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PLAN OF THE WEEK: Angled Garages

Our featured plans Over & Under 2500 Sq. Ft. this week each have angled garages and Craftsman curb appeal. Take a look!

The Rowan #1366

2 beds, 3 baths, 1822 sq. ft.

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Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Packed with windows facing rear views.
  • Large, open kitchen with island and e-space.
  • Bonus room with bathroom, easily a third bedroom.
Small Craftsman Cottage

The ideal empty-nester or vacation home, this two bedroom design showcases rustic Craftsman style and easy living. The great room, kitchen, and dining room flow into one another, with a relaxing sun room positioned to take in views all around. The full master suite Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Rowan - House Design 1366includes a tray ceiling, walk-in closets, and a roomy bath with barrel vaulted ceiling. An oversized bonus room with full bathroom can serve as a private guest suite. Special details include a bedroom/study with window seat, e-space in the kitchen, spacious utility room, and garage storage.

First Floor Plan of The Rowan - House Floor Plan 1366

The Keowee #1159

4 beds, 3 baths, 2634 sq. ft.

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Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Unique formal dining room with tray ceiling.
  • Master suite with dual walk-in closets.
  • Huge walk-in pantry.
Columns, Angles, and Vaulted Ceilings

Multiple gables, a shed dormer and mixed materials give this home true Craftsman appeal. The foyer, dining room and great room are all open to one another, granting a spacious feel to the plan. Columns punctuate the entrance into each room, and the great room’s cathedral ceiling, fireplace and built-ins showcase custom details.

A peninsula in the kitchen double as a serving bar, while an adjacent breakfast room becomes the ultimate place to dine during casual meals. Note the oversized pantry and nearby closets.

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Keowee - Home Plan 1159The secondary bedrooms share a bath and are positioned for privacy. A flexible bedroom/study has its own bathroom, a vaulted ceiling and two closets. The master suite is truly luxurious with a tray ceiling, dual walk-in closets, porch access and a large master bath.

First Floor Plan of The Keowee - Home Design 1159

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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.

One Story vs Two Story Homes

Choosing the right home plan can be difficult. Even narrowing your search down to just one story or two story home designs is a big decision! Which type is ideal for your lifestyle? There are pros and cons to both one story and two story homes – here are some you should consider before you buy.

One Story Living

A one story home plan is an easy choice for anyone who simply wants the ease or convenience of single story living. With no stairs to traverse, one story homes are ideal for families with young children, those with mobility impairments, and anyone planning to age-in-place. These homes are now available in exceptionally open floor plans and can fit into nearly any style, from Country ranch to Craftsman bungalow.

Two Story Home Plans

A major advantage for two story home designs is that they can pack more living square footage into a smaller footprint. If you need plenty of room for family or hobbies, two story home plans may be the best and most cost-effective option. Secondary bedrooms and recreation space are typically upstairs to preserve privacy and keep clutter away from the living areas downstairs, while the master suite can be upstairs or down depending on your preference.

Choosing a Design

How do you decide between one story and two story home plans? First, consider your lot and location. Does your Homeowners’ Association require one or the other? Is your lot large, small, or oddly-shaped? The answers to these questions may make this decision an easy one.

Cost-to-build is also important. Foundations and roofs are expensive, and a two story home may have less of each when compared to a similarly-sized one story home. In addition, do your research and find out whether a one or two story home will bring in a higher resale value in your market. Ultimately, when it comes to building your dream home, you may want to take on the extra expense to get exactly what you want. Think about the types of home exteriors you are drawn to, and what layouts really feel like home.

Choosing the right floor plans for a new home can be challenging, but we’re here to help. With over 30 years of experience revolutionizing the residential home plan industry, let the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects help you find a home floor plan perfect for your living needs. Donald A. Gardner Architects offers hundreds of floor plans with customizable options to ensure that you are able to find the perfect dream home to suit your lifestyle. No matter if you’re building a small country cottage or a mansion, turn to the experts at Donald A. Gardner Architects today!

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: One-Story & Hillside Walkout

We’re featuring two very different plans this week! A one-story, Country ranch and a Rustic hillside walkout design.

The Cartwright Plan #801

The Cartwright - One-Story House Plan 801

3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1882 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Classic exterior with prominent gable.
  • Expansive porches, front and rear.
  • Open living spaces.
Country home

An arched window in a center, front-facing gable lends style and beauty to the façade of this three-bedroom home.

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Cartwright - House Floor Plan 801

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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 master suite is expanded by a dramatic cathedral ceiling and includes access to the back porch, abundant closet space and a bath with enclosed toilet, garden tub and separate shower. Access to a versatile bonus room is nearby.

First Floor Plan of The Cartwright - One-Story House Design 801


The Asiago Ridge Plan #5046

The Asiago Ridge - Home Plan 5046

4 beds, 4.5 baths, 3608 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Rustic styling inside and out.
  • Huge master suite with fireplace.
  • Rec Room with wet bar
Hillside walkout home

The exterior of this hillside walkout plan is rich with detail, from the stone arches to the shed dormer over the garage. A beamed cathedral ceiling tops the living area from the island kitchen to the cozy fireplace with built-in cabinetry. The bedroom/study displays a coffered ceiling and has its own private bath, while the master bedroom enjoys a cozy fireplace and porch access. The lower level is perfect for guests with two bedrooms, bathrooms, and a spacious rec room with fireplace and wet bar.

Main Floor Plan of The Asiago Ridge - Home Design 5046

Basement Floor Plan of The Asiago Ridge - Home Floor Plan 5046

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NOW AVAILABLE: Small Craftsman Ranch

The Golding Plan #1327 is a small Craftsman ranch design with open living and tons of utility space!

The Golding - Small Craftsman Ranch Plan 1327

3 beds, 2 baths, 2069 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Open kitchen with windows and pass-thru.
  • Separate utility room and mud room with pantry.
  • Secluded master suite with dual walk-in closets.
Additional space where it counts

We took an old favorite and updated it by eliminating the breakfast area in favor of a large screen porch with outdoor kitchen. We also reconfigured the master suite to allow for a more lavish bath, and pushed the garage forward a bit to expand the utility area and add a mud room with pantry.

First Floor Plan of The Golding - House Design 1327

Mixed materials and a metal porch roof create a welcoming, low-maintenance exterior for this small Craftsman ranch. Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Golding - Home Design 1327Completely open, the great room and dining room flow into one another with a cathedral ceiling above and a pass-thru connecting the kitchen. Separate mud and utility rooms sit between the kitchen and the garage providing storage and pantry space. The master suite is situated for rear views, and is set apart from the rest of the home for privacy. The oversized bonus room provides an additional 389 sq. ft. of flexible space.

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Similar plans:

The Wilton - House Plan #981The Wilton Plan #981 has a similar front exterior and less square footage. See it here.

The Brodie Home Design #1340-DThe Brodie Plan #1340-D has a similar front exterior with a hillside walkout foundation. See it here.