First Entry in the 2014 Photo Contest

Amy and Mark sent in their photos of the Northwyke Plan #759 – the first entry in this year’s photo contest!

Click through to see their lovely country home:

The Northwyke Plan #759

An enchanting, L-shaped front porch lends charm and grace to this country home with dual dormers and gables.

Bay windows expand both of the home’s dining areas, while the great room and kitchen are amplified by a shared cathedral ceiling. The generous great room features a fireplace with flanking built-ins, skylights, and access to a marvelous back porch.

Perfect for young families, this mid size home maintains master suite privacy while keeping close proximity to children’s bedrooms. A cathedral ceiling enhances the master bedroom, which enjoys a large walk-in closet and luxurious bath. Two more bedrooms, one with cathedral ceiling, share a generous hall bath with dual sink vanity.

Click Here to submit your own photos!

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 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.

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Video Tour: The Cedar Court

Take the new video tour through this Luxury home design.

Old World elegance is created by a beautiful combination of stucco and stone.

A towering entryway makes a grand impression on the front façade, but the rear elevation – with its turret and covered porches – is just as magnificent. Each floor of this hillside walkout has a striking fireplace that is a major focal point. Tray ceilings crown the dining room, study and master bedroom, while a cathedral ceiling tops the great room. A pass-thru connects the great room to the kitchen. A three-car garage, large utility room and hall storage adds convenience. To further easy living, each bedroom is equipped with a walk-in closet – the master suite has two.

First Floor Plan of The Cedar Court #5004Basement Floor Plan of The Cedar Court #5004

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The New, New Home

Getting the house of your dreams with your eyes wide open

This soon to be released (April 29th) book by Boyce Thompson is a great resource for anyone considering building a new home.

The New, New Home by Boyce Thompson

Chapter 4: Space Planning Comes of Age – features Donald A. Gardner home plans as a model of how to reduce square footage “without sacrificing the facade or livability”.

Author Boyce Thompson, the former editorial director of Builder magazine for 17 years, demystifies the challenges and opportunities facing new home buyers. He lays out the new reality: going green, high-tech, aging in place, space planning, and construction options available in today’s market. Drawing from nearly two decades of experience, he helps you to determine which home features will improve your living experience today…and create value should you sell your home down the road.

Check out this brief interview with the author:

Learn more about this book on The Taunton Press’ website: The New, New Home

Available April 29th. Pre-order it now on Amazon.com

Conceptual Design #1306-D is NOW AVAILABLE!

The Rainey Plan is Now Available! This Craftsman hillside walkout home design has tons of outdoor living space.

Now Available: The Rainey - Plan #1306-DHome Design Quick Facts:

  • Single, open dining space.
  • Huge pantry.
  • Amazing master suite.

Mountain retreat or lakefront home

Perfect for sloping lots, this hillside walkout plan takes advantage of rear views with plenty of windows and porches. Craftsman styling with rustic influences can be found throughout, from the shake and siding exterior to the cathedral ceilings and expansive windows within. The main level is full of open living space, with a vaulted great room open to the dining room and kitchen. A large utility room and walk-in pantry sit behind the garage, while the indulgent master suite lies across the home.

First Floor Plan of The Rainey #1306-D

Finished basement, ideal for guests

Downstairs, two additional bedrooms include abundant closet space and porch access. A large  family room centers around a fireplace, while rear and side windows keep the space bright and open. Unfinished space is ideal for storage and mechanical needs, and an extra outdoor storage area awaits lawn or pool equipment.

Basement Floor Plan of The Rainey Plan #1306-D

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