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Choosing the Perfect Style for Your Dream Home

Choosing the Perfect Style for Your Dream Home

With hundreds of styles to choose from, finding the perfect solution for your dream home floor plans proves to be a daunting task for anyone. With each style designed to give off a different feel and atmosphere both inside and out, determining a specific style that meets all of your lifestyle needs may be a challenge. From classical country homes to small ranch house plans, understanding what each different style offers a homeowner can help one to better choose the home design that is perfect for their needs.

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Assessing Your Situation

Before you begin browsing the hundreds of different styles of home floor plans, it is important to first take the time to carefully plan out both your needs and limitations to make sure you choose the style that provides the best fit to your home needs. When looking at new home designs, think of the characteristics of homes you have lived in throughout your life. What features did you like? What did you dislike? How much living space do you need? Establishing a list of features to look for with your new home can help you to better select one that is suitable for you and your family.

Beyond the features, it is crucial that you take note of any restrictions of limitations you may have in place when choosing your home design. If there are any space limitations on the lot you plan to build on? What is your planned budget for your new home? Your answers to these questions can help you when it comes to selecting your home floor plans.

Choosing a Floor Plan Style that is Right for You

After you have carefully assessed your needs and restrictions, you can then begin to identify a specific style that is the best fit for your home. When looking into different styles, work to understand the pros and cons of each. Prioritize the features that you simply cannot live without and make certain that the final floor plan you choose either has these features in place or can be easily modified to include them.

When narrowing down your decision, look at the other home styles in the area of the lot you plan to build on. Consider if your dream home will be a welcome fit to the neighborhood. Most importantly, the floor plan you choose should feel like “home” to you. When looking at home floor plans online, focus on how you can make your home even more personalized. Think of your home floor plans as the blank canvas for which to paint your dream home and design style onto.

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.

No matter what design you make with your home floor plans, it is important that you purchase your plans from a professionally respected architect. Choosing from the hundreds of floor plans and home designs available through Donald A. Gardner Architects guarantees you just that. Since 1978, every home plan designed by Donald A. Gardner Architects is guaranteed to provide functional living and timeless design. Additionally, our home floor plans are easily modifiable to fit any lot limitations or your specific needs. Contact Donald A. Gardner Architects today, and let us help you move one step closer to making your dream home a reality.

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Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

Our hillside walkout home designs are featured in the August 2014 issue of Professional Builder Magazine.

Home Design: Making the Grade.

By Susan Bady
Home Designs: Making the Grade - Professional Builder Magazine

excerpt from the August, 2014 issue of Professional Builder Magazine

“Hillside sites demand more attention by their very nature. Builders and designers who deal with such sites on a regular basis emphasize the need for collaboration—particularly between the civil engineer and the architect.”

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Featured home designs in this article :

The Silvergate #1254-D
The Silvergate - House Plan 1254-D, Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

Best-selling hillside design among production builders

Arched openings over the garage doors and a metal accent roof are just two of the thoughtful exterior details that lend curb appeal to the Silvergate.

The details continue on the interior of the plan. The main level includes a great room and bedroom/study with coffered ceiling details along with an open kitchen and dining room arrangement that simplifies entertaining. The master bedroom features twin walk-in closets and a bay window that easily accommodates a sitting area. Outdoor living space is abundant, with a screen porch off the dining room and an oversized, sky lit covered porch on the rear.

Downstairs is a cozy rec room and two more bedrooms, one with a private bath. The ample unfinished mechanical/storage area can easily be converted to a home theater, exercise area, or for any purpose you desire.

The Hollowcrest #5019
The Hollowcrest - House Plan Number 5019, Featured in Professional Builder Magazine

A favorite hillside home design among custom/luxury home builders

Stone and stucco combine with multiple gable peaks and an impressive, front entry to create stunning curb appeal for this European home. The grand foyer greets visitors on the inside, while the dining room and bedroom/study flank the foyer on both sides. Further along, the great room includes a cathedral ceiling, porch access and wall of windows to view outdoor scenery. The breakfast room and kitchen are also open to the great room and one another, simplifying mealtime.

On the other side of the home, a large master suite was designed to pamper the homeowner. A bowed sitting area grants extra space in the bedroom, while the luxurious master bath features a corner shower, large soaking tub, his-and-her vanities and private privy.

In the basement are three bedrooms, each with their own full bath—and added treat! A large rec room with fireplace completes the basement and provides an additional gathering space in the home.

Browse all hillside walkout home plans by Don Gardner HERE

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Best of Houzz 2014 - DesignHouzz is a fantastic resource for home planning and design, providing the inspiration and information you need to plan your new home from start to finish. We are constantly updating our Houzz profile with the latest home plan photography and answers to your questions – make sure to follow us!

If you’re planning on (or even just dreaming of) building a new home, setting up your own Houzz account is a great way to keep all your ideas in one place. Follow us to see what’s new, and save the photos that inspire you to your Idea Boards. Ask a question and our excellent Customer Sales & Support Representatives will answer within 1-2 business days.

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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.

Find more details and information on the Ramsey Plan #1347 here.

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Craftsman House Plan on the Drawing Board #1409

Conceptual Design #1409: Now In Progress! NOW AVAILABLE!

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Front Rendering - Conceptual Design #1409: Now Available!Main Level - Conceptual Design #1409: Now Available!


Here are two different floor plans for the Sagecrest exterior – Plan #1226 and Conceptual Design #1409. Let us know which version you like more, and what features make the difference by leaving a comment!

Read on for more details on Conceptual Design #1409

Plan #1226 vs Plan #1409

Here’s a closer look at our newest conceptual design! Leave your feedback on this Craftsman plan in the comments!

Craftsman Exterior - Conceptual Design #1409Conceptual Design #1409 is a new take on the Sagecrest Plan #1226 with the same richly detailed Craftsman exterior. The vaulted great room features a unique library alcove with built-in shelving, perfect for a homework station or reading nook. The island kitchen is completely open to the great room and dining room, with plenty of counter seating, a walk-in pantry, and nearby e-space. The family studio provides functional space for household projects, and is a step away from the kitchen, front porch, bonus room, and two-car garage with dual storage areas. This split bedroom design has two bedrooms with walk-in closets and private baths just off the kitchen, and a bedroom/study and master suite across the home. The master bedroom takes in rear views through a bayed wall of windows, and accesses the covered porch. His-and-hers walk-in closets and a bath with walk-in shower, separate vanities, and linen storage complete the suite.

Main Level - Conceptual Design #1409

Bonus Room - Conceptual Design #1409
Rear Elevation - Conceptual Design #1409

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