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House Plans 101 Dos and Don’ts for a Green Roof Garden


Now that spring is officially here, many homeowners are enjoying the idea of outdoor projects for their homes, new or not. A popular trend nationwide is the roof garden concept atop residential homes – especially with the growing interest in eating organic fruits and vegetables these days. A green roof enables the growth of vegetation – be it plants, succulents, grass, herbs or vegetables. The best news is that a green roof can act as an extension of the natural surroundings and be part of a balanced micro ecosystem.    The concept of roof gardens has been around awhile, and society has accumulated many different names depending on what region of the world you live in – from eco-roofs, to green roofs to gar Read more
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Published On : 04-23-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Why Not Consider a Home Fitness Center in Your New House Plan?
This year we can expect to see all the major fitness centers nationwide launching online platforms making the home workout market soar. In fact, one franchise called Crunch Gym was the first chain to offer an online group fitness program. Combined with the latest digital streaming capabilities of televisions and things like Apple TV, this changes the landscape of home fitness.  Just think – now you can build a home gym complete with a wall mounted smart television, connect online to the Internet, and voila - you can join others in an interactive fitness class from home, giving you the options for when orwhen not to work out.   Trends indicate that over the next few years cardio equipment will include sophisticated Read more
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Published On : 04-17-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Adding a Dream Deck to Your House Plan
Have you been sitting indoors this winter – one of the worst in years – thinking about how nice it will be to build that new deck once spring arrives? This is the second snowiest winter on the East coast. In Boston alone, about 8.5 feet of snow fell and that was just 1.9 inches shy of the record of 107.6 inches that fell during the winter of 1996.  So if you've been dreaming of building your own deck, here is some good news. You really can build a deck that your family and friends can enjoy for endless hours of BBQs, fun and games with the kids, and a spot where the family pets can be outdoors enjoying nature?   The latest designs in decks now afford homeowners more space for entertaining, and if you are Read more
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Published On : 04-13-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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The Outdoor Room Inspired by Pergolas, Gazebos and Arbors
Spring is in the air, and many homeowners are itching to start spending time outdoors under the pergola. Latin in origin, Pergola is an English term, originally borrowed from the Italians. A pergola is a freestanding garden structure that forms an outdoor sitting area, walkway or passageway, and they have been the scene of many a romance novel or film worldwide throughout history. Also known as a gazebo or arbor, pergolas of yesteryear offered a sitting area designed for sitting with some protection from harsh sunlight.   In essence, these structures have had a resurgence. In simplest form, a pergola is a covered area and place for you to relax and enjoy the beauty of your backyard. Today, they are the hub of a family&r Read more
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Published On : 03-20-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Exterior Color Choices for Your Home Plan
Historically in the United States homes have gone through a myriad of trends insofar as exterior façade colors (and materials) much of which is based on cultural regions, weather, and raw materials available.     Before the Revolutionary War, American homes were not usually painted since they were built of clapboard and shingles made out of high quality eastern white cedar, oak and pine – woods that held up well against insects and the weather. In the early 19th century, the world had a limited selection of color choices for paint. Colonial homes tended to be painted in deep, earth-based hues such as brown, yellow ochre, charcoal gray, and barn red and gray-green. Off white color was used for siding and Read more
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Published On : 02-22-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Baby Boomers Want Comfortable, Quality, Single Story House Plans
  The panelists at an International Builders’ Show press conference on home trends and Millennials’ revently said, "As Millennials begin to enter the home buying market in larger numbers, homes will get a little smaller, laundry rooms will be essential, and home technology will become increasingly prevalent."   Likewise, if you are a baby boomer and or a senior who is planning on building a new home, then you are probably also seeking a comfortable one to three bedroom home that is single story, with an open floor plan and custom built (quality) features and amentities. Unlike our grandparents, senior baby boomers are not sitting around in rocking chairs, but they are savvy, busy  Read more
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Published On : 02-06-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Smart and Healthy House Plans Featuring Gyms, Spas, Pools and Courts
How many times have you wished you had a home with a spa or a gym?  No more long drive, parking, crowds, or other people on the machines. The idea of a home gym keeps popping up – especially every New Year when those with resolutions crowd local gyms. How convenient would it be to be able to get up, workout, then head of to work, without ever having to leave your home?                                       Following are some ideas for ways to stay healthy if you are in the process of shopping for a house plan for your new home. Remember that most any plan can be modified to include a gym, spa or even a basketball court Read more
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Published On : 01-27-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Integrating the Best Technology into Your House Plan
  In 2015, it will be the year of home automation thanks to the rapid adoption of smart phone technology for home automation.  More and more people building new homes want smart home features s they can control their spaces and lives better – increasing energy efficiency and saving water, preventing burglaries, even accidents at home – but also  having some fun watching and listening to wireless entertainment.   According to the Pew Research Internet Project, the smart home market is supposed to hit $12.8 billion by the year 2017 in North America plus Europe. This very rapid growth of smart home technology is tied to the large number of people with mobile devices; 90 percent of American adults have Read more
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Published On : 01-20-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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The Best Garage Plans
  If you have owned a home, you will probably admit that the one space that is the most neglected is your garage. Often times the garage becomes the “dump-the-junk” space where everything we don’t use inside the home ends up. Aside from the cars, garages typically store sports equipment, bicycles, motorcycles, and some even have various types of boats. Throw in tools, a workbench, yard equipment, and all those items that you just cleaned out to take to Good Will -- books, children’s toys, old dishes, furniture and clothing –and you are lucky to find anything.     What if you planned for the ideal garage plan when you build your new home? Starting with your new house plan, it is n Read more
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Published On : 01-08-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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How to Find the Right Kitchen Appliances for Your Lifestyle and Home
    Selecting a new house plan and purchasing the lot, then starting to build is a very exciting time for most people, no matter what stage of life you are now in.  But by the time your new home is built, the last thing you probably have thought about seriously is which appliances are appropriate for your current lifestyle, and making sure you are looking to the future by at least five years. The truth is, when you are planning your new home design is the time when you should be deciding on which appliances you will need once it is built.     Questions arise such as:    Do you have children now or are you planning to have a family, and when?    Are your empty nesters? Read more
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Published On : 12-23-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Winter-Proof Your New House Plan: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.
If you live anywhere in the Northeast or Upper Midwest, chances are you will be getting quite a bit of snow during the winter. It may even be rougher for those living in the eastern half of the country. According to The Farmers’ Almanac, “the eastern third of the country will experience colder-than-normal temperatures this winter.” This includes areas from New England and as far west as the lower Ohio River and Mississippi River Valley and down to Florida.   Cold winter months can begin as early as October and remain long into May. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), people can protect their houses from freezing temperatures and save quite a bit lot of money. In fact, winter st Read more
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Published On : 12-16-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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