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House Plans 101 Living on the Edge: House Plans on Cliffs, Slopes and Hills


Striving to live the dream, many of us have thought about how cool it would be to build a home on the edge of a cliff with breathtaking panoramic views of distant mountains majesty or shores from sea to shining sea. Here are some expert thoughts about what it really does take today to live on the edge – for a high-value home builder who is untroubled by vertigo.   If you envision sitting in your great room enjoying unobstructed vistas and panoramic views, far away from society, just know that you are not alone.  Cliff homes date back over the centuries and were once built for protection from one’s enemies. Today anyone with a cliff home can be assured of privacy and unobstructed views. However, when reality sets Read more
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Published On : 07-30-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Cement Technology Used in Concrete Block Houses
It is hard to imagine that there are at least ten or more types of cement - from rapid hardening to sulphate resisting, high alumina, hydrographic, and white and colored cement. But the most common type of cement used in the home building industry is white cement, which is expensive and used primarily for architectural purposes. Colored cement is mostly used for decorative flooring.   One of the oldest construction materials, cement, has been used for thousands of years, and its basis is lime, which is mined from the earth.  Cement is a fine-grained powder that turns into a solid material once it has been mixed with water, and due to its strength, it is ideal for construction projects. Today, due to environmental concer Read more
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Published On : 07-14-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Drought Tolerant Landscaping for Your New House Plan
California isn’t the only state facing severe water droughts. As of June, 2015, according to the website the U.S. Drought Monitor, the last few months has brought water shortages to the eastern Carolinas northwestward through the lower Ohio Valley.  This includes the following states: Kentucky, northeastern Tennessee, and southwestern West Virginia. The entire region’s rain measures just 0.5 inches or less. Experts are also seeing water deficiencies along the lower Ohio Valley, in Kentucky, and also in Tennessee and West Virginia. Since mid-April 2015. Moderate drought is showing up in other states where rainfall levels are at one to two-thirds of normal rainfall.   In California, home owners are receiving ticket Read more
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Published On : 06-26-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Childproofing Your New House Plan
Some first time home builders are couples with young families. Baby safety is pretty standard, for infants iin a crib. However when a child starts to crawl, there are many things for a curious child right inside their home that can be dangerous.  More than 500,000 children under the age of four (4) are injured in the home every year, and household injuries are one of the top reasons why children under age three (3) visit the hospital emergency room every year. The largest number of accidents are caused in an around the living area but the most serious accidents are caused in the kitchen. A young child has the highest risk of being injured at home because that's where they spend most of their time. The minute a baby s Read more
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Published On : 05-30-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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Choosing the Latest in Hardwood Floors for Your Home Plan
Rumor has it that the new interior of the new Whitney Museum in New York City has 50,000 feet of wide-plank floors made out of recycled wood collected from old factories in Connecticut, Michigan and South Carolina. Clearly the American settlers had no idea that they would be starting a long lasting  trend that would continue to charm and fascinate home and commercial builders alike for centuries.   Colonial Americans used thick, wide, hardwood planks that came from cutting down some of this nation's oldest forests - the trees with large diameters - tight grained heartwood - which rendered the lumber hard and durable. The woods used depended on the region.     Today's Wood Floor Finishes   Read more
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Published On : 05-07-2015
Author :Brian Toolan
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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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