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House Plans Trends to Build Home Plans that Embrace Nature and the Environment


  Homes are where people spend time with family and friends. Our lives are so stressful in the new wired world, that trends are now indicating people are re-evaluating lifestyles, and many actually seeking to transform their homes and gardens into a more blissful sanctuary that embraces nature, and better health. People are tuning to nature to find joy, and this trend is spilling into home plans.     Research reveals that gardening and nature are bringing many of us much joy amidst our wired lifestyles. People of all ages are also looking for nature inspired homes, and products like this home plan from The Plan Collection with 12 foot ceilings and sliding glass doors that feature nature prominently. (House Plan # Read more
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Published On : 04-15-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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From Log Cabins to Southfork Ranch and Everything in Between… Variety Spices Texas Style Homes
- The Lone Star State’s Unique Geographical Terrain and History Influence Design and Structure -     For most of us, Texas means rambling ranches, mission-style homes, and plantations. To others, it’s also the Alamo, John Wayne, the Dallas Cowboys, and those feuding Ewings of Southfork.  And to anyone who was raised or spent significant time here, it is also the home of quaint towns, “rolling hills covered with oak and cedar… creeks and rivers.”   With its vast spread of land and terrain, it’s no surprise that Texas house styles/features depend heavily on the state’s natural landscape and unique geographical characteristics.  Homes can range fr Read more
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Published On : 04-09-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Design Trends in Renovation & House Plans for Home Builders
Here are some things that are happening right now in interior renovations and new house plans for home builders. This year word has it that designs will have cleaner lines and more open spaces.   Overall, trends are indicating that new construction is more contemporary with much cleaner lines and more glass and metal. Home exteriors and interiors now have cleaner lines with more glass and stone. And while some house plans for home builders feature more traditional exteriors, people are choosing modern, open concepts on the inside of the home – fewer hallways and no more small, wasted rooms. An open floor plan (Left: The Plan Collection's House Plan #161-1022) means more useable space — for instance, the kitchen th Read more
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Published On : 04-03-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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The French House Plan: An Eclectic Mix of the Romantic, Rustic, and Majestic
In the French Style: An Eclectic Mix of the Romantic, Rustic, and Majestic   From the sophistication of Paris apartments to the tranquility of country homes in Brittany and Provence, and the quaintness of the half-timbered buildings in Normandy, French house plans are marvelous sights. Think chateaus, rustic country farmhouses, and cottages – and you get the idea of the uniquely eclectic, romantic, and charming style of French home design.  Each region in the country is known for its own distinctive character – and has inspired countless homes in the United States and Canada.       These two-story homes have attractive brick and stone exteriors and hipped roofs that add to their curb a Read more
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Published On : 03-31-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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The Great Room: A Throwback to Medieval Times Finds Its Way in the Modern Age
The Great Room: A Throwback to Medieval Times Finds Its Way in the Modern Age   What exactly is a Great Room?   During my stint at a PR agency in New York City, our office had a “Great Room” – a huge multi-purpose space with high ceilings that was used for client meetings and social events.  The room opened onto a wrap-around terrace - a perfect spot for gatherings and parties in the late fall, spring and summer.   That Great Room – although in an office – served some of the basic purposes of the one in a home: casual entertaining, dining and relaxation with family and friends.          Two views of the great room of this two-story fou Read more
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Published On : 03-26-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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“Girl Power” in the 1900s: The First Women Architects Find Success in a Man’s World
The First Women Architects Find Success in a Man’s World      Aware of - but unfazed by - a male-dominated profession, the first women architects in the U.S. and their remarkable colleagues etched their names in the architectural and leadership fields – and history.   These women pioneers of the early 1900s learned from private tutors first, then broke all-male barriers at prestigious architectural and design schools, such as Columbia and MIT. When they set out into the architectural field to seek work, some of them apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright or at established firms. Importantly though, a number of these pioneering women demonstrated early on their will to lead and take risks by applyi Read more
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Published On : 03-19-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Ready for Your Own Vacation Home? Here Is What to Look For
Vacation Homes: Fun, Relaxing, and Attuned To Nature   With so many home plan designs to suit your lifestyle … and a real estate market that’s easing up, there’s never been a better time to consider a vacation home. Just imagine summer breezes on the front porch, a gentle wind rocking the hammock and swings, and a warm glow from the fireplace in the winter.  Whether your style is whimsical, charmingly eccentric or rustic, a vacation home must be fun, relaxing, and attuned to nature and the environment.     Sit and enjoy a summer afternoon on the delightful porch of this beautiful two-story, three-bedroom country home with an open floor plan, a grilling patio and fireplace. (Plan #153-18 Read more
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Published On : 03-17-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Historical Progression of 3D Printing From Prototypes to 3D House Plans to Robotics
–Imagine a future where you can build your entire home using a robotic 3D printer– First of all, let’s clarify what 3D printing is. A 3D printer works like an inkjet printer; however, rather than using just ink, 3D printers deposit the desired material in layers successively in order to create a physical object from a digital file. Today, for practical use, home builders can actually use 3D printing to print out a 3D house plan thanks to The Plan Collection (http://www.theplancollection.com). The rendering (left) is a great way for home builders to get 360-degree views of your house plan, with much more detail than static images and renderings. 3D floor plans enable you to visualize your home plan from all four or Read more
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Published On : 03-02-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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FDR’s Top Cottage: Simple, Elegant and Functional
Top Cottage: FDR’s Mountain Retreat Exudes the Simple, Elegant and Functional   FDR the architect? Not too many people know that Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, was an architect by avocation much like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.   Who hasn’t heard about Washington’s Mount Vernon and Jefferson’s Monticello and Poplar Forest?   FDR’s Top Cottage, atop the hills of New York’s Dutchess County, has definitely taken a back seat to these two grand and stately Virginia homes.  It sits in a secluded and quiet area with views of the Catskills and Hudson River Valley.  In 1937 FDR sketched the plans for his personal hideaway f Read more
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Published On : 02-17-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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What to Look for in an Affordable House Plan: Simplicity, Efficiency and Practicality –With Style!
Affordable House Plans: Simple, Efficient, Practical, and Stylish!   With the days of “bigger is better” over, most people are looking for homes with smaller footprints - affordable house plans that are simple, efficient, and practical.  And there’s no reason to think that “affordable” translates into unattractive.  From a one-story ranch to a two-story country home, affordable house plans can be just as stylish, appealing and luxurious as those in a posh neighborhood.        There’s nothing shabby about these affordable house plans: the one-story country home (left) - with 1,800 square feet of living space - has three bedrooms, two full baths, covere Read more
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Published On : 02-24-2014
Author :Rexy Legaspi
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Top 8 Questions Asked by Our Visitors
We get plenty of emails and calls from visitors.  To make your visit to our site as effective and enjoyable as possible, we have listed the top eight questions asked below – along with the answers!   1. I am new to house plans.  Where do I start? The best place to start is our blog section.  Please refer to the blog section on our navigation bar at the top of the page. It contains informative articles and sections to guide you through the process. Click here to see   2. Can I buy these plans and get them built as is? The plans marketed on The Plan Collection are a collaboration of plans from many leading architects and designers. All plans are drawn to code for the specific regi Read more
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Published On : 02-13-2014
Author :James McNair
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