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House Plan Style Definitions - definitions of architectural design styles

Learn About House Plan Styles with Help from Don Gardner

Need help figuring out what all these house plan terms mean? We’ve created this handy page with all the answers you need. Take a minute to read up on all the house plan terminology and get familiar with the difference between Craftsman, country, bungalow and other plan styles.

If you need help, please let us know.

Welcome to Donald A. Gardner Architects' House Plan Style Definitions page. We've created this helpful resource to assist you in your house plan search. Each house plan style listed below is accompanied by a short description or definition, as well as an image of a home design that defines that architectural design style.

Take a moment to read about the different home styles and give us a call if you’d like some assistance. We’ll introduce you to some of our award-winning plans that were created using consumer feedback from people just like you.


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Affordable House Plans

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Affordable house plans don’t have to be plain or boring. Purchasing stock home plans from Donald A. Gardner Architects is more affordable than custom home designs and with hundreds of them to choose from, you’re sure to find a floor plan that suits your budget and your family’s needs.

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Alternative House Plans

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Alternative house plans offer floor plans with a creative layout. These home plans will intrigue homeowners and guests and provide a different way of living for those who are looking for something more than the typical floor plan.

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American Architecture House Plans

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Many believe that American Architecture began with the 50’s suburban ranch house. Modern American architecture has evolved from many different cultures including European influences, French Country and Mediterranean styles. If your tastes vary from brick traditional home plans to Spanish Mission-style villas, you’ll find the house plan you are looking for in this selection of floor plans.

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Angled Floor Plans

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Angled floor plans create unique living spaces within the home and a welcoming entry. The angles in these unique floor plans create architectural interest and draw people into the home. This type of house plan can include floor plans with angles, courtyard garages at an angle from the home and other creative layouts.

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Architecture and Design

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Architecture and design are important to finding your new house plan. Deciding which style of architecture you are interested in and what kind of floor plan design will suit your family the best is an important first step in deciding on a new home plan.

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Architecture Designs

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Architecture designs combine functional floor plans with stylish exteriors to create the perfect house plans. These home designs are offered in a variety of styles and square footages. Donald A. Gardner Architects’ designs are thoughtfully created to meet the needs of today’s families.

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Basement Floor Plans

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If you need extra space in your home’s floor plan or if you have a sloping lot, basement floor plans are your best option. Basement floor plans can also emphasize the best rear views. Although many homes can be modified to include a basement, be sure to check out our hillside walkout house plans as well to catch rear views on an extra level for living.

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Beach House Plans

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The beach house connotes one of two ideals - either the getaway beach cottage, or the luxury beach house. Beach home plans feature spaces for relaxation and vacation, but can also be primary residences. Many feature raised foundations. Whether you are searching for a quaint beach cottage or a luxurious beachside mansion, we offer beach house plans to suit your needs.

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Blueprints

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Formerly, house plans and floor plans were created with a technique that produced pages with white lines on blue paper—otherwise known as blueprints. As technology advances, the majority of house plans and floor plans are created on a computer assisted drawing (CAD) system and printed out as black lines on white paper. The term "blueprints" is used by many people to describe construction drawings.

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Bungalow House Plans

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A derivative of the Craftsman style, the bungalow house plan typically features a compact footprint and a wide, covered front porch. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, our bungalow house plans take advantage of the space provided to create ample room for living in smaller floor plan spaces.

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Butler's Pantry House Plans

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The butler’s pantry is typically located in a short hallway connecting the kitchen to the dining room in the house plan. As a place to display fine china or an out of the way space to hide dirty dishes, the popularity of the butler’s pantry is growing. Many times, this space contains a small countertop space and cabinetry. As this floor plan element becomes more popular, sinks, dishwashers and refrigerators have been added for convenience.

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Cabin Floor Plans

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Many home plans reflect a region, or at the very least, are more common in certain regions. The cabin house plan sometimes connotes the ideal of the getaway mountain home where residents commune with nature. We offer just that in our updated cabin floor plans!

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Canadian House Plans

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Canadian house plans can be built in Canada or anywhere for a "Canadian feel." These house plans have open floor plans and are available in a variety of styles and square footages. Every region of the world has different building regulations and safety codes. Most house plans can be modified to meet these codes. `

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Cape Cod Home Plans

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With its historical roots in the Colonial era, the Cape Cod architectural style is a late 17th century style characterized by steep roofs with side gables, dormers and decorative shutters, and a symmetrical appearance with the front door in the center. Cape Cod homes typically have exteriors of wood and wide clapboard or shingles. Our Cape Cod house plans offer the charm of this time-tested style with updated floor plan layouts for the way modern families live.

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Caribbean House Plans

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Caribbean House Plans feature open floor plans and a relaxed elegance, perfect for any region of the world. The façade of these home plans typically feature bright colors and a tile roof. For a vacation home or a primary residence Caribbean house plans create a retreat for any day of the week.

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Castle House Plans

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Castle house plans feature grand façades and expansive floor plans. These house plans are designed to impress guests, as well as the homeowner. Characterized by gourmet kitchens, luxurious master suites and grand areas to entertain, castle house plans create dream estates.

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Coastal Home Plans

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Coastal home plans -- ranging from expansive beachside mansions to cozy waterfront cottages -- feature abundant windows to take in rear views and often include a raised foundation. Fortunately, regardless of which camp you're in - and especially if you're somewhere in the middle - we offer coastal house plans to satisfy your cravings for a beachside retreat.

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Colonial House Plans

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The Colonial house plan is a symmetrical, two-story home. The Colonial house plan draws much of its influence from the Italian Renaissance style, and typically has a symmetrical two-story front facade with an accented doorway, and evenly spaced windows on either side. The Colonial home plan typically employs elaborate front doors, often with decorative crown pediments and overhead fanlights and sidelights. Side porches or sunrooms are also common in a Colonial floor plan.

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Contemporary Home Plans

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Contemporary home plans embody a particular decade of popular architecture, with interesting exterior angles, skylights and creatively shaped and placed windows. Whether you're on a mountain slope or hillside, a beach lot or standard lot, contemporary house plans add unique character.

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Cottage House Plans

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Cottage house plans feature comfortable living spaces in a compact presentation. But cottage floor plans don't have to mean small houses! The traditional cottage house packs a lot of style and charm into a small footprint. Be it a year-round traditional cottage house or a vacation cottage, we offer a wide selection of cottage floor plans to accommodate your preferences.

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Country House Plans

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A typical country house plan includes a front porch, dormers and a roof line parallel to the street. Our country home plans include these classic elements combined with modern floor plans and up-to-date amenities. Country house plans may be ranch or two-story plans, and work equally well for rural or urban settings.

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Courtyard House Plans

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A courtyard house plan can provide privacy, a break from the frantic pace of everyday life, and a safe place for children to play. Whether it contains your garden, outdoor living areas, a summer kitchen, playground or pool, the courtyard floor plan has few limitations. A house plan with courtyard entry garage can also create the feel of a courtyard home. This popular option fits well on today's smaller lots.

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Craftsman Home Plans

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With roots in the American artistic movement known as "Arts and Crafts," the Craftsman home plan is a late 19th and early 20th century style. Because of their lasting influence and attention to detail, Craftsman home plans are still extremely popular today. Materials often include stone, rough-hewn wood, and stucco. Many Craftsman house plans have wide front porches across the front, supported by columns. Other Craftsman house features may include large gables, shed dormers, decorative brackets or timber detailing. We feature Craftsman style home plans that are a modern interpretation of the original Craftsman movement.

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Curved Spaces House Plans

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House plans with curved spaces add elegance and luxury in any floor plan. A rounded study or a wall of curved windows in the master creates a dramatic feeling in any home plan. Thinking outside the box welcomes homeowners and guests alike and leaves a lasting impression. House plans with curved spaces are available in a variety of styles and square footages.

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Custom Home Plans

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Custom home plans include personalized details that add convenience and luxury to a floor plan. The attention to detail in these home plans generates interest and increases the value of the completed home. Custom homes don’t have to cost a fortune because affordable stock house plans can be customized to meet the needs of the homeowner.

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Daylight Basement/Walkout Basement

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Daylight Basement home plans (also known as Walkout Basement home plans) take advantage of the unique qualities of the land and offer additional square footage on a lower level. Daylight Basement designs are particularly well-suited for lakefront houses, golf course homes, or mountain home designs. Daylight basement house plans also extend outdoor living opportunities, often creating ground-level covered porches and patios as well as porches or decks at the main level.

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Designer Home Plans

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Home plans created by architects or other residential design professionals are considered designer home plans. These floor plans have timeless design for functional living and are created with today’s families in mind. Designer home plans are available in a variety of styles including European, Craftsman and more in a broad range of square footages.

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Dream House Plans

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Your dream house can be whatever you choose. With hundreds of dream house plans to choose from, deciding which floor plan elements and exterior styles are most important to you will help you narrow your search to find the floor plan that is perfect for your family’s needs.

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Duplex Floor Plans

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Multi-family floor plans, including triplex or duplex floor plans are an excellent way to create more housing in a smaller space. Multi-family living doesn’t have to mean small, cramped spaces. Attached housing can be just as elegant and luxurious as unattached housing.

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Energy Efficient House Plans

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Energy efficient house plans don’t have to be tiny or cramped. Any house plan can be made energy efficient by smart product choice and proper placement on the lot. Find a house plan that suits your family’s needs and a reputable builder in your area to help you make the smartest choices for the environment as you build your new home.

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E-spaces Home Plans

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An E-Space is a small desk-like space on the floor plan located in or near the kitchen and serves as a place to manage bills, charge family gadgets, surf the internet for recipes or keep an eye on younger internet users. With convenience and functionality in mind, home plans with an E-Space serve the homeowners’ need to multi-task.

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Estate Home Plans

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We define estate home plans as any house plan with over 3840 square feet of living space, typically featuring luxurious amenities and grand facades of various styles. Donald A. Gardner Architects believes your luxury estate home should be the best of both worlds: the right balance of extravagance and practicality to create the estate of your dreams.

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European Home Plans

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Using stone, stucco, and other different materials, European influenced house plans typically have grand façades and highly detailed interiors. European influenced house plans are available in a wide range of square footages and amenities with open floor plans.

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European Influence

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Whether modeled after French Country house plans or designed as an elegant Tuscan home plan, European house plans are typically designed with interesting gables and rooflines, grand facades and welcoming floor plans. European house plans may be brick, stucco, or stone, and often offer floor plans with grand foyers, soaring fireplaces, gourmet kitchens and other custom-styled amenities.

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Famous Architects House Plans

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Famous architects’ house plans are easy to find on the internet. With advanced house plan searches and carefully categorized style categories, you’re sure the find a house plan by a famous architect that suits your family’s style and needs.

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Farmhouse Plans

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The farmhouse is similar to the country house plan. Farmhouse plans typically include wrap-around porches and a roof that breaks to a shallower pitch at the porch. Farmhouse home plans may also include dormers. Our farmhouse plans complement the traditional feel of the American farmhouse, with modern floor plan amenities.

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Floor Plans

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Floor plans are black lined overhead views of a house plan’s layout. A floor plan maps out each room in the plan so that you can see the flow of the plan and the room layout. Before starting the search for the house plan of your dreams, think about how your family lives and what your current as well as future floor plan needs will include.

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Floridian House Plans

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The Floridian house plan usually evokes images of open, airy living spaces with plenty of natural light. Floridian home plans are typically one-story layouts with numerous windows, and floor plans that flow seamlessly from room to room. Floridian exteriors are often stucco with tile roofing.

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French Country House Plans

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The French Country or French Provincial home plan typically includes curved arches, soft lines, and stonework. French Country or Provincial home plans may feature brick, stone, or stucco exteriors and steep rooflines, sometimes with balconies. The French Country house plan is reminiscent of the rural French countryside. Our French Country and Provincial home plans vary from the simple to the extravagant, and use the style and history of the French countryside to create floor plans from the simple to the extravagant.

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Garage Floor Plans

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The modern garage no longer just holds cars and yard equipment! Whether you need additional living space for a relative, a new office, or just a bigger garage for today's larger cars, Donald A. Gardner Architects can provide you with a detached garage floor plan that meets your needs.

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Georgian Home Plans

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Similar to the Colonial style house, the Georgian home plan has a hipped or gable roof and a symmetrical façade. Many Georgian houses feature multi-paned double hung windows, paired chimneys and are two- to three-stories high. Our Georgian home plans combine this refined style with modern floor plan styles, to create a fresh take on Georgian house plans.

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Global House Plans

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Global house plans borrow style elements from various countries throughout the world. With inspiration from cultures across the globe, these house plans include styles like Tuscan farmhouses, Spanish villas, Mediterranean mansions and many more. Interior details also take cues from international residences with sprawling open floor plans and elegant details.

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Golf Course House Plans

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Residential lots located on golf courses typically have sloping lots. Golf course house plans have daylight basements or hillside walkout foundations. These house plans extend living space with a lower level and accentuate rear views with walls of windows and expansive rear outdoor living space with patios, porches and sunrooms included in the floor plans.

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Gourmet Kitchen House Plans

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For the chef who needs expansive counter space, an island, or room for a double oven, a house plan with a gourmet kitchen can meet the needs of one or many cooks. Many families are spending more time in or around the kitchen, so well planned eating and cooking space is becoming more important. House plans with gourmet kitchens are available in a wide variety of styles and square footages.

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Guest House Plans

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A guest house plan is the solution to frequent houseguests, an aging parent or children returning home from college. These smaller house plans include all the amenities of a full-sized house plan with some custom details and provide a "home away from home" for guests, parents or children.

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Hillside Home Plans

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The Hillside home plan typically features a finished walkout or "daylight" basement, multiple levels of outdoor living space and grand rear views. Our Hillside house plans are equally at home on a mountaintop or in a suburban setting. These hillside homes blend with the natural surroundings and take advantage of the unique qualities of the land.

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Home Blueprints

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Home blueprints are construction documents that provide builders with instructions on how to build a particular house plan. These home blueprints include detailed floor plans, renderings, cross-sections and a front rendering of the plan on 24" x 36" paper.

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Home Design Plans

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Home Design Plans detail floor plans and exterior elements for house plans. These house plans are available in a variety of styles in a broad range of square footages to meet the needs of today’s families. Before searching for your dream house plan, decide what style you prefer and which floor plan elements are necessary for your family’s future in the home.

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Jack and Jill Bathroom Home Plans

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Especially helpful for homeowners with children, house plans with Jack & Jill bathrooms can be helpful during the morning rush. Two bedrooms are connected by a toilet and bathtub with dual vanities to give everyone their personal space. Jack & Jill bathrooms are an economic use of space and are valuable to any floor plan.

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Keeping Room House Plans

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Homeowners who desire separate spaces to relax and entertain in their house plan will find comfort in a floor plan that includes a Keeping/Morning/Hearth/Family Room off of the kitchen. For relaxed family time, the kitchen-convenient Keeping Room is ideal while the Great Room remains picture perfect for visitors.

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Lake Home Plans

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Lake home plans are designed to capture rear views and fit a sloping lot. Lake home floor plans emphasize the beauty of the view and the exteriors vary from cozy cottage styles to grand luxury retreats.

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Low Country Home Plans

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The low country is generally described as the low-lying coastal areas of the Southeastern United States. Low country home plans have a Southern charm with coastal flair and universal appeal, perfect for entertaining or relaxing with family. With open floor plans and covered porches, Low Country Home Plans fit perfectly in any setting.

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Luxury Home Plans

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Luxury home plans, similar to estate home plans, feature abundant custom-styled amenities, open floor plans, ample square footage and multiple-use living spaces. If you don't find the perfect luxury house plan, you can customize any of our floor plans to build a truly unique luxury dream home for you and your family. Donald A. Gardner Architects can help you create your luxury home just as you imagine it.

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Luxurious Master Suite Home Plans

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All homeowners need a place to retreat and relax. House plans with luxurious master suites include generous walk-in closets, sitting areas and lavish bathrooms. Many of these floor plans also include a private patio or porch space, fireplaces, and separation from the other rooms in the floor plan for the ultimate retreat.

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Mansion Floor Plans

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Mansions or estates are large homes with luxurious details, typically over 3800 square feet. Mansion floor plans include custom-styled details and the house plan exteriors are grand in appearance. Mansion floor plans have large living spaces and usually include gourmet kitchens, luxurious master suites and other rich details that discerning homeowners are looking for.

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Mediterranean House Plans

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Extensive windows, stucco exterior and tile roofing define the Mediterranean style home plan. One-story floor plans with an open layout are typical of the Mediterranean house plan. We strive to design our Mediterranean homes in a manner that honors traditional Mediterranean architecture.

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Modern House Plans

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To each person, the description "modern house plan" connotes something different. When searching Donald A. Gardner house plans, know that our modern home plans meld modern efficiency with timeless style, grace, and quality. Unique angles and interesting features define our modern floor plans.

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Mountain Home Plans

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A mountain style house plan typically features many windows to capture rear views. Hillside walkout floor plans are also very popular for mountain environments. The mountain home sometimes invokes the ideal of the getaway where residents commune with nature. We offer a selection of mountain home plans ranging from cottage or cabin floor plans to multi-story mountain homes.




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Narrow Lot House Plans

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With shrinking lot sizes and increasing real estate prices, we have created a collection of narrow lot house plans with widths of 50 feet and under. Our collection of narrow lot floor plans sacrifices nothing in the way of style or space. Although the narrow lot can introduce challenges when building a home, we can make sure that lot limitations don't hinder your desire to build your dream home just the way you want it.

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New Home Floor Plans

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If you are planning on building a new home, you will need a house plan that suits your family’s needs. With hundreds of house plans to choose from, Donald A. Gardner Architects has new home floor plans in various square footages, styles and layouts. Check out our Advanced House Plan Search to start your search for the perfect new home floor plan.

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Old World Home Plans

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Old World home plans, similar to European home plans, feature exteriors with mixed materials, European flair and open floor plans. Donald A. Gardner Architects' growing portfolio includes Old World floor plans in a variety of sizes with both one and two-story floor plans, using various exterior materials.

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One Story House Plans

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The one-story house plan is suitable for everything from suburban neighborhood living to wide-open acres where one-story homes can sprawl out. One-story home designs are available in many house styles, from Craftsman to Traditional to Country and more. Our portfolio contains a large selection of one-story house plans, offering everything from classic floor plans to unique home designs.

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Open Floor Plans

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Open floor plans are often a necessity for today’s active households. Choosing a house plan with a natural flow is key for everyone from young families with children, to empty nesters who love to entertain. Open floor plans can make smaller spaces appear larger. You will find a large selection of open floor plan house designs from Donald A. Gardner Architects, available in a wide range of styles and square footages.

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Palladian Dormer Home Plans

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Home plans with Palladian dormers whisk natural light into the home and create unmatched curb appeal. Redefining how we look at country style, Palladian Dormer Home Plans have a welcoming façade that any homeowner can be proud of. With an open floor plan built for function and convenience, this classic look gives way to elegant country style and refined interior details.

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Ranch House Plans

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The ranch house plan features single-story living with a variety of exterior facades. The ranch home is a uniquely American house design. Designed to sprawl out across a wide-open lot, the one-story ranch floor plan first appeared in the 1930s and by the early post-WWII years, ranch-style homes and ranch floor plans filled the suburbs, adding the open feel of the country to the city. We offer a wide range of ranch floor plans to suit every preference.

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Residential Home Plans

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Architects and residential designers create residential home plans with a passion for creating house plans for today’s families. Residential home plans and floor plans are designed in a broad range of square footages and styles with the needs of today’s modern homeowners in mind.

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Rustic Influence House Plans

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With mixed materials including stone and timber, rustic influenced home plans give the feeling of a relaxed mountain setting in any neighborhood. A rustic feeling exterior gives way to modern interior amenities and relaxed luxury. Rustic influenced house plans are gaining in popularity with their unique façade and floor plans suited for families of all kinds including downsizing boomers and move-up Generation X buyers.

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Rustic House Plans

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Rustic style doesn’t have to mean old fashioned or out of date. Using mixed materials and enhancing the exterior of a home with special details and a modern floor plan creates the ultimate rustic house plan. Rustic house plans create a unique home that stands out from the rest.

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Second Master Suite House Plans

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As many elderly parents move in with their children or college students "boomerang" or return home from college, house plans with second master suites are becoming more popular in today’s floor plans. Many of these floor plans offer a master bedroom on each floor of the home or on opposite sides of the house for privacy.

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Simple House Plans

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With clean lines and open floor plans, even simple house plans can exude elegance as well as provide a place to relax. Simple house plans, including small floor plans, can be well-planned and uncomplicated for building purposes as well as family function and convenience.

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Sloping Lot House Plans

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If you have chosen a sloping lot on which to build your new home, sloping lot house plans are a great place to start. Designed with a hillside walkout or daylight basement lower level and expansive rear views in mind, sloping lot house plans are rich in detail and can meet the needs of challenging lots.

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Small Cottage House Plans

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Small cottage house plans contain the rich details and elements of any sized floor plan, but exude cottage charm on a smaller footprint. With well-planned spaces and luxurious details, small cottage house plans create an impressive place that homeowners will be proud to call home.

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Small House Plans

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Small house plans don't mean you have to sacrifice quality or style. Our small floor plans feature the most efficient use of space in less than 1800 square feet, containing the features you have always wanted in your new dream house. Offering a wide variety of styles, you will find interior and exterior appeal as well as originality as you search our small home plans.

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Sophisticated Farmhouse Plans

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The humble farmhouse of the past has been replaced with a sophisticated house plan containing more exciting, modern spaces and amenities suitable for a new community or acres of farmland. These newly styled farmhouse plans have curb appeal and spaces to entertain as well as relax. Family function is also an important element of Sophisticated Farmhouse Plans.

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Southern House Plans

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Southern house plans can be built in any geographic location. These homes typically portray Southern style with covered porches and satisfy the homeowner’s needs to live in elegant comfort. Southern house plans come in a variety of square footages, from intimate bungalows to large, stylish homes.

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Southern Living Home Plans

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Southern Living home plans aren't limited to a specific geographic location. We offer an exclusive collection of Southern Living house plans ranging from quaint farmhouse-style to sprawling country estates, all with the familiar Southern Living designation.

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Southwestern House Plans

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Southwestern house plans combine wood, stucco, and brick exteriors with decorative details that are typical of the Southwestern style home. Influenced by the original Spanish colonial settlements through the Southwest, these home plans typically call for ornamental flat frames with highly decorative carved doors and stonework, patterned tilework, columns, and courtyard fountains.

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Stock House Plans

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Stock house plans are pre-designed house plans that are available from various architects and designers. These house plans are time and cost efficient in comparison with having a home custom designed by an architect. With a large selection on the internet, browsing stock house plans can be one of the most enjoyable parts of building a new home.

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Three Car Garage Home Plans

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Because today’s homeowners have different needs house plans with a three-car garage are gaining in popularity. With larger automobiles and multiple generations living together, there is a greater need for these larger garages. Other than parking cars this flexible extra space can be used as a workshop or for storage.

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Timber Frame House Plans

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Timber frame house plans emanate a rustic feeling that brings homeowners back to nature. Most Donald A. Gardner Architects timber frame house plans can be modified by a qualified timber frame home builder to your specifications. Modern floor plans with rustic exteriors are at home on expansive wooded lots near the mountains or in communities near city centers.

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Traditional Home Plans

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Traditional home plans typically feature multiple gables, hipped roofs and covered entryways with a clapboard or brick façade creating a grand appearance. Our traditional house plans feature open floor plans in various sizes from 1600 - 5000 square feet.

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Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND)

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Traditional Neighborhood Design house plans are part of a prevalent design movement that focuses on sidewalks, common areas, and curb appeal. As narrow lots become more common and Neo-Traditional housing developments continue to grow in popularity, Traditional Neighborhood Design home plans have become a fixture in cities nationwide. These house designs often have rear-entry garages, but TND house plans may also feature front-load, side-load or courtyard entry garages. Porches, columns, and other classic features are customary in Traditional Neighborhood Design house plans.

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Tuscan Home Plans

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The hallmarks of a Tuscan home are a low-pitched roof, stone or stucco exteriors and an open floor plan. Outdoor living is also an important element of Tuscan floor plans. Donald A. Gardner Architects offers several different interpretations of Tuscan style house plans, with side courtyards, single or multiple floors and open floor plans.

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Two Story House Plans

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The Two Story home plan is popular for narrow and smaller lots, to increase square footage without increasing the home's footprint. Donald A. Gardner Architects has been designing two story house plans since 1978. We offer two-story floor plans in a wide variety of styles and sizes. Whether you desire a classic Victorian home or a Traditional two story house, search our floor plans for the home of your dreams.

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Ultimate Utility Home Plans

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Modern families and their homes are rapidly changing. House plans with ultimate utility rooms efficiently serve the busiest homeowners with a multifunction space in the floor plan that is not limited to laundry duty. With closets and helpful cabinetry, the ultimate utility room is a place to arrange flowers, a mudroom, a craft area, and more.

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Unique Home Plans

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Home plans with unique exterior facades or floor plan features create personalized surroundings for homeowners. Offering one of a kind curb appeal or unusual use of space, our unique house plans vary widely in size and style. Whether it is a family studio space, a side courtyard or outdoor living elements, a unique home plan focuses on the needs of the homeowner. We understand that no two homeowners are the same and therefore we offer unique floor plans to suit many preferences.

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Universal Design House Plans

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Universal Design house plans focus on accessibility for all people. Features may include no-step entries, wide doorways, convenient bathrooms and entry ramps. Universal Design is more than just a floor plan style-Universal home plans are helpful in assisting families of all kinds in being more comfortable in their homes, from active adults wishing to age in place to owners with disabilities.

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Unusual House Plans

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Unusual house plans forego the simplicity of the everyday home by including various details that will separate the home from all the rest. With unusual exteriors that stand out in a streetscape or a floor plan layout that looks at how you live in a completely different way, unusual house plans meet the needs of the homeowner who isn’t interested in ordinary living.

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Vacation House Plans

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Vacation house plans may be designed for coastal, mountain, lake or golf course settings, but can be built anywhere! Coastal home plans feature an elevated foundation, while mountain homes, lake houses and golf course homes often feature walkout basements and many windows to take advantage of views. Whether it's a waterfront cottage house plan or a mountain cabin, we can make your vacation home a reality.

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Victorian Home Plans

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Victorian home plans are all about the details. Distinguished by multiple rooflines with varying pitches, Victorian house plans often feature towers, turrets or gingerbread molding, with a siding or clapboard exterior. Our Victorian floor plans honor this historic architectural style with keen attention to detail.

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Waterfront House Plans

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If you have chosen a waterfront lot for your new home or a second home, you will need a waterfront house plan to suit the area. Whether you need a post and pier foundation for a coastal waterfront lot or a hillside walkout foundation for a lakeside waterfront lot, or you’re just looking for a beach cottage, you will find a selection of waterfront house plans to choose from in the Donald A. Gardner Architects portfolio.

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Wraparound Porch House Plans

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House plans with wraparound porches extend outdoor living spaces with covered places to relax. As Americans renew their love affair with the wraparound porch, the popularity of floor plans including these welcoming spaces grows. Whether the porch wraps around the front, rear or even the entire house, wraparound porches are a popular addition to today’s home plans.

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