Porches, decks, and patios are an important part of your home, so we’ve put together a list of products that are perfect for your outdoor living spaces.
Building a new home is an exciting time. Whether you like to entertain or spend some quiet time outdoors, Don Gardner homes offer efficient layouts and outdoor features like porches, patios, decks and summer kitchens. Browse Outdoor Living Space home plans on our website, and read on to discover some great product ideas!
Trex has a lineup of low-maintenance, long-lasting composite decking in a range of textures and colors for your new deck. It stands up to weather and resists stains and mold thanks to its high-performance shell, and offers a soft, splinter-free finish with a deep wood-grain pattern. Their earth-friendly products are made from 95% recycled wood, sawdust and plastics. No sanding. No staining. No painting!
Many Don Gardner home plans include a fireplace on the screened porch for year-round enjoyment. Eldorado Outdoor Fireplaces feature an integrated scratch coat and are ready to be dressed with Eldorado Stone or Brick for the ultimate masonry appearance. Choose from wood-burning or gas, with additional accessories available including chimney extensions and seating walls to truly customize your space.
FEENEY CABLERAIL with LED LIGHTING
Feeney CableRail is a perfect solution for stairs, balconies, and deck railings where you want to maintain an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The new LED Rail Light Kit for DesignRail not only provides safety in low-light areas, it’s a lighting accent that creates a charming atmosphere for outdoor entertaining. Their versatile designs work well with any exterior style, from rustic to modern.
WALPOLE OUTDOORS’ PERGOLAS
Adding a pergola to your patio creates a shady, relaxing outdoor living space. Walpole Outdoors offers many standard choices, from straight top to arched-top pergolas with round or square columns in six sizes, and are available with retractable Sunbrella fabric canopies to provide shelter whenever the weather changes. Walpole will assist you in designing a custom pergola for your home, and PVC construction means they are long-lasting and low maintenance.
DANVER OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of products to create your dream entertainment area, including refrigeration, ice makers, pizza ovens, power burners, ceramic smoker/grills, and bartending centers. You can choose from designer colors and realistic wood grain powder coat finishes on stainless, creating a one-of-a-kind summer kitchen.
Any house plan can be dog-friendly with a little creativity, planning, and design!
From small space savers to over-the-top suites, there are many creative ways to incorporate living space for your Best Friend into your new home. Especially when it comes to the mud room or utility room. Here are 5 ideas from around the web to inspire you:
1. A pet spa in the utility room
A dog spa like this one makes bath time easy…no bending over, and a handheld hose for rinsing. Having bath time in the utility room keeps messes out of the bathroom and makes for simple clean-up.
2. Built-in feeding bowls
This idea is perfect for taking advantage of the unused space at the bottom of kitchen or utility room cabinetry. Install it under the cabinet where you plan to store dog food and other supplies to save time in your daily routine.
3. Puppy Suite
This glamorous layout is perfect for families with several dogs, or for people who provide foster homes for dogs in need. These “bedrooms” can be installed in a converted garage, finished basement, or even an extra bedroom. Easy-to-clean flooring and surfaces are essential!.
4. Utilize any extra space
What might have been a small storage area, or even wasted space, can be transformed into a dog bedroom. Neutral colors and dog-themed decor add charm, and can easily blend in with the rest of the living space.
5. Hidden doggie door
Doggie doors don’t typically blend in with home decor, so consider hiding it behind cabinet doors. Plus, it’s easy to close when you don’t want anyone going in or out!
Cat-lovers, we have a blog post for you coming soon, so be sure to bookmark our blog and check back!
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Our Drayton Hall Plan #1238 is being built as this year’s St. Jude Children’s Hospital Dream Home Giveaway in Chattanooga, TN
The Drayton Hall features unmatched curb appeal with a wide stone entry, courtyard and fountain. No detail has been overlooked in this two-story European style home. The spacious, open kitchen features a large island that provides working space for multiple chefs, and a butler’s pantry connects the kitchen to the dining room for easy entertaining. A large, open e-space connects the breakfast and kitchen space to the family room. Built-ins and a decorative ceiling make this room comfortable but luxurious. A lavish master suite on the main floor and a spacious, secluded guest suite upstairs create flexibility. Custom-styled details including a laundry chute, built-in cabinetry, niches and elegant ceiling treatments ensure that this home will stand out in a crowd.
The Drayton Hall is being built on lot #25 in the Canyons at Falling Water Subdivision, located on the Northside of Chattanooga, TN in Hixson. The builder, G. T. Issa Construction, has been building custom homes in the Chattanooga area for over 20 years. Be sure to follow the building progress on their Facebook page, and check back in April when raffle tickets will be available for $100!
The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway was created in 1991 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has become one of the largest single-event fundraisers for St. Jude nationwide, raising more than $260 million.
Have You Entered Our 2012 Photo Contest Yet?
Plan 1157 / The Richelieu
From now until May 31, 2012 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 $250 VISA gift card and have your photos featured our website at www.dongardner.com!