Phoenix, Arizona, is a hotspot for anyone who’s dreamt of a luxury lifestyle at an affordable price.
Perpetual summer, picturesque natural landscapes, and affordable living are only some of the reasons why Phoenix has been a magnet for home builders. It’s a city with something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie, a sports fan, a hiker, or someone who enjoys a few rounds of golf on the weekends.
The southern metropolis is a mere 3.5-hour drive from Grand Canyon National Park. It is a center point for Arizona’s eclectic arts and culinary cultures. Boasting 300 sunny days per year, the opportunities for activity and exploration are endless. However, Arizona offers newcomers a lot more than just a leisurely lifestyle.
Arizona’s economy and affordable living are significant selling points for home buyers and newcomers. According to Nerdwallet, Phoenix is only the 85th most expensive city out of 268 in their database. In addition, living in Phoenix is less expensive than 47 percent of other American cities. With lower expenses and a median price of $346,409 for a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, Phoenix is a city where almost anyone can thrive.
Here are the Top 10 most popular house plans in Arizona, according to Livabl’s sibling site houseplans.com.
1) The Mediterranean house plan
This three-bedroom, three-bathroom Mediterranean-style floor plan perfectly reflects the flexible luxury you can expect in Arizona. As you enter past the foyer, grandiose cathedral ceilings in the great room set the stage for the stylish functionality of this design.
With the bedrooms and study located on either side of the home, the open-concept great room is the heart of this design.
Steps away from the primary bedroom is a spacious bathroom with a platform tub and a two-person shower. Walk-in closets in every bedroom offer plenty of storage. They can double as a luxurious dressing room for someone with an extensive wardrobe.
Plentiful windows provide ample natural light throughout, and a gorgeous covered porch just off the dining room makes this space ideal for enjoying a taste of the outdoors from the comfort of home.
A thoughtfully designed curved buffet island separating the kitchen from the great room is a perfect place for cooking and entertaining. If your guests decide to stick around for the night, no sweat. The study off the foyer can double as a guest room.
For a full collection of Mediterranean house plans you can check this page out.
2) The Tudor Cottage house plan
If the grandiosity of a large home isn’t your style, here’s one for you.
Tiny homes have received a lot of attention in recent years due to a worldwide interest in minimal lifestyles, less environmental impact, and increased affordability. Whether you’re in the market for a guest house, a seasonal cottage, a separate workspace on a large property, or one of the millions of people looking to switch to a simpler lifestyle, this Tudor-style cottage packs a lot of functionality into a small space.
Filled with character inside and out, this 300 sq. ft. floor plan is easily adaptable to suit any purpose. Exterior cornice detail and stone accents make this design feel right out of a storybook. The main space includes a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a walk-in closet. Vaulted ceilings and a corner fireplace give the area an authentic, cozy cottage feeling, perfect for weekend getaways or long-term minimalist living.
For a full listing of cozy Tudor floor plans you can look here.
3) The Farmhouse house plan
This farmhouse is a fantastic homage to Arizona’s past homesteads but with an exceptionally modern twist.
The soaring ceilings and massive windows in the great room create a gorgeous open space for lounging and dining while keeping it clean and simple. This design features two long-covered porches on either side of the house that are easily accessible from large glass doors in the great room. In addition, outside access points to every main-floor room offer a unique outdoorsy experience.
With 300 sunny days a year in Phoenix, why wouldn’t you want a bit of fresh air while lugging a load of clothes to the laundry room?
The primary bedroom lies at the back of the house on the main level, with a large ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet. On the upper level, you’ll find two more bedroom suites with private bathrooms and an office space overlooking the open great room below. This study is one of the best we’ve seen.
Begone, stuffy home offices!
4) The Contemporary house plan
This contemporary home is the stuff dreams are made of. The unique shape and design places an open-concept living and dining area in the center and two separate bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms on either side. Perfect for anyone who wants to put a little bit of distance between their sleeping area and the guest bedroom or office.
The placement of the kitchen in the front corner of the great room is a thoughtful touch that we love about this design. The days of separate living and dining spaces are long gone, so you have the freedom to spend time with your family or guests while preparing food.
Nothing’s worse than a large crowd awkwardly shuffling to the kitchen at a housewarming party.
While there’s lots to love about the open-concept interior, the most striking features of this floor plan are the large terrace and porch at the front and back of the home. With a short staircase off the terrace and built-in space for gardening or a bit of custom landscaping, this design is everything you’d want in an Arizona home.
It’s easy to imagine this design set atop a view lot adorned with modern patio furniture and an elegant garden area for enjoying those hot Arizona days. If you can’t get enough of contemporary design, we’ve got you covered.
5) The Modern Two-Story house plan
Meet a modern two-story home that’s designed to make indoor-outdoor living easy. Enjoy the open-air view from the sundeck, or cool down in the shade under the screened porch. This simple three-bedroom, the two-bath floor plan is suitable for even the narrowest lots, making the most out of its multi-floor design and elevated outdoor area above the main level carport.
This design is unique in that all primary living spaces are on the upper level. The kitchen and dining room placement on the top floor makes balcony barbecue nights a breeze. At the same time, the two bedrooms on the lower level are perfect for separate home offices or giving guests and older children a little extra privacy below. An additional family room on the main level provides an ideal space for playtime or socializing.
The primary bedroom features a walk-in closet and its own private balcony for quiet morning coffee time or late-night stargazing. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sloped ceilings give this cozy home a stunning modern edge.
6) The Accessible Modern floor plan
Love the modern look but aren’t a big fan of stairs? Understood.
This one-story design knows how to separate work from play while still giving you the accessibility of a single-level home. The H-shaped layout puts the great room at the center and the bedrooms and working space at the sides.
While this floor plan remains simpler, it includes all the luxury amenities you’d expect in a modern home. For example, the primary suite features a walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom with a spa tub and stand-up shower. Meanwhile, a spacious modern kitchen with ample counter space provides the perfect spot to finally try that recipe you saw on the food channel last week.
One of our favorite features in this floor plan is the thoughtfully-placed garage door that opens to a bench that serves as a perfect spot to unload your groceries. Say goodbye to the heavy-bag dread that haunts you the whole way home from the supermarket. Just park in the garage, open the door, and feel free to take as many one-bag trips as you’d like.
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7) The Modern Environmentally-Friendly house plan
Designed with simplicity and adaptability in mind, this modern home is perfect if you’re looking for a way to save square footage while enjoying ample outdoor space. Clocking in at a modest 860 sq. ft., this two-bedroom, two-bath floor plan features a generous open living-dining area with room for gaming or an office, a modern kitchen with an island, and a full bath and walk-in closet off the primary bedroom.
While the interior is impressive, the 630 sq. ft. “chill deck” is the crowning jewel of this modern design. Glass double doors in the two bedrooms and great room open up to this magnificent outdoor area, giving you or your guests plenty of room for sunbathing, late-night stargazing or outdoor dining.
It’s also equipped with the latest in green building technology and design. For example, this home’s unique ‘Heat Stack’ design draws air from the lower ceiling areas and ventilates through the upper ceiling, cooling the house passively. This means you stay cooler in the Arizona heat and say goodbye to big energy bills.
8) The Little Cottage That Could floor plan
This playful little cottage plan is another excellent example of how to make the most out of a small space for the young at heart.
This two-bedroom plan won Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s 2013 Small Home of the Year Award. The magazine praised the design “for its shared spaces and connections to the outdoors that make it seem larger than its physical boundaries.” It was also a finalist in the 2014 HOWIE awards sponsored by Houseplans.com.
This layout is mostly one open space connecting to a large wrap-around deck. Still, the thoughtfulness in this design is tangible, even on paper. Tasteful elements like the kitchen peninsula and window seat define individual rooms without drawing stuffy borders to separate one from another. This separation without walls makes the space feel much larger than it is, creating a sense of ease and a natural flow of movement that you’d be hard-pressed to find in your average cottage.
Those large windows that create unique connectivity to the outdoors were intentional. In addition, this cottage was designed to be energy-wise, with rigid foam insulation in the walls and roof and separate photo-voltaic arrays for generating electricity and hot water. The design brings you close to the environment, and the technology ensures a more sustainable approach to living up close with nature.
This is definitely the little award-winning cottage that could.
9) The French Country Style house plan
This luxury French-country style floor plan is a little different than the modern designs that have become so popular in Arizona but has an abundance of multi-purpose space and fantastic amenities for a family who likes to entertain.
Hang your hat up in the foyer before stepping into the open-concept common area with a state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, space for lounging, and a casual dining area. A raised bar provides the perfect space for showing off those culinary skills to your guests. Food storage will not be a problem in this space. Just look at that spacious walk-in pantry.
Two small hallways separate the bedrooms on either side of the home, giving guests and homeowners plenty of privacy. Just off the primary bedroom lies a spacious ensuite bathroom with a jet tub and separate stand-up shower. An adjacent walk-in closet gives you plenty of space to get dressed and ready to greet your guests.
While this floor plan has everything you need to work and entertain at home, our favorite feature of this design is the bonus room above the garage. Use it as a second office, a gaming space, or a secret storage room for all the belongings you know you should have thrown out two moves ago. Don’t worry, we have that stuff too…
10) The Ranch floor plan
This X-shaped modern ranch floor plan clocks in at a whopping 5,884 sq. ft. and has all the amenities to show. With five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, separate play, family, and gaming rooms, a spacious living room with a fireplace, and a second studio just off the vaulted porch, it’s clear that that cleaning day won’t be for the faint of heart.
Just when you think it couldn’t get any bigger, vaulted ceilings make this design feel like your own personal castle. But don’t worry. This is a far cry from the dark and dingy medieval buildings of years past. Instead, a skylight roof system that runs across the length of the gallery and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home open the space up to plenty of natural light.
Stone and wood accents give this space a natural and cozy feel, perfect for snuggling up next to the fireplace or enjoying the massive covered porch that wraps around the back of the house.
This would make a wonderful multigenerational home or a place to raise a larger family. However, if you’re a single person looking to build this home and have it all to yourself, honestly, good for you.