Understanding Local Building Codes

If you are in the process of selecting your new dream home plan, it’s never too early to start thinking about Building Codes and the role your lot location will have in the building process.

Building Codes

Understanding Local Building Codes and Zoning; it’s never too early to learn the role your lot location will have in the building process.

Local zoning laws and building codes will almost certainly affect the building process of your home floor plan as well as future renovations to your home.

While both building codes and zoning regulations play a similar role, knowing the difference between the two can help you to become better prepared to overcome any obstacles during the home building process.

Have you considered tankless water heaters?

Tankless Water Heaters

At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. there are two things we know our customers will always want:

1) Multiple Design Options  2) Access to Current Housing Trends

Diagram of a tankless water heater. Energy.gov

Via energy.gov

A tankless water heater, or demand water heater gives you both: it’s was one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in 2015, and it gives our customers a design option that they may not have previously considered. It’s also a good way to save money every month on your water bill while being environmentally friendly.

As the name implies, a tankless water heater allows you to save on standby energy losses that are associated with storage water heaters. Instead, this water is heated on-demand by a gas, electric, or propane heating device that is automatically activated by the flow of water to heat a constant supply of water. That means no more waiting around for the storage tank to fill up with enough hot water.


This three bedroom house plan is packed with special features!


This small Craftsman cottage enjoys open living spaces and a split bedroom layout. The great room and dining room flow into one another, while the efficient kitchen is open to both with its angled seating bar. A walk-in pantry, coat closet, and e-space are located near the garage for convenient unpacking, and a large utility room provides storage and workspace. The garage includes storage and shelving space, its own covered entry, and a bonus room above awaiting expansion. The cozy master suite is situated for privacy, with access to relaxing covered porches with skylights.

Click here to see our new house plan 1406 – The Roark!

House Plan #1406 - The Roark is now available

3 beds, 2 baths, 1743 sq. ft.


This new house plan makes outdoor entertaining easy with a screened porch featuring a fireplace and summer kitchen!


Decorative brackets and a wide porch bring inviting curb appeal to this stylish house plan. The open kitchen serves both a large great room and a single dining area with bay window. A secluded master suite is set apart from two secondary bedrooms and a bedroom/study. Livability extends outdoors with large porches on both the front and rear and a screen porch with fireplace and outdoor kitchen.

Click here to see our new house plan #1351 – The Simon!

Front Rendering - New House Plan Design #1351: Now Available

House Plan #1351 – The Simon. 4 beds, 3 baths, 2484 sq ft.



This two-story cottage features a courtyard entry garage with a third, golf cart bay!


A sweeping gable highlights this two-story cottage house plan. The formal living spaces are open with a staircase separating them from the hearth and breakfast rooms. An e-space, butler’s pantry, mud and utility rooms are all near a two-car garage with golf cart bay. Upstairs are two bedrooms with private baths and a bunus room with dormer window and walk-in storage.

Click here to see home plan #1363 – The Charlotte!

Cottage Exterior Rendering - House Plan Design #1363

2974 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms