Category: House Plans

DAG Introduces Trend Watch House Plan Gallery

As the outlook on the housing market changes every day, industry members must must pay close attention to trends and the changing family dynamic. These changes and trends shape the modern family’s house plan. As Generation X homebuyers seek a floor plan with a convenient space for household chores and Jack and Jill bathrooms and Boomer homebuyers look for a luxurious master suite and a three car garage, new homes should meet these needs.

Educated homebuyers will be thinking not only of their current, but future needs from their homes. For most Americans, a home is the most expensive purchase they will make and ensuring that it suits their family’s needs is essential regardless of generation.

Through extensive market research and customer surveying, Donald A. Gardner Architects has determined the top 8 trends in home design and compiled collections of these house plans. As residential design evolves along with the lifestyles of home buyers, we continue to evolve our plan portfolio to keep pace with these changes.

For more information about home design trends and to view plans that suit the demands of buyers, visit the Trend Watch House Plan Gallery at

Hot Design Trends in 2007

Smaller homes and outdoor spaces are popular trends for 2007. Smaller homes are attractive because of higher energy costs. Homeowners are downsizing and opting for cozy and livable. Families are creating outdoor space for three-season use.

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Dream Homes Vary by Generation

Each generation has a different vision for their dream home. Desired features are based on the homebuyer’s phase of life. This article outlines amenities that appeal to each generation as well as universal features that bridge the generation gap.

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Find the Right Plan for You

Finding a plan the fits your personal needs is a universal dilemma. Asking yourself the right questions is important. Start by making a list of likes and dislikes from your previous homes. Then decide on important elements that you want in your home such as number of stories, square footage, etc. Also consider additional amenities like an outdoor living space or media room that will make your home unique.

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New Luxury Home Must-Haves

Are you on the cutting edge of luxury items for your home? New trends include bathrooms with heated floors and saunas as well as elaborate computers that can control the pool lighting from the kitchen or send an alert text message about movement outside the house.

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