If you’re moving near a lake, building a house from scratch will ensure it has all the features you desire. Whether you’re looking for a space to entertain, want to enjoy the view or simply wish to have unhindered access to the water, Donald A. Gardner Architects has lake house designs that will suit your needs. With one of our stunning house plans, you can fully enjoy your lakefront living experience.
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Choose a House Plan That Captures the View
The view is a major factor to consider when mulling lake house ideas. Hillside walkout designs are great for sloping lots and often will feature large windows are doors oriented to take advantage of a view. Typically these designs offer rear views, featuring windows — often with a sliding glass door for access to a porch or patio — at the rear of the home.
Multiple gables highlight the roofline of this one-story design. A welcoming front porch provides entry to an efficient floor plan with the dining room flowing into the island kitchen and great room. Double doors access a rear porch with outdoor storage. A private hallway leads to the master suite with skylights adorning the tray ceiling and sun tunnels bringing natural light to the closets. To the opposite side of the home, two bedrooms share a bathroom with a dual sink vanity. The garage enters the home via a mud room and a drop zone designates space for coats, bags and shoes. The pantry is convenient for dropping groceries on the way to the kitchen and the utility room has a laundry sink and built-in cabinetry. A bonus room provides abundant storage or additional living square footage to meet the needs of the homeowner.
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We’ve created some video tutorials to help you navigate our website. With 1100+ home plans on our website, it can be difficult to narrow your search down to just one design. When you create a myDAG account, you can save your favorite plans while you’re browsing our website to easily access at a later time. If you are trying to decide between two or more home plans, our “Compare” feature is a helpful tool that lets you view renderings and floor plans side-by-side. You can also download “Preview Packages” that will include front, rear, and side elevations and the floor plans for a particular design. Learn more about these and other helpful tools in the video tutorials below!
The modern farmhouse style borrows from the rustic, contemporary and industrial trends to create a living space that’s chic and homey. The modern farmhouse look can add authenticity and personality to new floor plans. If you’re thinking of modern farmhouse open floor plans, find out how interior and exterior farmhouse touches can perfect the look of your new construction home.
Updated farmhouses tend to stick to a plain color palette outside. Think natural wood, bright white and deep blacks. Farmhouses tend to have board and batten or lap siding over shingles or shakes. By keeping the exterior of the house simple, you can highlight the shape and architectural features of the home.
Outdoor Living and Backyard Trends for Spring and Summer
Outdoor living allows you to enjoy your home and yard in a fuller sense. Rather than a few chairs on the patio, today’s outdoor living trends bring all of the features and functions of your home outdoors. Not only do you get a fun space to relax and unwind, you extend the square footage of your home and add value exponentially. Here are some of the top backyard living ideas to watch.
Outdoor kitchens upgrade the simple grill station with counters, running water, refrigerators and other amenities. It’s so much more convenient to cook and entertain outside than run back and forth from the indoor kitchen. This is a top desired trend among new homebuyers.