Donald Gardner Homes ???

sassengerNovember 1, 2012

Has anyone built a Donald Gardner home?

I am interested in The Marley.

What is an Average cost to build a Donald Gardner home. The plan I'm interested in is about 2,000 square feet. I know my location and upgrades will be a factor.

Thank you!

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renovator8

You should provide a link to the Marley and reveal your general location, foundation type, and general level of finish.

You should also search the forum for discussions about Gardner houses.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardner

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 7:49AM
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    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 10:52AM
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sassenger

Illinois
full basement

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 10:56AM
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LuAnn_in_PA

The link goes into the URL box...

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 12:45PM
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sassenger

The Marley plan

Here is a link that might be useful: Donald Gardner

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 1:59PM
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zone4newby

I like the layout, but between the porch roof and it's interior placement, the Great Room isn't going to get much natural light. Also, I'd want more coat storage, both for guests and for the family.

We're building in Minnesota, and because the frost-line means we have to excavate deeply enough that anything but a full basement doesn't make sense (the cost difference between a crawlspace and basement are so small and the difference in impact on the house is so big, we can't see going with a crawlspace). One of the things we're doing to keep our costs down is to build a two-story, so that we don't have to pay to excavate a huge footprint. If you had the bedrooms on the upper level, it would make your footprint much smaller, and that might cut the costs of building quite a bit. It would also make it easier to get natural light into all the important rooms on the main level.

I know a lot of people love these one level plans, but there's a cost to them up here in basement country.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 3:13PM
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skm13

Has anyone built the peppermill house plan by donald gardner???

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 4:20PM
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Ray72

We are just starting to build a house based loosely on the Birchwood.

Keep in mind that any changes cost money. We paid $800 for the DG plan but had almost $4000 in changes and engineering with our builder, designer and engineer. We are in a 130 mph wind zone, so that hurts us, but any plan you find will have to meet code in your area.

Good luck. It has been an adventure and we just broke ground two weeks ago!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 8:20PM
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seabright007

Yes I would also like to know if anyone has built a Peppermill?????

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 1:26PM
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frane

Anyone build the marley house plan

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 11:08AM
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rosie

No, I've never built a Don Gardner, and I know you did ask that, but it seems like a nice plan overall--especially when one can afford to do what is mainly a one-story. Such a luxury these days.

It would be nice if the garage entry area could be reworked so the kitchen isn't sliced in half, depositing everyone following or looking for Mom/Dad right at the stove. :)

Are you by any chance considering making the screened porch an all-season sunroom? Having an outwardly focused room for pretty days and summer evenings would make the inwardly focused coziness of the living room a total asset.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 5:36PM
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frane

Yes, it's a consideration but not sure about the heat down south. Sunrooms don't seem to be practical down south but since I'm still in the Northeast it's a consideration. I agree about the chopped up kitchen as well. Looking to rework that and also put the laundry area near the master suite. No kids so why drag the laundry across the house.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:04AM
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LOTO

We are building the Gardner Lennon plan (1 level with bonus over garage) but our cost would be on the high end of "average" due to the upgrades/finishes we chose. We are probably going to end up around $155.00 a square foot...this was an owner/build and I knew all of the subs and received contractor pricing.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lennon

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 8:36PM
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