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10 Easy Ways to Go Green in Your Home     Why go green?    Just imagine a world where nature’s untouched beauty reigns—with lush rainforests, oceans with clear blue water, clean air, and animals, birds, and all living things thriving in a safe and beautiful planet Earth.   Since the observance of that first Earth Day in 1970, millions of people around the world have embraced the concept of protecting the environment and conserving energy. Today, “going green” is a lifestyle—not just a fancy trend popularized by a new generation.   For at least the past two decades, there has been an increasing demand for energy-efficient homes. Architects and builders hav Read more
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Published On : 04-22-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Growing Our Support for Veterans and Military Families with Fisher House Foundation
5% of House Plan Sales Will Go to Fisher House Foundation for Two-Month Periods in Spring and Fall     Everyone here at The Plan Collection is driven by the simple idea that great house design should be affordable and readily accessible to everyone. However, even more important than house design is the desire of each and every one of us to have a home. A home can take any form: an apartment, a townhouse or a single-family house, but one constant that makes a house a home is the feeling of warmth when you walk in the door. Whether it’s from your family, your friends, your dog or your cat, you know that when you walk in the door, you’re home.   This universal desire for a place to call home Read more
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Published On : 04-14-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Once Upon a Porch: Rekindling America’s Love Affair with a Cultural Classic
From Wraparounds to Porticos, We Look at How to Choose the Perfect Porch for Your Home     From the farmhouse to Colonial, Victorian, and country homes of bygone eras, the porch has been a signature feature of the American home and the center of a family’s social activities. Very popular in the mid-1800s until the advent of air-conditioning in the mid-1900s, the porch was the quintessential “welcome” sign—the window to a family’s interior space. It served as a connection to the outdoors and an integral part of a neighborhood’s “streetscape.” However, over the past few decades, Americans have once again fallen in love with the porch as a welcoming presence to guests and a way Read more
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Published On : 04-09-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The Arts and Crafts Home Style: A Revival of Traditional and Artistic Craftsmanship
Simple Elegance and Beautiful Handicrafts Define the Arts & Crafts Home     It was a philosophy that had a tremendous impact on American architecture.   With the Industrial Revolution in full force in England, factories grew by the numbers and mass production became the standard. A group of British artists and writers led by William Morris launched the Arts &Crafts Movement—which began in 1860 and lasted through 1930. This protest against the opulent Victorian Era and the machine-dominated Industrial Age revived interest in the simplicity and beauty of nature and the use of handicrafts and natural materials in architecture and art.     William Morris’s Read more
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Published On : 04-01-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Create a Dramatic Decor Statement with Stylish Door Designs
Open Up Your Home to Fascinating Possibilities with Today’s Door Choices     It’s time to throw out the cookie-cutter designs and go for modern doors with exciting and unusual shapes and patterns. From the front door to interior doors and everything in between, doors are hot items. Today, homeowners are finding doors with bold colors, materials, and styles to make their residences as inviting and eye-catching as possible.        Open the beautiful wood doors of this two-story, four-bedroom luxury home, and feast your eyes on the lovely foyer and Great Room (left). The photo on the right shows the doors from inside. (Plan # 161-1017).      What was o Read more
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Published On : 03-25-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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A Home for All Ages: Adaptable Floor Plans Let Everyone—from Toddler to Grandma—Live in Style and Comfort
Create a “Forever” Home with Trendy and Attractive Adaptable House Plans     Home is where the heart is…and today you can make that home a “forever” place with an adaptable design that meets your changing needs at the different stages of your life. A style that originated in the ‘60s, the adaptable, or universal, plan is now a popular choice—and several of its features are making their way into most homes.     A delightful one-story country home with an open floor plan and a single-step front entryway can easily be adapted to accommodate changes and family dynamics. This particular plan already comes with an in-law suite (Plan # 153-1806).   Read more
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Published On : 03-18-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Get in Tune with Nature in a Mountain-Style Home
Mountain-Style House Plans: Not Just for Vacation Homes     Tired of waking up to the sounds of tooting car horns and screeching tires? And the sight of high-rise buildings when you look out your windows? Then it’s time to head up to the mountain retreat and get in tune with nature and its many beautiful sights.     Once most prevalent in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain States—and as vacation/weekend retreat homes—the mountain-style house plan is now emerging as one of the trendiest designs in today’s architectural scene. Today, it’s a popular choice among a growing number of homeowners attracted to a rustic, tranquil setting with wonderful views.     Wi Read more
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Published On : 03-11-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The Latest Hardware Trends for Your New Home
Whether you are building a new home, or revamping your current home, it’s a good idea to review the latest trends in hardware.  Just remember it is essential to first know what you’ll need and how you want the specific spaces to look – be it kitchen, bath or utility rooms like your laundry room or garage. Most people are most interested in the latest kitchen designs.   There is also a change in the air when it comes to basic things in your new home such as stairway railings. We are seeing wood railings being replaced with a fresh lighter approach using metal hardware such as featured in this stunning modern Plan Collection house 6,495 sq. ft. five bedroom 5 bath (plan # 161-1048) which features 10' ceil Read more
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Published On : 03-06-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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8 Tips on Creating a Functional, Sophisticated Open Floor Plan through Design
Make Your Open Floor Plan Functional and Sophisticated—By Design     So you’re ready to move into your new home and a most amazing open floor layout. Before you decide on color schemes, interior décor, and furniture, here are a few tips to make the floor plan more polished, appealing, and above all, comfortable.      1.  Minimize the clutter—Remember to visualize the overall space and sketch a diagram of where you want to position everything. This will create clean and comfortable lines.   A two-story country home with a delightfully laid out open floor/Great Room design. In this uncluttered space, the kitchen-dining-living areas merge seamlessly togethe Read more
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Published On : 03-04-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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European House Plans: Living the “Old World” Dream at Home
European-Style House Plans: Eclectic Old World Charm     One of the most popular and sought-after home styles in the United States is the European-style plan—a design that evokes the splendor of the Old World and eclectic charm of the European continent. From an English cottage to a Tudor home, a Mediterranean or Spanish house to a French-inspired country home, European house plans can be adapted to every region of the U.S.   Here, then, is a view of a delightful architectural look that brings together styles from England, France, and Italy.   This charming two-story, three-bedroom Tudor country home, with its wood-and-stone facade, features an arched entryway. (Plan # 146-1662) &nb Read more
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Published On : 02-25-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Old Home, New Look: Tips on Giving Your Home a Facelift
            Do-it-Yourself Remodeling Tips for a Picture-Perfect Home Makeover     You absolutely love your home! But because you’ve had the house for a few years, it’s natural to think that a little a touch-up may be in order for several rooms to give the “old” place a fresh new look. And you’ve decided that the time for the job is now.      What may seem like a daunting task can be done without calling a troop of designers or spending a cartload of money. Just be ready with your imagination, some creativity, and the willingness to work slowly—one room at a time. Here are several tips to consider for your home improvement proje Read more
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Published On : 02-19-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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