European Cottage with a Modern Layout: The Lucerne Plan #1319
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Large kitchen includes an island and plenty of counter space.
- The utility room is spacious and practical
- Oversized screened porch is perfect for relaxing and entertaining
Stylish, Practical Cottage Home Plan
Cottage can mean different things to different people. Some people view cottages as small homes that offer a cozy retreat. Don Gardner’s cottage homes offer lots of flexibility and charm, with the modern amenities you love plus the cottage styling you’re looking for. The Lucerne is one of the outstanding cottage home plans by Don Gardner. This small cottage home plan is stylish and practical, with its European-inspired exterior and modern layout. Stone, stucco, and clipped gables outside give it a cottage feel, while tray and coffered ceilings and abundant windows open up the interior. This one-story home includes three bedrooms, 2 spacious baths, and 1,828 square feet arranged for a family-efficient traffic flow, with living areas perfect for entertaining.
The great room is topped with a coffered ceiling and enjoys a cozy fireplace flanked with built-in cabinetry. French doors lead to an oversized screen porch with skylights to bring in extra light and views. Patio space expands outdoor living and is the perfect space to add a pool or spa. The single dining space lies just around the corner from the great room and has large windows for an open feel. Open to the kitchen, the dining room is perfect for casual meals and breakfast, while the stunning tray ceiling sets the stage for more formal gatherings.
Get the Dream Kitchen You’ve Always Wanted
The island kitchen has a view to both the great room and dining room, and has plenty of counter space and a nearby walk-in pantry. A small e-space is the perfect place to look up recipes. Located just off the garage entrance, it’s easy to bring in groceries and put everything in its place.
Luxurious Bedrooms & Lots of Storage
The master bedroom features a curved wall of windows, walk-in closet, and an oversized shower in the master bath. The secondary bedrooms sit across the home for privacy, and share a large bathroom with twin vanities and private privy.
Storage abounds with linen closets for each bathroom, a large utility room, and additional storage in the garage. Stairs lead to a flexible bonus room, perfect for a home office, rec room, or any other use the homeowner might imagine, while attic storage is easily accessible.
View more cottage home plans like this on the Don Gardner website.
Plan #1298-D – The Whitford
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Single dining area offers a convenient space for family meals or entertaining.
- Screen porch allows for relaxing outdoor enjoyment.
- Utility room, pantry and extra storage throughout the home.
If you are looking for a distinctive Craftsman hillside walkout home plan, Don Gardner recommends The Whitford. A mix of stone, stucco, and cedar shake provide an Arts-and-Crafts exterior that is low-maintenance, with brackets and an arched window to add curb appeal. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home features 2,569 sq. ft. of living space. The great room with fireplace is perfect for gathering with family and friends and the kitchen and dining room combine to provide a fun spot for preparing and enjoying homemade meals. Cooks will love the large U-shaped kitchen convenient to the huge walk-in pantry and utility room.
The first floor secondary bedroom features a cathedral ceiling and would work well as a study or home office. There are two additional bedrooms on the lower level, separated by a rec room. These lower level rooms offer a private atmosphere for kids or house guests, or can be used as an in-law suite. An inviting master suite beckons after a long day, with its lavish bath and dual walk-in closets.
This hillside walkout home is perfect for sloping lots, often found around lakefronts, mountains, and golf course communities. Designed for rear views, the Whitford also offers outdoor living enjoyment. Relax on your screen porch or eat a meal there as the kitchen and pantry area are located nearby. There’s always room for one more in The Whitford as it offers a convenient layout with extra storage throughout. An additional unfinished basement area allows for future expansion.
View more hillside walkout house plans like this on the Don Gardner website.
Plan #1258 The Greenbranch
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Open space single kitchen and dining area with vaulted ceiling.
- Large utility and mud rooms make it easy to accommodate hobbies, quick clean ups and gear storage.
- Convenient Jack and Jill bathroom.
Today’s busy lifestyles call for an efficient family ranch floor plan that offers a well-planned layout but also provides the amenities one expects in a quality home. The Greenbranch Ranch floor plan by Don Gardner offers a convenient floor plan that is great for people on the go. Family meals are easy to cook and serve in the kitchen that flows directly to the dining area. This part of the home offers a natural gathering area and its adjacent e-space is a great place for kids to do their homework.
Featuring 1885 sq. ft. of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths The Greenbranch is a small home that surprises with its large, airy feel. The home is practically designed with an eye toward casual comfort. The open great room invites you in to enjoy the fireplace and vaulted ceiling. Throughout the home you’ll find conveniences you’d expect in a much larger home such as a Jack and Jill bathroom, extra storage throughout, large walk-in closets, utility room, mud room and lots of attic storage.
This is a great home for people who like to spend time outdoors as it includes a patio area with room for a spa. The bonus room above the garage offers many possibilities as a fourth bedroom, game room or hobby area
See more house plans like this on the Don Gardner website.
The Chesnee – Plan #1290
Home Design Quick Facts:
- 864 sq. ft. bonus room
- Big kitchen and dining room
- Rustic influences make it feel like home
At first glance this Craftsman ranch looks identical to home plan 1239, The Birchwood, but it offers several differences to fit your lifestyle. The Chesnee features a larger kitchen and dining room than the Birchwood; which differs in that it includes a breakfast room. Where The Birchwood features 4 baths, the Chesnee offers 3. Both homes are outstanding examples of a Craftsman style that is very popular today.
As with The Birchwood, The Chesnee offers an expansive great room, accented by built-in cabinetry. Depending on your lifestyle, some people prefer The Chesnee’s floor plan which features a more centrally located dining room. The Chesnee, like the Birchwood, also offers several porches, including a screen porch with fireplace.
While The Birchwood offers a 795 sq. ft. bonus room, The Chesnee’s is even more generously sized at 864 sq. ft. A large bonus room provides so many possibilities for a growing family as an in-law suite, a hobby or game room, or extra bedroom.
The Birchwood and The Chesnee represent variations on a popular Don Gardner Craftsman home design. Whichever you choose we’re sure you’ll be amazed at the home’s character and quality.
See more house plans like these on the Don Gardner website.
Residential Building – Online Edition
It’s hard to overstate how important windows are to the look and feel of a house. “The size and shape of windows and doors can make or break the design of an intended aesthetic,” builder Stephen B. Quick IV said in this month’s Q+A. Because the categories are so important, Residential Building has designated the August online edition as their Window and Door Issue.
Here are some stories you’ll find this month:
- Architect Ed Binkley shows how to maximize light with glass walls
- A Texas house inspired by Austin’s Hill Country
- Electronic faucets are everywhere; are they here to stay?