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House Plans 101 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 tha 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&rs 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 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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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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