Conceptual Designs

One Perfect Exterior, Several Layouts to Choose From

Our Silvergate Plan has been a favorite choice among our angled home designs with it’s elegant Craftsman exterior…

But with its hillside walkout basement, it won’t suite every lot. So we have created a variety of unique floor plans with this same dreamy exterior so there is something for everyone!

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See the one story version
See the Conceptual Plan in progress

Angled Craftsman Exterior of The Silvergate - House Plan 1254-D

Picture this as a two story home! The Bantry Plan #1336 features an angled floor plan which allows it to take advantage of rear views. The dining room, master bedroom, and screened porch are bayed, adding architectural interest, and the rear porch is topped with a cathedral ceiling and skylights. The spacious kitchen is right by the screened porch with summer kitchen, making outdoor entertaining easy. A pantry, coat closet, and utility room lead the way to the garage, while additional bedrooms and a bonus room complete the second floor.

Second Floor Plan of The Bantry - House Design 1336

First Floor Plan of The Bantry - House Plan 1336

Picture this as a one story cottage! The Rowan Plan #1366 is the perfect retirement or vacation home, with two bedrooms and an open layout for easy living. The great room, kitchen, and dining room flow into one another, with a relaxing sun room positioned to take in Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Rowan - Home Plan 1366views all around. The full master suite includes a tray ceiling, walk-in closets, and a roomy bath with barrel vaulted ceiling. An oversized bonus room with full bathroom awaits guests. Special details include a bedroom/study with window seat, e-space in the kitchen, spacious utility room, and garage storage.

Full photo album of the Rowan Plan here.

First Floor Plan of The Rowan - Home Design 1366

Prefer a hillside walkout, but want to make room for a home  elevator? Design In Progress #1332 has it taken care of! This European design has an angled floor plan living space on the lower level. A residential elevator has been added without reducing the overall square footage, and the rec room, dining room, and screen porch have been expanded. The layout makes this a perfect home to age-in-place.

conceptual design 1332 first floor plan: Now In Progress

conceptual design 1332 basement floor plan: Now In Progress

Our in-house modifications are available for every plan in our collection, so if you love this exterior style, choose the layout that suits your needs, and then have custom changes made as desired!

See the one-and-only Silvergate Plan #1254-D here!

eDAG Newsletter, November 2014

Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. The Chatsworth Plan #1301-D by Don Gardner
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Pictured: Design In Progress #1322

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Name This Plan!

Conceptual Design #1402 is now In Progress, and we want YOU to help name it!

UPDATE: The Emerson Plan is NOW AVAILABLE!

Votes have been counted and Emerson is the winner! Thanks to all who voted, and be on the look-out for this plan to become available in the future!

Name This Plan!

Vote for your favorite name from these 3 options:

  • Emerson

  • Harper

  • Swansea

Leave a comment on this blog post with your choice! Spread the word and get your friends to vote, too. Voting will run through the weekend, and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, September 22, 2014.

More information about Design #1402

Design in Progress #1402 incorporates the split bedroom layout and several functional features of the Peyton Plan #1289 into a Country Craftsman exterior. A gabled roof line with cedar shake and stone detail creates a warm and inviting exterior. Double columns and a gentle arch usher you into this welcoming home.

Name This Plan #1402 - Main Floor Plan

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An oversized project studio/utility room is located near the center of this design for convenient access from all four bedrooms, and the nearby open kitchen includes counter seating facing the octagonal dining room. The e-space/command center is a  great workspace for homework or use as a small home office, and a massive walk-in pantry provides extra storage. The vaulted screen porch with fireplace is a great place to relax or entertain with its summer kitchen and fantastic views.

View the original hand-drawn sketches and leave your feedback on the design itself on this post: Country House Plan on the Drawing Board: 1402
Leave a reply below with your choice: Emerson, Harper, or Swansea

NOW AVAILABLE: Hillside Walkout Plan #1340-D

Here’s our latest walkout basement design, the Brodie #1340-D

Take a look and let us know what you think!

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Large, open kitchen with a view and walk-in pantry.
  • Screen porch with summer kitchen and skylights.
  • Rec room and private bedroom on the lower level.
Craftsman cottage for sloping lots

Stone, siding, and a metal porch roof create low maintenance curb appeal for this Craftsman home. Wide open living areas and ample storage and utility space combine for a plan that is appealing and efficient, while porches and patios take living outdoors. The master bedroom has views on three sides, access to the covered porch, and dual walk-in closets.


Walkout basement with finished & unfinished space.

A bedroom with bath, rec room, and tons of unfinished storage complete the lower level. A perfect guest suite or living area for a grown child. With a bonus room over the garage, the Brodie has plenty of flexible space.



Similar plans:

The Wilton Plan #981 is a one-story plan with a similar exterior – See it here.

The Asiago Ridge Plan #5046 has a kitchen/dining/great room combination – See it here.