Category: Architectural Styles

URBAN FARMHOUSE HOME PLAN COLLECTION

We are working on a collection of Urban Farmhouse designs to meet the growing trend!

The Coleraine plan 1335 with an urban farmhouse exterior.

The Coleraine 1335 (Modified with an Urban Farmhouse exterior)

An Urban Farmhouse is a modern interpretation of classic Farmhouse features. Characteristics of an Urban Farmhouse include, board-and-batten siding, metal roof accents, neutral colors and an open and modern floor plan. Unlike a traditional Farmhouse, an Urban Farmhouse will likely be constructed on smaller or narrower lot. For this reason, our collection offers designs that will work well in Urban or Suburban neighborhoods.

Showcased below is a Design in Progress and a few conceptual designs that are on the drawing board. Later we will show you how you can add Urban Farmhouse features to existing plans in our portfolio.

Portico Entry Styles | House Portico Designs Explained

Portico Entry

In terms of boosting curb appeal, creating a strong first impression, and increasing overall property value, you can’t beat a portico entry.

Portico Entry - The Carrera #1178

The Carrera #1178

A front door portico is the kind of feature that makes for a stunning entrance, while also setting the stage for beauty to continue inside. It also offers some shelter for you or guests when you’re stepping inside from the rain or snow. Once added to a home, a portico can incorporate benches, plants, mats and more, all showcasing your personal style.

Best House Plans For A Narrow Lot

Building on a Narrow Lot? Here are the best house plans to choose from!

Narrow Lot The Sassafras #814

The Sassafras #814

In areas where property values are exceptionally high, narrow lots are appealing because they are more affordable. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, we have been hearing from our customers that demand for narrow lot house plans is on the rise, as more and more people want to live in urban areas where land is at a premium. Yet, builders still want to be able to present their customers with home plans that have spacious interiors and curb appeal. This means, a specific type of house plan that accommodates demand for quality within minimal space is necessary.

Design Trend: Farmhouse Chic

Farmhouse design makes its way indoors!

Reclaimed wood, aged metals, and distressed details are showing up everywhere in interior design. Farmhouse Chic decor has a soft elegance with a rustic edge – perfect for dressing up a small cottage or a Craftsman Bungalow.

Sliding barn doors are a great way to save space, and typically work anywhere you might use a pocket door. You can find a brand new, ready-to-install barn door, or get crafty and salvage one. A salvaged door can be refinished or simply cleaned up for a distressed look, and mounted with new hardware, like wall-mount kits from Johnson Hardware.

Farmhouse Chic Barn Door: The Lariston Plan #815

Master Bath of The Lariston Plan #815

Home Plan Designs: Walkout Basement

Walkout basement home plans are ideal for sloping lots!

If you’re planning to build your dream home plan on a sloping lot, you’ll want to check out our selection of walkout basement home plans. A walkout basement design features one or two stories above ground and a basement level that is partially above ground and open on at least one side. Hillside walkout basements allow access to rear porches and patios. They also offer additional room for families with private bedrooms, rec rooms for entertainment and flexible spaces for storage or expansion. Take a look at a few of our most popular  walkout basement designs and get inspired for all the possibilities your dream home can bring!

Walkout Basement - The Jasper Hill

The Jasper Hill #5020