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House Plans 101 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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Improving Your New House Plan’s Value
Home builders are usually pretty busy initially -- choosing their new neighborhood and finding the right lot, then selecting the right house plan, builder and all the rest of the details.  How many of you actually think ahead about what you can add that will actually increase its value while your home is being built?  Of course, your primary concern is to make sure your new house plan suits you and your family, but it is also a good idea to also think about the future when some day you may decide to sell it. Here are a few tips for things you should be thinking about now, that will add resale value later.   Open spaces. Inside the home make sure your plan has open space. You want to make sure to create a sense of flow i Read more
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Published On : 12-12-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Planning Future Upgrades to Your New Home Plan
Home builders often get overwhelmed with the tasks associated with their new project, not to mention those who simply cannot afford to do it all right away.  After all, the swimming pool can wait, right?  There are some things that you may want to think about now for upgrading later.  Following are just a few of these ideas from The Plan Collection. (www.theplancollection.com)   The extra garage or storage space. Remember that you might want to purchase another car or two during your stay in your new home. Make sure there is enough room planned for this and or a storage area. Most people not only have more stuff than they realize, but they also collect things over time. Who wants to pay the storage companies anyway Read more
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Published On : 12-02-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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The Right Appliances for your New Home Plan
Building your new home form an economical online house plan is the way to go today, but what about the final costs decor such as wood floors, window treatments, carpet, not to mention new appliances. The Plan Collection has some suggestions for how to find the right appliances for your new home plan in this $25 billion dollar industry.   The recent demand for household appliances is surging as manufacturers develop new technology for products that will meet the demands of demanding consumer who are more willing to spend these days. Consumers not only have an eye for the latest design trends but they want the latest technologies that save time, money and energy, such as remote electronics, and eco-friendly products. Then manufactu Read more
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Published On : 11-18-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Regional Trends in Single Family Homes: Size, Price and Design Features Vary
According to a recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) the regional differences in new single-family home characteristics are substantial. The study was based on an analysis of the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of Construction, and found major differences in building materials, design features, price and financing.   New England homes are the most expensive, with a median sales price for a new single-family home at $400,000. The least East South Central and West South Central regions have the least expensive homes with a median sales price reaching from $221,000 and $223,000. The home size does not necessarily correlate to the prices. For instance, some of the smallest house plans with the median size of 2, Read more
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Published On : 11-11-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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What to Expect from a New Home Inspection
Many homebuilders look forward to “Inspection day” knowing that soon they will be moving into their new home. After your home is built, a home inspection will be conducted by an official home inspector. New homebuyers will benefit from using a professional home inspector during the construction and at the completion of their new home.  Home buyers should also demand an inspection - even if the property is new.   The main thing is that you never want to just assume that your builder or contractors are overseen by state, local town or city government officials or that a city building inspector checks out all new houses. Further, there might be problems with the home that are not necessarily code violations, yet hav Read more
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Published On : 11-05-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Window Designs for Your New House Plan
Each and every room in your new home plan can benefit from having taken the time to plan beautiful windows, and there are many unique architectural window design styles. The style of your house plan – from Colonial, to Craftsman, to ranch, farm, country or to a modern home plan will somewhat dictate the type of windows you will have, but in reality there are no rules.   Historically, it was the Romans who first used glass in windows in Roman Egypt in 100 AD, to allow the passage of light into space. But floor-to-ceiling windows only became feasible after the perfection of industrial plate glass making processes.   There are no specific design rules for choosing window types, shapes and sizes and many architects e Read more
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Published On : 10-26-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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