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2014 Photo Contest

The Donald A. Gardner Architects 2014 Photo Contest is here!

2014 Photo Contest

From now until May 31, submit photos of your finished Don 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: Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Zillow, and more.

We want to see your interior and exterior photos. Builders – this applies to you as well – send photos of Donald A. Gardner house plans you have built, even if you don’t live in the home! Entering is easy – Click here to submit your photos online!

The Lennon Plan #1300 by Don Gardner

Note: If your total photo submission is larger than 5MB, please contact us at 800-388-7580 or email us at info@dongardner.com for instructions on how to submit your photos.

  • Images should be saved as JPEG or GIF files.
  • Photos can be of interior, exterior, or both.

Click here for tips and guidelines for taking your photos!

Cabin Home Plans in all Sizes and Shapes

Whether you’re looking for a small hideaway or a large, rustic home, we have the right cabin plan for you!

Simple or complex, large or small, rustic or modern, you are sure to find a cabin house plans that suits your needs.

The Shady Grove - Cabin Plan #262

The Shady Grove Plan #262:
3 beds,
2 baths,
1,338 sq. ft.

At just over 1,300 sq.ft., the award-winning Shady Grove plan is the perfect rural retreat! Full front and back porches, a stone fireplace, and a box bay window in the kitchen/dining room lend character to this three-bedroom cottage. The entire second floor is dedicated to the master suite while the secondary bedrooms are downstairs – an ideal arrangement for family vacations.
Need something similar? Check out the Seymour Plan #287!

The Peekskill - Cabin Plan #780-DThe Peekskill Plan #780-D
4 beds,
3.5 baths,
2,953 sq. ft.

This spacious cabin design has living space on three levels: the open main floor,  a rec room and guest suite in the walkout basement, and a lofty second floor with bedrooms and a large bonus room. The Peekskill is a popular home plan that’s ideal for mountain or lakefront locations.
Need something similar? Check out one of our newest designs, the Chancellor Plan #1337-D!

Browse all our cabin home plans HERE, and feel free to leave feedback on any of these plans in the comments!

How Long Will it Take to Build?

Homeowners who haven’t built before often have an unrealistic concept of how long it can take to plan, budget and build a home. Let’s take a look at some of the variables that can affect the timetable.

The Hardesty Plan #1287, build progress

The Hardesty Plan #1287, built by Ray Southeastern Design in KY

DESIGN. A stock plan will take less time than a fully custom home, even if the homeowners make some changes to that stock plan. A custom home can take months to design and a year or more to build.

Some people see size as the best indicator of how long the project will take. Not so — cost is a far more accurate gauge. Imagine a pair of 2,500-square-foot homes, one for $200,000 and the other for $1 million. It’s a good bet that the latter will have a more complex design that will take longer to build.

PERMITTING. The legal approvals required before construction begins have multiplied over the years. Sign-off will certainly be needed from the zoning board, the building department, the health department, the fire department and, when building in a planned community, the homeowners’ association. In some areas, design committees, historical commissions, water authorities or other entities want their say as well. Not surprisingly, the wheels of these bureaucracies can move slowly, but an experienced builder should be able to estimate the time required to negotiate the red tape.

SITE WORK. Is the lot in a flat subdivision with roads and utilities already in place, or is it a sloped rural parcel where the contractor will need to cut a road to the site, then excavate and fill to accommodate the foundation? The second option obviously takes more time (and requires more permits and approvals).

STAYING ON TRACK. Fortunately, there are things homeowners can do to keep the job moving. These include taking deadlines seriously, providing details on how they will live in the home, and minimizing changes.

AGREE ON A TIMETABLE. Most good home builders work hard to get things done promptly, but without firm dates things can slip. Homeowners should always be sure there’s a date for their next meeting and deadlines for their next steps. “The plans will be done in a couple of weeks” is vague. Compare that to “The plans will be ready on March 15,” which provides a clear understanding for all parties. On the other hand, homeowners who postpone scheduled meetings with the builder will also throw off the timetable.

THINK THE HOME THROUGH. The more detailed the plan, the less chance of hang-ups. For example, vague electrical plans can stop a project in its tracks. The homeowners need to think through where they want furniture and cabinets so that the builder can specify the right number of outlets. If artwork is to be displayed on a wall or above a fireplace, the builder needs to know it in order to specify the correct lighting. If the homeowners don’t drill down to this level of detail until the job is well under way, things can be held up while new wiring is installed or walls and ceilings re-framed to accommodate it.

MINIMIZE CHANGES. Change orders are a huge time killer because they require lots of time to plan and coordinate. Changes made late in the design stage can extend design time and those made after the project has started can extend the build time.

If moving in by a certain date is your priority, you need to be absolutely clear with the builder about it and then you and builder can plan effectively on how to meet that date.

The Hardesty Plan #1287, build complete

The Hardesty Plan #1287, built by Ray Southeastern Design in KY

-Thank you to Theresa Weed – Realtor & Top Producer at Fox Lair and Ray Southeastern Design for sharing their construction photos on Facebook!

One-Story Living with Craftsman Character

Plan #1009 The Edgewater

One-Story Living in the Edgwater Plan

Front exterior

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Private master bedroom with spacious sitting room
  • Secluded family room for relaxing or entertaining
  • Kitchen, breakfast room and family room with fireplace offer a cozy gathering space
One-Story Living in the Edgwater Plan

Rear exterior

For the family that loves elegant, one-story living, The Edgewater is home. With several versatile rooms and both formal and casual entertaining spaces, this floor plan offers endless options.

4 bedrooms and 3 baths are just the beginning in this 2,818 sq. ft. Craftsman home. This house design has all of the quality details you expect from a Don Gardner home.

Note The Edgewater’s stone accents and columns as you enter the home, which provide impressive curb appeal. The 20’ x 20’ great room greets you with its cathedral ceiling, fireplace and built-in shelves. Art niches add a custom feel and serve as exciting focal points. The kitchen, breakfast room and family room offer a comfortable gathering space for meals, relaxing or entertaining.

The master suite and secondary bedrooms are located at opposite sides of this one-story home to ensure privacy. Two of the bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom. The other secondary bedroom would work well as a guest room or study. The master suite features a sitting room, dual walk-in closets, and a luxurious master bath.

One-Story Living in the Edgwater Plan

Screen porch

This home was designed to allow for ample rear views with its screen porch and deck. This one-story house plan offers the flexibility a growing family is looking for.

Try our new blog feature, You Asked…We Answered! Ask us anything about our house plans and we’ll be glad to help you.

See more house plans like this on the Don Gardner website.

New Cottage Plan #1319 – Now Available!

European Cottage with a Modern Layout: The Lucerne Plan #1319

The Lucerne - Cottage House Plan #1319Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Large kitchen includes an island and plenty of counter space.
  • The utility room is spacious and practical
  • Oversized screened porch is perfect for relaxing and entertaining

Stylish, Practical Cottage Home Plan

Cottage can mean different things to different people. Some people view cottages as small homes that offer a cozy retreat. Don Gardner’s cottage homes offer lots of flexibility and charm, with the modern amenities you love plus the cottage styling you’re looking for. The Lucerne is one of the outstanding cottage home plans by Don Gardner. This small cottage home plan is stylish and practical, with its European-inspired exterior and modern layout.  Stone, stucco, and clipped gables outside give it a cottage feel, while tray and coffered ceilings and abundant windows open up the interior. This one-story home includes three bedrooms, 2 spacious baths, and 1,828 square feet arranged for a family-efficient traffic flow, with living areas perfect for entertaining.

The great room is topped with a coffered ceiling and enjoys a cozy fireplace flanked with built-in cabinetry. French doors lead to an oversized screen porch with skylights to bring in extra light and views. Patio space expands outdoor living and is the perfect space to add a pool or spa. The single dining space lies just around the corner from the great room and has large windows for an open feel. Open to the kitchen, the dining room is perfect for casual meals and breakfast, while the stunning tray ceiling sets the stage for more formal gatherings.

Get the Dream Kitchen You’ve Always Wanted

The island kitchen has a view to both the great room and dining room, and has plenty of counter space and a nearby walk-in pantry.  A small e-space is the perfect place to look up recipes. Located just off the garage entrance, it’s easy to bring in groceries and put everything in its place.

Luxurious Bedrooms & Lots of Storage

The master bedroom features a curved wall of windows, walk-in closet, and an oversized shower in the master bath. The secondary bedrooms sit across the home for privacy, and share a large bathroom with twin vanities and private privy.

Storage abounds with linen closets for each bathroom, a large utility room, and additional storage in the garage. Stairs lead to a flexible bonus room, perfect for a home office, rec room, or any other use the homeowner might imagine, while attic storage is easily accessible.

View more cottage home plans like this on the Don Gardner website.