PLAN OF THE WEEK: Two very different footprints

The size and shape of your lot can dictate your home’s footprint. This week we’re featuring a spacious ranch and a compact two-story home design.

The Spotswood #1310

The Spotswood - House Plan Number 1310. Sprawling ranch footprint
4 beds, 3 baths, 2578 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Open kitchen/dining room for easy conversation flow.
  • Jack-and-Jill bathroom.
  • Extra storage throughout.
Open Floor Plan

This family-friendly design is centered around open living space, with a cathedral great room and eye-catching dining room meeting at the expansive kitchen. Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Spotswood - House Plan 1310A walk-in pantry, coat closet, and utility room sit between the garage and the kitchen, convenient yet out of the way. Two bedrooms with plenty of closet space share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom at the rear of the plan, while the study and master suite are positioned across the plan for privacy. The master suite enjoys a large bathroom, dual walk-in closets, and French doors leading to a porch with fireplace.

First Floor Plan of The Spotswood - House Design 1310

The Chestnut Hill #1244

Front of The Chestnut Hill - Home Design 1244. 2-story footprint
3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1844 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Master suite on the main level, away from the living areas.
  • Utility room and e-space for household tasks.
  • 2 bedrooms, a full bath, and bonus room upstairs.
No wasted space

A compact cottage with exceptional curb appeal, the Chestnut Hill has much to offer in a conservative footprint. The charming exterior is highlighted by decorative brackets and a metal roof over the front porch. The welcoming two story foyer includes a bench and dual coat closets for convenience. The cozy great room is surrounded by windows and a soaring cathedral ceiling adds volume. The kitchen’s efficient design puts all of the appliances within easy reach. A single space for dining ensures no space is wasted in this floor plan. The master bedroom has a large arched window and a cathedral ceiling to create an airy feel. Upstairs are two more bedrooms, a bath and a large bonus room awaiting expansion.

First Floor Plan of The Chestnut Hill - Home Plan 1244

Second Floor Plan of The Chestnut Hill -Home Floor Plan 1244

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Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Birchwood!

We’re excited to share our
never-before-seen photos of The Birchwood Home Design on our Pinterest Page!

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Take a tour through this home (located in Hartsville, SC), from the gorgeous exterior to a luxurious master suite, gourmet kitchen, and adorable kid’s rooms!

Front Exterior of The Birchwood - House Plan 1239

Garage Detail, Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Birchwood
Stylish light fixtures accent the garage bays
Kitchen Sink, Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Birchwood
This deep sink will easily hold large pots and pans.
Kitchen Storage, Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Birchwood
These open cabinets allow for the display of decorative items.
Utility Room of the Birchwood Home Design 1239
A large utility room allows ample space for laundry, projects, and household tasks, and has outdoor access.
Master Bath, Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Birchwood
This master bath has an elegant barrel vaulted ceiling with large walk-in shower and soaking tub.
Children's Bedroom, the Birchwood Plan #1239
A bright green Jack-and-Jill bathroom connects the two additional bedrooms.


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Choosing Your Home Builder

Construction Progress of the Capistrano Plan #1227-D. Choosing Your Home Builder

If you are planning to build your own home, it helps to meet with at least three builders to talk about your options. A good home builder will be able to help you understand the different phases of the home building process. They will focus on keeping you informed about the different requirements of building your new house, and how long it will take. Selecting your home builder is as big a step as selecting your dream home plan. Here are some tips to help you find the right home builder.

Define Your Needs

After finding your dream home floor plan, you need to look for builders that are willing to build the home for you.  You will want to look for builders that are accustomed to building homes from a variety of designers and if possible, find a builder that has built and is familiar with Don Gardner home plans. You should already have your dream home plan chosen before meeting with builders to ensure you pick the design that best fits your needs and not the builders.

Search for Experience

When you have plans for a house, it helps to find a home builder with experience. Experience shows that the builder knows how to handle a number of different things that occur during the building process. If possible, visit some of the homes the builder has built in the past couple of years. This will give you an idea of what they and their sub-contractors can do, and if their style and attention to detail meets your expectations. Another important thing to consider along with experience is their reputation. Do previous homeowners rank them highly? Do they refer them to others? It helps to search for a home builder with experience to know their work will be able to translate your dream home into reality.

Construction Progress of the Chatsworth Plan #1301-D: Choosing Your Home Builder


Discuss the warranty options with potential builders. Do they provide a home warranty? Do they offer any additional warranty services from other builders? How many warranties claims have been made against their builds in the past 3-5 years? In addition to warranties, how well does the builder handle follow-up punch list work? Do they address issues that arise after closing in a timely fashion?

Insurance and Background

Always do your research on the builder to make sure they have adequate insurance to cover all workers that will be on-sight during the construction along with any other issues that might occur. It is also extremely important to verify that your builder is licensed. Knowing you are hiring a person with a quality reputation is the best way to know you are hiring the right person to help you build your own house.

Find A Home Builder experienced with Don Gardner Home Floor Plans

At Donald A. Gardner Architects, we not only want to help you to select the best home floor plans available, but we aim to assist you through the entire home building process until your home is complete. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, you can discover your dream home floor plans, access a wealth of resources about the home building process and find experienced builders in your area to help you move into your dream home. Why wait? For timeless designs and functional living, let the team at Donald A. Gardner Architects welcome you home today!


PLAN OF THE WEEK: 1 & 2 Story Designs

A 2 story Craftsman home and a 1 story European styled ranch. Check out our Plans of the Week, Over and Under 2500 sq. ft.

The Bantry #1336

The Bantry - 2 Story House Plan 1336
4 beds, 3 baths, 2498 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Master suite with rear views and dual walk-in closets.
  • Large utility room, walk-in pantry and oversized closet at garage entrance.
  • Plenty of outdoor living space.
Attention to detail

Inspired by a popular hillside walkout design, the Bantry is a 2 story home plan with a large bonus room. An angled floor plan allows this design 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.

First Floor Plan of The Bantry - 2 Story House Design 1336

Second Floor Plan of The Bantry - 2 Story Home Plan 1336

The Charlevoix #1086

The Charlevoix - 1 Story House Design 1086
4 beds, 3 baths, 2607 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Dimensional exterior with stone and copper detail.
  • Kitchen with Butler’s pantry and walk-in pantry.
  • Luxurious master suite with porch access.
Designed for entertaining

A stone portico makes an impressive entry to this stone and siding home. The Charlevoix  features open living spaces defined by columns, and a split bedroom layout. Coffered ceilings, a window seat and double doors enhance the study/bedroom. The Master suite has back porch access, his-and-hers walk-in closets, and a luxurious master bath with curved shower. Exciting extras include a built-in desk in the breakfast nook, butler’s pantry and a serving/dry bar that makes this home live easier.

First Floor Plan of The Charlevoix - Home Plan 1086

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Charlevoix - House Plan 1086

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VIDEO TOUR: The Jasper Hill Plan #5020

This new Jasper Hill home is a vibrant hillside retreat!

Nautical decor and soft-hued colors transform this mountain home  plan into a lakefront getaway. Step inside and immediately take in amazing rear views through the towering bay windows along the rear of the home. Pale blue walls with white trim work create a cheerful atmosphere that melds with the outdoors. The main level features an oversized great room, octagonal dining room, gourmet kitchen, bedroom/study and an fabulous owner’s suite with spectacular master bath.

First Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - House Design 5020

The walkout basement has been modified to accommodate the dramatic slope of the lot, creating a massive rec room with volume ceilings. The downstairs bedrooms are spacious and enjoy views of the lake.  Guests can make coffee in the full wet bar and take it to the covered patio to watch the sunrise.

Basement Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - Home Design 5020

The huge bonus room has closets and a full bathroom, and features custom bunk beds that play into the nautical theme – a dream for children or grandchildren!

Second Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - House Plan 5020

The Jasper Hill Plan #5020

To see a more rustic version of the Jasper Hill, check out our previous blog post:
Luxury Mountain Home – New Photos

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