Don Gardner Home Plans?

msmagooSeptember 5, 2007

Has anyone used his plans? Did you make modifications? DH & I really like this home. Has anyone built it?

Magoo

Here is a link that might be useful:

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twitchy

Hi magoo - we're in the process of building that house! Where are you building?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 7:19PM
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msmagoo

Twitchy,
Do you have any pics? We are just in the looking process, but DH & I picked the same house. It isn't too big, but has all the options that we are looking for. Pics PLEASE!!
Magoo

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 7:04AM
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twitchy

Hi Magoo,

We really liked the house too. I really liked the layout and the first floor master bedroom.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 7:58AM
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jojoco

We built the fitzgerald, with some modifications. I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Jojo

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 9:25AM
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msmagoo

Thanks Twitchy,
We are seriously thinking of this house plan, but with brick or partial brick. The housing market here is down so we will probably wait for an upturn so we can get the maximum price for our current house. Keep us informed of your progress would love to see interior pics. Thanks again, Magoo

    Bookmark   September 8, 2007 at 9:19AM
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msmagoo

Twitchy,
How's the house coming along? Would love to see pics.
Msmagoo

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 7:31AM
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61tinkerbell

We just finished a Don Gardner home 7 months ago, and regretfully - it is now on the market. It turned out beautiful, I enjoyed the floor plan and we made minor changes to this plan, the Southerland. Here is a virtual tour the realor has

Here is a link that might be useful: Tour The Southerland

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 7:52AM
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twitchy

Hi magoo,

It's coming (not fast enough!!), thanks for asking!!

Some pictures:

The floors are supposed to be stained this week.

Tinker - your home is absolutely gorgeous - sorry you have to sell.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2007 at 8:10AM
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msmagoo

Thanks Twitchy,
Looking Good!!
Keep us posted!!!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 11:36AM
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moose_2007

We live in Canada and I found a Don Gardner magazine at the local supermarket. One thing led to another and we'll be building the Irby(mucho modesto compared the Fitzgerald), but we liked the layout, it was something we could afford to build and be our forever house. There will be a couple of modifications and we are also going to be putting in a walk-out basement.
Are there any other Irby builders around? Any pics?
Maria

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 4:47PM
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dragonfly_

I have always been drawn to D G house plans. After searching for a very long time we decided to build the Zeller with modifications. We are very happy with our new home. Our house has the same front bedroom/den as the Irby. This is one of my favorite rooms with the beautiful window and vaulted ceiling.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2007 at 7:15AM
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txgal06

We built the Fitzgerald as well with a brick exterior.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2007 at 1:33PM
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cpayne5

My wife and I are building a "massaged" Topeka. This will be our first home (I'm 25, wife is 22).

    Bookmark   October 13, 2007 at 10:28PM
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danielzgrl37

We have been considering the "Dogwood Ridge" with some changes. Has anyone built this home or know of anywhere to see some more pics?

Here is a link that might be useful: Dogwood Ridge Plans

    Bookmark   October 15, 2007 at 2:15AM
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dilly2008

Has anyone completed The Fitgerald and would be willing to share some thoughts, insights, photos, etc? We are about to build and are looking for some information on the house.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 6:19PM
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mjob1999

We are building the house plan at the top, the Derbyville. has anyone completed this house plan and have pictures to share? Would love to see some completed plans to help keep us motivated!!!

    Bookmark   June 19, 2008 at 9:05PM
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sprice5105

We are currently building the Cartwright. I love the DG floorplans, so nice and open and very functional. The only changes we made were to add a couple feet to the garage and a screened porch on back.

Here are a few pictures

    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 7:24AM
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randita

Sprice. Beautiful lot and house! With that red dirt and the mountain views, I would guess western VA/NC or eastern TN. Am I right?

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 9:00PM
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sprice5105

You are right on the money - the beautiful hills of east TN, just on the edge of Knoxville!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 8:46AM
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frog_hopper

SPrice, very nice indeed. What county did you build in, and who is your builder, if you don't mind saying?

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 9:17AM
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trilby23

Hi sprice5105,

I'm building (almost building, actually) in Blaine. Are we neighbors perhaps? (frog_hopper, I see you got here before me!) :-)

-------------- Trilby

    Bookmark   June 28, 2008 at 9:06AM
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sprice5105

Wow, what a coincidence! I am building in Knox Co but practically in Blaine. We are technically in Mascot but just across the street from the Grainger Co. line.

My builder is Mike Shelton and he is fantastic! If you are looking for a builder, I highly recommend him.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 7:35AM
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frog_hopper

Thanks, I've made note of the name, but our site is probably too far east for him. Do you know where he works out of?

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 9:20AM
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frog_hopper

Make that too far west. Should have had more coffee before I posted.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 9:23AM
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sprice5105

Frog hopper - Where are you building?

He is from the Grainger Co/Union Co area but I know he is getting ready to build in Anderson Co so he does seem to build all around the area.

I'd be happy to give you his number if you are interested.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 9:49AM
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frog_hopper

We are building west of Oak Ridge in Roane County. I would like his number, if you are comfortable with posting it, or if you know how to send email through GardenWeb. I tried to find instructions on how to email members through the site and had no luck.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 10:20AM
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sprice5105

I can't figure out how to email members either. Why don't you email me at sprice5105@comcast.net and I will give you his number.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 10:46AM
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frog_hopper

Will do. Thank you.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 11:58AM
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mlo1

sprice5105... scroll to the bottom of the page where it gives a link to "member services". You will then be able to edit your profile and add an e-mail link.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 12:05PM
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trilby23

Sprice5105.... What a small world it really is! I'm just a few miles from you, on Indian Ridge Rd (or I will be eventually. We're getting the workshop built so that we can live there while we get the "Real House" built). Do you know if Mike Shelton has any ICF experience?

---------------------- Trilby

    Bookmark   June 30, 2008 at 7:23PM
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sprice5105

Hi Trilby,

Where on Indian Ridge are you? Are you close to River Ranch? I used to board my horses there. We are renting a house right in Blaine next to the Little Dipper.

I don't know if Mike has ICF experience or not. Come by and see our place and you can see some of his work. He has built lots of homes in your area - 2 in River Farms, 1 in River Ranch, and 1 on Richland Rd.

email me and I will give you his number and directions to my place and a few of the others he has built (my email is in my previous post)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2008 at 8:03AM
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g_mama1

My husband and I are starting our DG Home, the "Kellswater" in August. We have made some changes to cut down on the cost which is ok because we really like the layout of the floorplan. We are squaring up the house and making a straight roof line for a typical ranch house. The roof is supposed to have a 12/12 pitch (which I like)but now we are being told if we want to cut more cost we should make the roof a 6/12. My husband thinks that the 6/12 pitch would look ok. I am not happy with that because I would lose the window/light in the foyer. I think that the lowest I would want to go would be an 8/12 because I could still keep the window, but I am wondering if it will look ok with an 8/12 pitch. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 12:09PM
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frog_hopper

I don't like steep roofs. They may look good, but they require the husband to risk his neck if something needs doing up there. Either that or pay someone. Being the husband, I have an aversion to steep roofs.

That said, I don't think that design would work with a 6/12 roof. I don't see how the bonus room could exist with such a shallow roof. Certainly, it would be much smaller. It may not be possible to build the stairs to code with a 6/12, without moving them. That may change other things.

An 8/12 or 9/12 might work, although the bonus room would still be smaller. The stairs would likely have to move toward the front of the house. I assume there is an inswing door at the foot of the stairs, which is good. That probably would have to change to an outswing, which wouldn't be as good.

You really need to find out what the change would do functionally and aethsetically. I would suggest getting a really good house design software package, or find someone that has one, and try that for visuals, etc. Just for the roofline, all you would need to enter is the exterior walls. Of course, there is a bit of a learning curve for these programs. For the better ones, it can be pretty steep.

Which is where we came in. :-)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 5:39PM
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routey

We used a Donald Gardner Craftsman style house plan. We love it. Name of plan is the Larking. We are in the trim and painting stage. Has anyone else used the Larking plan?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2008 at 11:31PM
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chasing3girls

We bought the Capistrano 3 months ago. We've since decided to build another house/plan. If anyone is interested...we would sell the plans and license for $700 (paid $1030).

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 2:34PM
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house3

Chasing3girls the plan is ver nice. I wish the DH would allow me to build that baby! What plan have you decided on now?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 8:17PM
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gfoster15

hello everyone. I'm building The Genevieve plan #1121 in a month or so. I wondering if everyone has built this plan and/or has any advice or pictures for me. They will be greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 3:45PM
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darriea

Has anyone built the Thornhill?

Here is a link that might be useful: Thornhill

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 4:52PM
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firemanldw

Hi all I am interested in building the Derbyville. I saw a few pics on here but would love to have more. If anyone can help please do so. Thanks.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2008 at 8:10PM
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lostinplans

Does anyone have pictures of the Kellswater? I would love to see them!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2010 at 8:29PM
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miranda6690

Hi! We are building the Whitney right now. We made a few changes including adding a 1/2 bath under the stairs and removing a wall in the dining room. It's turning out to be a beautiful house!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2010 at 11:24AM
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rookie_2010

We are in the (slow-moving) finishing stage of the DG Evangeline plan. We added a walk-out basement and made some layout changes to the kitchen and master bath.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 3:13PM
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reyesuela

Husband? Yeah, right. He's scared of heights. I repaired the roof 8 months pregnant....

Anyhow, I like the plan, but PLEASE consider something more appropriate than the Palladian windows. They're called "Palladian" for a reason--they were only built in Palladian buildings for centuries. I saw a lovely substitution here of one higher rectangular window flanked by smaller ones. It looked great--and it isn't the HUGE timestamp that a Palladian window on a farmhouse is.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 1:54AM
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dee1_2010

Hi There,
My husband and I are thinking of building the Cedar Ridge home plan. If anyone has built this home I would love to see pictures. Thanks

    Bookmark   March 29, 2010 at 8:47PM
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harleywood

I am intrested in the Capistrano house plans if they are for still for sale. jpfred@bellsouth.net

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 11:18AM
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kjs78333

hi miranda,
I want to build the Whitney also. If you have any pics I would love to see how it's turning out. Thanks much! K78333@msn.com

    Bookmark   August 28, 2010 at 11:42AM
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janet12312

Does anyone have photos of the Kellswater? Would love to see them.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2010 at 12:40PM
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freenrgy2

Looking for any information on "The Harmony Point" or "The Ives" home plan. Anyone build? If so, can you link pics or email to mkeys67@comcast.net?

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 11:44PM
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papersailship

Has anyone built the Irby yet? Care to show some pictures of the finished product? My family is seriously considering this house plan so it would be nice to see one that's already built.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 5:41PM
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tparker6_hotmail_com

Has anyone built The Holloway floorplan by Donald Gardner? I would love to see some pictures before I build. Please email me at tparker6@hotmail.com. Thanks.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 8:21PM
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kjones40

I noticed that this is an old thread but was wondering if there are any out there that ended up building the Kellswater Donald Gardner plan..... was especially interested in G Mama post as we are considering reducing the pitch as well..... please please please need help from anyone familiar with this plan or has pictures.... ANY AND ALL HELP WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED karen_jones41@yahoo.com

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 5:14PM
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kramerkel

Building the Southerland right now

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 8:48PM
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treed67

Do any of you that built a Fitzgerald live within driving distance of Tennessee? If so would you possibly let my wife and I see your house. She has put me on the search of finding one to walk through. If so please email me. We would be willing to buy your family supper and would really like to meet someone that has been through the process. Treed67@hotmail.com

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 2:24PM
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Gene-Gene

I recently purchased Don Gardner plans for $7600, after customizing costs and wouldn't do it again because it wasn't a pleasant experience. In fact, I just registered a complaint with the BBB after exhausted efforts to resolve my dispute with them. During the entire design process, we told our DAG designer one thing and she did another. For example, the original plan called for a bathroom near the rear entry of the room and, based on some changes we made, she relocated the bathroom to the far side of the house even though we expressed to keep it near the original location. After several versions back and forth, which you pay for by the hour, the house kept getting bigger so I had to design the downstairs to accommodate this request myself. The bathroom design was nothing like that of the pictures I sent her and it took several versions for her to get it near right. When the plans were finally finished, they charged me an additional $1400 for roof changes that I believed were a part of the original quote. Upon receiving the plans and submitting them to several general contractors for a quote, numerous errors were pointed out; some of which were quite costly mistakes. For example, in the downstairs and upstairs, we requested 9' and 10' fold away doors for our upstairs and downstairs great rooms, which overlook a gorgeous lake view, that cost $17,000 each. The designer put 8' doors in the plan and made them more narrow than we spoke about. Upon bringing this matter to her attention, she resent out a revised plan but only sent 1 copy when we purchased 5. Anyone with a brain and has built a custom home before knows that one copy of the plan is impossible to work with and, DAG does not permit you to copy their plans. To rectify the roof charges of the $1400, they gave me a credit and the CAD program so that an architect could change the plan and errors. Since then, more errors have been pointed out and, after attempting to get quotes from a number of GC's, the numbers were coming in so high that we went to speak to a local architect. He stated that DAG did not design the house to be cost effective in any way and used excessive cement driving the home price up to very high $ per square foot. When I asked DAG to make changes they wouldn't and they could care less that after spending the sort of $ I did on the plan, now I had to spend an additional $2,000 - $3,000 to be able to afford to build the home. When I learned of these issues, I asked DAG to refund me the difference between what I would have paid for the CAD program, around $3400, so that I could use the balance to fix the plan. They refused and have not responded to an email since then. I believe in this economy and for as costly it is to build a new home with inflation for commodities, they should work with their customers to not only make a home efficient and cost effective, but also make changes if problems are incurred. I will post the outcome of the BBB result, which might I add I have never gone to the BBB to register a complaint in my life. Keeping my fingers crossed that the issue will get resolved.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 5:47PM
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jks122201

Has anyone built the derbyville? if so, i would love to see pictures and did you make any modifications?

thanks

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 1:56PM
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gr8rtst

Anyone wanna share their experience with a Luxembourg plan home? We are getting ready to order it and wanted any feedback on any issues.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 3:21PM
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Ralph_Md

Anyone built the Edgewater, Flagler, Evangeline ? its down to these 3 finally !!! help

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 6:02PM
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MikeB2012

Hi Ralph,
We really like the Evangeline plan and are considering building this plan with a walk-out basement in California. If you locate anyone who has built this plan or one similar...we'd like to hear how smoothly things went and see photos too. Let's compare notes and keep in touch...

Mike
mbondi@microsemi.com

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 12:10AM
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