Awesome Simple Home Plans

Building your own home does not necessarily mean you need something extravagant. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, we understand that sometimes, you just want a simple and cozy place to call home. Our affordable home plans are perfect for this. We offer a number of simple house plans that have all of the features and modern amenities you need and want, and with a simple design that meets your budget and tastes.

Embrace a Simple Lifestyle With Basic House Plans From Don Gardner

Basic home plans work great for a number of homeowners. Some choose these to be their primary residence, spending less on the size of their home so they can invest more in the quality of the lifestyle they create inside. Others choose these when they downsize during retirement. Still, others will opt for basic home plans to serve as secondary residences or vacation cottages. A basic floor plan also makes a great starter home, and when you build from scratch you can build in some of the elements you need and want to personalize the space. With Donald A. Gardner Architects, all of our simple house plans have the modern flair you want in a newly built home.

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At Donald A. Gardner Architects, we have an extensive collection of plans and designs for those in the market for a basic house plan. Are looking for a cozy mountain cabin? We have these. Perhaps your ideal home plan is a cozy ranch. We have these, too. From classic two-stories to country chic, our basic house plans include most architectural styles and tastes. Use our advanced search feature to find the perfect basic floor plan based on number of rooms, square footage and architectural style.

We also offer a modification service that can take any of these basic home plans and transform them into exactly what you need and want. Perhaps you need a more open design. We can take an existing plan and make it more spacious. Maybe you want to add an architectural style to a home plan that meets your needs well but lacks the character you want. We have the solution! Contact our modification team to begin transforming a home plan into exactly what you want. We look forward to hearing from you.

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House Plan The Macon
House Plan The Macon
  • 1779Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design features a front-entry garage and a narrow footprint to accommodate a smaller lot. A trio of gables are accented with vertical boards and columns highlight the front porch. The garage offers entry to the home through a mud room with a pantry and a drop zone for bags, coats and shoes. The utility room is adjacent with a window above a utility sink and built-in cabinetry on either side. The kitchen is open to the great room and features an island with bar seating. The great room has a vaulted ceiling that frames the fireplace and the rear porch with skylights is the perfect place to relax when the weather is nice. A dramatic tray ceiling tops the dining room. The master suite is elegant with a vaulted ceiling and the master bathroom enjoys a freestanding bathtub. A double-sink vanity and walk-in shower complete this space. Two additional bedrooms are available, along with a full bathroom, and a bonus room provides optional square footage for a recreational room or future expansion.

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House Plan The Ashbry
House Plan The Ashbry
  • 2187Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This quintessential urban farmhouse features a board-and-batten exterior with a metal accent roof and a welcoming front porch. The great room and dining room share a cathedral ceiling and a spacious screened porch extends living outdoors. The kitchen is highlighted by an island and a pantry is nearby. A mud room entry offers a seat to comfortably remove shoes and a closet to hang coats and bags. The master suite is truly versatile with two bathroom configurations for the homeowner to choose from and a luxury walk-through closet that accesses the utility room. Two additional bedrooms are perfect for children and the shared bathroom offers a double sink vanity.

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House Plan The Vincent
House Plan The Vincent
  • 1641Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This simple design offers just the right amount of curb-appeal with board-and-batten accented gables and a discerning usage of metal roofing. The open floor plan showcases the dining room with a tray ceiling and a low built-in bookshelf. The kitchen features a breakfast counter for additional bar seating and opens to a screened porch with skylights. Living is extended outdoors with a side porch and a rear deck that are connected by an expansive patio. The utility room has its own access door and a laundry sink provides easy clean-up after yard work. The master suite is generous with a massive walk-in closet, a double sink vanity, and a spacious shower. A bedroom and bedroom/study share a full bathroom with linen closet. Storage options include a garage storage closet, a pantry and a coat closet.

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House Plan The Goldmoss
House Plan The Goldmoss
  • 2053Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Multiple gables highlight the roofline of this one-story design. A welcoming front porch provides entry to an efficient floor plan with the dining room flowing into the island kitchen and great room. Double doors access a rear porch with outdoor storage. A private hallway leads to the master suite with skylights adorning the tray ceiling and sun tunnels bringing natural light to the closets. To the opposite side of the home, two bedrooms share a bathroom with a dual sink vanity. The garage enters the home via a mud room and a drop zone designates space for coats, bags and shoes. The pantry is convenient for dropping groceries on the way to the kitchen and the utility room has a laundry sink and built-in cabinetry. A bonus room provides abundant storage or additional living square footage to meet the needs of the homeowner.

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House Plan The Oxley
House Plan The Oxley
  • 2110Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This modest cottage is instantly charming with a stone-and-shake exterior and welcoming front porch. Multiple gables and dormers add dimension to this narrow design. The living spaces are cozy and create a continuous flow between the open great room, island kitchen and dining room. The spacious master suite is downstairs with the utility room while two additional bedrooms and a bonus room are upstairs.

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House Plan The Fletcher
House Plan The Fletcher
  • 2512Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Decorative gable brackets and arches highlight this Craftsman design with a stone and shake exterior. The wide foyer is perfect for greeting guests and storage closets keep the space tidy. Multiple cooks will feel welcome in the spacious kitchen featuring an island with prep-sink. The master suite is truly luxurious with private access to a rear porch, an opulent master bath, and an oversized walk-in closet with bench seat. To the rear of this design, find a screened porch and a two-car garage with a bonus room above.

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House Plan The Janson
House Plan The Janson
  • 2268Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This efficient one-story home plan features a mix of stone, shake, and siding, with multiple gable peaks and a clerestory window above the front porch. A cathedral ceiling draws the eye through the foyer and great room to the porch, displaying rear views. The kitchen is U-shaped with an angled counter facing the great room and dining room. Built-in shelving and a walk-in pantry provide additional storage space. The utility room has counter space with a sink and outdoor access to a covered porch. The master suite is surrounded by windows and steps out to the screened porch. Secondary bedrooms flank a handy pocket office, and each have a walk-in closet and share a convenient Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

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House Plan The Napier
House Plan The Napier
  • 1871Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design is anything but ordinary with eye-catching details, including a mixed exterior of siding, shakes and stone, arched upper windows, and decorative gable brackets. The interior flows nicely with open living in the great room, kitchen, and dining room. The bedrooms are spaced for privacy and each has a full bathroom. Outdoor living is enhanced with a skylight-topped screened porch. Extra storage is available in the garage and above, a bonus room offers additional square footage.

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House Plan The Lindstrom
House Plan The Lindstrom
  • 2169Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This storybook cottage design charms onlookers with striking roof lines and a mixed exterior of stucco, stone and cedar shakes. The foyer welcomes an open floor plan with a column accented dining room and a dream, island kitchen overlooking the great room. Outdoor living is abundant with screened and open rear porches and a patio. The master suite enjoys excellent views from an arched wall of windows while the master bathroom is a spa-like retreat. Notable features include an oversized utility room, pantry, mud room, and multiple storage closets throughout. Two additional bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a flexible bedroom/study round out this thoughtful floor plan.

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House Plan The Linnea
House Plan The Linnea
  • 2277Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Craftsman exterior has a hint of rustic influence with stone-and-shake cladding and a prominent shed dormer. A courtyard entry garage provides a personal door and extra storage. Columns keep the living areas open, defining the foyer, dining room, and great room. The kitchen features counter seating serving both the breakfast room and great room while the screened porch invites sunshine and warmth with three skylights. A mud room with coat closet and bench seat awaits at the garage entrance, followed by a walk-in pantry. The utility room has additional storage, a sink and a view to the rear. A study/bedroom with full bathroom, two secondary bedrooms, and spacious master suite and flexible bonus room complete the plan.

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House Plan The Oscar
House Plan The Oscar
  • 2370Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

The storybook exterior features a front facing garage that is ideal for narrower lots. The arched garage bays add character to the whimsical exterior. This home enjoys a spacious single dining area while the kitchen is multi-functional with a center cook-top island and bar seating for casual eating and gathering. Two additional bedrooms are found upstairs, and are separated by a loft for privacy.

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House Plan The Pennyhill
House Plan The Pennyhill
  • 1867Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Quaint and cozy on the outside with porches front and back, this three-bedroom country home surprises with an open floor plan featuring a large great room with cathedral ceiling. Nine foot ceilings add volume throughout the home. A central kitchen with angled counter opens to breakfast area and great room for easy entertaining. The privately located master bedroom has cathedral ceiling and nearby access to the deck with optional spa. Operable skylights over the tub accent the luxurious master bath. A bonus room over the garage makes expanding easy.




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