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Dreaming of Building Your Own Home? Here’s How To Figure Out What You Can Afford     Building a house is a huge investment. However, that house also becomes your home—something made up of much more than just a mortgage payment. It is the center for your family, a place to relax, and the place where you should feel most comfortable.   Many people feel daunted by the prospect of building a home. Luckily, there are many great resources to guide you, from how much money you need to build it to choosing the right plan and location. Following a step-by-step guide makes the process that much easier.     Where to Begin—Money Matters   Building your dream must be based in Read more
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Published On : 06-25-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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The Once and Future Smart Home: Get Ready for Technology at Your Fingertips
It’s Not Disney’s Smart House Anymore—It’s Your Smart Home!     Remember the 1999 Disney movie Smart House, about a computerized home designed for the specific purpose of making life easier for a family? Everyone knows the mishaps that follow the Cooper Family—until “Pat” the Smart House is reprogrammed to discharge her original responsibilities.   Fast forward to 2015, and the Disney comedy is not quite so unreal any more, as the “smart home” has transcended just being a trend. It is now here to stay.      Say Hello to the Smart Home and Its Integrated Systems   Very popular by 1998, home automation became trendy as more Read more
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Published On : 06-17-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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From House Plan to House Done: The Challenge and Thrill of Building Your Own Home
Nine Steps to the House of Your Dreams—From Scratch     The moment has finally arrived. Your dream home is about to become a reality. Are you ready for the ultimate challenge—and excitement—of building your own home?     As you prepare to make that giant leap, make sure that all of the pieces are in place and that every preliminary step has been completed, including finding land, filing for building permits, determining the budget/cost of building the home, arranging for financing/construction loans/insurance, locating materials suppliers, and choosing a plan design, contractor, and landscaper. Click here for more on some of these preliminary steps.   Building th Read more
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Published On : 06-10-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The Blueprint to Home Styles
Looking for a Distinctive Home Plan? Here’s a Guide to Seven Top American Design Styles     Lots of terms get thrown your way when you are in the process of buying or building a home: Cape Cod, Queen Anne, Foursquare … and a lot more. But even if you know the word, you may not know exactly what a Foursquare looks like or what distinguishing features it has.   To make your quest for a new house plan a little easier, we have compiled seven of the most popular home architectural styles in America to help you decide which suits you.     1.   A-Frame   Perhaps best known by the Swiss chalet expression of the style, A-Frame houses are popular as vacation homes (Plan Read more
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Published On : 06-03-2015
Author : Tim Bakke
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Create a Living Space That’s Fun, Cozy, and Safe for Your New Baby
Nursery Tips for Your Current Home, Plus What to Look for in a New, Family-Friendly House     It is one of the most exciting life-changing moments—news that a baby is on the way.    But there is just a little matter of space to consider. You most likely have two options:    You love your apartment, condo, or house and are not ready to move to a bigger place before your baby arrives. One of the biggest challenges facing parents who live in a small residence is finding space for the little one. Take heart, there are several ways of creating a safe, pleasant, and comfortable nursery that baby and everyone will love.  You are ready to find a new home for your growing f Read more
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Published On : 05-27-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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In With the Old as Vintage Home Features Make a Comeback
Spice Up Your New Home with Retro Features     Step into one of today’s modern homes, and you may be surprised to find some vintage fixtures around the place. See a gorgeous wood record player cabinet or a dumbwaiter in the Great Room?  Look up and marvel at the tin ceiling. From fashion to architecture, vintage is back. Today these “old-home” features are spicing up new houses.   Here’s a close glance at some retro furniture styles, decorative accessories, and features that are making a comeback.       Record-Player Cabinets     Once a key feature of the living room, the beautifully-finished wood record-player cabi Read more
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Published On : 05-21-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Living within an HOA (Homeowners Association)
Are You Ready to Live in an HOA Community?     All your life you have wished for a home of your own—with a lovely front porch, landscaped courtyard, huge kitchen, fireplace, and lots of windows and space. It is your own slice of heaven. But wait—you don’t want to lose your connection to an active community or access to amenities?   For people who really want their own home but also enjoy a community with well-maintained amenities, investing in a home governed by a Homeowners Association (HOA) may be the right option. And for those who love the freedom to dictate their personal preferences and styles of their homes, life within an HOA community may not be the right place to call home.  Read more
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Published On : 05-13-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Putting the Finishing Touches on Your Dream Home
New Home? Here Are Cool Ways to “Stamp” Your Personality on It      How many times have you walked into someone’s house and imagined all the things you would change if it were your home? Put a swing on the porch or patio umbrellas in the backyard, plant a vegetable garden, and so on.   Now that you have bought your very own house or built it from scratch using house plans, it is time to make your dream home a reality. From color schemes to design details, furniture, and interior and exterior fixtures, you can use these cool and stylish tools to reflect your personality in the living space, inside and out.        The huge front porch of this two-story, four Read more
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Published On : 05-06-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Florida-Style Homes Blend Elegance, Contemporary Chic and Casual Comfort in their Design
Building Somewhere Warm? Choose a Home That’s Adapted to the Climate and Environment     Perhaps rivaling California with its diverse home designs, the Florida region is lined with homes built in a variety of styles that showcase its heritage. Strongly influenced by the Spanish and the architecture of the Deep South, Florida house plans range from Mediterranean-inspired mansions and ranches to Tidewater houses, “Cracker” cottages, and two-story beachfront homes.    This one-story, four-bedroom Florida home features a red tile roof, stucco exterior, and other Mediterranean-plan touches (Plan # 190-1006).     Check out the rear view of the contemporary home, with Read more
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Published On : 04-29-2015
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Green Goes Mainstream: Homes with “Cleaner Footprints” Take the Spotlight
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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