Convenience

Command Centers, Home Offices, and E-Spaces

Command centers and built-in desk areas are ideal for a multitude of tasks

 

E-space of The Newcastle House Plan #994

Built-in e-space in the kitchen of the Newcastle Plan #994

Stay organized with a dedicated workspace

Busy families need a home plan that not only emphasizes their personal style, but is also convenient and functional. More and more activities in the home are centered around the kitchen, and Don Gardner Architects has created the e-space to offer even greater  functionality in the area where family members congregate. An e-spaces are like the command centers of the home, and function as an accessible place for the family computer — perfect for looking up recipes, paying bills, doing homework or supervising younger users. E-spaces also serve as a place to charge cell phones, MP3 players and other electronic gadgets.

A larger e-space, like the one in the Drayton Hall Plan, is well suited to be a small home office or homework area. It’s open to the living areas, allowing conversation flow and a pleasant atmosphere.First Floor Plan of The Drayton Hall Design 1238

Small corner office

The large, semi-private e-space in the Fincannon Plan is almost a full home office. It’s still open, but is set back  from the living areas for a quieter place to focus. Cabinets and built-in L-shaped desk mean tons of storage and room to work.

E-space of The Fincannon House Plan 1234. Command Centers

Study/home office

If you do a lot of work from home, or prefer a workspace where you can shut out the busy world around you, a home design with a study or home office may be the best fit. The Laurelwood Plan has a study right off the foyer that welcomes you with French doors, a stately coffered ceiling, and a bay window. Many of our home plans include a bedroom/study, to use whichever way is ideal for your household.

Study of The Laurelwood House Plan 5024

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NOW AVAILABLE: The Ramsey Plan #1347

This ranch home plan features a convenient layout and an expansive kitchen. Check out The Ramsey Plan #1347!

The Ramsey - Plan #1347

Front rendering

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Laundry room is central to all 4 bedrooms.
  • Large island kitchen with e-space.
  • Screen porch with fireplace and summer kitchen.

 

 

Special details, inside and out

This European-influenced ranch design is family-friendly with attractive details that add warmth and character. Bay windows and tray ceilings adorn the dining room, master bedroom, and bedroom/study, while a cathedral ceiling tops the great room and opens up to a rear wall of windows to bring in sunlight.

Functional and efficient

A mud room, powder room, and walk-in pantry sit between the garage and the expansive kitchen, and a spacious laundry room is central to all the bedrooms for convenience. The two-car, side entry garage includes two storage bays and a personnel door for outside access. An e-space in the kitchen is an easy place to charge phones and look up recipes.
The Ramsey - Plan #1347

Extra living space

The bedroom/study can serve as a guest room, library, office, or family room. A bonus room with skylights offers flexible space, and a cozy screen porch with fireplace is perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Outdoor living extends to the covered porch and optional patio space beyond.

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Charleston Style House Plan on the Drawing Board #1361

Check out this new narrow-lot conceptual design, and give us your feedback in the comments!

Charleston Style Exterior - Conceptual Design #1361

Conceptual Design #1361 has a Charleston style exterior with two levels of porches lined with columns. This design is narrow with a rear-entry garage on the basement level, ideal for Traditional Neighborhood Developments.

Lower Level - Conceptual Design #1361The two-story great room is open to the curved balcony above, and is set apart from the dining room by a trio of columns and built-in shelves framing the dining room window. The kitchen is surrounded by casual living spaces: An intimate keeping room with a fireplace, window seats, and cathedral ceiling, and a breakfast room with open e-space. A home elevator runs between the main floor and the lower level, making it a breeze to carry in groceries. The master bedroom has dual walk-in closets and a private porch/balcony at the rear of the home.

Main Floor - Conceptual Design #1361Two bedrooms upstairs enjoy access to the loft, covered porch, and massive bonus room.
Second Floor - Conceptual Design #1361

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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!

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Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Extend your living space with an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are the perfect way to extend living space so you can prepare and enjoy meals outside. Porches and patios offer a great deal of flexibility, and an outdoor kitchen can range anywhere from a small grill with cabinets and counters nearby, to full chef-quality arrangements with refrigerators, warming drawers, and more.

Outdoor Kitchen - The Firenze Plan #5025

The Firenze Plan #5025

This summer kitchen from the Firenze plan sits just outside the large family room and provides an extra 18′ x 12′ of relaxing entertaining space. Sleek cabinets hide grilling supplies and anything needed for dining al fresco.

Basement Floor Plan of The Cedar Ridge - House Plan Number 1125-DScreened Porch of The Cedar Ridge - House Plan Number 1125-D

The Cedar Ridge takes advantage of Mother Nature with a sunroom, rear deck and screened porch on the main level, and a second covered porch and screened porch with summer kitchen on the lower level. This all-in-one unit includes a grill, sink, and refrigerator for the ultimate in easy outdoor meals.

The Peyton Plan #1289

The Peyton Plan #1289

A screened porch is an ideal location for an outdoor kitchen, like this one from the Peyton plan. The screens keep pests away, while skylights bring in the sunlight and a cozy fireplace allows outdoor enjoyment year-round.

Search our collection of home plans with outdoor kitchens to find designs in all styles and sizes with kitchens already shown, or find more ideas on setting up your own outdoor kitchen by browsing our Outdoor Home Ideas board on Pinterest!