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House Plans 101 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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Wired Stuff and the Evolution of House Plans
Technology is much more efficient now than in the past, so when you are in the process of building a new home wiring technology becomes part of it. Today’s evolution of house plans and designs feature wireless, hidden centralized technology, much of which has been integrated and is self-regulating for ease, as well as energy efficiency.   It is hard to believe that the Bell Telephone Company was created in a little more than a century ago, in 1877, and more than 150,000 people in the U.S. owned telephones by 1886.   For several decades, homes were simply wired for AC electrical power lines, several phone lines, and cable TV. Along came the Internet, and then wireless technology. Today, times have changed, and tod Read more
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Published On : 10-22-2014
Author :Brian Toolan
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Technology Trends for Your New Home Plan
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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