The DAG app for iPhone & iPad is now available in the App Store!
Now you can search, view, and save your favorite home plans on your favorite device!
Click to download the App for iPhone & iPad
The DAG application allows you to browse and search our database of house plans. You can view plan details, descriptions, features, and dimensions, as well as floor plans and images. You can create a FREE myDAG account, which will allow you to save your favorite plans and custom searches so you can refer to them later. Your same myDAG account can be accessed from both the DAG application as well as our web site.
Search or browse floor plans, see the Plan of the Week, or log in to myDAG to see your saved plans.
Once you enter your search criteria, browse the matching results. See the front exterior or rendering, along with number of beds and baths and square footage.
Get more detail on any individual plan, including renderings, photos, specifications, and floor plans. From here, you can browse by “similar floor plans” or “similar exteriors,” and call our Customer Support Specialists to answer any questions.
View each floor plan for any home design, all in one place.
You can browse all home photography by room or exterior, or look through the photos of just the particular house plan you are interested in.
Don Gardner and staff accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Now it’s your turn…
Don’s granddaughter nominated him for the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS and he accepted! Watch the video:
Don Gardner issued the Ice Bucket Challenge to his office staff, as well as The Sater Group, Inc., Acumen I.T. (Greenville, SC) and all our customers. YOU are now challenged to to make a donation to alsa.org and/or take the Ice Bucket Challenge. Don’t forget to include #DAGALS and #IceBucketChallenge when you post your videos!
From The ALS Association:
Washington, D.C. (August 20, 2014) — As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20). These donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors to The Association.
The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, The Association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS.
About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.
Getting the house of your dreams with your eyes wide open
This soon to be released (April 29th) book by Boyce Thompson is a great resource for anyone considering building a new home.
Chapter 4: Space Planning Comes of Age – features Donald A. Gardner home plans as a model of how to reduce square footage “without sacrificing the facade or livability”.
Author Boyce Thompson, the former editorial director of Builder magazine for 17 years, demystifies the challenges and opportunities facing new home buyers. He lays out the new reality: going green, high-tech, aging in place, space planning, and construction options available in today’s market. Drawing from nearly two decades of experience, he helps you to determine which home features will improve your living experience today…and create value should you sell your home down the road.
The 2014 Photo Contest is here! Check out these tips and tricks for taking the best photos of your Don Gardner home.
Tips for Exterior Photos:
Be aware of sun and where shadows are cast on the home. You want to take the photo when the facade is shown in the most flattering light, with few harsh shadows. Especially note if covered porches are dark – turning on the porch lights can make a huge difference in the shot.
Make sure you aren’t including extraneous items in the shot, such as cars in the driveway, trash bins, or a mailbox or tree branch that blocks the view of the home. Also – it’s best if there are not seasonal decorations visible on the home when you take the photo.
Don’t crop in too closely so that you cut off part of the house. Try to get the entire home into the frame with space around it on all sides whenever possible.
Landscaping is important – a photo during spring or summer when leaves are on the trees and the grass is green will generally be more appealing than when the grass is dormant and leaves have fallen.
Tips for Interior Photos:
Homes that are fully furnished and decorated will have a greater chance of winning than empty rooms. To be featured in Designer Dream Homes magazines, the home must be furnished and decorated. Interior design creates visual interest and is important in illustrating the layout of the floor plan. On the flip side, keep clutter to a minimum to ensure the most appealing photos – you may need to “edit out” some of the objects that are normally in the room to create the best presentation for the photos.
Frame your photos in a way that room relationships and architectural details are easily discerned. In general, we’re looking for “whole room” photos rather than close up detail shots, but feel free to include detail shots of items which are particularly interesting. Wide-angle shots that show 2 or more rooms in relation to one another are particularly effective.
Be aware of lights and shadows. Interior photography can be tricky. Because of the odd shadows that a flash can cast, it is best not to use one if at all possible. (Shadows from light fixtures and ceiling fans are the most distracting.) We recommend taking your photos during daylight when the room is at its brightest. Even with strong natural light, it helps to turn on every overhead light and lamp available in the room. Turn off ceiling fans to avoid “blur blades” in the photos. Unlike shadows created by a flash, shadows created by sunlight flooding into a room are generally very appealing, so don’t be afraid to include them.
Also be aware of reflections – mirrors are the most obvious to look out for, but glass picture frames, shower door enclosures, French doors with glass and shiny appliances are other “trouble spots.”
From now until May 31, 2014 you can submit photos of your finished Donald A. Gardner home for a chance to be published in our nationally distributed and best-selling magazine “Designer Dream Homes” plus, you could also win a $500 VISA gift card and have your photos featured on our website and Social Media sites found on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Zillow and more.