When we first highlighted our top-selling designs under 2,000 sq. feet in 2009, the best sellers were small house plans whose benefits translated to lower construction costs and compact footprints. These are still great selling-points for smaller plans, but in today's landscape the designs in this updated list offer much more. For these plans, small means fashionable. Small means smart.

Usually chosen for use on scattered lots, most of these homes owe their best-seller status to a pleasing elevation that could fit into many neighborhoods. You won't find modern lines and contemporary designs on this list, but rather classic styles ready to complement the traditional streetscapes many established neighborhoods are trying to protect. Step inside, however, and you'll find dynamic, open, and flexible floorplans flowing with all the hallmarks of contemporary design. Family life revolves around generous great rooms open to breakfast rooms and open kitchens. Common sense features like storage areas, mudrooms, and appealing indoor/outdoor connections abound. 

Another common denominator? Bonus space. Most of the plans give buyers the option of using space over the garage as an attic or as finished space, but some do an ingenious job of integrating additional space into main living areas that can be converted into an extra bedroom, office, or media room. You’ll also find that at least one room in each of these plans—in addition to the bonus room—can serve several functions if family circumstances change. A playroom can become a media room can become an office can become an in-law suite, which represents an important nod by plan designers to the circle of life at home.

This selection is based on data provided by our house plan operation, the largest in the country, which provides the plans for dozens of house plan books along with the search engines BUILDER House Plans and ePlans.