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?
Outdoor Living and Luxurious Extras with Craftsman Appeal
Home Design Quick Facts:
- An angled layout expands rear views
- Huge island kitchen with walk-in pantry
- Unique master suite with sitting area
This luxurious Craftsman home plan is both family-friendly and perfect for entertaining, with a rustic exterior that is at home in the mountains or the suburbs. At just over a modest 2500 sq. ft., this angled floor plan is completely open through the great room, kitchen, and dining room, with abundant windows and doors bringing in rear views. The secondary bedrooms each have porch access and share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, while the splendid master suite features a massive walk-in closet and a circular, windowed sitting room.
Indoor and Outdoor Entertaining
For homeowners who love to entertain, the island kitchen is the heart of this design. An extended peninsula provides room for guests to pull up a chair, and allows conversation to flow freely throughout the great room and dining room. The single dining room is topped with a cathedral ceiling and has a casual feel, but is large enough for formal meals. An angled covered porch extends across the entire rear of the plan, ending in a cozy screened porch with skylights, a fireplace, and outdoor kitchen. The curved patio extends living even further and welcomes the addition of a pool or spa.
Ultimate Utility Spaces Make Life Easy
Separate mud and utility rooms help keep things organized. The mudroom has its own outdoor access and is the first stop from the two-car garage. It’s the perfect place to drop bags, keys, and muddy shoes. The utility room is its own space with cabinets and countertops, providing storage and keeping hallways clear. With garage storage areas, handy linen closets and a roomy pantry, keeping everything in its place is easy.
Relaxing, inviting, and practical, The Keaton is home. See this house design now.
Recent Census Bureau data points to a 35% increase in U.S. housing starts in the first quarter of this year versus the same time last year. Don Gardner has anticipated this trend with some of its newest home designs, especially its small, country and craftsman home plans. These new home plans feature extra storage, bonus rooms and large open spaces for family living and entertaining. Many of the homes also offer screened porches, patios, decks and other outdoor living amenities.