Call it the winning formula: 1 wide porch + 1 out-of-sight garage + lots of hardworking amenities (- stuffy formal spaces) = 1 very appealing home. It's an equation that Donald A. Gardner Architects gets just right.

Large Laundry Room with Island

With its graceful front porch displaying pairs of columns, this home sets a welcoming tone that continues inside. The kitchen features an overlook to the great room and a snack counter/tech space that opens to the breakfast nook. Cozy fireplaces create ambiance in the great room and family room. A screen porch with skylights presents a bright place for multi-season outdoor enjoyment. The master suite invites relaxation in its deluxe bathroom and glass-enclosed sitting area. On the opposite side of the home, two more bedrooms enjoy easy access to the extra-large family studio/laundry room, where an island adds extra room to fold clothing. Walk-in closets, extra storage in the garage, and a finish-later bonus room offer even more space. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Two-Sided, Indoor-Outdoor Fireplace

Here's a home that focuses in on the amenities that will really help a busy family: a huge laundry room (dubbed the "family studio"), lots of storage, and a kitchen with enough counter space for many hands to help prepare dinner. The kitchen also features an e-space that's perfect for charging phones and tablets, not far from the versatile study/library. The master suite is easy to reach on this level, inviting homeowners to unwind in its spacious bathroom (complete with linen storage and a seat in the shower) or step out to the porch. The morning room shares a two-sided fireplace with the screen porch; together with the wet bar and wine cellar, this becomes an excellent indoor-outdoor entertaining space. A workshop in the garage provides room for tool enthusiasts. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Well-Planned Mudroom

Decorative brackets atop prominent gables contribute graceful detail to this one-story design. Inside, the everyday entrance from the garage takes homeowners past a convenient mudroom, where the pantry waits to receive groceries, a seat makes it easy to remove shoes, and closets stand ready for coats. Two walk-in closets add more storage to the master suite, which also features a well-equipped bathroom that boasts plenty of counter space, a tub with a view, and a large shower with a seat. The kitchen features a snack bar and a view to the front porch. Skylights bring natural illumination to the screen porch. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Flexible Guest Suite on Main Level

Photo by Matthew Scott Photographer, Courtesy of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.
Photo by Matthew Scott Photographer, Courtesy of Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.

With its relatively compact footprint and classic brick exterior, this home would fit well in a variety of neighborhoods. The side-entry garage doesn't detract from the graceful front, where a wide porch creates a welcoming air. Inside, the versatile guest suite or study features private access to the hall bath. In the main gathering areas, the kitchen offers quite a bit of counter space with a central island and a snack bar. The great room features two doors to the rear porch. Upstairs, all three bedrooms include walk-in closets, with the master suite also enjoying a private bathroom with two sinks, a large shower, and a separate tub. The bonus room offers space for later expansion. See more images, information, and the floor plan.