Masons know about the advantages of building with brick. As further proof, these designs from Frank Betz Associates combine the classic curb appeal of brick with surprisingly contemporary interior layouts.

Versatile Layout with Room to Expand

This four-bedroom home is ready for a modern family. The open kitchen creates a relaxed vibe, inviting visitors to hang out at the island or lounge by the fireplace in the nearby family room. In the master suite, you'll find both comfort (two sinks, a large shower, and a separate tub) and convenience (the walk-in closet opens directly to the laundry room, while the bedroom features access to the deck). The nearby fourth bedroom would make a great nursery or study. Upstairs, a spacious loft and large bonus area can be finished to create a guest-friendly zone. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Hardworking Mudroom + Guest Suite

Busy families will appreciate the many flexible features of this home, from the easy-to-reach guest suite/study to the optional bonus room upstairs. An island plus a snack bar in the kitchen provides lots of space for meal prep. Near the garage entrance, a bench with hooks keeps backpacks and coats organized. The master suite invites owners to relax in the large shower or the separate tub with a view. Upstairs, two more bedrooms share a bathroom that boasts two sinks. Abundant storage includes walk-in closets in most bedrooms. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Luxury on the Level

Photo courtesy of Donald Cerra.
Photo courtesy of Donald Cerra.

With its easy-to-get-around layout and exceptionally elegant exterior, this home practically defines modern luxury. From the foyer, a clear sightline leads your gaze through the vaulted great room and out to the back porch. A vaulted keeping room provides a cozy fireplace next to the breakfast area and open kitchen. The master suite maintains a great connection with the outdoors, opening to the porch from the bedroom and providing a bumped-out tub for an immersive bathing experience. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Simple Yet Stylish with 1,725 Square Feet

This modestly sized layout delivers serious style to a neighborhood with its bay window and multiple gables. Inside, the split-bedroom layout gives lots of privacy to the master suite, where a tray ceiling draws eyes up and the huge walk-in closet offers practical luxury. In the gathering areas, a snack bar overlooks the great room and adds prep space to the kitchen. Two more bedrooms and an optional bonus room create space for family, friends, and later expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

This was originally published at Builder magazine.