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Residential Building: The November/December Issue

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Getting better all the time 
New tools for your consideration
Accelerated acceptance of the new 
Using digital tools to build your brand 
Innovative offerings from Inspire Roofing, Fagor and more 
Innovation in home technology, appliances, faucets, plumbing and surfaces
A restored 1905 Queen Anne in California 
The flush cut saw
Residential Building Products & Technology Nov/Dec Issue

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eDAG Newsletter, December 2014

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December 2014

– Preview PDFs
– New Video
– New Designs In Progress


Remember: All plan purchases from 2014 will rollover into 2015 for our Builder Rewards Program!

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Here’s the latest news from Donald A. Gardner Architects, including a new way to get home plan preview packages, our latest video on YouTube, and 3 new Designs In Progress!
Preview PDFs Available in myDAG
Preview PDFs Wondering what the elevations of your favorite house plan look like? Now you can download FREE preview packages on PDF right from your myDAG account! Preview packages are PDF documents with front, rear and side elevations and the floor plan image of a house design. Visit your myDAG account
New Video: Gourmet Kitchens
Video: Gourmet Kitchens Watch our latest video showcasing 9 home designs with beautiful gourmet kitchens! Featuring plans large and small with amenities like cook-top islands, vegetable sinks, walk-in pantries, and extensive cabinetry, each designed to make kitchen tasks easier and more organized. Visit our YouTube Channel
New Designs In Progress
Have you seen our newest Designs In Progress? These 3 Conceptual Designs have been selected for completion, but you still have time to leave feedback and suggest changes before they are released. Recent designs include Two-Story Cottage #1363, Sprawling Craftsman Ranch #1401, and Single Dining Space Design #1351. Click on any image below to see the floor plans and tell us what you think! Sign up here for email alerts about new Conceptual Designs!
Two-story Cottage Design #1363 Sprawling Craftsman Ranch #1401 Single Dining Space Design #1351

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eDAG Newsletter, November 2014

Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. The Chatsworth Plan #1301-D by Don Gardner
eDAG Newsletter November 2014

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New Home Plans
Emerson #1402

Austin #1409


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Builder Rewards | No Calendar Reset!
Builder Rewards Program Builders: 2014 may be coming to a close, but don’t worry – your builder rewards will carry over into next year! You will stay at your current level and continue to add more discounts and freebies with each plan purchase in 2015.Builder Rewards Program Details

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials Get ready for huge savings with our Black Friday / Cyber Monday specials! Receive freebies on every plan order, and save over $1,000 on a plan purchase.To be revealed Friday, November 28 on our homepage:
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Our architects and designers are continually working to create the new and unique designs featured on our House Plans on the Drawing Board, and your feedback is an important part of the process! We invite you to comment on our Conceptual Designs and tell us how we can improve them.
Conceptual Design #1351 Conceptual Design #1401 by Don Gardner Conceptual Design #1411 by Don Gardner
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Residential Building: The October Issue is NOW ONLINE!

Peer to peer product advice
New tools for your consideration

A firepit extends outdoor living

Architect Tim Brown talks product investigation
Staying top of mind in the digital world
Innovative offerings from InSinkErator, Noritz and more
Five construction pros pick their favorite products
A nondescript brick house is reorganized in surprising ways
An easy way to extract energy from exhaust air
Affordable systems buyers and builders will love
The laser level

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One Story vs Two Story Homes

Choosing the right home plan can be difficult. Even narrowing your search down to just one story or two story home designs is a big decision! Which type is ideal for your lifestyle? There are pros and cons to both one story and two story homes – here are some you should consider before you buy.

One Story Living
The Walnut Creek - Home Plan 1134: One Story vs. Two Story Homes

The Walnut Creek, One Story House Plan #1134

A one story home plan is an easy choice for anyone who simply wants the ease or convenience of single story living. With no stairs to traverse, one story homes are ideal for families with young children, those with mobility impairments, and anyone planning to age-in-place. These homes are now available in exceptionally open floor plans and can fit into nearly any style, from Country ranch to Craftsman bungalow.

Two Story Home Plans
The Hyde Park - House Plan 816: One Story vs. Two Story Homes

The Hyde Park, Two Story House Plan #816

A major advantage for two story home designs is that they can pack more living square footage into a smaller footprint. If you need plenty of room for family or hobbies, two story home plans may be the best and most cost-effective option. Secondary bedrooms and recreation space are typically upstairs to preserve privacy and keep clutter away from the living areas downstairs, while the master suite can be upstairs or down depending on your preference.

Choosing a Design

How do you decide between one story and two story home plans? First, consider your lot and location. Does your Homeowners’ Association require one or the other? Is your lot large, small, or oddly-shaped? The answers to these questions may make this decision an easy one.

Cost-to-build is also important. Foundations and roofs are expensive, and a two story home may have less of each when compared to a similarly-sized one story home. In addition, do your research and find out whether a one or two story home will bring in a higher resale value in your market. Ultimately, when it comes to building your dream home, you may want to take on the extra expense to get exactly what you want. Think about the types of home exteriors you are drawn to, and what layouts really feel like home.

Choosing the right floor plans for a new home can be challenging, but we’re here to help. With over 30 years of experience revolutionizing the residential home plan industry, let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects help you find a home floor plan perfect for your living needs. Donald A. Gardner Architects offers hundreds of floor plans with customizable options to ensure that you are able to find the perfect dream home to suit your lifestyle. No matter if you’re building a small country cottage or a mansion, turn to the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects today!

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