Plan of the Week: The Runnymeade #1164

The Runnymeade Plan #1164 – This European cottage makes a grand impression in under 1,600 square feet!

Front Exterior: The Runnymeade Plan #1164

Front exterior

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Clipped gables and mixed materials.
  • Spacious utility room.
  • Large rear porch with fireplace.

Compact and charming, the Runnymeade includes all the details of a much larger home. The European style exterior features a stone entrance and copper roofing over the bedroom/study window.

Special details create an inviting interior

Great Room: The Runnymeade Plan #1164

Great room

The interior features tray ceilings in almost every common room, granting a luxurious feel to each. The breakfast room is hugged by a bow window, as is the master bedroom.

A 13 foot high ceiling in the great room adds a feeling of spaciousness, while built-in cabinetry, a fireplace, and special ceiling details create a welcoming space for entertaining or just relaxing.

The breakfast room, great room, kitchen and dining room are all just a step away from one another, allowing conversation to flow throughout the living areas.

Living extends outdoors

The sprawling porch and patio just off the great room are an added bonus, and a fireplace on the porch is a great way to keep warm during cooler months.

Rear Porch: The Runnymeade Plan #1164

Rear porch with fireplace

 Functional spaces make living easy

Perfectly positioned, the bedrooms ensure privacy from one another. Two secondary bedrooms share a bath and the elegant master suite is located in the rear of the home. The generous utility room is sure to please any homeowner and sits just off the garage without blocking the walkway. The garage includes a small storage area, and a bonus room above awaits the imagination!

Click here to see floor plans and more photos of the Runnymeade.
Click here to see the sister plan, the Lucerne, which features a single dining space, island kitchen, and walk-in pantry.


Product Round Up: Porches, Decks, and Patios

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 DECKING
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!

Trex Decking

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ELDORADO OUTDOOR
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.

Eldorado Stone Outdoor Fireplace

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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.

Feeney CableRail and LED Rail Light Kit

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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.

Walpole Outdoors' Pergolas

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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.

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens

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Dog-Friendly Home Ideas

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.

Dog Spa in the Utility Room

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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.

Built-in Dog Dish

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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!.

Dog Bedroom

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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.

Dog Room Under the Stairs

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 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!

To start your house plan search, visit www.dongardner.com


Plan of the Week: Hickory Ridge #916

The Hickory Ridge is a traditional, country home plan with a brick exterior and a welcoming interior.

Front Exterior - The Hickory Ridge #916

Front exterior

  • The huge country kitchen has 2 pantries
  • Relaxing wraparound porches, front and back.
  • Upstairs balcony opens up the great room.

Twin gables, sidelights, and an arched entryway accent the façade of this two-story home, while decorative ceiling treatments, bay windows, and French doors adorn the interior. The sister plan to the Peppermill, this design has even more square footage and additional features. Columns and clipped corners create a unique formal dining room, while a buffet niche makes entertaining simple. A powder room serves the great room and the cozy living room/study, and the master suite is oversized and topped with a tray ceiling.

Great Room: Hickory Ridge Plan #916

Great room

Supported by columns, a curved balcony overlooks the two-story, 20’x16′ great room. A fireplace flanked by built-in cabinetry creates a welcoming atmosphere in this large space, while two sets of French doors lead to a relaxing back porch.

Columns also mark the transition from the great room to the kitchen and breakfast room, and allow conversation to flow throughout the space.

Three secondary bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a large bonus room make up the second floor. Extra storage can be found throughout, including walk-in closets, two pantries, a spacious utility room, and a large storage bay in the garage that could house a golf cart or workshop.

Master Bedroom: Hickory Ridge Plan #916

Master suite

At the end of the day, relax in the luxurious master suite. His-and-hers walk-in closets provide ample storage and tray ceilings add drama. Enjoy access to the back porch, and a spa-like master bath with corner shower and garden tub.

To see floor plans and more details on the Hickory Ridge plan, click here

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How to Hide Eyesores Around the House

From messy cords to HVAC grills, here are some clever ways to hide those necessary eyesores:

  • Conceal laundry hampers in an easy-access drawer
Hide laundry hampers in extra deep drawers.

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Whether you upgrade an old piece of furniture or design a custom closet system from scratch, make room to hide your laundry baskets to keep the bedroom clean and clutter-free.

  • Dress up basement columns with crown molding
Dress up basement columns with crown molding

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A simple column can add architectural interest to a finished basement with an added detail like crown molding. To add extra character, consider painting the column with a bold accent color.

  • Camouflage the thermostat
Hide the thermostat in plain sight

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Hide your thermostat in plain sight by surrounding it with small framed art and family photos!

  • Draw attention away from that A/C return grill
Hide the A/C return with accent furniture

The Silvergate Plan #1254 by Don Gardner

A small, turquoise table adds a splash of color to this foyer, and draws attention away from the air-return grill. It also provides a convenient place to drop mail and keys on the way in.

  • Disguise those distracting cords
Hide lamp cords

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Use Command hooks to run the lamp cord along the back of the table to keep it tucked away. Also works well for phone chargers and other gadgets!

  • Cabinet doors = extra storage
Cabinet door storage

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Take advantage of every inch of space in your kitchen by storing small items on the backs of the kitchen cabinet doors.

  • Hide lesser-used kitchen appliances
Hide appliances

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For those heavy appliances that aren’t used every day, install a swing-out shelf within a cabinet. It keeps the counters free for workspace, while helping avoid heavy-lifting!

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