About Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.

Crafting Your Dreams

We've been designing dream homes for nearly four decades and a lot has changed in that time: Styles, preferences, options, not to mention personal tastes. One thing that hasn't changed is the fact that every home is unique - the perfect home depends on the family or individual. Since 1978, Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. has been redefining the residential, pre-design house industry. And there's a reason why thousands of satisfied homeowners and builders choose our plans above any others in the industry every year: trust. We've earned a reputation over the years for giving people the three things they want most in a home plan selection process:

  1. Award-winning designs
  2. Flexible, service-oriented approach
  3. Multiple options available

The Best Designs at the Best Value

We have the expertise, the skill and the passion to give both homeowners and builders just what they're looking for. Each of our plans is a unique interpretation of the American family home and includes and open floor plan, custom-styled features, an abundance of amenities, and a broad range of square footages. Happy clients nationwide and in 18 vastly different countries prove that we deliver on our promise - to provide quality designs that fit the lives and budgets of today's active families.

Our Mission

Our mission is to be the most highly respected provider of pre-designed house plans in the country - for both homeowners and builders.

We will achieve our mission by:

  • Designing innovative, accurate, and technically complete house plans
  • Providing efficient distribution of our plans to chosen markets

Our success depends on our ability to:

  • Attract and nurture superior talent
  • Meet our customers' needs
  • Establish lasting relationships

Quick Facts

Our History
Founded in 1978, Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. began as a part-time business. By 1984, it became a full-time company. Now, this full-service residential firm has spawned Donald A. Gardner Interactive, LLC and Donald A. Gardner, Incorporated. Committed to excellence, Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. has won numerous industry awards for its house plans, has been showcased in multiple Parade of Homes, St. Jude Dream Home Giveaways and national magazine publications.

Founder & CEO
Donald A. Gardner, AIA, NCARB moved from New York to attend Clemson University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1963. After serving two years in the Army Corps of Engineers, including a tour of Vietnam, he returned to Upstate South Carolina to pursue his career. Don worked with several architectural firms throughout the next fourteen years, gaining experience in commercial, institutional, industrial, and residential design. In 1978, he founded Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.

Award-winning portfolio house plans, plan modifications, marketing products and assistance for developers and builders.

Over 1,000 portfolio house plans. Over ¼ million homes built nationwide and in eighteen different countries. Designed and built in numerous resort and community developments in the Southeast.

Southern Living™, Better Homes and Gardens™, Home, House Beautiful, Builder, Home Planners, South Carolina Homes & Gardens, and Builder/Architect.

Learn about the Don Gardner Difference

Learn about the Don Gardner Design Difference