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PLAN OF THE WEEK: Living on Two Levels

Our featured plans over and under 2500 sq. ft. this week include a small two-story and a sprawling hillside walkout.

The Luxembourg Plan #979

The Luxembourg - Two Story House Plan 979
3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1797 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Large garage storage area with outside access.
  • Volume ceilings with open balcony upstairs.
  • 349sq. ft. of flexible bonus space.
Grand entrance

This traditional two-story plan combines stone and stucco with gables and arched windows for a stunning façade. The grand portico leads to an impressive, open floor plan. Built-in cabinetry, open balcony, and a fireplace enhance the great room, while an angled counter separates the kitchen from the breakfast nook. Extra storage can be found in the garage, master suite, and utility room.

Second Floor Plan of The Luxembourg - House Design 979First Floor Plan of The Luxembourg - House Floor Plan 979

The Butler Ridge Plan #1320-D

Artist's Rendering of the Butler Ridge - Home Plan 1320-D
4 beds, 4 baths, 2896 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Exceptionally open kitchen with plenty of workspace.
  • Well-appointed master suite with porch access.
  • Basement rec room with fireplace.

This hillside walkout design has Old World and rustic influences found throughout. The vaulted great room opens out to a covered porch with skylights, while the spacious single dining room accesses a screened porch with views all around. The kitchen has room for multiple chefs to work and a walk-in pantry for plenty of storage. A mudroom greets you by the garage, and a separate utility room includes a sink and counter space. The lower level enjoys a rec room and two bedrooms – each with their own bathroom.

First Floor Plan of The Butler Ridge - Home Floor Plan 1320-D

Basement Floor Plan of The Butler Ridge - Home Design 1320-D

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New Video: Small Home Plans

Watch our new video showcasing 5 of our best small house plans!

Explore a selection of small home plans by Don Gardner, each featuring European styling and thoughtful details. We invite you to search for home designs on our site. The Sorvino, The Rowan, The Hazelwood, The Ivy Creek and The Runnymeade are some of Don Gardner’s most popular small house plans.

Here are links to the details on each of the featured small home designs:

We offer a large collection of home designs with European influences. You can search the entire collection on our website and sort them by important features: Square footage (low or high), number of stories, number of bedrooms, house width, or see what’s new! View all European house plans by Donald A. Gardner Architects HERE.

Are you looking for the perfect home within a specific square footage range? Our Advanced Search page is the place to start. Plug in your desired square footage and specify any other features that are important to you to narrow down your floor plan search.

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Free Online Magazine: Best Home Plans of Donald A. Gardner

Browse 163 Distinctive Home Plans by
Donald A. Gardner in this FREE Online Magazine!

FREE Online Magazine: Best Home Plans of Donald A. Gardner
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Designer Dream Homes™ Presents: Best Home Plans of Donald A. Gardner is now available online for FREE! This issue includes:

  • Interior and exterior home product ideas
  • 10 featured plans with stunning photography
  • New Dream Homes
  • A special Velux® Collection
  • One-story homes
  • Two-story homes

This easy-to-use online magazine includes 163 popular floor plans and is simple to navigate. Zoom in or out as needed, make your own  notes on any page, and save, print, or share your favorites!

 Best Home Plans of Donald A. Gardner

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Designer Dream Homes™ Presents: Small Dream Homes
158 Indulgent Home Plans Under 3,000 Square Feet

FREE Online Magazine: Small Dream Homes


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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