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On-the-Boards Designs to Inspire

Some of these "on-the-boards" designs will result in completed projects, while others will remain as schematics, but all of them provide design inspiration and ideas

By Larry W. Garnett, FAIBD, House Review Lead Designer December 5, 2023
Larry W. Garnett's design for Cardinal Wood Live/Work
On-the-boards design for Cardinal Wood Live/Work (scroll down to read more about the project). | Rendering: Larry W. Garnett
This article first appeared in the November/December 2023 issue of Pro Builder.

While the topics for Pro Builder’s House Review typically vary from magazine issue to issue and year to year to present timely and relevant design solutions, “On the Boards” is a perennial feature, enabling the design team to stretch their wings and showcase exciting and innovative concepts that are still in the design phase (“on the boards”). We hope you find them inspiring.

Cardinal Wood Live/Work

DESIGNER: Larry W. Garnett, FAIBD, larrygarnett@larrygarnettdesigns.com, 254.205.2597

DIMENSIONS: Width: 65 feet / Depth: 10 feet / Total built area: 7,550 sf

Renderings: Larry Garnett

Located in the proposed “downtown” portion of a new planned village, this live/work concept (main image, above) offers the flexibility of combining light commercial with office and residential space. 

The first level offers main-street visibility for a small eatery, coffee shop, real estate office or sales center, or professional office space. 

The second level with flexible access points (including an elevator) can become professional offices or elegant two-bedroom living spaces. 

Larry W. Garnett's on-the-boards design for the Cardinal Wood Live Work project


Larry W. Garnett's floor plans for the on-the-boards design for the Cardinal Wood Live Work project

A  First-floor lease space for a sandwich/coffee shop

B  First-floor lease space for real estate or professional offices

C  Second-floor living or office space

D  Second-floor living or office space with balcony

E  Elevators 

Larry W. Garnett's floor plans for the on-the-boards design for Cardinal Wood Live Work project



Eastside Landing, Plan 2 

DESIGNER: Seth Hart, DTJ Design, shart@dtjdesign.com, 303.443.7533

DIMENSIONS: Width: 66 feet / Depth: 80 feet / Living area: 4,320 sf

This home plan for a site in Lakeway, Texas, boasts unforgettable features, including a wraparound back porch, pass-through bar, hidden pantry, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Two elevation styles are offered. While similar in approach, they are unique in form and use distinctive materials and contemporary styling to deliver a modern, elegant look while remaining contextually appropriate. 

The main floor features a private office with a full wall of glass, direct connection from the primary closet to the laundry, and a wine alcove in the dining room. The pocketing sliders in the great room offer panoramic views and seamless connectivity to the rear yard. 

Upstairs, a homework nook and a spacious loft provide flexibility for kids and guests separate from the owner’s retreat on the main floor. 

A roof deck over the one-car garage offers additional outdoor living from the loft and provides views of the hill country.

DTJ Design's Eastside Landing on-the-boards design, 3D exterior rendering


A  Kitchen with pass-through bar connection to rear patio

Office has a glass wall that visually connects to the front courtyard; options as a bedroom with direct access to a single-car garage

C  Storage space over the kitchen options as a bar, additional bedroom, or hobby room

The walk-in pantry off the kitchen is concealed by cabinet doors


DTJ Design's Eastside Landing on-the-boards design, floor plans


Duplex Cluster

ARCHITECT: Jeff Addison, Kevin L. Crook Architectjaddison@klcarch.com, 949.660.1587

DIMENSIONS: Width: 116 feet / Depth: 113 feet  / Living area: 1,502 – 1,618 sf

This duplex cluster prototype offers a single-family detached living experience coupled with the efficient density (13-14 DU/acre) of an attached home. It also shows respect for neighboring homes and for privacy. 

The project is designed as a six-pack cluster with each home providing a two-car garage and guest parking on the street. 

The street scene is pedestrian friendly, and the entries to the two homes fronting the cluster orient to the street. The front doors of the four other homes open onto the private alleyway. Craftsman and Prairie exterior architectural styles provide variation along the alley.

All living spaces have sliding doors to generous private outdoor living areas. Trash is stored along the sides of the houses, similar to a single-family detached home. 

Kevin L. Crook Architect's on-the-boards design for a duplex cluster


Two-car garages in a split configuration

B  Generous private outdoor living areas

C  Front home entries oriented to the street

Convenient trash storage

Floor plans for Kevin L. Crook Architect's on-the-boards design for a duplex cluster


Courtyard Duplexes

DESIGNER: Dawn Michele Evans, AIA, NCARB, The Evans Groupdmichele@theevansgroup.com, 407.650.8770

DIMENSIONS: Width: 30 feet / Depth: 102 feet, 4 inches / Living area: 3/2 home: 1,663 sf; 3/3 home: 1,728 sf; guest suite above garage: 545 sf

What are most duplexes missing? Private outdoor space and elevation architecture.

When possible, separating the garage from the home allows for a private outdoor space, as well as a charming entry sequence through a gated trellis and private garden and onto the front porch. 

Thirty-foot-wide duplexes typically have the entire front elevation as garage door(s), but with this configuration, you achieve an entire elevation behind the garage. 

The buyer profile required one-story homes, but we are able to offer an optional guest suite above the garage with several floor plan options. Therefore, the project achieves a varied streetscape from some buyers choosing the optional guest suite and others not.

On-the-boards design for Courtyard Duplexes by The Evans Group


Large, open grand room with lanai and owner’s suite optimize water-feature views

B  Gourmet kitchen with large island and extensive pantry 

Den/home office/suite 3 with direct access to the front porch so clients don’t enter the home 

Centrally located laundry

Front entry for the owners, not a hallway from the garage

F  A courtyard for a private flower and herb garden, a place for Fido, a hot tub, or other uses


On-the-boards design for Courtyard Duplexes by The Evans Group, floor plan



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