Category: Misc.

Ice Bucket Challenge!

Don Gardner and staff accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Now it’s your turn…

Facebook: Ice Bucket Challenge #DAGALS

Don’s granddaughter nominated him for the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS and he accepted! Watch the video:

Don Gardner issued the Ice Bucket Challenge to his office staff, as well as The Sater Group, Inc., Acumen I.T. (Greenville, SC) and all our customers. YOU are now challenged to to make a donation to alsa.org and/or take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Don’t forget to include #‎DAGALS and #IceBucketChallenge  when you post your videos!

From The ALS Association:

Washington, D.C. (August 20, 2014) — As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20). These donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors to The Association.

The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, The Association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS.

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.  For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.

Please Donate to ALS @ www.alsa.org

The New, New Home

Getting the house of your dreams with your eyes wide open

This soon to be released (April 29th) book by Boyce Thompson is a great resource for anyone considering building a new home.

The New, New Home by Boyce Thompson

Chapter 4: Space Planning Comes of Age – features Donald A. Gardner home plans as a model of how to reduce square footage “without sacrificing the facade or livability”.

Author Boyce Thompson, the former editorial director of Builder magazine for 17 years, demystifies the challenges and opportunities facing new home buyers. He lays out the new reality: going green, high-tech, aging in place, space planning, and construction options available in today’s market. Drawing from nearly two decades of experience, he helps you to determine which home features will improve your living experience today…and create value should you sell your home down the road.

Check out this brief interview with the author:

Learn more about this book on The Taunton Press’ website: The New, New Home

Available April 29th. Pre-order it now on Amazon.com

How To Take Beautiful Home Photos

The 2014 Photo Contest is here! Check out these tips and tricks for taking the best photos of your Don Gardner home.

Tips For Home Photos - 2014 Photo Contest

Tips for Exterior Photos:

  • Be aware of sun and where shadows are cast on the home. You want to take the photo when the facade is shown in the most flattering light, with few harsh shadows. Especially note if covered porches are dark – turning on the porch lights can make a huge difference in the shot.
  • Make sure you aren’t including extraneous items in the shot, such as cars in the driveway, trash bins, or a mailbox or tree branch that blocks the view of the home. Also – it’s best if there are not seasonal decorations visible on the home when you take the photo.
  • Don’t crop in too closely so that you cut off part of the house. Try to get the entire home into the frame with space around it on all sides whenever possible.
  • Landscaping is important – a photo during spring or summer when leaves are on the trees and the grass is green will generally be more appealing than when the grass is dormant and leaves have fallen.

Tips for Interior Photos:

  • Homes that are fully furnished and decorated will have a greater chance of winning than empty rooms. To be featured in Designer Dream Homes magazines, the home must be furnished and decorated. Interior design creates visual interest and is important in illustrating the layout of the floor plan. On the flip side, keep clutter to a minimum to ensure the most appealing photos – you may need to “edit out” some of the objects that are normally in the room to create the best presentation for the photos.
  • Frame your photos in a way that room relationships and architectural details are easily discerned. In general, we’re looking for “whole room” photos rather than close up detail shots, but feel free to include detail shots of items which are particularly interesting. Wide-angle shots that show 2 or more rooms in relation to one another are particularly effective.
  • Be aware of lights and shadows. Interior photography can be tricky. Because of the odd shadows that a flash can cast, it is best not to use one if at all possible. (Shadows from light fixtures and ceiling fans are the most distracting.) We recommend taking your photos during daylight when the room is at its brightest. Even with strong natural light, it helps to turn on every overhead light and lamp available in the room. Turn off ceiling fans to avoid “blur blades” in the photos. Unlike shadows created by a flash, shadows created by sunlight flooding into a room are generally very appealing, so don’t be afraid to include them.
  • Also be aware of reflections – mirrors are the most obvious to look out for, but glass picture frames, shower door enclosures, French doors with glass and shiny appliances are other “trouble spots.”

Click Here to submit your photos!

 

Secondary Bedroom of The Runnymeade - House Plan Number 1164From now until May 31, 2014 you can submit photos of your finished Donald A. Gardner home for a chance to be published in our nationally distributed and best-selling magazine “Designer Dream Homes” plus, you could also win a $500 VISA gift card and have your photos featured on our website and Social Media sites found on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Zillow and more.

 

2014 Photo Contest

The Donald A. Gardner Architects 2014 Photo Contest is here!

2014 Photo Contest

From now until May 31, submit photos of your finished Don Gardner home for a chance to be published in our nationally distributed and best-selling magazine “Designer Dream Homes.” Plus, you could also win a $500 VISA gift card and have your photos featured on our website and Social Media sites: Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Zillow, and more.

We want to see your interior and exterior photos. Builders – this applies to you as well – send photos of Donald A. Gardner house plans you have built, even if you don’t live in the home! Entering is easy – Click here to submit your photos online!

The Lennon Plan #1300 by Don Gardner

Note: If your total photo submission is larger than 5MB, please contact us at 800-388-7580 or email us at info@dongardner.com for instructions on how to submit your photos.

  • Images should be saved as JPEG or GIF files.
  • Photos can be of interior, exterior, or both.

Click here for tips and guidelines for taking your photos!

Product Round Up: Porches, Decks, and Patios

Porches, decks, and patios are an important part of your home, so we’ve put together a list of products that are perfect for your outdoor living spaces.

Building a new home is an exciting time. Whether you like to entertain or spend some quiet time outdoors, Don Gardner homes offer efficient layouts and outdoor features like porches, patios, decks and summer kitchens. Browse Outdoor Living Space home plans on our website, and read on to discover some great product ideas!

TREX DECKING
Trex has a lineup of low-maintenance, long-lasting composite decking in a range of textures and colors for your new deck. It stands up to weather and resists stains and mold thanks to its high-performance shell, and offers a soft, splinter-free finish with a deep wood-grain pattern. Their earth-friendly products are made from 95% recycled wood, sawdust and plastics. No sanding. No staining. No painting!

Trex Decking

www.trex.com

 

ELDORADO OUTDOOR
Many Don Gardner home plans include a fireplace on the screened porch for year-round enjoyment. Eldorado Outdoor Fireplaces feature an integrated scratch coat and are ready to be dressed with Eldorado Stone or Brick for the ultimate masonry appearance. Choose from wood-burning or gas, with additional accessories available including chimney extensions and seating walls to truly customize your space.

Eldorado Stone Outdoor Fireplace

www.eldoradooutdoor.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEENEY CABLERAIL with LED LIGHTING
Feeney CableRail is a perfect solution for stairs, balconies, and deck railings where you want to maintain an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The new LED Rail Light Kit for DesignRail not only provides safety in low-light areas, it’s a lighting accent that creates a charming atmosphere for outdoor entertaining. Their versatile designs work well with any exterior style, from rustic to modern.

Feeney CableRail and LED Rail Light Kit

www.feeneyinc.com

 

WALPOLE OUTDOORS’ PERGOLAS
Adding a pergola to your patio creates a shady, relaxing outdoor living space. Walpole Outdoors offers many standard choices, from straight top to arched-top pergolas with round or square columns in six sizes, and are available with retractable Sunbrella fabric canopies to provide shelter whenever the weather changes. Walpole will assist you in designing a custom pergola for your home, and PVC construction means they are long-lasting and low maintenance.

Walpole Outdoors' Pergolas

www.walpolewoodworkers.com

 

DANVER OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of products to create your dream entertainment area, including refrigeration, ice makers, pizza ovens, power burners, ceramic smoker/grills, and bartending centers. You can choose from designer colors and realistic wood grain powder coat finishes on stainless, creating a one-of-a-kind summer kitchen.

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens

www.danver.com