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First Entry in the 2014 Photo Contest

Amy and Mark sent in their photos of the Northwyke Plan #759 – the first entry in this year’s photo contest!

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The Northwyke Plan #759

An enchanting, L-shaped front porch lends charm and grace to this country home with dual dormers and gables.

First Floor Plan of The Northwyke #759 - First entry in the 2014 photo contest

Floor Plan

Bay windows expand both of the home’s dining areas, while the great room and kitchen are amplified by a shared cathedral ceiling. The generous great room features a fireplace with flanking built-ins, skylights, and access to a marvelous back porch.

Perfect for young families, this mid size home maintains master suite privacy while keeping close proximity to children’s bedrooms. A cathedral ceiling enhances the master bedroom, which enjoys a large walk-in closet and luxurious bath. Two more bedrooms, one with cathedral ceiling, share a generous hall bath with dual sink vanity.

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Study/Bedroom of The Derbyville - House Plan Number 1032

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.

Plan of the Week: The Newcastle

Check out this charming 2 story cottage – The Newcastle Plan #994

Front Exterior of The Newcastle Plan #994

Front Exterior

 

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Courtyard garage.
  • 2 beds and 2 baths upstairs.
  • Open balcony.

Cozy cottage with a roomy interior

Simply oozing with Old World charm, this cottage features stone and cedar shake with shed and eyebrow dormers. The porch is accented by a single column and twin arches, and the courtyard-entry garage makes the most of narrower lots.

Great Room of The Newcastle Plan #994

Inside, the gathering rooms are open to each other, yet individually distinguished by columns and ceiling treatments. Both the foyer and great room have two-story ceilings that are brightened by dormers, and the fireplace is flanked by built-in cabinetry. The breakfast nook includes two pantries and a built-in seat and the spacious kitchen features a cook top island.

 

Open Spaces & Special details

Bonus Room of The Newcastle Plan #994

Bonus Room

Upstairs, a balcony separates two additional bedrooms, each with dual closets and built-in desks. The flexible bonus room can accommodate a home theater, play room, office, or any other needs of the homeowner.

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Video Tour: The Marcourt Plan

Take the new video tour through this European-influenced design

Graced with European flair, this sprawling one-story home plan invokes nostalgia in a graceful yet modern way.

Special details create a unique floor plan

Bay windows accent the guest bedroom, study, garage, screen porch and sitting area in this stunning design. A single column defines the open foyer, dining and great rooms. The kitchen and breakfast area spill into one another and overlook the rear porch. The 436 sq. ft. bonus room is not included in the total square footage and would make a great hobby room or playroom for the kids.

Positioned for privacy, the master suite of this house plan is in a wing to itself. A spacious sitting area provides additional space, while his-and-her walk-in closets and vanities are an added luxury. On the opposite side of the home are three secondary bedrooms. One has a bay window and the remaining two have walk-in closets. Two large storage areas in the garage are the ideal workshop or golf-cart space.

Video Tour: First Floor Plan of The Marcourt - #1173

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Video Tour: The Arbordale Plan

Take the new video tour through this Modern Farmhouse

This beautiful farmhouse with prominent twin gables and bays adds just the right amount of country style to modern family life.

Large open living spaces

The main floor is bright and open, with bay windows, columns, and a two-story ceiling in the great room. The master suite is quietly tucked away with no bedrooms directly above, and the cook of the family will love the spacious U-shaped kitchen with ample cabinets and pantry.

Video Tour: First Floor Plan of The Arbordale - Plan #452

 

Flexible space upstairs

The bonus room is easily accessible from the back stairs or second floor, where three large bedrooms share two full baths. Storage space abounds with walk-ins, hall shelves, and a linen closet upstairs. A curved balcony borders a versatile loft/study that overlooks the stunning two-story great room.

Second Floor Plan of The Arbordale - Plan #452

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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.