Tag: Interior Design

Photo Contest Entry with a Retro Twist

Steve and Tammy’s Craftsman home features a retro bar in the finished basement

The Heathridge Plan #763-D

Plan #763-D-The Heathridge - 2014 Photo Contest Entry

Front exterior, modified to have an angled garage

 Craftsman design ideal for a rustic setting

First Floor Plan of The Heathridge Plan #763-DThis Craftsman style home takes advantage of hillside views with its deck, patio, and abundance of rear windows. An open floor plan enhances the home’s spaciousness. The great room features a cathedral ceiling, a fireplace with built-in cabinets and shelves, and access to the generous rear deck. Designed for ultimate efficiency, the kitchen serves the great room, dining room, and breakfast area with equal ease.

A tray ceiling lends elegance to the master bedroom, which features deck access, his and her walk-in closets, and an extravagant bath with dual vanities, large linen closet, and separate tub and shower. A second master bedroom is located on the opposite side of the house and enjoys its own private bath, tray ceiling, and deck access.

Expand living with a finished walkout basement

Downstairs, a spacious family room is the perfect place for casual entertaining, and an abundance of space makes it ideal for creative interior design. Steve and Tammy built in a fantastic retro bar with cafe seating and custom tile flooring!
Retro bar in Plan #763-D-The Heathridge - 2014 Photo Contest Entry

Basement Floor Plan of The Heathridge - Plan #763-D

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Foyer of the Merrill - House Plan Number 1209

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.

How To Take Beautiful Home Photos

The 2014 Photo Contest is here! Check out these tips and tricks for taking the best photos of your Don Gardner home.

Tips For Home Photos - 2014 Photo Contest

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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Secondary Bedroom of The Runnymeade - House Plan Number 1164From 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.

 

Spring Colors

Spring is here – get inspired by these Don Gardner interiors with
vibrant, Spring colors!

 

Master Bathroom – The Silvergate #1254

Master Bath of The Silvergate - Plan #1254-D

The master bedroom enjoys an elegant bath with an arched window and a remarkable barrel-vaulted ceiling over the relaxing tub.

 

Dining Room – The Edelweiss #1013

Dining Room of The Edelweiss - Plan #1013

A tray ceiling crowns the octagonal dining room, while a cooktop island keeps the kitchen open. A patio is off the breakfast nook, easily serviceable from the kitchen – perfect for springtime entertaining.

Great Room – The Provence #1005

Great Room of The Provence - Plan #1005

This open great room is filled with architectural details – the perfect space for a pop of color. The family-efficient floor plan divides the sleeping and gathering quarters, while extra storage space can be found throughout. Columns, built-ins and a barrel-vault arch add custom touches.

Master Bathroom – The Northwyke #759

Master Bath of The Northwyke - Plan #759

A cathedral ceiling enhances the master bedroom, which enjoys a large walk-in closet and bright and open bath. A glass walk-in shower, garden tub, and abundant counter space create a relaxing space.

Master Bedroom – The Rochelle #1204

Master Bedroom of The Rochelle - Plan #1204

In the rear of the home, the master suite accesses one porch and includes a charming window seat, two walk-in closets and an elegant master bath. Trim, texture, and accent lighting adorn the stunning tray ceiling.

Great Room – The Luxembourg #979

Great Room of The Luxembourg - Plan #979

The grand portico leads to an impressive, open floor plan. Built-in cabinetry, French doors, and a fireplace enhance the great room, while transoms, an arched clerestory window, and an impressive vaulted ceiling opens up the space.

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Gallery: Decorative Ceilings

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.

Cathedral: The Adelaide - Plan #866-D

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.

Vaulted Ceilings: The Jerivale - Plan #1033

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.

Tray: The Zeller - Plan #1014

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.

Stepped Ceilings: The Clarkson - Plan #1117

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.

Coffered: The Runnymeade - Plan #1164

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.

Barrel Vaulted Ceilings: The Clarkson - Plan #1117

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.

Custom Ceilings: The Runnymeade - Plan #1164

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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Unconventional Bathroom Flooring

The bathroom is typically the smallest room in the home, which makes it the perfect place to get creative!

 

Wood-Grain Tile
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.

Bathroom: wood-grain tile

Image courtesy of Crossville Tile

 

Cork
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.

Bathroom: cork flooring

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Concrete
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.

Bathroom: concrete floors

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Pebbles
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.

Bathroom: pebble floor

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Pennies
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!

Bathroom: Penny floors

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