Cathedral, Vaulted, Coffered . . . Decorative ceilings add style and volume to any space!
Here’s a brief photo-guide to some common types of decorative ceilings. From simple cathedrals to unique custom creations, learn more about the different options and find the style that’s right for you!
Cathedral: A ceiling that symmetrically projects upward in an inverted “V” shape.
Beams and dormer windows embellish this cathedral ceiling from the great room of the Adelaide Plan #866-D.
Vaulted: A ceiling which springs from a lower wall up to a higher wall. Includes Cathedral ceilings.
Exposed wood and a stone fireplace give a rustic feel to The Jerivale Plan #1033
Tray: Constructed with four or more sides angling upward to a higher, flat ceiling. This style resembles an upside-down tray and is commonly seen in breakfast areas, dining rooms and bedrooms.
This contemporary tray ceiling adds subtle elegance to the master bedroom in the Zeller Plan #1014.
Stepped: A series of trays, one inside the other, at different planes.
Custom, modified stepped ceiling in the master bedroom of The Clarkson Plan #1117
Coffered: Showcasing recessed paneling, typically in rectangular or square configurations. Most common in formal rooms of a floor plan.
Neutral colors and gallery lighting showcase the coffered ceiling in the great room of The Runnymeade Plan #1164
Barrel Vaulted: A simple, continuous vault, typically arched or tunnel-shaped.
This impressive design was a custom modification in what would have been a cathedral ceiling in The Clarkson Plan #1117
Custom: What was drawn as a standard tray or cathedral ceiling can be redesigned with unique, artistic elements to create a one-of-a-kind ceiling.
This custom-designed ceiling in the master bedroom of The Runnymeade Plan #1164 is a modified tray, with curved sides and coffered details.
Look for the dashed lines on our floor plans to see what type of ceiling is in each room, and contact our Customer Sales & Support Team with any questions.
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WoodTrac Closet Kits help you get organized and make the most of both walk-in and reach-in closets.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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:
The bathroom is typically the smallest room in the home, which makes it the perfect place to get creative!
Tile is a classic choice for bathroom flooring, with plenty of styles and textures to choose from. The Reclamation Collection by Crossville Tile offers the benefits of porcelain tile with a wood-inspired look that’s elegant and modern.
Image courtesy of Crossville Tile
Eco-friendly and attractive, cork is mildew-resistant and bounces back from small mishaps. Its soft, springy texture means you won’t have to step onto a cold floor. Although cork is water-resistant, consult a professional for installation in the bathroom due to the seams between the tiles.
Concrete can be an easy and economical flooring choice if your home is built on a slab foundation. Sanding and sealing might be all that’s needed to get a polished look, and staining or etching can give it one-of-a-kind flair.
Pebble tiles are a unique, yet low-key, flooring option that enhances any style of decor while feeling comfortable under foot. Cover the entire floor or mix with other types of tile to create your own design.
You may have stumbled across this idea already (if you spend enough time on Pinterest) – penny flooring. It’s unusual, but copper has always been a fashionable accent color. Perhaps a bit over-the-top, but definitely a conversation starter!
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The Runnymeade Plan #1164 – This European cottage makes a grand impression in under 1,600 square feet!
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Clipped gables and mixed materials.
- Spacious utility room.
- Large rear porch with fireplace.
Compact and charming, the Runnymeade includes all the details of a much larger home. The European style exterior features a stone entrance and copper roofing over the bedroom/study window.
Special details create an inviting interior
The interior features tray ceilings in almost every common room, granting a luxurious feel to each. The breakfast room is hugged by a bow window, as is the master bedroom.
A 13 foot high ceiling in the great room adds a feeling of spaciousness, while built-in cabinetry, a fireplace, and special ceiling details create a welcoming space for entertaining or just relaxing.
The breakfast room, great room, kitchen and dining room are all just a step away from one another, allowing conversation to flow throughout the living areas.
Living extends outdoors
The sprawling porch and patio just off the great room are an added bonus, and a fireplace on the porch is a great way to keep warm during cooler months.
Rear porch with fireplace
Functional spaces make living easy
Perfectly positioned, the bedrooms ensure privacy from one another. Two secondary bedrooms share a bath and the elegant master suite is located in the rear of the home. The generous utility room is sure to please any homeowner and sits just off the garage without blocking the walkway. The garage includes a small storage area, and a bonus room above awaits the imagination!
Click here to see floor plans and more photos of the Runnymeade.
Click here to see the sister plan, the Lucerne, which features a single dining space, island kitchen, and walk-in pantry.
Porches, decks, and patios are an important part of your home, so we’ve put together a list of products that are perfect for your outdoor living spaces.
Building a new home is an exciting time. Whether you like to entertain or spend some quiet time outdoors, Don Gardner homes offer efficient layouts and outdoor features like porches, patios, decks and summer kitchens. Browse Outdoor Living Space home plans on our website, and read on to discover some great product ideas!
Trex has a lineup of low-maintenance, long-lasting composite decking in a range of textures and colors for your new deck. It stands up to weather and resists stains and mold thanks to its high-performance shell, and offers a soft, splinter-free finish with a deep wood-grain pattern. Their earth-friendly products are made from 95% recycled wood, sawdust and plastics. No sanding. No staining. No painting!
Many Don Gardner home plans include a fireplace on the screened porch for year-round enjoyment. Eldorado Outdoor Fireplaces feature an integrated scratch coat and are ready to be dressed with Eldorado Stone or Brick for the ultimate masonry appearance. Choose from wood-burning or gas, with additional accessories available including chimney extensions and seating walls to truly customize your space.
FEENEY CABLERAIL with LED LIGHTING
Feeney CableRail is a perfect solution for stairs, balconies, and deck railings where you want to maintain an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The new LED Rail Light Kit for DesignRail not only provides safety in low-light areas, it’s a lighting accent that creates a charming atmosphere for outdoor entertaining. Their versatile designs work well with any exterior style, from rustic to modern.
WALPOLE OUTDOORS’ PERGOLAS
Adding a pergola to your patio creates a shady, relaxing outdoor living space. Walpole Outdoors offers many standard choices, from straight top to arched-top pergolas with round or square columns in six sizes, and are available with retractable Sunbrella fabric canopies to provide shelter whenever the weather changes. Walpole will assist you in designing a custom pergola for your home, and PVC construction means they are long-lasting and low maintenance.
DANVER OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of products to create your dream entertainment area, including refrigeration, ice makers, pizza ovens, power burners, ceramic smoker/grills, and bartending centers. You can choose from designer colors and realistic wood grain powder coat finishes on stainless, creating a one-of-a-kind summer kitchen.