Architectural Styles

Choosing the Perfect Style for Your Dream Home

Choosing the Perfect Style for Your Dream Home

With hundreds of styles to choose from, finding the perfect solution for your dream home floor plans proves to be a daunting task for anyone. With each style designed to give off a different feel and atmosphere both inside and out, determining a specific style that meets all of your lifestyle needs may be a challenge. From classical country homes to small ranch house plans, understanding what each different style offers a homeowner can help one to better choose the home design that is perfect for their needs.

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Assessing Your Situation

Before you begin browsing the hundreds of different styles of home floor plans, it is important to first take the time to carefully plan out both your needs and limitations to make sure you choose the style that provides the best fit to your home needs. When looking at new home designs, think of the characteristics of homes you have lived in throughout your life. What features did you like? What did you dislike? How much living space do you need? Establishing a list of features to look for with your new home can help you to better select one that is suitable for you and your family.

Beyond the features, it is crucial that you take note of any restrictions of limitations you may have in place when choosing your home design. If there are any space limitations on the lot you plan to build on? What is your planned budget for your new home? Your answers to these questions can help you when it comes to selecting your home floor plans.

Choosing a Floor Plan Style that is Right for You

After you have carefully assessed your needs and restrictions, you can then begin to identify a specific style that is the best fit for your home. When looking into different styles, work to understand the pros and cons of each. Prioritize the features that you simply cannot live without and make certain that the final floor plan you choose either has these features in place or can be easily modified to include them.

When narrowing down your decision, look at the other home styles in the area of the lot you plan to build on. Consider if your dream home will be a welcome fit to the neighborhood. Most importantly, the floor plan you choose should feel like “home” to you. When looking at home floor plans online, focus on how you can make your home even more personalized. Think of your home floor plans as the blank canvas for which to paint your dream home and design style onto.

Choosing a home style suitable for your floor plan needs may be one of the biggest decisions you face, so do not hesitate to consult the professional advice of architects or designers. Not only can they help you determine the home floor plan that best fits your needs, but they may be able to modify an existing home floor plan to help turn your dream home into a reality.

No matter what design you make with your home floor plans, it is important that you purchase your plans from a professionally respected architect. Choosing from the hundreds of floor plans and home designs available through Donald A. Gardner Architects guarantees you just that. Since 1978, every home plan designed by Donald A. Gardner Architects is guaranteed to provide functional living and timeless design. Additionally, our home floor plans are easily modifiable to fit any lot limitations or your specific needs. Contact Donald A. Gardner Architects today, and let us help you move one step closer to making your dream home a reality.

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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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Ranch Home Plan #1328 – Goes Live – NOW AVAILABLE

Ranch Home Plan #1328 – The Bosworth

Ranch Home Plan: The Bosworth #1328

Front exterior

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Craftsman exterior with plenty of curb appeal.
  • A double pantry and large utility room

 

This Ranch home plan with gables and metal accent roofs creates a welcoming, Craftsman exterior with plenty of curb appeal. Cathedral ceilings add volume to the great room and dining room, with a spacious island kitchen between them. A double pantry and large utility room provide plenty of storage space, and the garage has a convenient personnel door to the outside. Walk-in closets in each bedroom, as well as coat and linen closets, keep things in their place.

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New Cottage Plan #1319 – Now Available!

European Cottage with a Modern Layout: The Lucerne Plan #1319

The Lucerne - Cottage House Plan #1319Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Large kitchen includes an island and plenty of counter space.
  • The utility room is spacious and practical
  • Oversized screened porch is perfect for relaxing and entertaining

Stylish, Practical Cottage Home Plan

Cottage can mean different things to different people. Some people view cottages as small homes that offer a cozy retreat. Don Gardner’s cottage homes offer lots of flexibility and charm, with the modern amenities you love plus the cottage styling you’re looking for. The Lucerne is one of the outstanding cottage home plans by Don Gardner. This small cottage home plan is stylish and practical, with its European-inspired exterior and modern layout.  Stone, stucco, and clipped gables outside give it a cottage feel, while tray and coffered ceilings and abundant windows open up the interior. This one-story home includes three bedrooms, 2 spacious baths, and 1,828 square feet arranged for a family-efficient traffic flow, with living areas perfect for entertaining.

The great room is topped with a coffered ceiling and enjoys a cozy fireplace flanked with built-in cabinetry. French doors lead to an oversized screen porch with skylights to bring in extra light and views. Patio space expands outdoor living and is the perfect space to add a pool or spa. The single dining space lies just around the corner from the great room and has large windows for an open feel. Open to the kitchen, the dining room is perfect for casual meals and breakfast, while the stunning tray ceiling sets the stage for more formal gatherings.

Get the Dream Kitchen You’ve Always Wanted

The island kitchen has a view to both the great room and dining room, and has plenty of counter space and a nearby walk-in pantry.  A small e-space is the perfect place to look up recipes. Located just off the garage entrance, it’s easy to bring in groceries and put everything in its place.

Luxurious Bedrooms & Lots of Storage

The master bedroom features a curved wall of windows, walk-in closet, and an oversized shower in the master bath. The secondary bedrooms sit across the home for privacy, and share a large bathroom with twin vanities and private privy.

Storage abounds with linen closets for each bathroom, a large utility room, and additional storage in the garage. Stairs lead to a flexible bonus room, perfect for a home office, rec room, or any other use the homeowner might imagine, while attic storage is easily accessible.

View more cottage home plans like this on the Don Gardner website.

Efficient Family Ranch Floor Plan

Plan #1258 The Greenbranch

 Greenbranch - Craftsman Ranch House Plan 1258Home Design Quick Facts:

    • Open space single kitchen and dining area with vaulted ceiling.
    • Large utility and mud rooms make it easy to accommodate hobbies, quick clean ups and gear storage.
    • Convenient Jack and Jill bathroom.

Today’s busy lifestyles call for an efficient family ranch floor plan that offers a well-planned layout but also provides the amenities one expects in a quality home. The Greenbranch Ranch floor plan by Don Gardner offers a convenient floor plan that is great for people on the go. Family meals are easy to cook and serve in the kitchen that flows directly to the dining area. This part of the home offers a natural gathering area and its adjacent e-space is a great place for kids to do their homework.

Featuring 1885 sq. ft. of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths The Greenbranch is a small home that surprises with its large, airy feel. The home is practically designed with an eye toward casual comfort. The open great room invites you in to enjoy the fireplace and vaulted ceiling. Throughout the home you’ll find conveniences you’d expect in a much larger home such as a Jack and Jill bathroom, extra storage throughout, large walk-in closets, utility room, mud room and lots of attic storage.

This is a great home for people who like to spend time outdoors as it includes a patio area with room for a spa. The bonus room above the garage offers many possibilities as a fourth bedroom, game room or hobby area

See more house plans like this on the Don Gardner website.