New Feature: Designs In Progress

See when our Conceptual Designs move from the drawing board to the work room with this new feature!

New Feature: Designs In Progress
Pictured: Design In Progress #1322

Our NEW Designs in Progress feature is the place to go to find out which of our House Plans on the Drawing Board have been selected for completion! These plans are not yet available for purchase, but will be in the near future.

See brand-new artist renderings, and compare the original, hand-drawn sketches with the new and updated plans in progress all in one place. Tell us what you think of the changes, and tell us what additional changes you’d like to see going forward. As always, we welcome your questions and feedback!

New Feature: Designs In Progress
Pictured: Design In Progress #1322
 Keep up with the latest updates by following our Designs In Progress boards on Houzz and Pinterest, or by “Liking” us on Facebook!

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: Mountain Styling

Our featured plans this week both showcase mountain styling with gables and vaulted ceilings facing rear views.

The Chancellor Plan #1337-D

The Chancellor - House Design 1337-D: Showcasing mountain styling
4 beds, 3.5 baths, 3267 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • 3 stories, including a finished walkout basement.
  • Massive, open kitchen with two islands.
  • Oversized walk-in pantry and utility room.
Mountain Lodge

An angled courtyard entry and large bracketed dormer lend dramatic curb appeal to this gorgeous hillside cabin. The massive central great room divides the master suite from the public areas of the home.

First Floor Plan of The Chancellor - Home Design 1337-D
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The open island kitchen is a chef’s dream, and easily accesses a huge pantry, a utility room with plenty of workspace, and a bayed dining room with tray ceiling. A skylit screen porch with outdoor kitchen completes the main level.

Second Floor Plan of The Chancellor - House Plan 1337-D
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Upstairs, two bedrooms share access to a huge 543 sq. ft. bonus room. The lower level has another bedroom tucked away – perfect for guests or an older child – and a rec room with wet bar and fireplace. An elevator makes navigating the three levels a breeze for older family members.

This home works for a large family, people who like to entertain and those who have in-laws or extended family staying with them. Indoors and out, this home offers all of the amenities you could want in a new home.

Basement Floor Plan of The Chancellor - Home Plan 1337-D
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 The Irby Plan #993

The Irby - House Plan Number 993: Showcasing Mountain Styling
3 beds, 2 baths, 1580 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Low maintenance exterior.
  • Open concept living spaces.
  • Laundry room convenient to all bedrooms.
Small Craftsman Charmer

This small house floor plan combines stone and siding for a striking façade that is fitting for any suburban or mountain lot. Inside, decorative ceiling treatments enhance the great room, dining room, master bedroom, and the study/bedroom. A fireplace, kitchen pass-thru and French doors complement the great room, and the bonus room provides expansion space.

First Floor Plan of The Irby - House Plan Number 993

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Name This Plan!

Conceptual Design #1402 is now In Progress, and we want YOU to help name it!

Name This Plan!
Design In Progress #1402

Vote for your favorite name from these 3 options:

  • Emerson

  • Harper

  • Swansea

Leave a comment on this blog post with your choice! Spread the word and get your friends to vote, too. Voting will run through the weekend, and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, September 22, 2014.

More information about Design #1402

Design in Progress #1402 incorporates the split bedroom layout and several functional features of the Peyton Plan #1289 into a Country Craftsman exterior. A gabled roof line with cedar shake and stone detail creates a warm and inviting exterior. Double columns and a gentle arch usher you into this welcoming home.

Name This Plan #1402 - Main Floor Plan
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An oversized project studio/utility room is located near the center of this design for convenient access from all four bedrooms, and the nearby open kitchen includes counter seating facing the octagonal dining room. The e-space/command center is a  great workspace for homework or use as a small home office, and a massive walk-in pantry provides extra storage. The vaulted screen porch with fireplace is a great place to relax or entertain with its summer kitchen and fantastic views.

View the original hand-drawn sketches and leave your feedback on the design itself on this post: Country House Plan on the Drawing Board: 1402
Leave a reply below with your choice: Emerson, Harper, or Swansea

Buying a House Floor Plan Online

Buying a House Floor Plan Online

Buying a house floor plan online offers quite a few benefits. Shopping online gives you the ability to browse through thousands of sizes and styles and gives you the option of making customizations to personalize your ideal home floor plan. This method costs much less when compared to hiring a designer to create a custom plan for your house.  Buying a house plan online is quick and easy, allowing you to start the building process faster.

These days there are many websites offering single story home plans and small home plans with thousands of plans to choose from. This could make the process of choosing the right home floor plan a bit overwhelming, so be sure to shop at a respected and professional designer website and keep the following tips in mind:

List the Requirements of Your Dream Home

Make a List: Buying a House Floor Plan OnlineBefore actually beginning your search for a new home floor plan, assess your personal needs in a home. There are a wide range of factors to consider when choosing your home floor plan, such as the number of rooms, overall floor space, number of bathrooms and bedrooms etc. By first listing the requirements of your dream home, you can help to narrow down your search and find the home design that is specifically tailored to your personal lifestyle needs.

Evaluate a House Plan Website

There are a lot of online plan services that offer house designs. In order to keep your search focused, try a couple of these sites in order to best determine which one would work for your personal lifestyle needs. Begin by making an assessment of the usability of the site’s interface. Can you narrow down your search by specific criteria? Is it easy to find answers to your questions? Is there an option to save your search criteria or your favorite house plans without too much effort?

Most websites sell both AutoCAD drawings and reproducible plans that can easily be changed to meet your needs. They may also offer customization and modification services. Are the customizations being completed by their designers in-house, or are they being outsourced to 3rd party designers? The prices for all these services and plans should be presented clearly.

Before settling on any one home plan website, consider the additional features that are offered. Extra customer service options like one-on-one help, technical support, building resources, etc., can be vital to completing your new home. While often overlooked, these simple considerations may save you time and hassle in your search for a new home plan.

Browse for a House Plan

After determining which website you like, you can begin the search for your house plan. When you start your search, several different styles and plans are sure to catch your eye. Save your favorites to allow future comparisons and determine if your tastes are changing as your search continues over time. When you narrow your search to a final list, take some time to visualize how a plan would look when it is built. Does this home fit your personal and lifestyle needs? One way to better visualize a house plan is to measure out the dimensions of your existing home, and compare them to your new home plan. Make sure your new home plan has additional space where you want it, or that it can be easily modified if some simple changes are needed to perfect your home plan.

Donald Gardner Architects Customer SupportWhen in doubt, don’t be afraid to seek out the professional advice of an architect or designer. Many will be glad to help you choose the proper home floor plan that is suitable for your individual needs. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. we have been providing our customers with timeless design and functional living for over 35 years. We aim to be the most highly respected provider of pre-designed home floor plans, offering exceptional customer service, customizable style options and a wealth of amenities to each one of our home designs. Whether you’re looking to build a countryside cottage or a castle, let the experts at Donald A. Gardner design your dream home today!

It’s Here: Full Album of the Sagecrest Plan!

Take a photographic tour of the Sagecrest Plan #1226 with this full album of stunning pictures.

The Sagecrest Home Design #1226: See the full album!
Welcome to the Sagecrest, built by JWB, Inc. Custom Homes. Mixed materials create big curb appeal with easy maintenance.

View the Full Album Here


Thank you to John and Kimberly Creo for allowing us to share their beautiful Craftsman home. Builders Jeff and Debbie Bartholomew of JWB, Inc. did an excellent job with this design. With some modifications, the Creos were able to create their dream home. Enjoy the full album on our Pinterest Page!

Custom trimwork inside the Sagecrest House Plan 1226
Columns, arches, and custom millwork. The smallest details received the utmost attention in this fabulous interior.
A high vaulted ceiling creates lots of visual space in this great room! http://www.dongardner.com/plan_details.aspx?pid=3676. #Vaulted #Ceiling #GreatRoom
Neutral does not have to mean dull – Soaring ceiling vaults, massive windows, and the right pops of soft colors create an inviting space with lively atmosphere.
Open kitchen of the Sagecrest Floor Plan 1226
This sophisticated kitchen features black and white cabinetry, expansive counter tops, and tons of storage – all under a soaring coffered ceiling with recessed lighting.
Family Studio (utility room) of the Sagecrest Home Floor Plan 1226
This family studio is the ultimate utility room! Storage, workspace, and a convenient place to keep pet supplies, all in an area with plenty of natural light and room to move!

There is much, much more to see on this Pinterest Board – Click here to see it!

See the floor plan and more details on our website HERE


Similar plans:

The Clarkson - House Plan #1117The Clarkson Plan #1117 has a similar layout with a more traditional ranch look. See it here.

Design in Progress #1409: Available Soon!Design in Progress #1409 has a similar front exterior with new interior features. See it here.

Thanks for visiting the House Plans Blog presented by Donald A. Gardner Architects. Whether you're in the process of building a new home or in the beginning stages of trying to find a house plan, you will find a wealth of information to help you select the best floor plan, tips on the building process, and information about products and finishes for your new house.