Video Tour: The Arbordale Plan

Take the new video tour through this Modern Farmhouse

This beautiful farmhouse with prominent twin gables and bays adds just the right amount of country style to modern family life.

Large open living spaces

The main floor is bright and open, with bay windows, columns, and a two-story ceiling in the great room. The master suite is quietly tucked away with no bedrooms directly above, and the cook of the family will love the spacious U-shaped kitchen with ample cabinets and pantry.

Video Tour: First Floor Plan of The Arbordale - Plan #452

 

Flexible space upstairs

The bonus room is easily accessible from the back stairs or second floor, where three large bedrooms share two full baths. Storage space abounds with walk-ins, hall shelves, and a linen closet upstairs. A curved balcony borders a versatile loft/study that overlooks the stunning two-story great room.

Second Floor Plan of The Arbordale - Plan #452

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How To Take Beautiful Home Photos

The 2014 Photo Contest is here! Check out these tips and tricks for taking the best photos of your Don Gardner home.

Tips For Home Photos - 2014 Photo Contest

Tips for Exterior Photos:

  • Be aware of sun and where shadows are cast on the home. You want to take the photo when the facade is shown in the most flattering light, with few harsh shadows. Especially note if covered porches are dark – turning on the porch lights can make a huge difference in the shot.
  • Make sure you aren’t including extraneous items in the shot, such as cars in the driveway, trash bins, or a mailbox or tree branch that blocks the view of the home. Also – it’s best if there are not seasonal decorations visible on the home when you take the photo.
  • Don’t crop in too closely so that you cut off part of the house. Try to get the entire home into the frame with space around it on all sides whenever possible.
  • Landscaping is important – a photo during spring or summer when leaves are on the trees and the grass is green will generally be more appealing than when the grass is dormant and leaves have fallen.

Tips for Interior Photos:

  • Homes that are fully furnished and decorated will have a greater chance of winning than empty rooms. To be featured in Designer Dream Homes magazines, the home must be furnished and decorated. Interior design creates visual interest and is important in illustrating the layout of the floor plan. On the flip side, keep clutter to a minimum to ensure the most appealing photos – you may need to “edit out” some of the objects that are normally in the room to create the best presentation for the photos.
  • Frame your photos in a way that room relationships and architectural details are easily discerned. In general, we’re looking for “whole room” photos rather than close up detail shots, but feel free to include detail shots of items which are particularly interesting. Wide-angle shots that show 2 or more rooms in relation to one another are particularly effective.
  • Be aware of lights and shadows. Interior photography can be tricky. Because of the odd shadows that a flash can cast, it is best not to use one if at all possible. (Shadows from light fixtures and ceiling fans are the most distracting.) We recommend taking your photos during daylight when the room is at its brightest. Even with strong natural light, it helps to turn on every overhead light and lamp available in the room. Turn off ceiling fans to avoid “blur blades” in the photos. Unlike shadows created by a flash, shadows created by sunlight flooding into a room are generally very appealing, so don’t be afraid to include them.
  • Also be aware of reflections – mirrors are the most obvious to look out for, but glass picture frames, shower door enclosures, French doors with glass and shiny appliances are other “trouble spots.”

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Secondary Bedroom of The Runnymeade - House Plan Number 1164From now until May 31, 2014 you can submit photos of your finished Donald A. Gardner home for a chance to be published in our nationally distributed and best-selling magazine “Designer Dream Homes” plus, you could also win a $500 VISA gift card and have your photos featured on our website and Social Media sites found on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Zillow and more.

 

Video Tour: The Cedar Ridge Plan

Take our new video tour through this Country Craftsman home

This award-winning hillside walkout design is loaded with fabulous amenities!

Living comfortably has never been easier

This gorgeous Craftsman home exposes rich architectural detail throughout the open floor plan. Perfect for those who enjoy outdoor living,  the Cedar Ridge features copious areas for taking advantage of Mother Nature. A sunroom, rear deck and screened porch are all on the main level, while the lower level boasts a screened porch with summer kitchen, as well as a second covered porch.

First Floor The Cedar Ridge - Plan #1125-D. See the video tour

 

Finished basement and tons of storage

Entertaining spaces continue with the spacious great room/dining room and lower-level entertainment room with a wet bar and outdoor summer kitchen. Multiple mudrooms, a large pantry and utility room provide abundant storage space, while a covered walkway ensures dry trips to and from the three-car garage.

Basement Floor Plan of The Cedar Ridge - Plan #1125-D

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2014 Photo Contest

The Donald A. Gardner Architects 2014 Photo Contest is here!

2014 Photo Contest

From now until May 31, submit photos of your finished Don Gardner home for a chance to be published in our nationally distributed and best-selling magazine “Designer Dream Homes.” Plus, you could also win a $500 VISA gift card and have your photos featured on our website and Social Media sites: Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Zillow, and more.

We want to see your interior and exterior photos. Builders – this applies to you as well – send photos of Donald A. Gardner house plans you have built, even if you don’t live in the home! Entering is easy – Click here to submit your photos online!

The Lennon Plan #1300 by Don Gardner

Note: If your total photo submission is larger than 5MB, please contact us at 800-388-7580 or email us at info@dongardner.com for instructions on how to submit your photos.

  • Images should be saved as JPEG or GIF files.
  • Photos can be of interior, exterior, or both.

Click here for tips and guidelines for taking your photos!

Cabin Home Plans in all Sizes and Shapes

Whether you’re looking for a small hideaway or a large, rustic home, we have the right cabin plan for you!

Simple or complex, large or small, rustic or modern, you are sure to find a cabin house plans that suits your needs.

The Shady Grove - Cabin Plan #262

The Shady Grove Plan #262:
3 beds,
2 baths,
1,338 sq. ft.

At just over 1,300 sq.ft., the award-winning Shady Grove plan is the perfect rural retreat! Full front and back porches, a stone fireplace, and a box bay window in the kitchen/dining room lend character to this three-bedroom cottage. The entire second floor is dedicated to the master suite while the secondary bedrooms are downstairs – an ideal arrangement for family vacations.
Need something similar? Check out the Seymour Plan #287!

The Peekskill - Cabin Plan #780-DThe Peekskill Plan #780-D
4 beds,
3.5 baths,
2,953 sq. ft.

This spacious cabin design has living space on three levels: the open main floor,  a rec room and guest suite in the walkout basement, and a lofty second floor with bedrooms and a large bonus room. The Peekskill is a popular home plan that’s ideal for mountain or lakefront locations.
Need something similar? Check out one of our newest designs, the Chancellor Plan #1337-D!

Browse all our cabin home plans HERE, and feel free to leave feedback on any of these plans in the comments!

Bungalow House Plan on the Drawing Board #1365

Here’s our latest conceptual design! Tell us what you think about this bungalow plan in the comments!

Bungalow Exterior - Conceptual Design #1365Conceptual Design #1365 is a unique bungalow with a front-entry, 2-car garage under the primary roofline. Arches and columns line the front exterior, and a gable with Palladian window and decorative bracket add curb appeal. This compact layout has a thoughtful separation of public and private realms. The master bedroom enjoys rear views, a large walk-in closet, and a spacious bathroom, while the secondary bedrooms have double closets and share a Jack-and-Jill bath. The laundry room is near all three bedrooms, and a mud room serves as a catch-all on the way to the living areas. The great room is the heart of this home, completely open to the efficient kitchen with French doors opening to a screen porch with skylights. The dining room is perfect for both formal and casual meals, and the hearth room is a cozy place to relax. A pantry, e-space, and massive bonus room with attic space add flexibility and plenty of storage.

 

Main Level - Conceptual Design #1365
Second Level - Conceptual Design #1365

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NOW AVAILABLE: The Ramsey Plan #1347

This ranch home plan features a convenient layout and an expansive kitchen. Check out The Ramsey Plan #1347!

The Ramsey - Plan #1347

Front rendering

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Laundry room is central to all 4 bedrooms.
  • Large island kitchen with e-space.
  • Screen porch with fireplace and summer kitchen.

 

 

Special details, inside and out

This European-influenced ranch design is family-friendly with attractive details that add warmth and character. Bay windows and tray ceilings adorn the dining room, master bedroom, and bedroom/study, while a cathedral ceiling tops the great room and opens up to a rear wall of windows to bring in sunlight.

Functional and efficient

A mud room, powder room, and walk-in pantry sit between the garage and the expansive kitchen, and a spacious laundry room is central to all the bedrooms for convenience. The two-car, side entry garage includes two storage bays and a personnel door for outside access. An e-space in the kitchen is an easy place to charge phones and look up recipes.
The Ramsey - Plan #1347

Extra living space

The bedroom/study can serve as a guest room, library, office, or family room. A bonus room with skylights offers flexible space, and a cozy screen porch with fireplace is perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Outdoor living extends to the covered porch and optional patio space beyond.

Find more details and information on the Ramsey Plan #1347 here.

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Craftsman House Plan on the Drawing Board #1409

Here are two different floor plans for the Sagecrest exterior – Plan #1226 and Conceptual Design #1409. Let us know which version you like more, and what features make the difference by leaving a comment!

Read on for more details on Conceptual Design #1409

Plan #1226 vs Plan #1409

Here’s a closer look at our newest conceptual design! Leave your feedback on this Craftsman plan in the comments!

Craftsman Exterior - Conceptual Design #1409Conceptual Design #1409 is a new take on the Sagecrest Plan #1226 with the same richly detailed Craftsman exterior. The vaulted great room features a unique library alcove with built-in shelving, perfect for a homework station or reading nook. The island kitchen is completely open to the great room and dining room, with plenty of counter seating, a walk-in pantry, and nearby e-space. The family studio provides functional space for household projects, and is a step away from the kitchen, front porch, bonus room, and two-car garage with dual storage areas. This split bedroom design has two bedrooms with walk-in closets and private baths just off the kitchen, and a bedroom/study and master suite across the home. The master bedroom takes in rear views through a bayed wall of windows, and accesses the covered porch. His-and-hers walk-in closets and a bath with walk-in shower, separate vanities, and linen storage complete the suite.

Main Level - Conceptual Design #1409

Bonus Room - Conceptual Design #1409
Rear Elevation - Conceptual Design #1409

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Cottage House Plan on the Drawing Board #1363

Check out this two-story cottage conceptual design, and tell us what you think in the comments!

Cottage Exterior - Conceptual Design #1363

Conceptual Design #1363 showcases a two-story cottage exterior with a mix of stone, shingles, and siding, with a sweeping gable and arch-topped windows. The foyer, dining room, and great room are visually separated by a single column and a change in ceiling height, and the staircase sets them apart from the hearth room and breakfast room. Every household task has its place with an efficient arrangement of the e-space, butler’s pantry, mud room, and utility room, all of which are convenient to the two-car garage with additional golf cart bay. A study/bedroom, full master suite, and outdoor living spaces complete the main level.

Main Level - Conceptual Design #1363

Upstairs, an open balcony leads to two bedrooms that each have a personal vanity while sharing a spacious Jack-and-Jill bath. There is also an oversized bonus room with skylights, large dormer window, and a walk-in storage area.
Second Level - Conceptual Design #1363

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Charleston Style House Plan on the Drawing Board #1361

Check out this new narrow-lot conceptual design, and give us your feedback in the comments!

Charleston Style Exterior - Conceptual Design #1361

Conceptual Design #1361 has a Charleston style exterior with two levels of porches lined with columns. This design is narrow with a rear-entry garage on the basement level, ideal for Traditional Neighborhood Developments.

Lower Level - Conceptual Design #1361The two-story great room is open to the curved balcony above, and is set apart from the dining room by a trio of columns and built-in shelves framing the dining room window. The kitchen is surrounded by casual living spaces: An intimate keeping room with a fireplace, window seats, and cathedral ceiling, and a breakfast room with open e-space. A home elevator runs between the main floor and the lower level, making it a breeze to carry in groceries. The master bedroom has dual walk-in closets and a private porch/balcony at the rear of the home.

Main Floor - Conceptual Design #1361Two bedrooms upstairs enjoy access to the loft, covered porch, and massive bonus room.
Second Floor - Conceptual Design #1361

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