At Donald A. Gardner Architects, creating timeless house plans with the lasting ability to meet the needs of today’s homeowners is of the utmost importance. Our house plans have created happy homeowners all over the world since 1978.
The elements of our home designs are creative, distinctive and functional:
Open Floor Plans
Even in the smallest floor plans, wide open space creates a flowing, spacious feeling and promotes accessibility between living spaces.
Flexible Living Spaces
Each homeowner has different needs. To meet a variety of needs, flexible living spaces such as studies and bonus rooms are a necessity and ensure that the home will accommodate a variety of homeowners.
Outdoor Living Areas
Well-planned outdoor living areas are a must-have. Outdoor areas may be as simple as a covered porch or as complex as a screened porch with summer kitchen and fireplace, leading to an extended patio with spa.
Work Spaces Designed for Families
Gone are the days of the “hallway” utility room bridging the gap between the garage and the kitchen. Modern utility rooms, sometimes called Family Studios, offer homeowners a more spacious and effective area to do laundry and other household work. These well-appointed spaces often combine a typical utility room with a mud room, and provide space for activities or hobbies ranging from flower arranging to crafts to pet care.
Custom-Styled Amenities and Details
You don’t have to have a house plan custom-designed to have a home with fine details like built-in cabinetry, abundant storage, decorative ceilings, arches, and columns. Don Gardner house plans are well-planned and efficient, yet our designs do not sacrifice the details of luxurious living.
Let There Be Light
As more and more homeowners are concerned with the energy efficiency of their homes, many are seeking to allow the maximum amount of natural light into their homes. Our house plans feature abundant windows as well as many plans with skylights, to allow natural light into spaces where there is not room for a window.
Authentic Historic Touches
Many homeowners seek the uniqueness of a historically styled home. Don Gardner house plans offer authentic details for the most popular styles, including Craftsman bungalows and European cottages.
For many years, the kitchen was a work-oriented space for preparing meals, typically secluded from the gathering spaces of the home. Today, kitchens have been transformed into gracious living spaces -- one of the primary spaces where families gather. Don Gardner house plans feature open kitchens with plenty of space for cooks as well as room for guests.
Many homeowners are spending more and more time at home, turning the master suite into a retreat for relaxation. By creating a luxurious environment with large bathtubs, walk-in showers and plenty of vanity space, the master bath has become a spa getaway without ever leaving the house.
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