How can you tell a dated floor plan from a contemporary one? Easy – look at the kitchen. If it's anywhere near as spacious and inviting as the ones in these designs from Donald A. Gardner Architects, you're good to go.

Outstanding Flexibility

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G. Frank Hart Photography

Every detail of this attractive hillside home is geared towards flexibility and ease. Take the bathroom near the mud room: located by the garage entrance, it's convenient for family members to use before heading out, but can easily be closed off for private use of the bedroom/study when guests come to visit. Two islands add tons of counter space to the kitchen. The master suite includes double walk-in closets and easy access to one of the many porches. On the lower level, two bedroom suites flank a cozy rec room. Upstairs, a bonus room with skylights offers a bright space to expand. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Two Huge Islands

This two-story Craftsman home welcomes with a stunning curved staircase in the foyer. The great room, dining room, and super-spacious kitchen (check out those double islands) are open with views all around. The master suite includes a sitting area, plenty of closet space and a large bathroom. The upstairs is open to below, with a bonus room and two bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Exceptionally Open

A dimensional exterior brimming with details enhances any streetscape and distinguishes this family-friendly house plan. Inside, the kitchen's outer island (yes, there are two) takes center stage with a snack bar and total openness to the great room. Practical specialized spaces like the library, e-space, pantry, and huge utility room will help owners stay organized. Special details throughout include columns, decorative ceilings, built-in shelves, and a screen porch with a fireplace. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Adaptable Study

Every square foot of space is used wisely in this striking one-story home. On the right, the master suite offers a luxurious bathroom and a bay window in the bedroom. A flexible study can easy serve as a third bedroom with its adjoining full bath. In the main gathering spaces, the kitchen offers a corner snack bar that overlooks the great room and dining nook, with a center island adding more prep space. Don't miss the fireplace-warmed screen porch. See more images, information, and the floor plan.