Tag: Vacation

HOUSE PLAN 1367-THE BAYSWATER IS NOW AVAILABLE

This waterfront house plan is compact, with open living areas and secluded private rooms.

NOW AVAILABLE!

Conversation flows easily from the two-story great room with open stair case to the kitchen and dining room. The bedroom/study has a walk-in closet and bathroom access. Upstairs, the master suite and secondary bedroom meet at a convenient walk-through utility room. An island basement provides storage and parking space, while a home elevator makes it easy to move between floors in this house plan.

Click here to see home plan #1367-The Bayswater!

House Plan Coastal Design Now Available #1367

3 beds, 3 baths, approx. 1943 sq.ft.

7 Things to Include in Your Vacation Home

If selecting a new place to vacation every year is more energy than you want to spend, consider having a vacation home built in your favorite destination. Your vacation home plans can include customized features that allow you access to everything that is lacking in a typical hotel.

Consider location

The first thing to consider when selecting your vacation home plan is location: Do you find yourself drawn to warm or cold climates? Would you rather enjoy the ocean or the mountains? Perhaps you have a favorite destination? Start by narrowing your search down to a specific style:

The Silvergate Plan #1254-D

The Silvergate Plan #1254-D

The Palm Vista Plan #5021

The Palm Vista Plan #5021

The Peekskill Plan #780-D

The Peekskill Plan #780-D

The Cleary Plan #948

The Cleary Plan #948

The Clubwell Manor Plan #5037

The Clubwell Manor Plan #5037

The Merrill Plan #1209

The Merrill Plan #1209

The Sedona Ridge Plan #986

The Sedona Ridge Plan #986

 

The Comforts of Home

Be sure to think about which comforts of home are most important to you. This includes everything from having a well-laid out kitchen, multiple bathrooms, or even a home gym. On top of that, don’t forget to ensure that you have the comforts you most enjoy. This includes everyday items like a comfortable bathrobe, throw blankets, plush furniture designed for rest and relaxation, a fireplace, and the other home features you most enjoy on a daily basis.

Great Room Fireplace of The Dogwood Ridge - Home Design 5005

A Few Luxuries of Vacation

While there are many benefits to staying in your custom designed vacation home opposed to a hotel—don’t forget to include some of the luxuries you desire while on vacation. This could include ensuring your location is close enough for delivery from your favorite nearby restaurants, adding luxury outdoor living spaces, or adding a swimming pool, spa or sauna.

Screened Porch of The Sagecrest - House Design 1226

Entertainment for Your Downtime

Whether your dream vacation home plan is a small cottage or a golf course estate, make sure there is room for the entertainment you enjoy during your downtime. This can include everything from a billiards room, Ping-Pong table, small den to lounge and read, or a dining room table or seating area large enough to play games together as a family.

Billiards Room of The Clubwell Manor - Home Floor Plan 5037

Enough Room for Individual Interests

Make sure that your luxury home design allows enough flexibility and freedom for everyone to achieve the vacation of his or her dreams. While the kids may want to spend their time outdoors playing in the pool, you may prefer to spend some solo time soaking in a garden tub, or watching your favorite movie in a media/rec room. Even if your vacation home is small, make sure it has separate areas that allow everyone to enjoy both individual and group activities.

Rec Room / Media Room of The Vandenberg - House Plan 746-D

Timeless Décor

Regardless of the style of vacation home you have built, ensure that your décor is timeless. Since you may only be visiting your vacation home a few weeks or months out of the year, or sporadically throughout the year—it is not essential to decorate in the latest home trends. Instead, opt for timeless, comfortable décor that will ensure that your home never feels dated.

Great Room of The Lennon - Home Plan 1300

Creative Storage

Another all-important feature to take into consideration with your vacation home design is storage. Sometimes you may head to your vacation home for a week-long getaway, and other times you may want to be there for extended periods of time. This makes it essential to have thoughtful storage options, such as closets that will fit large suitcases, under the bed storage options, and enough closets, cabinets and drawers to keep the essentials you would like to leave in your vacation home year-round—such as toiletries and seasonal clothing that will make packing for vacation faster and easier.

Secondary Bedroom of The Gilchrist - House Plan 734-D

The tips above are an excellent way to ensure your vacation home plan is comfortable, luxurious, and fully functional. The building process for any new vacation home starts with finding the perfect home floor plans for your lifestyle. Let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects lend you a helping hand in your search. With over 1,000 house plans to choose from, you are guaranteed to find the timeless design and functionality you are looking for with your new vacation home plan. Make sure you are getting the most out of your search with a myDAG membership. This free, easy-to-use membership allows you to search easily and save your favorite home floor plans, streamlining your search for the perfect vacation home. The road to rest and relaxation is only a short step away, get started and browse Don Gardner’s selection of home floor plans today.

VIDEO TOUR: The Jasper Hill Plan #5020

This new Jasper Hill home is a vibrant hillside retreat!

Nautical decor and soft-hued colors transform this mountain home  plan into a lakefront getaway. Step inside and immediately take in amazing rear views through the towering bay windows along the rear of the home. Pale blue walls with white trim work create a cheerful atmosphere that melds with the outdoors. The main level features an oversized great room, octagonal dining room, gourmet kitchen, bedroom/study and an fabulous owner’s suite with spectacular master bath.

First Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - House Design 5020

The walkout basement has been modified to accommodate the dramatic slope of the lot, creating a massive rec room with volume ceilings. The downstairs bedrooms are spacious and enjoy views of the lake.  Guests can make coffee in the full wet bar and take it to the covered patio to watch the sunrise.

Basement Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - Home Design 5020

The huge bonus room has closets and a full bathroom, and features custom bunk beds that play into the nautical theme – a dream for children or grandchildren!

Second Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - House Plan 5020

The Jasper Hill Plan #5020

To see a more rustic version of the Jasper Hill, check out our previous blog post:
Luxury Mountain Home – New Photos

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Cabin Home Plans in all Sizes and Shapes

Whether you’re looking for a small hideaway or a large, rustic home, we have the right cabin plan for you!

Simple or complex, large or small, rustic or modern, you are sure to find a cabin house plans that suits your needs.

The Shady Grove - Cabin Plan #262

The Shady Grove Plan #262:
3 beds,
2 baths,
1,338 sq. ft.

At just over 1,300 sq.ft., the award-winning Shady Grove plan is the perfect rural retreat! Full front and back porches, a stone fireplace, and a box bay window in the kitchen/dining room lend character to this three-bedroom cottage. The entire second floor is dedicated to the master suite while the secondary bedrooms are downstairs – an ideal arrangement for family vacations.
Need something similar? Check out the Seymour Plan #287!

The Peekskill - Cabin Plan #780-DThe Peekskill Plan #780-D
4 beds,
3.5 baths,
2,953 sq. ft.

This spacious cabin design has living space on three levels: the open main floor,  a rec room and guest suite in the walkout basement, and a lofty second floor with bedrooms and a large bonus room. The Peekskill is a popular home plan that’s ideal for mountain or lakefront locations.
Need something similar? Check out one of our newest designs, the Chancellor Plan #1337-D!

Browse all our cabin home plans HERE, and feel free to leave feedback on any of these plans in the comments!