February brought plenty of snow and ice through the Southeast (and beyond) this year, and with it came photos of beautiful, snow-covered homes from our customers!
Here’s a round-up of
winter weather photography!
Each of our featured home designs this week have split bedroom layouts that lend privacy to the master suite.
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- Courtyard garage with storage and personnel door.
- Columns keep living spaces open.
- Large kitchen with serving bar.
Traditional style with modern amenities
Restrained elegance inside and out characterizes this stunning executive home with a dynamic open floor plan. Elegant columns separate the large great room from the smart, angled kitchen with skylit breakfast area. The great room accesses the covered rear porch and deck beyond.
Tucked away for privacy, the master suite is a grand getaway with a well-appointed bath with corner whirlpool tub, separate shower, and double-bowl vanity. The front bedroom can also be used as a study, while a bonus room over the garage adds even more flexibility.
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- Open great room and dining room under a cathedral ceiling.
- Kitchen with pantry, closets, and window seat.
- Master suite with his-and-hers walk-in closets.
This traditional charmer welcomes with its Country porch and prominent gables with decorative brackets. A cathedral ceiling spans the open great and dining rooms, with bar seating facing the roomy kitchen. A mud room off the garage includes a pantry, closets, and an e-space for looking up recipes. The master suite features two oversized walk-in closets and a linen closet for extra storage.
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Choosing the right architectural home style when building your new dream home is an exciting task whether you’re a building your first or fifth new home. With over hundreds of different styles and features to choose from, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing the right features and details that will help set your new home apart from the rest.
Two of the most popular styles are the Country and Craftsman home plans. To the untrained eye, these homes may seem very similar based on the exterior appearance. However, there are, in fact, a lot of distinct characteristics and features to both craftsman and country home plans that help those who live in them feel right at home. Let’s take a look at some of the elements that make country and craftsman home plans unique.
Craftsman Home Plans
The Craftsman Style Home rose to popularity during the American Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. The movement began in Great Britain and Europe before making its way across the Atlantic. The American movement sought to reform the current design trends in favor of producing simple designs with handcrafted materials to meet the needs of an expanding middle class.
Today’s Craftsman house plans are a modern adaptation of the early 20th century Craftsman home plans. Craftsman style homes typically use stone, brick and wooden materials during construction, allowing contractors and designers to showcase their skill and expertise during the building process while providing an artisanal feel to the home.
Homeowners are greeted by wide front porches detailed with decorative columns and wooden trims. From there, large gables, shed dormers, decorative brackets and handcrafted stone or woodwork make up the exterior focus of any craftsman home plan.
The interior’s open floor plan helps to create a larger than life feel, with exposed columns, built-in wooden furniture and large fireplaces highlighting the finer, more decorative details of the home.
Craftsman home plans can be found all across the country, but are most commonly found in suburban neighborhoods in the United States.
Country Home Floor Plans
With a form and detailing that pays homage to the styles of classical Colonial and Victorian times, country home floor plans provide their homeowners with a more traditional American feel. Using large living spaces and an expansive front porch that stretches the length of the home, Country home plans help their residents feel at home in this larger than life layout.
One of the more defining characteristics of country home floor plans, their dormers, come from the popular residential styles of Colonial times. These vertical windows project out from a roof-line that is parallel to the street to create more usable space within the interior of the home.
Country style homes are most commonly found among the cottages and farmhouses of suburban and rural America. Country home floor plans are available in a variety of styles, and can even be adapted into a one-story home plan to meet the lifestyle needs of any homeowner.
No matter what size or variation of the Country style home you choose, you can be assured knowing that your home will help you feel welcome from the moment you step through the front door.
At Donald A. Gardner Architects, our team is focused to staying true to both the traditional Country and Craftsman style home plans while adding modern amenities and features to make living easy. With more than 1,000 customizable home designs in a variety of styles, you can be certain there is a home plan made to suit your specific needs. Shop Donald A. Gardner Architects’ collection of timeless home designs today!
Modern farmhouses capture traditional curb appeal with open-concept floor plans for today’s homeowner.
Farmhouse style homes are typically characterized by wraparound porches and a roof that breaks to a shallower pitch at the porch. They often have a Country feel and feature dormers for a traditional look.
Siding is a common choice for a farmhouse exterior, but more and more modern farmhouses are built with brick, stone, or any mix of materials. Brick can lend a grand appearance that is warm and inviting.
Whether they are small or expansive, farmhouses are usually two stories with some of the bedrooms upstairs. Most modern farmhouses feature a master suite on the main level for convenience, with some or all of the additional bedrooms on the second floor.
Open-concept layouts are popular in modern farmhouses, with vaulted ceilings and skylights adding volume and bringing in plenty of natural light. Kitchens are open to the great room and dining areas to allow conversation to flow freely, allowing the family cook to stay connected at gatherings.
Some farmhouses have Low Country flair and are well-suited for coastal areas, whether for vacation or year-round living. Post/pier foundations are specifically designed for waterfront lots, and if your dream farmhouse isn’t already designed this way, you can have it modified if needed.
Even if you have a narrow lot in the suburbs, there are farmhouse plans that will suit your location! The Advanced Search option lets you enter the maximum width your lot can accommodate while searching only farmhouse style homes.
Let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects assist you in your search for the perfect modern farmhouse, and make sure you are getting the most out of your search with a myDAG membership. This free, easy-to-use service allows you to search easily and save your favorite farmhouse designs, streamlining your search.