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.

Choosing the Perfect Style for Your Dream Home

Choosing the Perfect Style for Your Dream Home

With hundreds of styles to choose from, finding the perfect solution for your dream home floor plans proves to be a daunting task for anyone. With each style designed to give off a different feel and atmosphere both inside and out, determining a specific style that meets all of your lifestyle needs may be a challenge. From classical country homes to small ranch house plans, understanding what each different style offers a homeowner can help one to better choose the home design that is perfect for their needs.

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Assessing Your Situation

Before you begin browsing the hundreds of different styles of home floor plans, it is important to first take the time to carefully plan out both your needs and limitations to make sure you choose the style that provides the best fit to your home needs. When looking at new home designs, think of the characteristics of homes you have lived in throughout your life. What features did you like? What did you dislike? How much living space do you need? Establishing a list of features to look for with your new home can help you to better select one that is suitable for you and your family.

Beyond the features, it is crucial that you take note of any restrictions of limitations you may have in place when choosing your home design. If there are any space limitations on the lot you plan to build on? What is your planned budget for your new home? Your answers to these questions can help you when it comes to selecting your home floor plans.

Choosing a Floor Plan Style that is Right for You

After you have carefully assessed your needs and restrictions, you can then begin to identify a specific style that is the best fit for your home. When looking into different styles, work to understand the pros and cons of each. Prioritize the features that you simply cannot live without and make certain that the final floor plan you choose either has these features in place or can be easily modified to include them.

When narrowing down your decision, look at the other home styles in the area of the lot you plan to build on. Consider if your dream home will be a welcome fit to the neighborhood. Most importantly, the floor plan you choose should feel like “home” to you. When looking at home floor plans online, focus on how you can make your home even more personalized. Think of your home floor plans as the blank canvas for which to paint your dream home and design style onto.

Choosing a home style suitable for your floor plan needs may be one of the biggest decisions you face, so do not hesitate to consult the professional advice of architects or designers. Not only can they help you determine the home floor plan that best fits your needs, but they may be able to modify an existing home floor plan to help turn your dream home into a reality.

No matter what design you make with your home floor plans, it is important that you purchase your plans from a professionally respected architect. Choosing from the hundreds of floor plans and home designs available through Donald A. Gardner Architects guarantees you just that. Since 1978, every home plan designed by Donald A. Gardner Architects is guaranteed to provide functional living and timeless design. Additionally, our home floor plans are easily modifiable to fit any lot limitations or your specific needs. Contact Donald A. Gardner Architects today, and let us help you move one step closer to making your dream home a reality.

Free Download: Choosing the Perfect Style for Your Dream Home by Donald Gardner

NOW AVAILABLE: Small Craftsman Ranch

The Golding Plan #1327 is a small Craftsman ranch design with open living and tons of utility space!

The Golding - Small Craftsman Ranch Plan 1327
3 beds, 2 baths, 2069 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Open kitchen with windows and pass-thru.
  • Separate utility room and mud room with pantry.
  • Secluded master suite with dual walk-in closets.
Additional space where it counts

We took an old favorite and updated it by eliminating the breakfast area in favor of a large screen porch with outdoor kitchen. We also reconfigured the master suite to allow for a more lavish bath, and pushed the garage forward a bit to expand the utility area and add a mud room with pantry.

First Floor Plan of The Golding - House Design 1327

Mixed materials and a metal porch roof create a welcoming, low-maintenance exterior for this small Craftsman ranch. Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Golding - Home Design 1327Completely open, the great room and dining room flow into one another with a cathedral ceiling above and a pass-thru connecting the kitchen. Separate mud and utility rooms sit between the kitchen and the garage providing storage and pantry space. The master suite is situated for rear views, and is set apart from the rest of the home for privacy. The oversized bonus room provides an additional 389 sq. ft. of flexible space.

Get more information about the Golding home design here.

Similar plans:

The Wilton - House Plan #981The Wilton Plan #981 has a similar front exterior and less square footage. See it here.

The Brodie Home Design #1340-DThe Brodie Plan #1340-D has a similar front exterior with a hillside walkout foundation. See it here.

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