And the patio…and the porch…and whatever else adds value and sophistication to your home’s inviting, outdoor gathering spaces. We recently wrote about the popularity of taking hospitality outdoors (see our recent blog, The Great Outdoors). We want to take that a step further, or rather, a step closer to the house proper, while extending the outdoor living experience in a way that is attractive, functional, and ultimately charming to friends and family alike.
Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in between, most people love the outdoors. Especially in mild, temperate climates that afford numerous opportunities for getting outside for a little R-and-R. One trend we have noticed at Donald A. Gardner Architects in recent years is that homeowners value living spaces that extend beyond the walls of their house proper. Depending on your interests and imagination, there are seemingly unlimited possibilities to bring the outdside in…or rather, to expand your living experience beyond walls, doors, and windows to the great outdoors.
Exceptionally open, with a uniquely angled kitchen.
Huge mud room, utility room, and pantry.
Master suite with fireplace, porch access, and a circular sitting room.
Angled Craftsman ranch
Stone and siding create a striking façade, and an arched portico mirrors the graceful curves of exterior windows. French doors and windows usher in light and views, while columns and a fireplace complement the cathedral great room. The gourmet kitchen features an angled island, and is open to the living spaces. Accented by a banquette and French doors, the dining room leads to a screened porch and adjacent side porch. The exquisite master suite includes a circular sitting nook, fireplace, porch access, huge walk-in closet, and well-appointed bath. Two bedrooms share a dual-vanity bath and a versatile study/bedroom in the front of the home creates optimal space for a home office or library. Numerous porches provide an abundance of space for outdoor living, including the screened porch with fireplace and summer kitchen, perfect for alfresco dining and entertaining.
Wraparound porches front and rear meet at the breakfast nook.
Fits on narrow lots with its front-entry garage.
Formal dining room with columns and tray ceiling.
Small Country cottage
An abundance of windows invite the natural surroundings inside, while two gracious porches create spaces for outdoor living. Custom-styled features include a tray ceiling in the dining room, cathedral ceilings in the great room and master bedroom, columns, French doors that lead to the rear porch and two kitchen pass-throughs.
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The Bantry is a two-story Craftsman design that’s inspired by an old favorite.
Home Design Quick Facts:
Pantry, laundry room, and walk-in closet by the garage.
Covered porch, and screen porch with summer kitchen.
Bedrooms, bathroom, and bonus room upstairs.
A brand new option
Our Silvergate plan is very popular, but not everyone has the sloping lot required for a walkout basement home. So here it is re-imagined as a two story design!
The Bantry Plan has an angled floor plan that allows it to take advantage of rear views. The dining room, master bedroom, and screened porch are bayed, adding architectural interest, and the rear porch is topped with a cathedral ceiling and skylights. The spacious kitchen is right by the screened porch with summer kitchen, making outdoor entertaining easy. A pantry, coat closet, and large utility room lead the way to the garage.
Two additional with plenty of closet space are on the second floor, and share a bathroom. Linen closets provide extra storage, and sun tunnels bring natural light into the hallway. A massive bonus room could serve as rec space or an extra bedroom.
The Silvergate is a hillside walkout design, perfect for lakefront or mountain lots.
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Unique, Craftsman exterior
Arched garage doors and a metal accent roof are just two of the thoughtful exterior details that lend curb appeal to the Silvergate. The angled courtyard garage is inviting, while a mix of shingle siding and stone add texture and curb appeal.
The details continue inside
The main level includes a great room and bedroom/study with coffered ceiling details along with an open kitchen and dining room arrangement that simplifies entertaining. The master bedroom features twin walk-in closets and a bay window that serves as a peaceful sitting area. Outdoor living space is abundant, with a screen porch off the dining room and an oversized, skylit covered porch on the rear.
Lower level living
Downstairs is a cozy rec room and two more bedrooms, one with a private bath. A covered porch leads to a patio that is perfect for a pool or lakefront setting. The unfinished mechanical/storage area can easily be converted to a home theater, exercise area, or for any purpose you desire.
Spacious bonus room
Dormers and skylights brighten the bonus room over the garage, which provides an additional 509 square feet of flexible space not counted in the total living space of this plan.
Get more information about the Silvergate home design here.