Author: Echo Jones

Dream Home Plans: The Classic Cape Cod

The Cape Cod Dream Home: Learn the history, influences and features of this popular home plan style.

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The Hatfield #1136

History of the Cape Cod

The Cape Cod dream home made its American debut in the early 18th century and is characterized by its sloped roof, symmetrical design, shingles, dormers, and ornate window shutters. Favored in colder climates with lots of snow, this classic New England-style home was modeled after the half-timbered houses of England and over hundreds of years has become known for its modest one-to-one-and-a-half-story floorplan. Former Yale University President Reverend Timothy Dwight is credited with coining the term “Cape Cod.”

Dream House Plans: Southwestern Home Design

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The Sedona Ridge #986

When searching Dream House Plans, Southwestern house plans are one of the most easily recognizable designs in the United States.

By Charles Richardson and Chuck Tripp

With an architectural history that dates back to the Spanish Colonial era,

Southwestern home designs are especially prevalent in warmer, arid climates, such as Arizona, California, and New Mexico, among others. Southwestern dream home plans have evolved over the course of several centuries and have incorporated a range of influences, in particular classic Spanish Colonial, Mission, and Mediterranean.

Your Dream Home Plan – 7 Bedroom Mistakes to Avoid

With your Dream Home Plan, the master bedroom is one of the most important rooms to avoid mistakes.

It’s a place to escape from the demands of daily life and relax at the end of the day. How you choose to design and decorate the space can have a huge impact on how comforting and enjoyable it can be.

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Master bedroom from The Runnymeade #1164

The American Dream Home: Its evolution over the centuries

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The Jasper Hill #5020

As our life styles change, so does our criteria for the American Dream Home!

By Chuck Tripp

In a recent Washington Post article written by Emily Badger, the single-family home in America was the topic of discussion—in particular, how radically it has evolved over the years. What was in vogue a century or more ago certainly isn’t so today. In fact, upon even a cursory glance, it becomes quite clear that Americans today like their homes bigger, bigger, and BIGGER. In fact, according to the article, “new homes built today are about a thousand square feet larger than single-family homes completed just 40 years ago.”

FAQ’s: Dream House Plans from

Begin searching our Dream House Plans today – Here are some tips to help with navigating our new website!

By Chuck Tripp
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At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc., we are all about options. We have a history of working with families to help them find the home plan of their dreams, no matter what stage of life they are in—that includes young couples, families with kids, even empty nesters. Over the years, we have made an effort to assist our customers during the entire building process to enable them to make informed decisions and choose from a range of optimal dream house plans, materials, and configurations. Here are a few frequently asked questions that we hope you will find useful in your home plan search: