Take outdoor living to the next level – literally, in some of these cases – with a plan that provides a variety of porches and patios. These exceptional designs from Donald A. Gardner Architects show you how it’s done.

Private Porches for Everyone

© 1998 Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc., Photography courtesy of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.
© 1998 Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc., Photography courtesy of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.

A variety of porches on both levels of this exceptional Craftsman home offers both shared and private enjoyment of the view. A dramatic cathedral ceiling heightens the open living room. The master bedroom is topped by a tray ceiling and features a lovely bath, a walk-in closet, and a private porch. A versatile bedroom/study and full bath are nearby. Downstairs are two more bedrooms (each with an adjoining covered patio), another full bath, and a generous family room with fireplace. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Options for Year-Round Outdoor Fun

Equally appealing on the outside and inside, this Craftsman home has all the right priorities: kitchen space, a deluxe master suite, and a variety of porches and patios. The foyer presents a great view of the great room and back through a wall of glass to the rear yard. In the kitchen, there's no shortage of counter space. A fireplace-warmed screen porch offers outdoor fun in cooler weather. Don't miss the master suite's huge shower. See more images, information, and the floor plan.