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Have you considered tankless water heaters?

Tankless Water Heaters

At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. there are two things we know our customers will always want:

1) Multiple Design Options  2) Access to Current Housing Trends

Diagram of a tankless water heater. Energy.gov

Via energy.gov

A tankless water heater, or demand water heater gives you both: it’s was one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in 2015, and it gives our customers a design option that they may not have previously considered. It’s also a good way to save money every month on your water bill while being environmentally friendly.

As the name implies, a tankless water heater allows you to save on standby energy losses that are associated with storage water heaters. Instead, this water is heated on-demand by a gas, electric, or propane heating device that is automatically activated by the flow of water to heat a constant supply of water. That means no more waiting around for the storage tank to fill up with enough hot water.

PLAN OF THE WEEK: One Dining Space

Our featured plans this week each have a single dining space that is open to the kitchen and great room.

The Ramsey Plan #1347:

Front Rendering of The Ramsey - House Plan 1347

4 beds, 3.5 baths, 2689 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Laundry room situated near all 4 bedrooms.
  • Mud room, pantry, and powder room at garage entry.
  • Large screened porch with fireplace.
Designed for convenience

This European-influenced ranch design is family-friendly with attractive details that add warmth and character. Bay windows and tray ceilings adorn the dining room, master bedroom, and bedroom/study, while a cathedral ceiling tops the great room and Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Ramsey - House Design 1347opens up to a rear wall of windows to bring in sunlight. A mud room, powder room, and walk-in pantry sit between the garage and the expansive kitchen, and a spacious laundry room is central to all the bedrooms for convenience. A bonus room offers flexible space, and a cozy screen porch with fireplace is perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

First Floor Plan of The Ramsey - House Plan Design 1347

The Kellswater Plan #1189:

Front Exterior of The Kellswater - Home Plan 1189

3 beds, 2 baths, 1575 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Side-entry garage with extra storage.
  • Utility room with closet and sink.
  • Master suite with porch access.
Efficient and open

This charming cottage showcases Craftsman exterior features and a well-appointed interior. The master suite is positioned for privacy with no other bedrooms around it. Rear-porch access and a cathedral ceiling highlight the master bedroom. A large walk-in closet and elegant bathroom complete the suite. The other bedrooms are located on the opposite side of the home and are separated by a utility room and bathroom, granting everyone privacy. The great room and kitchen are the hub of the home and Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Kellswater - Home Design 1189provide an easy flow from one room to another. With a fireplace, cathedral ceiling and porch access, the great room is sure to be a favorite entertaining space. Upstairs, a large bonus room serves is the ideal recreation spot, as families can use it while their family grows.

First Floor Plan of The Kellswater - Home Plan Design 1189

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Stone Ranch with Single Living Space Convenience

The Norton Plan #1305 has a single living area that’s open to the kitchen, dining room, and screened porch.

The Norton - House Plan with a single living space #1305

3 beds, 3 baths, 2028 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Small stone ranch offers 469 sq. ft. bonus room.
  • Massive great room with fireplace.
  • Mud room, utility room, linen closet, pantry and several walk-in closets.
Headline

The Norton is one of those small homes that looks large upon first glance.Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Norton - House Plan 1305 Take a closer look and you’ll see a home that lives large with its 2,028 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. The 469 sq. ft. bonus room is ready forexpansion; make it into a hobby room, an extra bedroom or a fun home theater room. The choice is yours and that is only one remarkable feature you’ll find in this small ranch. You’ll also have all the storage you need with a mud room, big utility room and multiple walk-in closets. If you love the outdoors you’ll enjoy the large screen porch with skylights and the patio area.

First Floor Plan of The Norton - House Plan Number 1305

If you have any questions about our home designs, check out our Q&A page: You Asked…We Answered! Learn more about our house plans and we’ll be glad to provide you with the information you need.

See more house plans with a single living space on the Don Gardner website HERE.

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