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7 Things to Include in Your Vacation Home

If selecting a new place to vacation every year is more energy than you want to spend, consider having a vacation home built in your favorite destination. Your vacation home plans can include customized features that allow you access to everything that is lacking in a typical hotel.

Consider location

The first thing to consider when selecting your vacation home plan is location: Do you find yourself drawn to warm or cold climates? Would you rather enjoy the ocean or the mountains? Perhaps you have a favorite destination? Start by narrowing your search down to a specific style:

The Silvergate Plan #1254-D

The Silvergate Plan #1254-D

The Palm Vista Plan #5021

The Palm Vista Plan #5021

The Peekskill Plan #780-D

The Peekskill Plan #780-D

The Cleary Plan #948

The Cleary Plan #948

The Clubwell Manor Plan #5037

The Clubwell Manor Plan #5037

The Merrill Plan #1209

The Merrill Plan #1209

The Sedona Ridge Plan #986

The Sedona Ridge Plan #986

 

The Comforts of Home

Be sure to think about which comforts of home are most important to you. This includes everything from having a well-laid out kitchen, multiple bathrooms, or even a home gym. On top of that, don’t forget to ensure that you have the comforts you most enjoy. This includes everyday items like a comfortable bathrobe, throw blankets, plush furniture designed for rest and relaxation, a fireplace, and the other home features you most enjoy on a daily basis.

Great Room Fireplace of The Dogwood Ridge - Home Design 5005

A Few Luxuries of Vacation

While there are many benefits to staying in your custom designed vacation home opposed to a hotel—don’t forget to include some of the luxuries you desire while on vacation. This could include ensuring your location is close enough for delivery from your favorite nearby restaurants, adding luxury outdoor living spaces, or adding a swimming pool, spa or sauna.

Screened Porch of The Sagecrest - House Design 1226

Entertainment for Your Downtime

Whether your dream vacation home plan is a small cottage or a golf course estate, make sure there is room for the entertainment you enjoy during your downtime. This can include everything from a billiards room, Ping-Pong table, small den to lounge and read, or a dining room table or seating area large enough to play games together as a family.

Billiards Room of The Clubwell Manor - Home Floor Plan 5037

Enough Room for Individual Interests

Make sure that your luxury home design allows enough flexibility and freedom for everyone to achieve the vacation of his or her dreams. While the kids may want to spend their time outdoors playing in the pool, you may prefer to spend some solo time soaking in a garden tub, or watching your favorite movie in a media/rec room. Even if your vacation home is small, make sure it has separate areas that allow everyone to enjoy both individual and group activities.

Rec Room / Media Room of The Vandenberg - House Plan 746-D

Timeless Décor

Regardless of the style of vacation home you have built, ensure that your décor is timeless. Since you may only be visiting your vacation home a few weeks or months out of the year, or sporadically throughout the year—it is not essential to decorate in the latest home trends. Instead, opt for timeless, comfortable décor that will ensure that your home never feels dated.

Great Room of The Lennon - Home Plan 1300

Creative Storage

Another all-important feature to take into consideration with your vacation home design is storage. Sometimes you may head to your vacation home for a week-long getaway, and other times you may want to be there for extended periods of time. This makes it essential to have thoughtful storage options, such as closets that will fit large suitcases, under the bed storage options, and enough closets, cabinets and drawers to keep the essentials you would like to leave in your vacation home year-round—such as toiletries and seasonal clothing that will make packing for vacation faster and easier.

Secondary Bedroom of The Gilchrist - House Plan 734-D

The tips above are an excellent way to ensure your vacation home plan is comfortable, luxurious, and fully functional. The building process for any new vacation home starts with finding the perfect home floor plans for your lifestyle. Let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects lend you a helping hand in your search. With over 1,000 house plans to choose from, you are guaranteed to find the timeless design and functionality you are looking for with your new vacation home plan. Make sure you are getting the most out of your search with a myDAG membership. This free, easy-to-use membership allows you to search easily and save your favorite home floor plans, streamlining your search for the perfect vacation home. The road to rest and relaxation is only a short step away, get started and browse Don Gardner’s selection of home floor plans today.

The App for iPhone & iPad is HERE!

The DAG app for iPhone & iPad is now available in the App Store!

Now you can search, view, and save your favorite home plans on your favorite device!
Click to download the App for iPhone & iPad

Click to download the App for iPhone & iPad

 The DAG application allows you to browse and search our database of house plans. You can view plan details, descriptions, features, and dimensions, as well as floor plans and images. You can create a FREE myDAG account, which will allow you to save your favorite plans and custom searches so you can refer to them later. Your same myDAG account can be accessed from both the DAG application as well as our web site.

DAG app screenshot

Search or browse floor plans, see the Plan of the Week, or log in to myDAG to see your saved plans.

 

DAG app screenshot

Once you enter your search criteria, browse the matching results. See the front exterior or rendering, along with number of beds and baths and square footage.

 

DAG app screenshot

Get more detail on any individual plan, including renderings, photos, specifications, and floor plans. From here, you can browse by “similar floor plans” or “similar exteriors,” and call our Customer Support Specialists to answer any questions.

 

DAG app screenshot

View each floor plan for any home design, all in one place.

 

DAG app screenshot

You can browse all home photography by room or exterior, or look through the photos of just the particular house plan you are interested in.

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Buying a House Floor Plan Online

Buying a House Floor Plan Online

Buying a house floor plan online offers quite a few benefits. Shopping online gives you the ability to browse through thousands of sizes and styles and gives you the option of making customizations to personalize your ideal home floor plan. This method costs much less when compared to hiring a designer to create a custom plan for your house.  Buying a house plan online is quick and easy, allowing you to start the building process faster.

These days there are many websites offering single story home plans and small home plans with thousands of plans to choose from. This could make the process of choosing the right home floor plan a bit overwhelming, so be sure to shop at a respected and professional designer website and keep the following tips in mind:

List the Requirements of Your Dream Home

Make a List: Buying a House Floor Plan OnlineBefore actually beginning your search for a new home floor plan, assess your personal needs in a home. There are a wide range of factors to consider when choosing your home floor plan, such as the number of rooms, overall floor space, number of bathrooms and bedrooms etc. By first listing the requirements of your dream home, you can help to narrow down your search and find the home design that is specifically tailored to your personal lifestyle needs.

Evaluate a House Plan Website

There are a lot of online plan services that offer house designs. In order to keep your search focused, try a couple of these sites in order to best determine which one would work for your personal lifestyle needs. Begin by making an assessment of the usability of the site’s interface. Can you narrow down your search by specific criteria? Is it easy to find answers to your questions? Is there an option to save your search criteria or your favorite house plans without too much effort?

Most websites sell both AutoCAD drawings and reproducible plans that can easily be changed to meet your needs. They may also offer customization and modification services. Are the customizations being completed by their designers in-house, or are they being outsourced to 3rd party designers? The prices for all these services and plans should be presented clearly.

Before settling on any one home plan website, consider the additional features that are offered. Extra customer service options like one-on-one help, technical support, building resources, etc., can be vital to completing your new home. While often overlooked, these simple considerations may save you time and hassle in your search for a new home plan.

Browse for a House Plan

After determining which website you like, you can begin the search for your house plan. When you start your search, several different styles and plans are sure to catch your eye. Save your favorites to allow future comparisons and determine if your tastes are changing as your search continues over time. When you narrow your search to a final list, take some time to visualize how a plan would look when it is built. Does this home fit your personal and lifestyle needs? One way to better visualize a house plan is to measure out the dimensions of your existing home, and compare them to your new home plan. Make sure your new home plan has additional space where you want it, or that it can be easily modified if some simple changes are needed to perfect your home plan.

Donald Gardner Architects Customer SupportWhen in doubt, don’t be afraid to seek out the professional advice of an architect or designer. Many will be glad to help you choose the proper home floor plan that is suitable for your individual needs. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. we have been providing our customers with timeless design and functional living for over 35 years. We aim to be the most highly respected provider of pre-designed home floor plans, offering exceptional customer service, customizable style options and a wealth of amenities to each one of our home designs. Whether you’re looking to build a countryside cottage or a castle, let the experts at Donald A. Gardner design your dream home today!

PCBC Award Winning Home Products

Here are some of the winners from the 2014 PCBC Parade of Products

PCBC is a gathering of America’s most prominent residential builders, developers, architects, building scientists, lenders, investors, marketers and product manufacturers.

KitchenAid 24″ 5-Cycle/6-Option Dishwasher, Architect Series II.

KitchenAid® 24'' 5-Cycle/6-Option Dishwasher, Architect® Series II

Uses up to 33% less water without sacrificing cleaning and drying performance. Water from the last rinse is used to pre-rinse the next load. Fresh water is used to finish the cleaning cycle. One-touch operation with ProWash™ that customizes the wash for each load. KitchenAid

Nuheat’s SIGNATURE Thermostat

SIGNATURE Thermostat, from Nuheat

The first WiFi enabled floor heating thermostat, it can be controlled by an Apple or Android smart phone app, or on the web from your computer. SIGNATURE easily connects to your home Wifi,  has 7-day progammability, and makes it easy to track energy usage. Nuheat

Feeney LED Rail Light Kits

Feeney LED Lighting - 2014 PCBC Award Winner

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.

Hampton Products International:
Push Pull Rotate Door Locks

Hampton Products International: Push Pull Rotate Door Locks Brink’s Home Security Push Pull Rotate door locks

Innovative door hardware that opens 3 different ways. When your hands are full, simply bump or lightly tug to release the door latch. Hampton Products International

XeriBrix by Xeripave

Xeribrix Pervious Pavers by Xeripave

Brick-sized pervious pavers engineered to provide stormwater  relief. Ideal for driveways, they are non-slip, UV resistant, and able to withstand freezing/thawing. Xeripave

This is just a sample – Check out PCBC’s Pinterest Page to see more winning products!

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The Iconic Arbordale House Plan 452: Why Choose Don Gardner Architects

Since 1978, we have been dedicated to building a portfolio of thoughtfully designed home plans in a broad range of styles and sizes. We offer the convenience and savings of stock home plans, with the care and attention of a small, local business.

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Modify Any Home PlanOur Designers will walk you through the entire modification process. We revise every detail on the original plan affected by the changes, for a complete set of working drawings. Nearly anything is possible! Read more, or request a quote here.

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Focus on Quality

The Design Difference - Why You Should Choose a Don Gardner PlanNot only do we design homes with curb appeal, but we pay special attention to rear and side elevations as well. We also ensure that our plans are structurally sound by involving builders, engineers, and specialists in the architectural process. Our goal is to make our designs easy to build and cost-effective without sacrificing architectural interest. We’ll gladly provide exterior elevations before you make a purchase, just ask!

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