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Plan of the Week: The Hunter Creek

The Hunter Creek is a small home design that lives large!

This angled home plan has 3 beds and 2 baths in 1962 sq. ft.

The Hunter Creek - House Plan #1326Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Coffered ceilings.
  • Garage storage.
  • Chef-friendly kitchen.

Architectural interest and Craftsman styling

Mixed materials give a rustic feel to this angled floor plan. Inside, coffered and tray ceilings add visual interest and abundant rear windows bring in light. The large island kitchen has a view of the great room and single dining room, a walk-in pantry, and nearby e-space for looking up recipes. Both the utility room and garage offer extra storage and convenient outdoor access.

First Floor Plan of The Hunter Creek - House Plan #1326

Room to relax

Perfect for relaxation, this plan includes a master bedroom sitting area, rear porch with skylights, and striking octagonal screen porch with fireplace. A big bonus room adds flexible space, perfect for a media or craft room.

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Hunter Creek - House Plan Numb#er 1326

Get more information about the Hunter Creek house design here.

Similar plans:

The Bluestone - House Plan Number 1302The Bluestone Plan #1302 has 4 beds and 3 baths – see it here.

The Silvergate - House Plan Number 1254-DThe Silvergate Plan #1254 has a finished walkout basement – see it here.

 

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Charming Craftsman Cottage with Angled Garage

Awesome Mix of Traditional Style & Modern Details

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Charming Craftsman style
  • Open concept kitchen/dining area
  • Angled garage
  • Room to grow with 550 sq. ft. bonus room

Angled Garage Exterior: The Butler Ridge - Plan #1320-DHave you been looking for a really attractive, traditionally styled home plan that features modern amenities with room to grow? You just found it in The Butler Ridge. This home features 2,896 sq. ft. of living space, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and a massive 551 sq. ft. bonus room.
When you view the exterior of this home you’ll be captivated by the Craftsman styling and angled garage which provides a courtyard effect. The exterior of the home offers a beautiful porch and patio area for relaxing and entertaining. The home features several porches, including an inviting screen porch with cathedral ceiling.

Craftsman Cottage: The Butler Ridge - Plan #1320-D

The first floor plan of The Butler Ridge blends convenience and beauty. The open concept kitchen and dining area makes meal preparation and serving a breeze. The great room awaits for fun family nights or entertaining with its fireplace.

First Floor Plan of The Butler Ridge - Plan #1320-D

On the main level you’ll find the attractive master suite with dual walk-in closets and elegant master bath. This floor also features a bedroom/study. On the lower level you’ll find two more bedrooms and a rec room with fireplace, along with two more baths. Need more room to expand? Go upstairs to your 550 sq. ft. bonus room.

Basement Floor Plan: The Butler Ridge - Plan #1320-D

Bonus Room Floor Plan: Butler Ridge - Plan #1320-D

The Butler Ridge also satisfies with its storage and hobby room flexibility. You’ll find a convenient mud room, utility room, pantry and e-space as just some of the flexible spaces in this home.

Want to see more plans like this? We’ve got them for you here.

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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Winter Weather House Plan Photos

As winter weather has swept through the Southeast, we’ve been delighted to receive lots of customer photos of Don Gardner homes in the snow. We hope you enjoy them!

The Birchwood – Plan #1239:
Winter Weather: The Birchwood #1239This Arts and Crafts styled sprawling ranch has so much to offer the modern homeowner. Each bedroom features elegant ceiling treatments, a walk-in closet and an adjacent full bathroom. A large utility room is conveniently placed down the hall from the secondary bedrooms. The large, gourmet kitchen includes a walk-in pantry and central island.

The Becker – Plan #1293:
Winter Weather: The Becker #1293A Craftsman exterior and an efficient floor plan allow the Becker to pack a lot of luxury into a modest footprint. The expansive master suite tucked to the rear of the home provides privacy, while the kitchen, great room, and breakfast area open to a massive screen porch to the rear.

The Cartwright – Plan #801:
Winter Weather: The Cartwright #801An arched window in a center gable lends style and beauty to the façade of this three-bedroom home. An open common area that features a great room with cathedral ceiling, a formal dining room with tray ceiling, a functional kitchen and an informal breakfast area separates the master suite from the secondary bedrooms for optimal privacy.

The Hardesty – Plan #1287:

Winter Weather: The Hardesty #1287

Built by Ray Southeastern Design in KY

Siding and stone detailing add Craftsman charm to this ranch-style home. This four bedroom plan makes the most of space, with a large kitchen overlooking the open great room and dining room area, with generous mud and utility rooms offering storage and work space.

The Anniston – Plan #540:Winter Weather: The Anniston #540Interior columns define entry to the formal dining room with elegant tray ceiling. The great room features a cathedral ceiling and fireplace with adjacent built-in. Designed for utmost efficiency, the kitchen is open to the breakfast room and great room and includes a time saving raised counter for quick meals.

The Hollyhock – Plan #864:Winter Weather: The Hollyhock #864

Built by Jaggers Construction in TN

Sophistication and charm combine beautifully in this exquisite four-bedroom home with wrapping front and back porches. A vaulted ceiling, multiple doors that open onto the lovely back porch and a fireplace flanked by built-in cabinetry enhance the expansive great room.

We hope you’re staying safe and warm in this winter weather! To share your photos, email them to info@dongardner.com!