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Unconventional Bathroom Flooring

The bathroom is typically the smallest room in the home, which makes it the perfect place to get creative!

Wood-Grain Tile
Tile is a classic choice for bathroom flooring, with plenty of styles and textures to choose from. The Reclamation Collection by Crossville Tile offers the benefits of porcelain tile with a wood-inspired look that’s elegant and modern.

Bathroom: wood-grain tile

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Cork
Eco-friendly and attractive, cork is mildew-resistant and bounces back from small mishaps. Its soft, springy texture means you won’t have to step onto a cold floor. Although cork is water-resistant, consult a professional for installation in the bathroom due to the seams between the tiles.

Concrete
Concrete can be an easy and economical flooring choice if your home is built on a slab foundation. Sanding and sealing might be all that’s needed to get a polished look, and staining or etching can give it one-of-a-kind flair.

Bathroom: concrete floors

Pebbles
Pebble tiles are a unique, yet low-key, flooring option that enhances any style of decor while feeling comfortable under foot. Cover the entire floor or mix with other types of tile to create your own design.

Bathroom: pebble floor

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Pennies
You may have stumbled across this idea already (if you spend enough time on Pinterest) – penny flooring. It’s unusual, but copper has always been a fashionable accent color. Perhaps a bit over-the-top, but definitely a conversation starter!

Bathroom: Penny floors

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Product Round Up: Porches, Decks, and Patios

Porches, decks, and patios are an important part of your home, so we’ve put together a list of products that are perfect for your outdoor living spaces.

Building a new home is an exciting time. Whether you like to entertain or spend some quiet time outdoors, Don Gardner homes offer efficient layouts and outdoor features like porches, patios, decks and summer kitchens. Browse Outdoor Living Space home plans on our website, and read on to discover some great product ideas!

TREX DECKING
Trex has a lineup of low-maintenance, long-lasting composite decking in a range of textures and colors for your new deck. It stands up to weather and resists stains and mold thanks to its high-performance shell, and offers a soft, splinter-free finish with a deep wood-grain pattern. Their earth-friendly products are made from 95% recycled wood, sawdust and plastics. No sanding. No staining. No painting!

Trex Decking

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ELDORADO OUTDOOR
Many Don Gardner home plans include a fireplace on the screened porch for year-round enjoyment. Eldorado Outdoor Fireplaces feature an integrated scratch coat and are ready to be dressed with Eldorado Stone or Brick for the ultimate masonry appearance. Choose from wood-burning or gas, with additional accessories available including chimney extensions and seating walls to truly customize your space.

Eldorado Stone Outdoor Fireplace

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FEENEY CABLERAIL with LED LIGHTING
Feeney CableRail is a perfect solution for stairs, balconies, and deck railings where you want to maintain an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The new LED Rail Light Kit for DesignRail not only provides safety in low-light areas, it’s a lighting accent that creates a charming atmosphere for outdoor entertaining. Their versatile designs work well with any exterior style, from rustic to modern.

Feeney CableRail and LED Rail Light Kit

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WALPOLE OUTDOORS’ PERGOLAS
Adding a pergola to your patio creates a shady, relaxing outdoor living space. Walpole Outdoors offers many standard choices, from straight top to arched-top pergolas with round or square columns in six sizes, and are available with retractable Sunbrella fabric canopies to provide shelter whenever the weather changes. Walpole will assist you in designing a custom pergola for your home, and PVC construction means they are long-lasting and low maintenance.

Walpole Outdoors' Pergolas

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DANVER OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of products to create your dream entertainment area, including refrigeration, ice makers, pizza ovens, power burners, ceramic smoker/grills, and bartending centers. You can choose from designer colors and realistic wood grain powder coat finishes on stainless, creating a one-of-a-kind summer kitchen.

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens

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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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How to Hide Eyesores Around the House

From messy cords to HVAC grills, here are some clever ways to hide those necessary eyesores:

  • Conceal laundry hampers in an easy-access drawer
Hide laundry hampers in extra deep drawers.

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Whether you upgrade an old piece of furniture or design a custom closet system from scratch, make room to hide your laundry baskets to keep the bedroom clean and clutter-free.

  • Dress up basement columns with crown molding
Dress up basement columns with crown molding

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A simple column can add architectural interest to a finished basement with an added detail like crown molding. To add extra character, consider painting the column with a bold accent color.

  • Camouflage the thermostat
Hide the thermostat in plain sight

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Hide your thermostat in plain sight by surrounding it with small framed art and family photos!

  • Draw attention away from that A/C return grill
Hide the A/C return with accent furniture

The Silvergate Plan #1254 by Don Gardner

A small, turquoise table adds a splash of color to this foyer, and draws attention away from the air-return grill. It also provides a convenient place to drop mail and keys on the way in.

  • Disguise those distracting cords
Hide lamp cords

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Use Command hooks to run the lamp cord along the back of the table to keep it tucked away. Also works well for phone chargers and other gadgets!

  • Cabinet doors = extra storage
Cabinet door storage

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Take advantage of every inch of space in your kitchen by storing small items on the backs of the kitchen cabinet doors.

  • Hide lesser-used kitchen appliances
Hide appliances

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For those heavy appliances that aren’t used every day, install a swing-out shelf within a cabinet. It keeps the counters free for workspace, while helping avoid heavy-lifting!

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Winter Weather House Plan Photos

As winter weather has swept through the Southeast, we’ve been delighted to receive lots of customer photos of Don Gardner homes in the snow. We hope you enjoy them!

The Birchwood – Plan #1239:
Winter Weather: The Birchwood #1239This Arts and Crafts styled sprawling ranch has so much to offer the modern homeowner. Each bedroom features elegant ceiling treatments, a walk-in closet and an adjacent full bathroom. A large utility room is conveniently placed down the hall from the secondary bedrooms. The large, gourmet kitchen includes a walk-in pantry and central island.

The Becker – Plan #1293:
Winter Weather: The Becker #1293A Craftsman exterior and an efficient floor plan allow the Becker to pack a lot of luxury into a modest footprint. The expansive master suite tucked to the rear of the home provides privacy, while the kitchen, great room, and breakfast area open to a massive screen porch to the rear.

The Cartwright – Plan #801:
Winter Weather: The Cartwright #801An arched window in a center gable lends style and beauty to the façade of this three-bedroom home. An open common area that features a great room with cathedral ceiling, a formal dining room with tray ceiling, a functional kitchen and an informal breakfast area separates the master suite from the secondary bedrooms for optimal privacy.

The Hardesty – Plan #1287:

Winter Weather: The Hardesty #1287

Built by Ray Southeastern Design in KY

Siding and stone detailing add Craftsman charm to this ranch-style home. This four bedroom plan makes the most of space, with a large kitchen overlooking the open great room and dining room area, with generous mud and utility rooms offering storage and work space.

The Anniston – Plan #540:Winter Weather: The Anniston #540Interior columns define entry to the formal dining room with elegant tray ceiling. The great room features a cathedral ceiling and fireplace with adjacent built-in. Designed for utmost efficiency, the kitchen is open to the breakfast room and great room and includes a time saving raised counter for quick meals.

The Hollyhock – Plan #864:Winter Weather: The Hollyhock #864

Built by Jaggers Construction in TN

Sophistication and charm combine beautifully in this exquisite four-bedroom home with wrapping front and back porches. A vaulted ceiling, multiple doors that open onto the lovely back porch and a fireplace flanked by built-in cabinetry enhance the expansive great room.

We hope you’re staying safe and warm in this winter weather! To share your photos, email them to [email protected]!