First Photos of the Ives Home Design

Julie submitted photos to our 2014 Photo Contest – there’s still time to enter!

Enjoy these photos of the Ives Plan #1075

Front Exterior of The Ives - House Plan #1075

Front exterior, with shingle and board & batten siding.

Eye-catching exterior

A unique dormer with Palladian window tops the front porch of this Country Craftsman home, with its vibrant green exterior and classic gabled roofline.

Kitchen of The Ives - House Plan #1075

Country kitchen with built-in, stainless steel appliances

Decorative ceilings

Ceiling designs create an open feel, and add architectural interest and dimension. The great room and master bedroom have cathedral ceilings, and the dining room has a tray ceiling .

Great Room of The Ives - House Plan #1075

Great room, modified with a relocated fireplace and open basement stairs.

Master Bedroom of The Ives - House Plan #1075

Master bedroom, modified with an octagonal tray ceiling.

Bonus room

A flexible bonus room above the garage is accessed near the master suite, making a perfect space for a rec room, media room, or even an extra bedroom.

Bonus Room of The Ives - House Plan #1075

The bonus room, finished in rustic exposed wood, is a cozy gathering space.

Custom finished basement

The Ives Plan is a one-story design, which Julie had modified to have a finished walkout basement – here’s a quick peek at the basement layout. View the entire Flickr Album to see more!
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Similar plans:

The Runnymeade - House Plan Number 1164The Runnymeade Plan #1164 has a similar layout with a completely different exterior – see it here.

The Silvergate - House Plan Number 1254-DThe Snapdragon Plan #724 is a little bit bigger with a similar exterior and layout – see it here.

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2014 Photo Contest


Plan of the Week: The Hunter Creek

The Hunter Creek is a small home design that lives large!

This angled home plan has 3 beds and 2 baths in 1962 sq. ft.

The Hunter Creek - House Plan #1326Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Coffered ceilings.
  • Garage storage.
  • Chef-friendly kitchen.

Architectural interest and Craftsman styling

Mixed materials give a rustic feel to this angled floor plan. Inside, coffered and tray ceilings add visual interest and abundant rear windows bring in light. The large island kitchen has a view of the great room and single dining room, a walk-in pantry, and nearby e-space for looking up recipes. Both the utility room and garage offer extra storage and convenient outdoor access.

First Floor Plan of The Hunter Creek - House Plan #1326

Room to relax

Perfect for relaxation, this plan includes a master bedroom sitting area, rear porch with skylights, and striking octagonal screen porch with fireplace. A big bonus room adds flexible space, perfect for a media or craft room.

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Hunter Creek - House Plan Numb#er 1326

Get more information about the Hunter Creek house design here.

Similar plans:

The Bluestone - House Plan Number 1302The Bluestone Plan #1302 has 4 beds and 3 baths – see it here.

The Silvergate - House Plan Number 1254-DThe Silvergate Plan #1254 has a finished walkout basement – see it here.


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2014 Photo Contest

Photo Contest Entry with a Retro Twist

Steve and Tammy’s Craftsman home features a retro bar in the finished basement

The Heathridge Plan #763-D

Plan #763-D-The Heathridge - 2014 Photo Contest Entry

Front exterior, modified to have an angled garage

 Craftsman design ideal for a rustic setting

First Floor Plan of The Heathridge Plan #763-DThis Craftsman style home takes advantage of hillside views with its deck, patio, and abundance of rear windows. An open floor plan enhances the home’s spaciousness. The great room features a cathedral ceiling, a fireplace with built-in cabinets and shelves, and access to the generous rear deck. Designed for ultimate efficiency, the kitchen serves the great room, dining room, and breakfast area with equal ease.

A tray ceiling lends elegance to the master bedroom, which features deck access, his and her walk-in closets, and an extravagant bath with dual vanities, large linen closet, and separate tub and shower. A second master bedroom is located on the opposite side of the house and enjoys its own private bath, tray ceiling, and deck access.

Expand living with a finished walkout basement

Downstairs, a spacious family room is the perfect place for casual entertaining, and an abundance of space makes it ideal for creative interior design. Steve and Tammy built in a fantastic retro bar with cafe seating and custom tile flooring!
Retro bar in Plan #763-D-The Heathridge - 2014 Photo Contest Entry

Basement Floor Plan of The Heathridge - Plan #763-D

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Foyer of the Merrill - House Plan Number 1209

From now until May 31, 2014 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 $500 VISA gift card and have your photos featured on our website and Social Media sites found on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Zillow and more.

Plan of the Week: The Satchwell

Learn about this popular ranch home design!

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2097 sq. ft.

Front Exterior of The Satchwell Plan #967

Front exterior

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Craftsman styling inside and out.
  • Columns keep living spaces open.
  • Huge screen porch with skylights.



Graceful arches contrast with high gables for a stunning exterior on The Satchwell Plan. Windows with decorative transoms and several French doors flood the open floor plan with natural light.

First Floor Plan of The Satchwell #967

Tray ceilings in the dining room and master bedroom as well as cathedral ceilings in the bedroom/study, great room, kitchen and breakfast area create architectural interest, along with visual space. Built-ins in the great room and additional room in the garage add convenient storage. While a screened porch allows for comfortable outdoor entertaining, a bonus room lies near two additional bedrooms and offers flexibility.

Great Room of The Satchwell Plan #967

Great room

Positioned for privacy, the master suite features access to the screened porch, dual walk-in closets and a well-appointed bath, including a private privy, garden tub, double vanity and spacious shower.

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Plan of the Week: The Newcastle

Check out this charming 2 story cottage – The Newcastle Plan #994

Front Exterior of The Newcastle Plan #994

Front Exterior


Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Courtyard garage.
  • 2 beds and 2 baths upstairs.
  • Open balcony.

Cozy cottage with a roomy interior

Simply oozing with Old World charm, this cottage features stone and cedar shake with shed and eyebrow dormers. The porch is accented by a single column and twin arches, and the courtyard-entry garage makes the most of narrower lots.

Great Room of The Newcastle Plan #994

Inside, the gathering rooms are open to each other, yet individually distinguished by columns and ceiling treatments. Both the foyer and great room have two-story ceilings that are brightened by dormers, and the fireplace is flanked by built-in cabinetry. The breakfast nook includes two pantries and a built-in seat and the spacious kitchen features a cook top island.


Open Spaces & Special details

Bonus Room of The Newcastle Plan #994

Bonus Room

Upstairs, a balcony separates two additional bedrooms, each with dual closets and built-in desks. The flexible bonus room can accommodate a home theater, play room, office, or any other needs of the homeowner.

See the Newcastle floor plan and details here.
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