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House Plans Come Into My House: Stylish Entrances That Make a Statement


Come Into My House: Stylish Entrances That Make a Statement   One of the hottest trends in the housing industry, the front door or entryway has been likened to a book cover.  It’s the first thing people see when they walk up the pathway or the courtyard. Whether it’s classically simple, modern, or ornate, the front entryway creates an impression on guests and curious onlookers.   Traditionally in the spotlight during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, the front door has been emerging as a hot trend for several years. Much like everything else in home design, it has gone through a fashion evolution. Gone are the days of the ordinary and functional front door.      Today&r Read more
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Published On : 10-24-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The Southwest Style Home: Traces of Spanish Colonial and Native American Designs
Southwest Style Home Design: A Closer Look at Its Architecture and Interior Design    A style that answers to many names – Pueblo, Sunbelt house plan, Mission Revival - the Southwest home is defined by a fusion of Spanish Colonial and Native American designs. Typically built in regions with warm climates like Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, Southwest style homes with their terracotta roofs, stucco exteriors, arches, and rich textures add splashes of color to the desert landscape.    A two-story five bedroom Southwest home with earth tone exteriors and arched windows. On the first floor is a spacious Great Room – living room, kitchen/breakfast room - and a bedroom suite. The master suite i Read more
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Published On : 10-14-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The In-Law Suite: Say Hello to a Home-within-the-Home
The In-Law Suite: Welcome to a Home-Within-the-Home   On an upswing for a number of years, in-law suites have redefined the idea of living together for the modern family. These “homes-within-the-home” are stylish accommodations for in-laws, returning children, or overnight/weekend guests. And, they come in all shapes and sizes - from a garage studio apartment, to a first floor master bedroom, a refinished basement, or a tiny cottage on the grounds of the primary residence.          A spacious one-bedroom garage apartment is an attractive option as a guest house or suite for an adult child. It features a full bathroom, kitchen and living room.  (view this plan # 149-1837) Read more
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Published On : 10-06-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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The One-Story Home: Stylish Living Without Stairs
The One-Story Home: Stylish Living Without Stairs   The one-story home is emerging as a fashionable and sought-after style on the American horizon. With no stairs to navigate, a one-story house plan can be versatile and adaptable. Today people from coast to coast are finding a number of creative design options. There are cozy Cape Cods, bungalows, ranches, artsy Craftsman, chic European and Mediterranean, comfortable Southern and country styles.   Wouldn’t you love living in this amazing one-story, three bedroom Craftsman home? The impressive exterior includes a roof of asphalt shingles, a delightful courtyard, and a covered front porch. Walk into the foyer to a vaulted family room, kitchen (below) and a cov Read more
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Published On : 09-29-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Is Tiny Living For You? The Tiny House: A Look at a Minimalist Style
Is Tiny Living For You? The Tiny House: A Look at a Minimalist Style   It started as a quiet ripple that gained momentum, with more and more Americans considering the advantages of tiny houses. The desire to move away from the big home and live a simpler, mortgage-free life has attracted enough of the population to make the tiny house movement a viable alternative.    But, would you – and could you – live in a tiny house? That all depends on your perception of tiny living.     Going from Small House Plans to the Tiny Home   For some, the turnabout is quite dramatic – going from the normal house plans of 2,000 square feet or more, with three to four bedrooms to the Read more
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Published On : 09-16-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Award-Winning TV Celebrity Home Designs
With the Emmys right around the corner, we are seeing lots of news about the shows and stars who are up for awards. Popular television stars have some of the most extravagant homes we will ever see – from Malibu to New York City to Chicago and Miami, many U.S. cities are popular hot spots for celebrities. It is always kind of fun to take a peek at where the rich and the famous live. In fact, this year’s Emmy host Seth Meyers recently purchased a $3.5.million West Village condo. The Saturday Night Live cast member bought the 994-square-foot apartment last January around the same time he started as the host of Late Night, taking over for Jimmy Fallon.   Patrick Dempsy of Grey’s Anatomy owns a home (right) Read more
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Published On : 08-21-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Country House Design: An Expression of Picturesque and Rustic Simplicity
The Country Style Home: An Expression of Picturesque and Rustic Simplicity   One of the most popular and distinctly American architectural styles, the country house design has fascinated and enthralled generations with its mix of the beautiful and practical. Much simpler than its English counterpart, country homes in the United States take their cue from the renowned landscape architect, Andrew Jackson Downing, who introduced lawns and open spaces to his simple cottages.    Typically one-story to two-story structures, country homes can be informal, elegant and luxurious as one’s lifestyle dictates.  The one thing that remains the same is the feeling of comfort and ease both inside and outside the home. Read more
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Published On : 08-07-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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How Big or Small Should Your House Plan Be?
People wonder if they should get a big, average or a small-sized house plan. Ironically, what seems small to one person may feel like a castle to another, so it is subjective and based on current life needs. Although housing market statistics and trends today indicate that many baby boomers are thinking ahead. Surprisingly not everyone is thinking about downsizing to a smaller home. Some folks are looking at building their “forever home” now, and a house plan that averages 2,598 square feet.   According to a new study - U.S. Census Bureau 2013 Characteristics of New Housing - the average size of a new home was 2,598 square feet, topping 2007’s record of 2,500 square feet for a single family house plan Out of 569 Read more
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Published On : 07-07-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Smarter, Efficient, and Trendier Designs for House Plans 2500-3000 Square Feet
Smarter and Trendier Designs Spice Up House Plans   There’s a lot to be said about house plans that address a family’s needs and - at the same time – are attractive, trendy and efficient.   Take home designs with 2500-3000 square feet of living space.  While this may be “sizing up” in an environment more conducive to smaller footprints, it is definitely not a return to the excesses of the pre-crash housing market. But rather a lifestyle – and to some extent, an architectural – choice, especially for growing families, “empty nesters” and Baby Boomers.      With all the interesting and distinct house plans at a buyer’s fingertips, it&rs Read more
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Published On : 07-24-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Courtyard Entry House Design: A Style that Offers Intimacy and Serenity
The Courtyard Entry Style Home: A Touch of the Intimate and Serene     Some things never change.  They just get better.   Take the courtyard entry house plan and its popularity today among builders and would-be buyers. You’ve seen the beautiful gardens, stately columns and other attractions of the courtyard plan. It’s no surprise that people are drawn to the charm and comfort of this house style.     The courtyard design goes back to 2000 BC, but its appeal is timeless  Frequently found in Mission and Mediterranean home plans, and in places with warm climates, courtyard entry styles – then and now - provide abundant light, air, needed peace and quiet in the home; and Read more
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Published On : 07-09-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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California House Styles: Living with Flair, Casual Chic and Comfort
California House Styles: Living with Flair, Casual Chic and Comfort   There’s nothing boring about California style homes.   From the Arts and Crafts bungalows of the 1900s, to beachfront properties, classic ranch homes, Mediterranean and Spanish Mission designs, and modern contemporary plans, California style house plans are casual, chic, comfortable and individually trendy.   On a recent visit to Southern California, I basked in the sun, strolling around tree-lined neighborhoods and gazed at houses.  Extremely captivated by their different styles and sizes, I made mental notes of homes that really caught my eye and planned return trips to take a second and third look.   Concentrated i Read more
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Published On : 06-24-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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