Love having friends over for dinner parties? Meet your new dream home.
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There's nothing worse than having a dinner party and being stuck in the kitchen where you're completely isolated from your guests. This house plan from Southern Living combines the absolute best of both worlds — a gorgeous, open-concept kitchen, living, and dining area, and plenty of places to mingle or lounge with guests.

This Colonial cottage has two floors with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, and was named Southern Living's Cottage of the Year. With 10.5-foot ceilings on the main floor, two fireplaces, and both a spacious island and snack pantry in the kitchen, it's absolutely perfect for entertaining.

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Want to take things outside for an al fresco dinner party? You can take your pick between the front or back porches — both are large enough to hold your friends or family around a dining table.

Check out Southern Living's house plans for inspiration or hundreds of homes that can be custom built with your family's lifestyle in mind.