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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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Inspiring Design Ideas from the Homes of Living US Presidents
  After Living in the White House, Comfortable Home Design Reigns     U.S. Presidents obviously have a profound impact on history. But over the years, their influence has also extended to home styles/designs and architecture.     Everyone knows about George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, FDR’s Little White House, the Adams Estate in Massachusetts, and even Abraham Lincoln’s ancestral home in Illinois. Perhaps more than any other presidential residence, Mount Vernon has inspired and spawned numerous homes built in the Georgian, Colonial, and Southern plantation styles.   But if you want to step into modern times and prefer other Pres Read more
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Published On : 02-11-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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A Barrage of Garages – Design Guidelines for Your Car’s Next Home
Tips for Designing the Ideal Garage for You     You want to build a new house. As you pore over house plans for your dream home, don’t forget about where you will put the family car—or more likely, cars. Of course, you will want something that complements the design of your house, but there are other considerations, some of which may be influenced by the size, shape, and slope of your building lot. How will you enter the garage? How big should it be? Will you want extra storage space? Do you want an attached or detached garage? Does it allow access to the house, and is it in close proximity to the kitchen (for unloading groceries)? Are the doors large enough for your needs? These are some of the questions to c Read more
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Published On : 02-04-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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Cottage Style Meets Modern Lifestyle | Spotlight on Cottage Homes
From Small Home Living to Guest Houses – Cottage House Plans Have Something for Everyone     Do you think of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” or maybe Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon when somewhere refers to cottage homes? Yes, a cottage is a small and cozy dwelling. Such a home also features an informal floor plan and often evokes the charm of a fairy tale or countryside living. However, today’s cottages offer much more. Designers and architects are now creating cottage homes that offer the feel of plenty of space as well as the features you would expect in the most modern styles of homes.   Whether you are looking to downsize or add a guest house to your property, once you tak Read more
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Published On : 01-28-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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The Modern House Plan: Stylish Living in the 21st Century
Welcome to the Simple, Affordable, and Stylish Modern House Design   It may not have been a pretty sight in the 1920s and 1930s—stuck in the midst of neighborhoods with the traditional bungalows, Colonials, clapboards, and split levels. But today, new homeowners are buying—or building—Modern and Post-Modern homes that are more suited to their lifestyles and needs.   Here are a few reasons why a Modern house design is now a hot trend:     1. Affordability Is a Key Consideration.  With a real estate market that’s in flux, potential homeowners are more prudent with their spending—choosing simple and affordable homes that are stylish and attractive.    & Read more
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Published On : 01-21-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Sleek Architectural Design and Sophisticated Technology Define the 2015 New American Home
The 2015 NAHB New American Home: Comfortable and Contemporary     It’s the showcase piece of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders Show in Las Vegas—the home of the future and everyman’s dream home. Described as “desert contemporary style,” the 2015 New American Home has an open floor plan, courtyard, rooftop deck, glass doors and windows that enhance the indoor-outdoor feel, and home automation technology.      Clean Lines, Balance, and Comfort   From its amazing courtyard and outdoor water features to its very contemporary interiors and intricate fixtures, the 2015 New American Home is a real “showstopper.” The Read more
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Published On : 01-14-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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New Year, New Home: Finding the Perfect House Plan
Tips on Finding the Perfect Home to Fit Your Lifestyle, Family Size, and Overall Needs   From the simple and classic one-story home to the very large and elaborate ones, most people have specific ideas of what their perfect homes would look like. Images have been sketched in their minds long before the first piece of brick or wood is laid on the foundation.   If you’ve decided that 2015 is the year for your dream home, here are some tips to help you find – or build – the home that fits your family’s size, lifestyle, needs, and budget.      1.  Home is where the heart is.  While some people also think of a home as an investment, remember that it is primarily a pl Read more
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Published On : 01-06-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Home Buyers Embrace Acadian Style
  With French Country and Cajun Flavors, There's Lots to Like with Acadian Style Homes   As a homebuyer, you want a house that will last and look amazing, in the style you desire. Finding it means knowing what you are looking at and what it offers. The Acadian style of home could be right for you if you are looking for rich architecture and plenty of detail. Explore the options available to you here.     Why Is Acadian So Popular?   Acadian home plans are some of the most sought-after homes in today's market. There are various reasons for this. First, the style is timeless and may be described as a “forever home.” It offers the features that have proven the test of ti Read more
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Published On : 12-31-2014
Author : Tim Bakke
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10 Most Expensive Real Estate Christmas Gifts—And TPC’s Affordable Alternatives
Our Top 10 Christmas List of the World’s Most Expensive Homes— and Affordable Versions for You     Dear Santa:   All I want for Christmas is my very own beautiful home. Do you think my dream home can be on your delivery list?   Here’s a Look at the “Ten Most Expensive Christmas Gifts in 2014 Home Real Estate”   As 2015 approaches and the real estate market opens up a bit more, it seems that owners of the ultra-exclusive homes in the world prepare to sell their prized possessions. Fasten your seat belts as we take a look at some sky-high prices and spectacular properties, including Villa La Fiorentina in the French Riviera, Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Hills, Read more
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Published On : 12-18-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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