Category Archives: Architectural Styles

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Dream Home Plans: Mediterranean Style

Dream Home Plans with Mediterranean influences!

Dream home plans the firenze front exterior
The Firenze #5025
By Charles Richardson and Chuck Tripp

Oceanfront porches. Warm sea breezes. Gently lapping waves.

Open, free-flowing design. Whether you live on the beach or not, Mediterranean House Plans capture the magic and romance of the Greek Isles and are ever-increasing in popularity with homeowners, especially in warm locales like the southeastern United States. Mediterranean floor plans give families a multitude of options in terms of features and design. Typically, this style lends itself to rectangular floor plans, lots of windows, and large, impressive exterior facades with grand columns and porches.

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