This week we’re featuring a small ranch plan under 2500 sq. ft. and a large bungalow over 2500 sq. ft.
3 beds, 2 baths, 2069 sq. ft.
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Country Craftsman exterior with gables and stonework.
- Contemporary, open living spaces.
- Extra storage space throughout.
Mixed materials and a metal porch roof create a low-maintenance, Craftsman exterior for this small ranch. Completely open, the great room and dining room flow into one another with a cathedral ceiling above and a pass-thru connecting the kitchen. Separate mud and utility rooms sit between the kitchen and the garage providing storage and pantry space. The master suite is situated for rear views, and is set apart from the rest of the home for privacy.
3 beds, 3 baths, 2733 sq. ft.
Home Design Quick Facts:
- Curves, columns, and ceiling designs.
- Master suite with dressing area and circular bath.
- Walk-in closets and extra utility space.
Traditional Neighborhood Design
No detail has been overlooked in this spacious bungalow design. Enter the foyer with hipped tray ceiling, and find a convenient and flexible study/bedroom, complete with window seat and full bath access.
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Decorative columns and a twelve-foot tray ceiling define the dining room, which opens into the great room with fireplace, low built-ins and coffered ceiling. This space flows seamlessly into the roomy kitchen with generous island. The breakfast area is defined by a curved bank of windows, and opens to a convenient e-space by way of a pass-through. A mud room with bench, coat closet and reach-in pantry adds convenience for families.
At the rear of the house, the luxury master suite offers a sitting nook, dressing area, large walk-in closets and a bath with separate vanities and unique round soaking tub. Outside, an enormous covered patio with summer kitchen and fireplace is the perfect place to entertain.
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Assessing Your Situation
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Choosing a Floor Plan Style that is Right for You
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Choosing a home style suitable for your floor plan needs may be one of the biggest decisions you face, so do not hesitate to consult the professional advice of architects or designers. Not only can they help you determine the home floor plan that best fits your needs, but they may be able to modify an existing home floor plan to help turn your dream home into a reality.
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Have you found a Don Gardner home plan that’s just perfect … except for one or two things? Customizing it is easy, and the possibilities are nearly endless.
- Moving the garage entry from front to side or vice-versa
- Adding a third garage bay
- Changing a hip roof to a gable or vice-versa
- Adding/removing brick or stone on the exterior
- Adding a screen porch or sunroom
- Completely changing the exterior façade to a different style
- Adding a walk-out or finished in-ground basement
- Stretching a plan either in width or depth to make various interior spaces larger
- Reducing the width of a plan to fit on a specific lot
- Flooring over a two-story or vaulted room to create more living space on the second level
- Adding extra bedrooms and/or bathrooms in unfinished space such as a bonus room or unfinished second floor, or expanding the plan to accommodate more rooms
- Adding space for an elevator
- Changing interior ceiling heights
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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.
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.
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
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!