When building a house, it’s easy to get caught up in choosing the flooring, countertops and floor plan. Yet there’s one detail that can make or break a house design, and that is the ceiling style. Without attention to the ceiling, it simply serves a functional purpose. With a little creativity, the ceiling can be a focal point or a part of the home that unites its overall look. Here are some inspiring ceiling design options that can make your home special.
Choosing brick or stone siding for your new dream home!
If you are making the choice to build your home rather than buy an existing home on the market, you will have more control over what products and finishes go into the design. The siding that you choose will have a major impact on the overall appearance and style of your home. When you build, you can opt for traditional siding options, or choose something that gives your home additional durability and character. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, we have large selection of homes with brick or stone exterior options that can meet your needs and preferences.
When it comes to curb appeal, a new garage door can make a dramatic difference.
If you would like to see your home reinvented with a Clopay garage and entry door, you’ll love the Clopay online garage door visualizer tool. Simply upload a photo of your home or choose from our sample homes, select the door design of your preference and view the door on your home. A collection of Don Gardner home plans are readily available for you to get started!
With the Clopay garage door visualization tool, you can test different garage and entry door designs on your home before deciding which door to buy. Comparing different styles? Save the images from the tool to compare side-by-side, or even print a before and after comparison.
Let’s walk through how to use the tool with Don Gardner home plan – The Silvergate!
Click on the yellow button labeled “Clopay Garage Door Visualizer”. (See bottom of post for a full list of Don Gardner home plans with the door visualizer already loaded).
The best of both worlds – City living with an Urban Homestead!
If you love the convenience of Urban or Suburban living, but want to be able to supplement your family’s food, an urban homestead or hobby farm may be the perfect solution. Living in the city offers many advantages. You are closer to entertainment and will likely have a shorter commute to work. However, a smaller yard may have you thinking it’s not possible to grow your own vegetables or raise your own chickens. While some neighborhoods will restrict these activities, (check your HOA guidelines!) many are becoming open to the idea of small scale farming. The idea of “farm-to-table” living is gaining popularity and with that comes the desire to provide your own food or share within a community. Neighborhoods are popping up that offer community gardens where neighbors work together to grow a garden and then share the crops. If you don’t live in the country and your neighborhood doesn’t provide a community garden, you can still create an urban homestead in your backyard.
Houzz – Inspiring Raised Beds for Fall and Spring Planting