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Free Online Magazine: Best Home Plans of Donald A. Gardner

Browse 163 Distinctive Home Plans by
Donald A. Gardner in this FREE Online Magazine!

FREE Online Magazine: Best Home Plans of Donald A. Gardner

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Designer Dream Homes™ Presents: Best Home Plans of Donald A. Gardner is now available online for FREE! This issue includes:

  • Interior and exterior home product ideas
  • 10 featured plans with stunning photography
  • New Dream Homes
  • A special Velux® Collection
  • One-story homes
  • Two-story homes

This easy-to-use online magazine includes 163 popular floor plans and is simple to navigate. Zoom in or out as needed, make your own  notes on any page, and save, print, or share your favorites!

 Best Home Plans of Donald A. Gardner


The previous web issue is still available, too!

Designer Dream Homes™ Presents: Small Dream Homes
158 Indulgent Home Plans Under 3,000 Square Feet

FREE Online Magazine: Small Dream Homes

 

One Story vs Two Story Homes

Choosing the right home plan can be difficult. Even narrowing your search down to just one story or two story home designs is a big decision! Which type is ideal for your lifestyle? There are pros and cons to both one story and two story homes – here are some you should consider before you buy.

One Story Living
The Walnut Creek - Home Plan 1134: One Story vs. Two Story Homes

The Walnut Creek, One Story House Plan #1134

A one story home plan is an easy choice for anyone who simply wants the ease or convenience of single story living. With no stairs to traverse, one story homes are ideal for families with young children, those with mobility impairments, and anyone planning to age-in-place. These homes are now available in exceptionally open floor plans and can fit into nearly any style, from Country ranch to Craftsman bungalow.

Two Story Home Plans
The Hyde Park - House Plan 816: One Story vs. Two Story Homes

The Hyde Park, Two Story House Plan #816

A major advantage for two story home designs is that they can pack more living square footage into a smaller footprint. If you need plenty of room for family or hobbies, two story home plans may be the best and most cost-effective option. Secondary bedrooms and recreation space are typically upstairs to preserve privacy and keep clutter away from the living areas downstairs, while the master suite can be upstairs or down depending on your preference.

Choosing a Design

How do you decide between one story and two story home plans? First, consider your lot and location. Does your Homeowners’ Association require one or the other? Is your lot large, small, or oddly-shaped? The answers to these questions may make this decision an easy one.

Cost-to-build is also important. Foundations and roofs are expensive, and a two story home may have less of each when compared to a similarly-sized one story home. In addition, do your research and find out whether a one or two story home will bring in a higher resale value in your market. Ultimately, when it comes to building your dream home, you may want to take on the extra expense to get exactly what you want. Think about the types of home exteriors you are drawn to, and what layouts really feel like home.

Choosing the right floor plans for a new home can be challenging, but we’re here to help. With over 30 years of experience revolutionizing the residential home plan industry, let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects help you find a home floor plan perfect for your living needs. Donald A. Gardner Architects offers hundreds of floor plans with customizable options to ensure that you are able to find the perfect dream home to suit your lifestyle. No matter if you’re building a small country cottage or a mansion, turn to the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects today!

Browse all One Story Designs by Don Gardner

Browse all Two Story Designs by Don Gardner

Plan Preview PDFs Now on myDAG

Now you can download free plan preview packages on PDF right from your myDAG account!

Wondering what the side elevations of your favorite house plan look like? Preview packages are PDF documents containing the front, rear and side elevations and the floor plan image of a house design. They show the plan as it is drawn, where photographed homes my have been modified by the homeowner. Once you have narrowed your list down to a few choices, preview packages are a great way compare them and make a final decision.

Log in or create your free myDAG account, and from there you can download up to 3 preview packages of your choice – just select the plan number in the drop-down list and click “GO”.

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Rear Elevation

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Plan Extension Key:

  • A = Basement Plan
  • B = Slab Foundation Plan
  • C = Coastal Plan
  • D = Walkout basement Plan
  • E = Alternate Elevation
  • H = Handicap Accessible
  • MR = Mirror Reverse Plan

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: Three Bedroom Designs

Each of our featured plans this week are three bedroom designs. One luxury ranch and one brick cottage.

 The Padgett Plan #1124

Front Exterior of The Padgett - House Plan 1124

3 beds, 2 baths, 1784 sq. ft. Photographed home built by Kent Homes.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Suitable for narrow lots.
  • Volume ceilings throughout.
  • Master suite with dual walk-in closets.
Neighborhood cottage
First Floor Plan of The Padgett - Three Bedroom House Design 1124

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Graceful arches frame the garage, entryway and windows of the Padgett Plan. The front-entry garage is convenient for narrow lots, with low maintenance brick and siding.

Inside this house plan, cathedral ceilings draw the eye upward in the bedroom, great and dining rooms, while a tray ceiling crowns the master bedroom. With two walk-in closets, twin vanities and a separate tub and shower, the master suite is truly relaxing.

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Padgett - House floor Plan 1124

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Entertaining is easy in this floor plan as the kitchen spills into the dining room. With a bay window, buffet niche and ceiling treatment, this room is perfect for formal meals. When nature allows, the rear porch is an optimal outdoor entertaining space and is accessed through the great room.

 

The Spencer Hall Plan #5006

Front Rendering of The Spencer Hall - Home Plan 5006

3 beds, 3.5 baths, 2866 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • All three bedrooms positioned for rear views.
  • Large, walk-in pantry.
  • Formal dining room lined with columns.
European influences

Luxury one-story living is yours for the taking in the Spencer Hall. Massive stone columns support the front entry porch which leads to a grand foyer and a vaulted great room. The over-sized dining room is exceptionally open and features a stepped ceiling detail. The island kitchen has abundant counter space and a cozy breakfast nook with a bow window. Two secondary bedrooms each have a private bath and dual closets. The master suite is set off in its own wing and includes a private sitting room, a gigantic walk-in closet and a luxurious bath accented by columns over dual vanities. The screen porch on the rear is topped by a cathedral ceiling and the covered porch shades the great room and master bedroom.

First Floor Plan of The Spencer Hall - Three Bedroom Home Design 5006

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