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House Plans 101 Tips for Winter Proofing Your New Home Plans


Depending on where you live, the cold winter months can cause more wear-and-tear to your new home than just about any other season of the year. It's a constant challenge to keep the harsh elements outside while keeping things warm and comfortable inside—and not only that, without proper foresight in building your home, the weather can take a heavy toll over time, shortening the life of your roof, paint job and other protective features of your home. When planning to build, here are some helpful tips for winter proofing your new house plan.   INSULATE, INSULATE, INSULATE Simply put, the more insulation you can afford, the better. Insulating the roof is essential, but an insular layer inside the walls can also keep thing Read more
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Published On : 01-04-2016
Author :Brian Toolan
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Decluttering Your Home in 2016: Trends in Home Storage
People like having the space to easily access and store the things in life that are important to them. In fact, The Plan Collection has some great advice for anyone who has selected a new house plan, and will soon be moving into their new home in 2016.  Following are some suggestions to make your new place a chaos-free space. As you pack up your old home you may note how much stuff you have collected over the years. It may not be pretty, but even so, there are special items that most of us will still want to keep. And once these items have been identified, there are more than likely many other items that you know need to go. To declutter your current space so that you can move into your new home without the clutter, here are a few t Read more
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Published On : 12-13-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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House Plans for Disabled Restore Independence and Quality of Life
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs Statistics at a Glance, in 2014 there were 3.95 million veterans receiving Veteran Administration (VA) disability compensation in the United States. Any individual with a disability needs a home to accommodate their special needs so they can live safely and with independence, however it is not always that easy to find available or affordable, accessible housing.   Wounded veterans returning from war often face many challenges, perhaps none so frustrating as physical hurdles in their own homes. For those who have lost limbs, the floor plan and features of their homes often present a daily obstacle course—simple tasks like preparing food or taking a shower are nearly impossible. Read more
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Published On : 12-07-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Christmas Lighting Hazards: Keeping Your Home Safe for the Holidays
  It was supposed to be the most wonderful time of year. One East coast family had a tradition of extending Christmas for their grandchildren, keeping their home decorated with Christmas lights, to keep the holiday cheer well into January. But last year, something went wrong. According to local news sources, an electrical failure with the Christmas tree lights ignited the dried-out tree. And even though the smoke detectors went off in the night, the fire in the great room likely cut off the exits from the adjoining bedrooms. In the end, six family members died.   Sadly, this story isn't an isolated one. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas trees are a contributing factor in more than Read more
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Published On : 11-28-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Best House Plans for Holiday Entertaining
  Fear of cooking. There’s a name for it: mageirocophobia. As the holidays approach, cooking and entertaining for a crowd can make even a confident person more than a bit nervous.    In Psychology Today, Susan Albers, Psy.D., a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, recalls that she was overwhelmed in the kitchen, especially when entertaining or crunched for time. In her quest to overcome her own fears, she found some things that worked for her: find the right recipe, (preferably one that is simple and doesn’t require too many ingredients), put perfectionism on hold and pre-cook as much as possible.     The right kitchen!   Entertaining is all abo Read more
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Published On : 11-18-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Installing the Best Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Your New Home
Tasteless, colorless, odorless...and deadly. A byproduct of fossil fuels, carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer that kills about 170 people in America each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most people become victims of CO poisoning while asleep in their homes. Needless to say, if you've chosen a new house plan and are building a home, installing the best carbon monoxide detectors should be a top priority.   WHY DO YOU NEED CO DETECTORS IN YOUR HOME?   The reason carbon monoxide is so dangerous is that humans can't detect its presence. CO is produced by the burning of fuels like natural gas, oil, coal, kerosene, wood and others—many of which are used in our homes. When furnaces Read more
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Published On : 11-13-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Dos and Dont's: Trends in Modern House Plans for 2016
  Just as trends in interior design change from year to year, so do trends in exterior design, as people building new homes choose house plans to fit their evolving lifestyles. Here are several new trends and a few don'ts that we've identified in modern house plans for 2016.   Today, more contemporary styles styles are gaining ground. While traditional floor plans and architecture continue to be popular and have even surged in recent years, new homeowners today are migrating more toward contemporary plans—clean lines, open-concept living spaces, and more modern architectural styles like mid-century modern, ultra-modern house plan or a contemporary-modern. The uncluttered look is very popular r Read more
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Published On : 11-07-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Barkitecture: Livability Research Gives Pets Top Priority at Home
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) reveals that the profile of pet ownership is shifting towards younger, millennial owners who enjoy pampering and spend more for their animal friends than prior generations.   In the following Oct 12, 2015 article featured in Realtor Today, entitled The Latest on Homebuilding: Pets are Top Priority, we learn about one of the latest trends in home building; making pets a priority.   If you are a pet owner and looking at house plans, here are a few of the latest luxury trends from indoor grooming parlors with canine shower stalls to rooms with feeding stations, to outdoor drinking fountains, play areas and even pet hammocks.     The Latest on Homebuilding: Pe Read more
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Published On : 10-27-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Décor Trends: How to Use Color to Enhance Your House Plan
  What colors are hot for 2015 and 2016? Whether you live in Majorca, Malibu or Montecito (or just wish you did), the bold colors that you might find in those home are becoming all the rage. We find that many of these "hot" colors are ideal for a Spanish-style house when creating the perfect place to feel stylishly “en casa.”    The Colors for 2015 and 2016? Marsala. Sandstone. Buttercup. Fiesta. And more...   Why Ideal with Spanish Archictecture?  Indeed, the clean white walls, neutral tiles and dark wood beams often found in Spanish-style homes are ideal invitations to regularly mix it up with your personal design touches - and that certainly goes for work Read more
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Published On : 10-11-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Man Cave 101: How to Design a Man’s Comfort Zone
Men, women and kids are different, and often times they each require a comfortable, separate space in their home in which to chill.  Most guys dream of a dedicated space in their dream home where they can be alone — hanging out, napping, tinkering, watching sports, or even rocking out playing drums or games. The man cave has been steadily gaining popularity in home building recently. Today some man caves even feature amenities such as a separate shower, media display, gym equipment and a full bar. Keep in mind, having one’s own personalized space is actually often psychologically good for everyone!   While many women enjoy the kitchen as their alone zone, men tend to like going into their man caves to t Read more
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Published On : 10-04-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Adding a Wine Bar or Cellar to Your New House Plan
One of the biggest perks of purchasing a custom house plan is that you get to create a space that is unique and personal to your family and lifestyle. Today’s home building trends include homes with basements or terrace level spaces that can be customized into anything from fitness rooms to offices to wine cellars or bars. The wine-bar boom in the United States began about a decade ago when neighborhood wine bars began popping up in major cities. In fact, this Wall Street Journal article mentions wine bar entrepreneur Stefan Mailvaganam who says, “the wine-bar market will only get bigger in the coming years … He believes wine bars fill an "untapped niche" for drinkers, especially budding young oenop Read more
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Published On : 09-08-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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