Think this might be THE plan for me...Chesnee by Don Gardner
In the home stretch for selecting house plans. Been looking for a one-level plan between 2,500-2,800 sq ft for several years now and feel like the whole process has forced me to get to know myself better and how I really live versus some pie-in-the-sky idea about how I WANT to live. Key to this was having a single dining area. If anyone has any input, I sure would like to hear it.
The plan is the Chesnee from Donald Gardner, a smaller, updated version of his Birchwood plan. I would be eliminating the sitting area tacked onto the master bedroom, which would leave it at about 2,700 sq ft, which this whole process has taught me is just about the perfect size for how I want to live.
modified Chesnee plan: http://www.dongardner.com/images.aspx?pid=4388&fn=floorplans%5c12901_f.gif&f=
Original Birchwood plan and images: http://www.dongardner.com/plan_details.aspx?pid=3751
The Chesnee is one of a slew of plans that the folks at Gardner have been modifying using consumer responses on their House Plans on the Drawing Board page (http://www.dongardner.com/conceptual-designs.aspx), which I think is good move on their part (a bit of a gimmick, but it makes people feel that the designers are listening to their target audience).
Here is a link that might be useful: Chesnee plan by Donald Gardner