Parade Of Homes: Final Weekend & Diamond Awards

Diamond Award winners have been announced for the Brunswick County Parade of Homes 2014!

Diamond Award Winner: The Amelia Bay built by Kent Homes, Inc.
Diamond Award Winner: The Amelia Bay built by Kent Homes, Inc.
Based on Design #1124: The Padgett by Don Gardner
This is the final weekend (Oct. 24-26). Don’t miss it!

The Amelia Bay and Jupiter Bay homes by Kent Homes, Inc. each won Diamond Awards in this year’s Brunswick County Parade of Homes! See our previous Blog Post for more information on each of these stunning homes. Congratulations to all who took part in this year’s event!


 

2014 Brunswick County Parade of Homes Diamond Award Winners
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One Story vs Two Story Homes

Choosing the right home plan can be difficult. Even narrowing your search down to just one story or two story home designs is a big decision! Which type is ideal for your lifestyle? There are pros and cons to both one story and two story homes – here are some you should consider before you buy.

One Story Living
The Walnut Creek - Home Plan 1134: One Story vs. Two Story Homes
The Walnut Creek, One Story House Plan #1134

A one story home plan is an easy choice for anyone who simply wants the ease or convenience of single story living. With no stairs to traverse, one story homes are ideal for families with young children, those with mobility impairments, and anyone planning to age-in-place. These homes are now available in exceptionally open floor plans and can fit into nearly any style, from Country ranch to Craftsman bungalow.

Two Story Home Plans
The Hyde Park - House Plan 816: One Story vs. Two Story Homes
The Hyde Park, Two Story House Plan #816

A major advantage for two story home designs is that they can pack more living square footage into a smaller footprint. If you need plenty of room for family or hobbies, two story home plans may be the best and most cost-effective option. Secondary bedrooms and recreation space are typically upstairs to preserve privacy and keep clutter away from the living areas downstairs, while the master suite can be upstairs or down depending on your preference.

Choosing a Design

How do you decide between one story and two story home plans? First, consider your lot and location. Does your Homeowners’ Association require one or the other? Is your lot large, small, or oddly-shaped? The answers to these questions may make this decision an easy one.

Cost-to-build is also important. Foundations and roofs are expensive, and a two story home may have less of each when compared to a similarly-sized one story home. In addition, do your research and find out whether a one or two story home will bring in a higher resale value in your market. Ultimately, when it comes to building your dream home, you may want to take on the extra expense to get exactly what you want. Think about the types of home exteriors you are drawn to, and what layouts really feel like home.

Choosing the right floor plans for a new home can be challenging, but we’re here to help. With over 30 years of experience revolutionizing the residential home plan industry, let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects help you find a home floor plan perfect for your living needs. Donald A. Gardner Architects offers hundreds of floor plans with customizable options to ensure that you are able to find the perfect dream home to suit your lifestyle. No matter if you’re building a small country cottage or a mansion, turn to the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects today!

Browse all One Story Designs by Don Gardner

Browse all Two Story Designs by Don Gardner

PLAN OF THE WEEK: European Influences

Our featured plans this week have European influences inside and out!

 The Baskerville Plan#1312

The Baskerville - House Plan 1312: European Influences
3 beds, 2 baths, 2004 square feet

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Side load garage ideal for corner lots.
  • Large utility room and linen closet.
  • Vaulted ceilings in each bedroom.
Rustic cottage

Mixed materials and arches create rich texture in this updated cottage with European influences. This house design features a large, single dining area that is open directly into the great room and kitchen, Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Baskerville - House Design 1312where a square island and nearby pantry optimize workspace. A side entry garage includes a side door for outside access and an enlarged utility/mud room features adjacent space for pet food and water bowls. Multiple porches are accessed from the dining room, great room, and master suite. Looking for something a little smaller? Check out the Ashton Ridge #1194!

First Floor Plan of The Baskerville - House Floor Plan 1312


The Verdelais Plan #1186

Front Exterior of The Verdelais - Home Plan 1186: European Influences
3 beds, 2.5 baths, 2979 square feet.
Built by Peak Contractors, Inc. in North Carolina

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Each bedroom has a bayed sitting area.
  • Chef-friendly island kitchen with pantry.
  • Unique circular study with curved windows and art niches.
Exceptional Details

European influences are ever present in this luxurious home plan. Arches and several stunning windows create beautiful curb appeal. The vaulted foyer gracefully leads into a formal dining room generous great room. Adjacent to the great room is the chef-friendly kitchen with a large breakfast room nearby. A sprawling screen porch with wet bar accesses the patio, which provides an enormous space to entertain.Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Verdelais - Home Floor Plan 1186

The master suite enjoys a bayed sitting area with shelves, a tray ceiling, an elegant bath and dual walk-in closets. Opposite the master suite, two spacious bedrooms each have walk-in closets and share a Jack-and-Jill bath. More photos are on our Flickr Page here!

First Floor Plan of The Verdelais - Home Design 1186


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NEW Craftsman Ranch Design #1317

Craftsman ranch design The Mayfair #1317 is NOW AVAILABLE!

The Mayfair - Craftsman Ranch House Plan 1317
4 beds, 3 baths, 2331 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Bedroom/Study with window seat and coffered ceiling.
  • Utility and mud rooms designed to keep things organized.
  • One dining space with great views.
Functional and Family-Friendly
Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Mayfair - House Design 1317
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Gables and mixed materials give inviting character to this Craftsman ranch home plan featuring an efficient, open layout. A U-shaped kitchen keeps appliances close at hand, while providing plenty of work space with a view to the rear through the windowed dining room. The study/bedroom provides flexible space with a charming window seat and coffered ceiling, and each additional bedroom has its own walk-in closet. Functional space includes a pantry, utility room with laundry sink, and mud room with coat closet and built-in shelves. The large master suite includes access to the screened porch, linen storage, two walk-in closets, and huge bathroom with extra counter space.

First Floor Plan of The Mayfair - Home Plan 1317

See more information on the Mayfair Plan #1317 on our website HERE


Similar plans:

The Satchwell - Best Selling House Plan #967The Satchwell Plan #967 is a smaller home with a similar exterior and layout. See it here.

The Trinity Home Design #1304The Trinity Plan #1304 has a similar Craftsman exterior and floor plan. See it here.

Brunswick County Parade of Homes

The Brunswick County Parade of Homes starts this weekend in Coastal North Carolina!

Event runs October 17-19 and 24-26 and is FREE to the public.

Brunswick County Home Builders Association Parade of Homes 2014

With a forecast for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s, it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend trip to Eastern North Carolina for this year’s Parade of Homes!

We invite you to visit these outstanding model homes filled with the latest in design trends, materials, products and technology located in neighborhoods and developments that showcase southeast coastal living at its best. Amenities include gourmet kitchens, unique ceilings, exquisite trim, custom cabinetry, theater-quality entertainment systems, custom closet systems, picturesque landscaping and awe-inspiring views.

Joseph Firetti – President
Brunswick County HBA


Kent Homes, Inc. is presenting two homes based on popular Don Gardner designs this year – you will not want to miss them!

#8: The Amelia Bay

The Amelia Bay by Kent Homes, based on Don Gardner Plan #1124
Based on Design #1124: The Padgett by Don Gardner
  • 2 bed, 3 bath with study and flex room
  • 2 car garage with 8′ peg board
  • Built-in USB outlet in kitchen
  • Telescoping door to four seasons loggia
  • Kitchen with granite countertops and large entertaining island
  • Private master suite with 2 walk-in closets
  • Master bath, his-and-hers vanities, walk-in shower
  • Great room with vaulted ceiling, dormer, custom built-ins, and gas fireplace

#20:  The Jupiter Bay

The Jupiter Bay by Kent Homes, Based on Design #1302 by Donald A. Gardner
Based on Design #1302: The Bluestone by Don Gardner
  • 3 bed, 3.5 bath with bonus room and message center
  • Angled 2 car garage with storage
  • Study with French doors, coffered ceiling
  • Telescoping door to screened-in loggia
  • Kitchen with granite countertops and large entertaining island
  • Private master suite with 2 walk-in closets
  • Master bath, his-and-hers vanities, walk-in shower
  • Great room with tray ceiling, custom built-ins and gas fireplace

Plan your visit:

October 17-19 and 24-26
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Find these homes on Kent Homes, Inc.’s Blog, or by following Brunswick County Parade of Homes on Facebook.

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