email, or visit us online for questions and information about our house plans.

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Lanier Landing model home exterior shot, small home house plan

The Benefits of Small Home House Plans

For some people, a dream home isn’t necessarily a grand manor with a ton of space and rooms for every person, guest, hobby, and pet. Instead, they appreciate something on the smaller, cozier side, with spaces that bring family and friends together, and are easy to care for. 


There are big benefits to living in a small house. A small home doesn’t mean a cramped home if it’s well-designed. At Frank Betz Associates, our small home house plans are carefully designed and built to maximize interior square footage. Our floorplans of all sizes feature open-concept designs, spacious owner’s suites, ample closet storage, and much more.

Our small home house plans are carefully designed

In this article, we’ll share some of the advantages of living in a small house and a few details about our cozy house plans.


Advantages of Living in a Small House


There’s no arguing that the bigger the house, the more time, effort, and energy are involved. Small homes require a lot less of everything! Here are just a few benefits of living in a small house.



A smaller home typically costs less to build and maintain. That means a lower mortgage payment, lower utility bills, lower taxes, cheaper heating & cooling, and fewer maintenance costs. Just as important as spending less money is living below your means. Living below your means gives you peace of mind and flexibility if you have a financial challenge like losing a job or having a health setback.


Effort & upkeep.

A smaller house is easier to take care of. There’s no way to get out of housecleaning entirely, but if you have a small home, the process is much quicker and easier. Shorter cleaning time = more time to do something you want to do. Plus, with fewer rooms to tackle, a small home helps you cut down on clutter. And when it comes to upkeep, a smaller house means potentially fewer things to repair. When there are repairs, they will cost less compared to a larger house. 

a smaller house is easier to take care of


Unique & interesting style.

One of the biggest benefits of living in a small house is having less space, so you’ll be more thoughtful about what you bring into it. You have to consider colors and finishes, as well as scale. But you’ll be able to focus on purchasing things you love, things that are better quality, rather than stretching your budget just to get something in each room. Custom cabinets. Elegant countertops. Built-ins. 


Warmth & coziness.

Small homes tend to be cozier. They help families gather, and make them closer since they spend more time interacting. When you live in a smaller space together, you learn to work around each other,  play together, communicate more effectively, and respect each other’s space.


What’s Included in Our House Plans for Small Homes?


At Frank Betz Associates, our plans are created with the highest standards. Our House Plans include all of the drawings typically needed for construction, except for site-specific information and heating or cooling requirements. In addition to floor plans, our house plans include elevations, framing plans, and details sheets with miscellaneous specifications for interior trim and fireplace details that can be used to customize the home.


Our Small House Plans offer modest square footage but also provide modern amenities and features found in larger homes. Small in stature doesn’t mean inadequate design. Our small house plans are sure to be welcomed in any neighborhood.

our small house plans offer modest square footage

We have a wide variety of house plans for small homes (many under 2,000 square feet). One- or two-story homes. New England-style cottages or modern farmhouses, craftsman bungalows or classic Georgians. And though these homes may be under 2,000 square feet, we don’t sacrifice on space or style. These plans are well-designed and make great use of every square foot. 


Turn to Frank Betz for Your Small Home House Plan


At Frank Betz Associates, our goal is to help you find the home you’ll love to live in for years to come. Our search tool allows you to peruse more than a thousand designs. As you review plans, you’ll want to consider and compare square footage, style, and most importantly, the floor plans. 


We have some simple steps to help guide you in your search. 


Search The Plans.

To make your search easier, we have categorized our house plans in a variety of ways. You can search by design style, level, size, and more. TIP: Fill in fewer fields to see more plans. 


Save & Compare.

As you find plans that you want to consider, save them to your Favorites so you can compare them later.


Make Modifications.

If you need to make changes to a plan, click the Modify button near the desired house plan. Simply fill in the form and you will receive a written estimate. Or call us at 888-717-3003.


Call Us.

If at any time you need help, feel free to call 888-717-3003. We’re here to make building your next home a great experience.


Send Us A Picture.

When your home is finished, be sure to send us photos to!


If you’re interested in building a smaller home, we’d be happy to help you find the perfect plan. Contact us to get started