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Everyone has been talking about “smart home technology” which has become popular thanks to the large number of people who now own mobile devices and tablets. It may seem a little far-fetched, but since we now live in a digital age, more and more homeowners are embracing smart home technology including security and home safety, to robots for convenient cleaning, to water and heat usage for saving money and resources. Homes have never been more secure or efficient, and the truth is, we may be looking at a future where new home plans are designed for “the intelligent home.” Reportedly 58 percent have a smartphone and 42 percent of own a tablet (Source: Pew Research Internet Project.) Wireless connectivity is now al Read more
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Published On : 10-13-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Best Practices for Pipes and Plumbing in a New House Plan
If you are in the process of building a new home, or even have the house plans for a remodel, there are some things you may want to know about best practices just so you can keep an eye on your contractors.                                                                         Before the builder has even poured the concrete slab, the plumbing needs to be in place. Next, pebbles are often used to fill in the space around the piping. And finally, the cement is poured. After the foundation to your new house plan is dry, also known as “cured,” the Read more
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Published On : 10-09-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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House Plan Lighting Dos and Don'ts
When you are building a new home, probably one of the last things you would think about is the lighting, or planning for lighting. However, today, modern interior lighting trends dictate some forethought and planning. Why? Because lighting is one of the most important fundamentals of each and every modern interior design. This next year of 2015, the trends include retro, classic and contemporary lighting designs. It might not always seem like it, but lighting is one of the most important elements of a room. Make sure your room is lit appropriately by following these lighting do's and don'ts. First of all, modern homes have several types of home wiring for lighting and power distribution. The regulations for wiring installation va Read more
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Published On : 10-03-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Do You Really Want an Environmentally Conscious Home?
When you build an eco-friendly home it begins with the core of the house, using energy-efficient and sustainable insulated concrete forms (ICFs). Saving on labor costs, ICFs are rigid yet lightweight and add a heightened layer of thermal resistance – also known as “R” value - and they increase construction productivity.   Today’s energy efficient home uses a radiant heat system that is more efficient than baseboard and forced-air heating systems. Here are some other items used in an environmentally conscious home:   -- High-efficiency light bulbs and smart appliances will be installed throughout -- A smart-grid power source is used -- Highly insulated R-5 windows, the top-of-the-line Read more
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Published On : 09-25-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Home Building Costs that Might Sneak up on You
When you first started thinking about building a new home, you may have had visions of researching, your dream home, then drawing up your dream house plan, or else paying a professional like an architect to help you do it. This is what a person had to do ten or 20 years ago, but now the Internet makes it easier than ever to make your dream home a reality.   For example, say that you want a modern house plan. The Plan Collection makes finding your dream home a breeze. But once you have found a lot, and then purchased your house plan, then it is time to talk building. And this is when many people run into troubles…especially with home building costs. One issue, for example, is the rising cost of lumber.   &nbs Read more
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Published On : 09-23-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Best House Plans: Traffic Patterns, Doors and Windows
Traffic patterns and doorways have been changing as well. And with these more open designs, many people like bigger and less confined windows – such as floor to ceiling glass like in this (house plan # 116-1081) with a spacious kitchen that’s open to the family and dining areas.    According to the National Association of Realtor’s 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report, some people prefer easy-to-live-in homes with open concept plans that are open house plans. Part of this trend is also being driven by the growing population of baby boomers that are planning to remain in their homes, and knowing they may end up wheelchair bound, which requires wider hallways, open traffic patterns and l Read more
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Published On : 09-12-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Mold Growth from Poor Construction on your Modern House Plan
The last thing anyone wants is to be in the middle of building their new modern house plan, and to find out there is mold (fungi). Understanding the impact of moisture and mold on building materials and the process involved in construction integral to developing good construction practices. Recent media focus has brought some heightened attention to the construction industry for maintenance practices that can minimize the risk of mold.  The sad truth is that mold can grow on almost every construction material including: brick, carpet, fabric, fiber insulation, glass, lumber, OSB, paint, panels, plywood, siding, wallboard, and even vinyl wall coverings. It often happens when a building material gets dirty and then wet. It i Read more
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Published On : 09-09-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Installing the Proper Insulation
Depending on the climate in the region in which you live, insulation for a home plan provides a protective barrier between your home and the outdoor United States Department of Energy has good, clear advice – with easy to review diagrams – making it really easy to understand how to insulate your house. The information was designed to help you reduce your home's heating and cooling costs through proper insulation and air sealing techniques and to make you more comfortable. Insulating a home properly will also save money.   A house plan needs to have the proper specifications to be properly insulated from the foundation to the roof for optimal energy efficiency. Factors also include moisture and air leakage control Read more
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Published On : 08-28-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Considerations for Building Foundations in a New House Plan
Before building the foundation of a new home can begin the site or lot must be surveyed to establish the home's basic footprint. This way the home can be built the appropriate distances from the property lines.  Here are the steps in a nutshell:   • The corners of the home are marked by surveyor's stakes. • Offset stakes are placed about two feet from the surveyor's stakes. • The excavator begins to dig at the offset stakes, creating a slightly larger hole than the foundation actually will occupy. (This extra room makes it easier for a crew to work on the foundation exterior walls. The excavation depth is determined by a structural engineer. This professional must co Read more
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Published On : 08-26-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Avoid Costly Home Building Mistakes
When building a new home, make sure you have a professional home plan, and a good contractor, because mistakes can be costly and lead to poor quality, scheduling delays and budget increases. worse, some mistakes could actually cause structural damagethat could endanger lives.   Mistakes not only show a lack of knowledge, so when you hire a contractor to work on your new house, be sure to check their references, as well as their license status to make sure it is current, and that they are insured and bonded.   Another thing. Insist on acquiring a building permit, because the inspection process offers a third-party set of eyes on the work that is being done, but can often help weed-out the illegi Read more
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Published On : 08-14-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Single Level House Plans for Now and Your Future
If you are planning on building a new home, then you may want to know that trends in the United States are indicating people are actually building “forever homes” with the thought of having plenty of room for family throughout the life stages. It is being dubbed “Aging in Place” and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers a certification program called *CAPS on how to do it.   Due to the current U.S. Baby Boomer population – 1946 through 1964 – people are either building new homes in retirement or remodeling their homes to fit new lifestyle needs. AARP research actually says that most older home owners prefer to age-in-place. This means people want to stay in their homes indepen Read more
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Published On : 08-12-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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