Luxury Home Plans

7 Things to Include in Your Vacation Home

If selecting a new place to vacation every year is more energy than you want to spend, consider having a vacation home built in your favorite destination. Your vacation home plans can include customized features that allow you access to everything that is lacking in a typical hotel.

Consider location

The first thing to consider when selecting your vacation home plan is location: Do you find yourself drawn to warm or cold climates? Would you rather enjoy the ocean or the mountains? Perhaps you have a favorite destination? Start by narrowing your search down to a specific style:

The Silvergate Plan #1254-D

The Silvergate Plan #1254-D

The Palm Vista Plan #5021

The Palm Vista Plan #5021

The Peekskill Plan #780-D

The Peekskill Plan #780-D

The Cleary Plan #948

The Cleary Plan #948

The Clubwell Manor Plan #5037

The Clubwell Manor Plan #5037

The Merrill Plan #1209

The Merrill Plan #1209

The Sedona Ridge Plan #986

The Sedona Ridge Plan #986


The Comforts of Home

Be sure to think about which comforts of home are most important to you. This includes everything from having a well-laid out kitchen, multiple bathrooms, or even a home gym. On top of that, don’t forget to ensure that you have the comforts you most enjoy. This includes everyday items like a comfortable bathrobe, throw blankets, plush furniture designed for rest and relaxation, a fireplace, and the other home features you most enjoy on a daily basis.

Great Room Fireplace of The Dogwood Ridge - Home Design 5005

A Few Luxuries of Vacation

While there are many benefits to staying in your custom designed vacation home opposed to a hotel—don’t forget to include some of the luxuries you desire while on vacation. This could include ensuring your location is close enough for delivery from your favorite nearby restaurants, adding luxury outdoor living spaces, or adding a swimming pool, spa or sauna.

Screened Porch of The Sagecrest - House Design 1226

Entertainment for Your Downtime

Whether your dream vacation home plan is a small cottage or a golf course estate, make sure there is room for the entertainment you enjoy during your downtime. This can include everything from a billiards room, Ping-Pong table, small den to lounge and read, or a dining room table or seating area large enough to play games together as a family.

Billiards Room of The Clubwell Manor - Home Floor Plan 5037

Enough Room for Individual Interests

Make sure that your luxury home design allows enough flexibility and freedom for everyone to achieve the vacation of his or her dreams. While the kids may want to spend their time outdoors playing in the pool, you may prefer to spend some solo time soaking in a garden tub, or watching your favorite movie in a media/rec room. Even if your vacation home is small, make sure it has separate areas that allow everyone to enjoy both individual and group activities.

Rec Room / Media Room of The Vandenberg - House Plan 746-D

Timeless Décor

Regardless of the style of vacation home you have built, ensure that your décor is timeless. Since you may only be visiting your vacation home a few weeks or months out of the year, or sporadically throughout the year—it is not essential to decorate in the latest home trends. Instead, opt for timeless, comfortable décor that will ensure that your home never feels dated.

Great Room of The Lennon - Home Plan 1300

Creative Storage

Another all-important feature to take into consideration with your vacation home design is storage. Sometimes you may head to your vacation home for a week-long getaway, and other times you may want to be there for extended periods of time. This makes it essential to have thoughtful storage options, such as closets that will fit large suitcases, under the bed storage options, and enough closets, cabinets and drawers to keep the essentials you would like to leave in your vacation home year-round—such as toiletries and seasonal clothing that will make packing for vacation faster and easier.

Secondary Bedroom of The Gilchrist - House Plan 734-D

The tips above are an excellent way to ensure your vacation home plan is comfortable, luxurious, and fully functional. The building process for any new vacation home starts with finding the perfect home floor plans for your lifestyle. Let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects lend you a helping hand in your search. With over 1,000 house plans to choose from, you are guaranteed to find the timeless design and functionality you are looking for with your new vacation home plan. Make sure you are getting the most out of your search with a myDAG membership. This free, easy-to-use membership allows you to search easily and save your favorite home floor plans, streamlining your search for the perfect vacation home. The road to rest and relaxation is only a short step away, get started and browse Don Gardner’s selection of home floor plans today.

One-Story Luxury Living

The Windsor Trace home design is brimming with European flair and features 3,224 square feet all on one level.

Front Rendering of The Windsor Trace - House Plan 5007

4 beds, 4 baths, 3224 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Spacious kitchen with built-in window seating.
  • Covered and screened porches.
  • Expansive master suite.
Columns, beams, and views

The stone entry porch ushers you in to the beamed foyer which is accented by an art niche. Beams and columns further define the great room which features a cathedral ceiling and fireplace with built-ins. The dining room also features a beamed cathedral ceiling. The gourmet kitchen offers ample room for cooking and also features a curved breakfast nook with built-in bench seating. A bedroom/study near the kitchen offers privacy whether it is used a as a guest suite or home office. The other end of the home houses the enormous master suite with its own private screen porch and luxurious bath. Two additional bedrooms have their own private baths and walk-in closets – they are separated from the master suite by a lovely interior foyer. Storage space is abundant in this home; note the oversized walk-in pantry and the storage closet inside the foyer along with walk-in closets in three of the four bedrooms.

First Floor Plan of The Windsor Trace - Home Design 5007

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Similar plans:

The Hickory Place - House Plan #5001The Hickory Place Plan #5001 is a rustic, Mountain plan with a similar layout. See it here.

The Spencer Hall Home Design #5006The Spencer Hall Plan #5006 is a smaller home plan with a similar front exterior. See it here.

PLAN OF THE WEEK: Three Bedroom Designs

Each of our featured plans this week are three bedroom designs. One luxury ranch and one brick cottage.

 The Padgett Plan #1124

Front Exterior of The Padgett - House Plan 1124

3 beds, 2 baths, 1784 sq. ft. Photographed home built by Kent Homes.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Suitable for narrow lots.
  • Volume ceilings throughout.
  • Master suite with dual walk-in closets.
Neighborhood cottage
First Floor Plan of The Padgett - Three Bedroom House Design 1124

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Graceful arches frame the garage, entryway and windows of the Padgett Plan. The front-entry garage is convenient for narrow lots, with low maintenance brick and siding.

Inside this house plan, cathedral ceilings draw the eye upward in the bedroom, great and dining rooms, while a tray ceiling crowns the master bedroom. With two walk-in closets, twin vanities and a separate tub and shower, the master suite is truly relaxing.

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Padgett - House floor Plan 1124

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Entertaining is easy in this floor plan as the kitchen spills into the dining room. With a bay window, buffet niche and ceiling treatment, this room is perfect for formal meals. When nature allows, the rear porch is an optimal outdoor entertaining space and is accessed through the great room.


The Spencer Hall Plan #5006

Front Rendering of The Spencer Hall - Home Plan 5006

3 beds, 3.5 baths, 2866 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • All three bedrooms positioned for rear views.
  • Large, walk-in pantry.
  • Formal dining room lined with columns.
European influences

Luxury one-story living is yours for the taking in the Spencer Hall. Massive stone columns support the front entry porch which leads to a grand foyer and a vaulted great room. The over-sized dining room is exceptionally open and features a stepped ceiling detail. The island kitchen has abundant counter space and a cozy breakfast nook with a bow window. Two secondary bedrooms each have a private bath and dual closets. The master suite is set off in its own wing and includes a private sitting room, a gigantic walk-in closet and a luxurious bath accented by columns over dual vanities. The screen porch on the rear is topped by a cathedral ceiling and the covered porch shades the great room and master bedroom.

First Floor Plan of The Spencer Hall - Three Bedroom Home Design 5006

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VIDEO TOUR: The Jasper Hill Plan #5020

This new Jasper Hill home is a vibrant hillside retreat!

Nautical decor and soft-hued colors transform this mountain home  plan into a lakefront getaway. Step inside and immediately take in amazing rear views through the towering bay windows along the rear of the home. Pale blue walls with white trim work create a cheerful atmosphere that melds with the outdoors. The main level features an oversized great room, octagonal dining room, gourmet kitchen, bedroom/study and an fabulous owner’s suite with spectacular master bath.

First Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - House Design 5020

The walkout basement has been modified to accommodate the dramatic slope of the lot, creating a massive rec room with volume ceilings. The downstairs bedrooms are spacious and enjoy views of the lake.  Guests can make coffee in the full wet bar and take it to the covered patio to watch the sunrise.

Basement Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - Home Design 5020

The huge bonus room has closets and a full bathroom, and features custom bunk beds that play into the nautical theme – a dream for children or grandchildren!

Second Floor Plan of The Jasper Hill - House Plan 5020

The Jasper Hill Plan #5020

To see a more rustic version of the Jasper Hill, check out our previous blog post:
Luxury Mountain Home – New Photos

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: Stone Details

Exterior stonework enhances each of these very different home designs.

The Dewfield #1030

The Dewfield - House Plan 1030. Stone details grace the exterior

3 beds, 2 baths, 1676 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Open kitchen/dining/great room arrangement with lots of windows.
  • Extra storage in the kitchen and utility room.
  • Cathedral and tray ceilings add volume.
Small home with big curb appeal

While the Palladian window softens the stone wall and gable, a prominent dormer towers above the entrance. The common rooms, along with the master bedroom, take advantage of views through numerous windows and French doors. A cathedral ceiling and fireplace highlight the great room, while a closet and pantry create storage.

First Floor Plan of The Dewfield - House Plan 1030

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Dewfield - House Plan 1030


The Drayton Hall #1238

Stone Exterior of the Drayton Hall Design #1238

Photographed home built by G.T. Issa Construction, LLC
4 beds, 3.5 baths, 3484 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • A three-car garage with storage bay makes room for recreational vehicles.
  • Formal great room and casual family room.
  • Guest suite with full bath upstairs.
Elegant design with every amenity

The dramatic stone arch and Old World style mixed materials create a lasting first impression. Entertainers and chefs will appreciate the  open kitchen with island that provides working space for multiple chefs. A butler’s pantry connects the kitchen to the dining room and creates a space to stash dirty dishes or extra wine and linens. A large, open e-space connects the breakfast and kitchen space to the family room. Built-ins and a decorative ceiling make this room comfortable but luxurious.

First Floor Plan of The Drayton Hall - House Plan 1238

The second floor is open to the foyer and great room below, and features an oversized bonus room and a guest suite with full bath. Two additional bedrooms have walk-in closets and share a roomy hall bath. A laundry chute sends clothes directly to the huge utility room downstairs.

Second Floor Plan of The Drayton Hall - House Plan 1238

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