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WoodTrac Closet Organization

WoodTrac Closet Kits help you get organized and make the most of both walk-in and reach-in closets.

WoodTrac Closet Kit

With tons of customizable features and solid wood shelves and railings, WoodTrac closet systems work well in any closet in your home. Wood shelves allow clothes to be stored without the impression marks associated with wire shelving – and they are much easier to clean. Options include double hanging rods, shelving, or doors and drawers. The new reach-in closets are available in white, cherry and espresso finishes and can be installed for under $200 in a space up to 8 feet wide.

Plan your space
A handy tool on their website lets you design the perfect system for your needs. Just plug in the left, middle, and right wall measurements and select a finish to see the available options.

Contact the Customer Services Representatives at Don Gardner Architects for closet dimensions if you haven’t purchased your home plan yet. Call 1-800-388-7580, or email info@dongardner.com!

WoodTrack Designer

Installation is simple and fast
Easier to install than custom closets, WoodTrac’s cleat system secures the kit to the wall, supports shelves and creates a finished furniture appearance. Cleats are run wall-to-wall and screwed into studs for maximum holding strength. Cabinets are pre-routed and hardware is included, so all you need is a tape measure, level, drill, screwdriver and saw. Here’s a quick how-to video:

Dog-Friendly Home Ideas

Any house plan can be dog-friendly with a little creativity, planning, and design!

From small space savers to over-the-top suites, there are many creative ways to incorporate living space for your Best Friend into your new home. Especially when it comes to the mud room or utility room. Here are 5 ideas from around the web to inspire you:

1. A pet spa in the utility room
A dog spa like this one makes bath time easy…no bending over, and a handheld hose for rinsing. Having bath time in the utility room keeps messes out of the bathroom and makes for simple clean-up.

Dog Spa in the Utility Room

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2. Built-in feeding bowls
This idea is perfect for taking advantage of the unused space at the bottom of kitchen or utility room cabinetry. Install it under the cabinet where you plan to store dog food and other supplies to save time in your daily routine.

Built-in Dog Dish

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3. Puppy Suite
This glamorous layout is perfect for families with several dogs, or for people who provide foster homes for dogs in need. These “bedrooms” can be installed in a converted garage, finished basement, or even an extra bedroom. Easy-to-clean flooring and surfaces are essential!.

Dog Bedroom

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4. Utilize any extra space
What might have been a small storage area, or even wasted space, can be transformed into a dog bedroom. Neutral colors and dog-themed decor add charm, and can easily blend in with the rest of the living space.

Dog Room Under the Stairs

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 5. Hidden doggie door
Doggie doors don’t typically blend in with home decor, so consider hiding it behind cabinet doors. Plus, it’s easy to close when you don’t want anyone going in or out!

Hidden dog door

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Cat-lovers, we have a blog post for you coming soon, so be sure to bookmark our blog and check back!

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Plan of the Week: Hickory Ridge #916

The Hickory Ridge is a traditional, country home plan with a brick exterior and a welcoming interior.

Front Exterior - The Hickory Ridge #916

Front exterior

  • The huge country kitchen has 2 pantries
  • Relaxing wraparound porches, front and back.
  • Upstairs balcony opens up the great room.

 

 

Twin gables, sidelights, and an arched entryway accent the façade of this two-story home, while decorative ceiling treatments, bay windows, and French doors adorn the interior. The sister plan to the Peppermill, this design has even more square footage and additional features. Columns and clipped corners create a unique formal dining room, while a buffet niche makes entertaining simple. A powder room serves the great room and the cozy living room/study, and the master suite is oversized and topped with a tray ceiling.

Great Room: Hickory Ridge Plan #916

Great room

Supported by columns, a curved balcony overlooks the two-story, 20’x16′ great room. A fireplace flanked by built-in cabinetry creates a welcoming atmosphere in this large space, while two sets of French doors lead to a relaxing back porch.

Columns also mark the transition from the great room to the kitchen and breakfast room, and allow conversation to flow throughout the space.

 

 

Three secondary bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a large bonus room make up the second floor. Extra storage can be found throughout, including walk-in closets, two pantries, a spacious utility room, and a large storage bay in the garage that could house a golf cart or workshop.

Master Bedroom: Hickory Ridge Plan #916

Master suite

At the end of the day, relax in the luxurious master suite. His-and-hers walk-in closets provide ample storage and tray ceilings add drama. Enjoy access to the back porch, and a spa-like master bath with corner shower and garden tub.

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How to Hide Eyesores Around the House

From messy cords to HVAC grills, here are some clever ways to hide those necessary eyesores:

 

  • Conceal laundry hampers in an easy-access drawer
Hide laundry hampers in extra deep drawers.

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Whether you upgrade an old piece of furniture or design a custom closet system from scratch, make room to hide your laundry baskets to keep the bedroom clean and clutter-free.

  • Dress up basement columns with crown molding
Dress up basement columns with crown molding

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A simple column can add architectural interest to a finished basement with an added detail like crown molding. To add extra character, consider painting the column with a bold accent color.

  • Camouflage the thermostat
Hide the thermostat in plain sight

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Hide your thermostat in plain sight by surrounding it with small framed art and family photos!

  • Draw attention away from that A/C return grill
Hide the A/C return with accent furniture

The Silvergate Plan #1254 by Don Gardner

A small, turquoise table adds a splash of color to this foyer, and draws attention away from the air-return grill. It also provides a convenient place to drop mail and keys on the way in.

  • Disguise those distracting cords
Hide lamp cords

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Use Command hooks to run the lamp cord along the back of the table to keep it tucked away. Also works well for phone chargers and other gadgets!

  • Cabinet doors = extra storage
Cabinet door storage

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Take advantage of every inch of space in your kitchen by storing small items on the backs of the kitchen cabinet doors.

  • Hide lesser-used kitchen appliances
Hide appliances

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For those heavy appliances that aren’t used every day, install a swing-out shelf within a cabinet. It keeps the counters free for workspace, while helping avoid heavy-lifting!

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Luxury Home Plans

Plan #5004 The Cedar Court

Luxury Home Plan: The Cedar Court #5004

Front exterior

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Craftsman design works as a walkout
  • Angled courtyard plan offers privacy
  • Lower level offers massive rec room, two bedrooms and two baths

 

Luxury Home Plan: The Cedar Court #5004

Rear exterior

A large family would love to call The Cedar Court home. This luxury home plan offers a massive 3,784 sq. ft. of living space with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

The kitchen, breakfast room and screen porch provide a comfortable area for meals and gatherings of friends and family. You’ll also find a formal dining room that’s great for every day or holiday meals.

Great Room from Luxury Home Plan: The Cedar Court #5004

Great Room offers elegance and warmth

The huge great room will be a favorite place to relax with the family or entertain. The soaring cathedral ceiling and clerestory window add to the lofty feeling you get in this room. The cozy fireplace serves as a grand focal point for the open living space.

This home allows kids, in-laws or guests a private retreat in the lower level that’s complete with massive rec room, two bedrooms with walk-in closets, and two baths. The patio level is perfect for entertaining, and awaits the addition of a pool or spa.

Flexible space abounds, with a formal study off the foyer, and spacious mud room and utility room just off the three- car garage. Downstairs, plenty of unfinished space can be used for storage, or even converted into something special like a wine cellar.

We invite you to ask us anything on our new You Asked…We Answered! feature on our blog. Talk to us about our house plans and we’ll be glad to provide you with the information you need.

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