Outdoor Living

Product Round Up: Porches, Decks, and Patios

Porches, decks, and patios are an important part of your home, so we’ve put together a list of products that are perfect for your outdoor living spaces.

Building a new home is an exciting time. Whether you like to entertain or spend some quiet time outdoors, Don Gardner homes offer efficient layouts and outdoor features like porches, patios, decks and summer kitchens. Browse Outdoor Living Space home plans on our website, and read on to discover some great product ideas!

TREX DECKING
Trex has a lineup of low-maintenance, long-lasting composite decking in a range of textures and colors for your new deck. It stands up to weather and resists stains and mold thanks to its high-performance shell, and offers a soft, splinter-free finish with a deep wood-grain pattern. Their earth-friendly products are made from 95% recycled wood, sawdust and plastics. No sanding. No staining. No painting!

Trex Decking

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ELDORADO OUTDOOR
Many Don Gardner home plans include a fireplace on the screened porch for year-round enjoyment. Eldorado Outdoor Fireplaces feature an integrated scratch coat and are ready to be dressed with Eldorado Stone or Brick for the ultimate masonry appearance. Choose from wood-burning or gas, with additional accessories available including chimney extensions and seating walls to truly customize your space.

Eldorado Stone Outdoor Fireplace

www.eldoradooutdoor.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEENEY CABLERAIL with LED LIGHTING
Feeney CableRail is a perfect solution for stairs, balconies, and deck railings where you want to maintain an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The new LED Rail Light Kit for DesignRail not only provides safety in low-light areas, it’s a lighting accent that creates a charming atmosphere for outdoor entertaining. Their versatile designs work well with any exterior style, from rustic to modern.

Feeney CableRail and LED Rail Light Kit

www.feeneyinc.com

 

WALPOLE OUTDOORS’ PERGOLAS
Adding a pergola to your patio creates a shady, relaxing outdoor living space. Walpole Outdoors offers many standard choices, from straight top to arched-top pergolas with round or square columns in six sizes, and are available with retractable Sunbrella fabric canopies to provide shelter whenever the weather changes. Walpole will assist you in designing a custom pergola for your home, and PVC construction means they are long-lasting and low maintenance.

Walpole Outdoors' Pergolas

www.walpolewoodworkers.com

 

DANVER OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of products to create your dream entertainment area, including refrigeration, ice makers, pizza ovens, power burners, ceramic smoker/grills, and bartending centers. You can choose from designer colors and realistic wood grain powder coat finishes on stainless, creating a one-of-a-kind summer kitchen.

Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens

www.danver.com

 

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Extend your living space with an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are the perfect way to extend living space so you can prepare and enjoy meals outside. Porches and patios offer a great deal of flexibility, and an outdoor kitchen can range anywhere from a small grill with cabinets and counters nearby, to full chef-quality arrangements with refrigerators, warming drawers, and more.

Outdoor Kitchen - The Firenze Plan #5025

The Firenze Plan #5025

This summer kitchen from the Firenze plan sits just outside the large family room and provides an extra 18′ x 12′ of relaxing entertaining space. Sleek cabinets hide grilling supplies and anything needed for dining al fresco.

Basement Floor Plan of The Cedar Ridge - House Plan Number 1125-DScreened Porch of The Cedar Ridge - House Plan Number 1125-D

 

The Cedar Ridge takes advantage of Mother Nature with a sunroom, rear deck and screened porch on the main level, and a second covered porch and screened porch with summer kitchen on the lower level. This all-in-one unit includes a grill, sink, and refrigerator for the ultimate in easy outdoor meals.

The Peyton Plan #1289

The Peyton Plan #1289

A screened porch is an ideal location for an outdoor kitchen, like this one from the Peyton plan. The screens keep pests away, while skylights bring in the sunlight and a cozy fireplace allows outdoor enjoyment year-round.

Search our collection of home plans with outdoor kitchens to find designs in all styles and sizes with kitchens already shown, or find more ideas on setting up your own outdoor kitchen by browsing our Outdoor Home Ideas board on Pinterest!

Enjoy Front and Rear Porches in this Two Story Home

Plan #916 The Hickory Ridge

Front exterior of the Hickory Ridge Plan #916 with country porches

Front Exterior

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Country farmhouse features large front and rear porches
  • Lots of storage with two pantries, utility room and linen closet, plus walk-in closets in the bedrooms
  • 281 sq. ft. bonus room for expansion
Rear exterior of the Hickory Ridge Plan #916 with country porches

Rear Exterior

The minute you see this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath country home you’ll be impressed. Notice the inviting front porch as you enter The Hickory Ridge. Inside, you’ll find a living room/study off the foyer. You’ll then see the immense great room with columns, two story ceiling and fireplace.

The kitchen, breakfast room and separate pantry areas flow together to create a warm and inviting space to entertain and prepare meals. The kitchen has an open view of the great room and country porch beyond. The utility room is conveniently located nearby and includes counters, cabinets, and a handy sink. The garage includes a large storage area that is the perfect place to set up a workshop, along with an additional closet to keep clutter at bay.

On the first floor, the massive master suite (20’ x 14’) features dual walk-in closets and a luxurious master bath with decorative tray ceiling. Upstairs you’ll find three more generously-sized bedrooms, two with full baths. Bonus room access is nearby — Use your imagination — Create an upstairs rec room for the kids, or a hobby or TV room.

Love the outdoors? Come outside and relax on your front or rear covered porches.

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Craftsman Walkout Offers Family-Friendly Design

Plan #1301D – The Chatsworth

Family-Friendly Craftsman Walkout - The Chatsworth

Front Rendering

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Convenient walkout basement plan
  • Covered outdoor living space
  • Kitchen, breakfast room and screen porch combine to provide popular gathering area
Family-Friendly Craftsman Walkout - The Chatsworth

Rear Rendering

People who want to build an eye-catching home that’s also family-friendly are invited to look at Don Gardner’s Chatsworth plan. This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home offers 3,022 sq. ft. of finished living space, and there’s a 334 sq. ft. bonus room awaiting your expansion ideas.

Come on inside this home with its huge great room and commanding hearth area. Discover the kitchen that flows to the angled breakfast room and screen porch. This area is sure to be a popular gathering spot for the family. A formal dining room, utility room, pantry, e-space and study make this design a functional and family-friendly home with plenty of space for every activity.

After a long day you can retire to the luxurious 13’ x 18’ master suite that features dual walk-in closets, a linen closet and well-appointed bath. Children or guests can get a good night’s rest in the lower level that features two bedrooms (each with its own bath) and adjacent rec room with fireplace.

Ceiling treatments and extra storage throughout are just some of the quality features that add form and function to this family-friendly plan. This home is built to take advantage of rear views, and its screened and covered porches will overlook patio, fire pit and spa areas.

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

Small Craftsman Ranch With Single Dining Area

Plan #1285 – The Marley

The Marley Plan Number 1285 with Single Dining AreaHome Design Quick Facts:

  • Single dining area is convenient to large screen porch with fireplace.
  • Massive great room features coffered ceiling and fireplace.
  • Utility room, pantry and extra storage make this a family-friendly home.

Small Craftsman with Single Dining Area

The Marley by Don Gardner offers a lot of home in a small 2,046 sq. ft. footprint with a charming Craftsman exterior. The great room, kitchen, and single dining area provide a vibrant space that flows well from room to room. The gourmet Kitchen features a large island, abundant cabinet and counter space, and a convenient e-space great for overseeing homework while getting dinner on the table.The screen porch adjacent to the kitchen/dining room extends this area with outdoor views and a welcoming fireplace. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and abundant storage, this design is family-friendly and efficient.

The layout of the bedrooms in this home allows for flexibility and convenience. Either of the two generously sized secondary bedrooms could work as a study or home office. Double-closets in each allow plenty of storage, and the nearby bathroom is roomy and features twin vanities. The master suite impresses with its stunning tray ceiling, dual walk-in closets and a lavish master bath.

This small Craftsman ranch makes the most of its square footage with a pantry, utility room, e-space and extra storage. We’ve even included built-in shelving to take advantage of open space under the stairs! This 3 bedroom 2 bath home’s 472 sq. ft. bonus room is ready for your expansion ideas and provides several access points for attic storage. A big 24’ x 26’ garage with storage nook and shelving completes the list of amenities that this home offers.

Small Plan with Old World Influences

The Peyton is a beautiful Old World style home plan that makes great use of every inch of its 2,453 sq. ft. of living space. Four bedrooms and three baths are some of the highlights of this home, along with its 458 sq. ft. bonus room.

You’ll enter the home and be impressed by the massive great room with fireplace and cathedral ceiling. The single dining space created by the kitchen and open dining area also features an e-space, pantry, extra storage and big utility room.

After whipping up a great meal in the kitchen, you can choose to serve it on the screen porch, which offers an inviting atmosphere with its skylights and fireplace. There’s also a rear porch for outside relaxation.

At the end of the day you can retire to the well-appointed master suite that offers dual walk-in closets, sun tunnel and luxurious bath.

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