One Perfect Exterior, Several Layouts to Choose From

Our Silvergate Plan has been a favorite choice among our angled home designs with it’s elegant Craftsman exterior…

But with its hillside walkout basement, it won’t suite every lot. So we have created a variety of unique floor plans with this same dreamy exterior so there is something for everyone!

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Angled Craftsman Exterior of The Silvergate - House Plan 1254-D

Picture this as a two story home! The Bantry Plan #1336 features an angled floor plan which allows it to take advantage of rear views. The dining room, master bedroom, and screened porch are bayed, adding architectural interest, and the rear porch is topped with a cathedral ceiling and skylights. The spacious kitchen is right by the screened porch with summer kitchen, making outdoor entertaining easy. A pantry, coat closet, and utility room lead the way to the garage, while additional bedrooms and a bonus room complete the second floor.

Second Floor Plan of The Bantry - House Design 1336

First Floor Plan of The Bantry - House Plan 1336

Picture this as a one story cottage! The Rowan Plan #1366 is the perfect retirement or vacation home, with two bedrooms and an open layout for easy living. The great room, kitchen, and dining room flow into one another, with a relaxing sun room positioned to take in Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Rowan - Home Plan 1366views all around. The full master suite includes a tray ceiling, walk-in closets, and a roomy bath with barrel vaulted ceiling. An oversized bonus room with full bathroom awaits guests. Special details include a bedroom/study with window seat, e-space in the kitchen, spacious utility room, and garage storage.

Full photo album of the Rowan Plan here.

First Floor Plan of The Rowan - Home Design 1366

Prefer a hillside walkout, but want to make room for a home  elevator? Design In Progress #1332 has it taken care of! This European design has an angled floor plan living space on the lower level. A residential elevator has been added without reducing the overall square footage, and the rec room, dining room, and screen porch have been expanded. The layout makes this a perfect home to age-in-place.

conceptual design 1332 first floor plan: Now In Progress

conceptual design 1332 basement floor plan: Now In Progress

Our in-house modifications are available for every plan in our collection, so if you love this exterior style, choose the layout that suits your needs, and then have custom changes made as desired!

See the one-and-only Silvergate Plan #1254-D here!

Donald Gardner is on Flickr!

If you’re looking for home photos before you make your house plan purchase, be sure to check our Flickr page!

We are continually uploading new albums as they come in. Flickr is also the place to find photos of unfurnished homes, homes that have been significantly modified, or photos that are simply too small to post to our website.

Featured Albums:

The Rochelle Plan #1204 is our newest album, featuring professional quality interior and exterior shots of this stunning, European home.

5 beds, 4 baths, 3162 sq. ft.

The Whitney Plan #1262 is an album you won’t find on our website! These photos were taken when the home wasn’t quite finished, but you can see the thought and detail that went into it’s interior. Note the open layout and ceiling treatments!

  3 beds, 2 baths, 2149 sq. ft.

The Shady Grove Plan #262 is a rustic cabin that is the perfect little vacation getaway. The open kitchen/dining/great room is designed for relaxed gatherings, and the master suite makes up the entire second floor for privacy.

3 beds, 2 baths, 1338 sq. ft.

 The Runnymeade Plan #1164 is a popular small house design, and we have photos from two different homes – one of these is on our Flickr page and features an added 3rd garage bay.

3 beds, 2 baths, 1583 sq. ft.

The Evangeline Plan #1137 has stunning details throughout. This massive album of unfurnished photos shows extra modifications like a brick exterior, a heated/cooled sun room, and built-in wine storage.

  4 beds, 3 baths, 2531 sq. ft., built by JWB, Inc.

There are hundreds of photo albums on our Flickr page, so start  browsing! 

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: Angled Garages

Our featured plans Over & Under 2500 Sq. Ft. this week each have angled garages and Craftsman curb appeal. Take a look!

The Rowan #1366

2 beds, 3 baths, 1822 sq. ft.

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Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Packed with windows facing rear views.
  • Large, open kitchen with island and e-space.
  • Bonus room with bathroom, easily a third bedroom.
Small Craftsman Cottage

The ideal empty-nester or vacation home, this two bedroom design showcases rustic Craftsman style and easy living. The great room, kitchen, and dining room flow into one another, with a relaxing sun room positioned to take in views all around. The full master suite Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Rowan - House Design 1366includes a tray ceiling, walk-in closets, and a roomy bath with barrel vaulted ceiling. An oversized bonus room with full bathroom can serve as a private guest suite. Special details include a bedroom/study with window seat, e-space in the kitchen, spacious utility room, and garage storage.

First Floor Plan of The Rowan - House Floor Plan 1366

The Keowee #1159

4 beds, 3 baths, 2634 sq. ft.

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Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Unique formal dining room with tray ceiling.
  • Master suite with dual walk-in closets.
  • Huge walk-in pantry.
Columns, Angles, and Vaulted Ceilings

Multiple gables, a shed dormer and mixed materials give this home true Craftsman appeal. The foyer, dining room and great room are all open to one another, granting a spacious feel to the plan. Columns punctuate the entrance into each room, and the great room’s cathedral ceiling, fireplace and built-ins showcase custom details.

A peninsula in the kitchen double as a serving bar, while an adjacent breakfast room becomes the ultimate place to dine during casual meals. Note the oversized pantry and nearby closets.

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Keowee - Home Plan 1159The secondary bedrooms share a bath and are positioned for privacy. A flexible bedroom/study has its own bathroom, a vaulted ceiling and two closets. The master suite is truly luxurious with a tray ceiling, dual walk-in closets, porch access and a large master bath.

First Floor Plan of The Keowee - Home Design 1159

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7 Things to Include in Your Vacation Home

If selecting a new place to vacation every year is more energy than you want to spend, consider having a vacation home built in your favorite destination. Your vacation home plans can include customized features that allow you access to everything that is lacking in a typical hotel.

Consider location

The first thing to consider when selecting your vacation home plan is location: Do you find yourself drawn to warm or cold climates? Would you rather enjoy the ocean or the mountains? Perhaps you have a favorite destination? Start by narrowing your search down to a specific style:

The Silvergate Plan #1254-D
The Silvergate Plan #1254-D

The Palm Vista Plan #5021
The Palm Vista Plan #5021

The Peekskill Plan #780-D
The Peekskill Plan #780-D

The Cleary Plan #948
The Cleary Plan #948

The Clubwell Manor Plan #5037
The Clubwell Manor Plan #5037

The Merrill Plan #1209
The Merrill Plan #1209

The Sedona Ridge Plan #986
The Sedona Ridge Plan #986


The Comforts of Home

Be sure to think about which comforts of home are most important to you. This includes everything from having a well-laid out kitchen, multiple bathrooms, or even a home gym. On top of that, don’t forget to ensure that you have the comforts you most enjoy. This includes everyday items like a comfortable bathrobe, throw blankets, plush furniture designed for rest and relaxation, a fireplace, and the other home features you most enjoy on a daily basis.

Great Room Fireplace of The Dogwood Ridge - Home Design 5005

A Few Luxuries of Vacation

While there are many benefits to staying in your custom designed vacation home opposed to a hotel—don’t forget to include some of the luxuries you desire while on vacation. This could include ensuring your location is close enough for delivery from your favorite nearby restaurants, adding luxury outdoor living spaces, or adding a swimming pool, spa or sauna.

Screened Porch of The Sagecrest - House Design 1226

Entertainment for Your Downtime

Whether your dream vacation home plan is a small cottage or a golf course estate, make sure there is room for the entertainment you enjoy during your downtime. This can include everything from a billiards room, Ping-Pong table, small den to lounge and read, or a dining room table or seating area large enough to play games together as a family.

Billiards Room of The Clubwell Manor - Home Floor Plan 5037

Enough Room for Individual Interests

Make sure that your luxury home design allows enough flexibility and freedom for everyone to achieve the vacation of his or her dreams. While the kids may want to spend their time outdoors playing in the pool, you may prefer to spend some solo time soaking in a garden tub, or watching your favorite movie in a media/rec room. Even if your vacation home is small, make sure it has separate areas that allow everyone to enjoy both individual and group activities.

Rec Room / Media Room of The Vandenberg - House Plan 746-D

Timeless Décor

Regardless of the style of vacation home you have built, ensure that your décor is timeless. Since you may only be visiting your vacation home a few weeks or months out of the year, or sporadically throughout the year—it is not essential to decorate in the latest home trends. Instead, opt for timeless, comfortable décor that will ensure that your home never feels dated.

Great Room of The Lennon - Home Plan 1300

Creative Storage

Another all-important feature to take into consideration with your vacation home design is storage. Sometimes you may head to your vacation home for a week-long getaway, and other times you may want to be there for extended periods of time. This makes it essential to have thoughtful storage options, such as closets that will fit large suitcases, under the bed storage options, and enough closets, cabinets and drawers to keep the essentials you would like to leave in your vacation home year-round—such as toiletries and seasonal clothing that will make packing for vacation faster and easier.

Secondary Bedroom of The Gilchrist - House Plan 734-D

The tips above are an excellent way to ensure your vacation home plan is comfortable, luxurious, and fully functional. The building process for any new vacation home starts with finding the perfect home floor plans for your lifestyle. Let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects lend you a helping hand in your search. With over 1,000 house plans to choose from, you are guaranteed to find the timeless design and functionality you are looking for with your new vacation home plan. Make sure you are getting the most out of your search with a myDAG membership. This free, easy-to-use membership allows you to search easily and save your favorite home floor plans, streamlining your search for the perfect vacation home. The road to rest and relaxation is only a short step away, get started and browse Don Gardner’s selection of home floor plans today.

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