When building a house, it’s easy to get caught up in choosing the flooring, countertops and floor plan. Yet there’s one detail that can make or break a house design, and that is the ceiling style. Without attention to the ceiling, it simply serves a functional purpose. With a little creativity, the ceiling can be a focal point or a part of the home that unites its overall look. Here are some inspiring ceiling design options that can make your home special.
Choosing brick or stone siding for your new dream home!
If you are making the choice to build your home rather than buy an existing home on the market, you will have more control over what products and finishes go into the design. The siding that you choose will have a major impact on the overall appearance and style of your home. When you build, you can opt for traditional siding options, or choose something that gives your home additional durability and character. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, we have large selection of homes with brick or stone exterior options that can meet your needs and preferences.
The Drayton Hall 1238 is under construction in Duncan, SC!
Welcome to our Rendering to Reality series where we follow the construction of our home plans from breaking ground to move-in ready! In this series, you will get the opportunity to see the building process and experience the anticipation and excitement of home building. Check back frequently as we introduce new installments and updates.
Builder Tim Snow of Avery Construction is currently constructing the Drayton Hall house plan 1238 and the beginning construction phases are featured below.
The Drayton Hall features unmatched curb appeal with a wide stone entry, courtyard and fountain. The dramatic stone arch, front courtyard and Old World style mixed materials create a lasting first impression. No detail has been overlooked in this spacious two story European style home. Entertainers and chefs will appreciate the spacious, open kitchen. The large island provides working space for multiple chefs. A butler’s pantry connects the kitchen to the dining room and creates a space to stash dirty dishes or extra wine and linens. A large, open e-space connects the breakfast and kitchen space to the family room. Built-ins and a decorative ceiling make this room comfortable but luxurious. A lavish master suite on the main floor and a spacious, secluded guest suite upstairs create flexibility. Space for casual living abounds in the large Family Room adjacent to the kitchen, while a large, open e-space adds convenience. Custom-styled details including a laundry chute, built-in cabinetry, niches and elegant ceiling treatments ensure that this home will stand out in a crowd.
When it comes to curb appeal, a new garage door can make a dramatic difference.
If you would like to see your home reinvented with a Clopay garage and entry door, you’ll love the Clopay online garage door visualizer tool. Simply upload a photo of your home or choose from our sample homes, select the door design of your preference and view the door on your home. A collection of Don Gardner home plans are readily available for you to get started!
With the Clopay garage door visualization tool, you can test different garage and entry door designs on your home before deciding which door to buy. Comparing different styles? Save the images from the tool to compare side-by-side, or even print a before and after comparison.
Let’s walk through how to use the tool with Don Gardner home plan – The Silvergate!
Click on the yellow button labeled “Clopay Garage Door Visualizer”. (See bottom of post for a full list of Don Gardner home plans with the door visualizer already loaded).
The best of both worlds – City living with an Urban Homestead!
If you love the convenience of Urban or Suburban living, but want to be able to supplement your family’s food, an urban homestead or hobby farm may be the perfect solution. Living in the city offers many advantages. You are closer to entertainment and will likely have a shorter commute to work. However, a smaller yard may have you thinking it’s not possible to grow your own vegetables or raise your own chickens. While some neighborhoods will restrict these activities, (check your HOA guidelines!) many are becoming open to the idea of small scale farming. The idea of “farm-to-table” living is gaining popularity and with that comes the desire to provide your own food or share within a community. Neighborhoods are popping up that offer community gardens where neighbors work together to grow a garden and then share the crops. If you don’t live in the country and your neighborhood doesn’t provide a community garden, you can still create an urban homestead in your backyard.
Houzz – Inspiring Raised Beds for Fall and Spring Planting