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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!

Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

Our hillside walkout home designs are featured in the August 2014 issue of Professional Builder Magazine.

Home Design: Making the Grade.

By Susan Bady
Home Designs: Making the Grade - Professional Builder Magazine

excerpt from the August, 2014 issue of Professional Builder Magazine

“Hillside sites demand more attention by their very nature. Builders and designers who deal with such sites on a regular basis emphasize the need for collaboration—particularly between the civil engineer and the architect.”

Click here to read the full article!


Featured home designs in this article :

The Silvergate #1254-D
The Silvergate - House Plan 1254-D, Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

Best-selling hillside design among production builders

Arched openings over the garage doors and a metal accent roof are just two of the thoughtful exterior details that lend curb appeal to the Silvergate.

The details continue on the interior of the plan. The main level includes a great room and bedroom/study with coffered ceiling details along with an open kitchen and dining room arrangement that simplifies entertaining. The master bedroom features twin walk-in closets and a bay window that easily accommodates a sitting area. Outdoor living space is abundant, with a screen porch off the dining room and an oversized, sky lit covered porch on the rear.

Downstairs is a cozy rec room and two more bedrooms, one with a private bath. The ample unfinished mechanical/storage area can easily be converted to a home theater, exercise area, or for any purpose you desire.

The Hollowcrest #5019
The Hollowcrest - House Plan Number 5019, Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

A favorite hillside home design among custom/luxury home builders

Stone and stucco combine with multiple gable peaks and an impressive, front entry to create stunning curb appeal for this European home. The grand foyer greets visitors on the inside, while the dining room and bedroom/study flank the foyer on both sides. Further along, the great room includes a cathedral ceiling, porch access and wall of windows to view outdoor scenery. The breakfast room and kitchen are also open to the great room and one another, simplifying mealtime.

On the other side of the home, a large master suite was designed to pamper the homeowner. A bowed sitting area grants extra space in the bedroom, while the luxurious master bath features a corner shower, large soaking tub, his-and-her vanities and private privy.

In the basement are three bedrooms, each with their own full bath—and added treat! A large rec room with fireplace completes the basement and provides an additional gathering space in the home.

Browse all hillside walkout home plans by Don Gardner HERE

PCBC Award Winning Home Products

Here are some of the winners from the 2014 PCBC Parade of Products

PCBC is a gathering of America’s most prominent residential builders, developers, architects, building scientists, lenders, investors, marketers and product manufacturers.

KitchenAid 24″ 5-Cycle/6-Option Dishwasher, Architect Series II.

KitchenAid® 24'' 5-Cycle/6-Option Dishwasher, Architect® Series II

Uses up to 33% less water without sacrificing cleaning and drying performance. Water from the last rinse is used to pre-rinse the next load. Fresh water is used to finish the cleaning cycle. One-touch operation with ProWash™ that customizes the wash for each load. KitchenAid

Nuheat’s SIGNATURE Thermostat

SIGNATURE Thermostat, from Nuheat

The first WiFi enabled floor heating thermostat, it can be controlled by an Apple or Android smart phone app, or on the web from your computer. SIGNATURE easily connects to your home Wifi,  has 7-day progammability, and makes it easy to track energy usage. Nuheat

Feeney LED Rail Light Kits

Feeney LED Lighting - 2014 PCBC Award Winner

Feeney CableRail is a perfect solution for stairs, balconies, and deck railings where you want to maintain an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The new LED Rail Light Kit for DesignRail not only provides safety in low-light areas, it’s a lighting accent that creates a charming atmosphere for outdoor entertaining.

Hampton Products International:
Push Pull Rotate Door Locks

Hampton Products International: Push Pull Rotate Door Locks Brink’s Home Security Push Pull Rotate door locks

Innovative door hardware that opens 3 different ways. When your hands are full, simply bump or lightly tug to release the door latch. Hampton Products International

XeriBrix by Xeripave

Xeribrix Pervious Pavers by Xeripave

Brick-sized pervious pavers engineered to provide stormwater  relief. Ideal for driveways, they are non-slip, UV resistant, and able to withstand freezing/thawing. Xeripave

This is just a sample – Check out PCBC’s Pinterest Page to see more winning products!

 Start searching for your new home design on our website!

Why Choose a Don Gardner Home Design?

On-trend designs, great customer service, and extra services to meet your needs

The Iconic Arbordale House Plan 452: Why Choose Don Gardner Architects

Since 1978, we have been dedicated to building a portfolio of thoughtfully designed home plans in a broad range of styles and sizes. We offer the convenience and savings of stock home plans, with the care and attention of a small, local business.

Why Choose Us?
  • Our dedicated Customer Support Representatives are glad to assist you over the phone or by email – whatever is most convenient for you.
  • Start searching through nearly 1,000 possibilities with the Advanced Search option on our home page.
  • Technical support: Our Architects and Designers are available to answer questions about your home plans throughout the construction process, just give us a call!
Tweak Your Design with In-House Modifications

Modify Any Home PlanOur Designers will walk you through the entire modification process. We revise every detail on the original plan affected by the changes, for a complete set of working drawings. Nearly anything is possible! Read more, or request a quote here.

 Marketing Tools for Builders and Developers

Marketing Products for Builders Promote your construction projects with a range of personalized marketing materials, including color handouts, presentation displays, and durable job site signs. Or, order hi-res images and make your own as needed! See samples.

Join our Affiliate Program and market our plans on your website!

Focus on Quality

The Design Difference - Why You Should Choose a Don Gardner PlanNot only do we design homes with curb appeal, but we pay special attention to rear and side elevations as well. We also ensure that our plans are structurally sound by involving builders, engineers, and specialists in the architectural process. Our goal is to make our designs easy to build and cost-effective without sacrificing architectural interest. We’ll gladly provide exterior elevations before you make a purchase, just ask!

Start a Conversation!

  • Call us at 1-800-388-7580
  • Email info@dongardner.com
  • Order online 24/7 at www.dongardner.com

Residential Building Products & Technology

The Outdoors + Exteriors Issue is Here!

Residential Building Online Edition:
Residential Building Magazine: Outdoors and Exteriors

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Open it now for:
  • 21 exterior products your buyers will love
  • Mistake-proof PVC trim installation that eliminates callbacks
  • A green Virginia remodel with design ideas for your next project
  • Plus, hot door designs, 8 cool new tools and product advice from the pros!

Residential Building Products & TechnologyResidential Building Products and Technology is a monthly digital magazine covering the latest tools, trends and technology for the residential construction industry. A great resource for home builders and homeowners alike!

Builders:

Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. is committed to superior home plan design, and we’re also committed to providing benefits to builders. For more information about our Builder Benefits Programs and Products, click HERE. If you would prefer to have an information packet mailed to you, please click here to Contact Us.