Take the new video tour through this European-influenced design
Graced with European flair, this sprawling one-story home plan invokes nostalgia in a graceful yet modern way.
Special details create a unique floor plan
Bay windows accent the guest bedroom, study, garage, screen porch and sitting area in this stunning design. A single column defines the open foyer, dining and great rooms. The kitchen and breakfast area spill into one another and overlook the rear porch. The 436 sq. ft. bonus room is not included in the total square footage and would make a great hobby room or playroom for the kids.
Positioned for privacy, the master suite of this house plan is in a wing to itself. A spacious sitting area provides additional space, while his-and-her walk-in closets and vanities are an added luxury. On the opposite side of the home are three secondary bedrooms. One has a bay window and the remaining two have walk-in closets. Two large storage areas in the garage are the ideal workshop or golf-cart space.
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Take the new video tour through this Craftsman bungalow
Charming yet spacious, this home boasts over 2600 square feet and lives much larger than it appears.
Custom details throughout
The quaint-looking exterior is filled with an interior of spacious common and private rooms. The master bedroom and a bedroom/study with adjacent full bath flank the foyer. The master suite includes a built-in seat and his-and hers walk-in closets and vanities. A true delight is the open kitchen with breakfast nook and great room. Totally open, these rooms flow from one to the next and include many details such as a spacious center island, generous countertop and cabinet space and a fireplace and porch access from the great room.
Spectacular second floor
Upstairs, a 450+ square foot bonus room awaits the imagination of the homeowners. The loft is an ideal computer nook and two bedrooms each have their own bath and walk-in closets.
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The Sagecrest’s convenient one-story design features all the elements of the perfect floor plan.
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Craftsman exterior.
- Great room & keeping room.
- Large family studio
Arts & Crafts
The charming stone and cedar shake exterior is accented with cupolas and a shed dormer. Inside, the foyer leads to a dining room defined by columns and tray ceiling and a spacious great room with cathedral ceiling. The gourmet kitchen opens to a comfy keeping room and breakfast room with abundant windows.
Split bedroom layout
Two bedrooms and two full baths are located off the keeping room, while a bedroom/study with bath enjoys privacy on the other side of the house. Nestled at the rear of the home for ultimate privacy, the master suite offers a cathedral ceiling, dual walk-in closets and a well-appointed master bath with dual vanities.
Outdoor living space is plentiful — the rear of the home includes an enormous screened porch with fireplace, and a second porch can be accessed from the great room and master suite. The family studio provides generous space for household chores and hobbies, and also serves as a mud room with direct access to and from the garage. A large bonus space awaits expansion.
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Take the new video tour through this Modern Farmhouse
This beautiful farmhouse with prominent twin gables and bays adds just the right amount of country style to modern family life.
Large open living spaces
The main floor is bright and open, with bay windows, columns, and a two-story ceiling in the great room. The master suite is quietly tucked away with no bedrooms directly above, and the cook of the family will love the spacious U-shaped kitchen with ample cabinets and pantry.
Flexible space upstairs
The bonus room is easily accessible from the back stairs or second floor, where three large bedrooms share two full baths. Storage space abounds with walk-ins, hall shelves, and a linen closet upstairs. A curved balcony borders a versatile loft/study that overlooks the stunning two-story great room.
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The 2014 Photo Contest is here! Check out these tips and tricks for taking the best photos of your Don Gardner home.
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.”
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From 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.